Birthday Cakes and Fried Chicken #Monday Munchies #grandchildren
No that’s not a typo in the title. Birthday Cakes is plural for me is weekend. I had not one but two Grandies celebrating. Drake turned 12 on Saturday. He doesn’t have many friends and didn’t want a party so he got his family dinner and a cake. He is like his MiMi and his favorite meal is Fried chicken. and chocolate cake.
He likes the way I cook mine, though I do nothing special. I have to admit it must be in the genes or something because I loved my Grandma’s and mom’s and mom taught dad. When I go to dads I have him cook me two things.. fried chicken and beans LOL.
I’ll share my chicken recipe though it’s more a method than a recipe.
I generally cook only legs or leg quarters. as I think breasts are to dry fried. I put my hubby and daughter in law a couple skinless breasts in the oven to bake while i fry the legs.
Chicken legs (or legs and thighs or whole chicken ) cut up rinsed
oil to fry
oh and this… my now no longer secret ingredient
Simple. heat oil the turn to medium flame. Salet and pepper chicken then dredge in flour. carefully lay single layer into the grease (make sure it’s hot first… tip drop a bit of flour if it sizzles its ready if it falls to the bottom its not. Do not put the chicken in cold grease it will come out greasy. Fry on one side until crsipy and brown on bottom then turn over. Fry that side until its crispy and brown. A fork should slide easily into it and it nearly falls off the bone. Don’t keep turning over and over. Be patient O’ little one. if cooking a lot like I am i use two skillets to cut time or you can do in batches.
Everything that could go wrong Saturday did. I was very sick and up all night Friday night. I laid down about 9 Saturday and my daughter went out to smoke. She was gone 5 minutes and Daenerys opened Drakes gifts and id the Game card. It took us 45 minutes to find it. I made the cakes too moist and they fell apart. We managed a decent Hello Kitty. Drakes was a simple sheet cake. When I frosted it Daenerys watched and i turned my back to put the spatula in the sink. I turned back she had her face in the cake licking the frosting. She had the cutest chocolate beard.
My oldest Grandaughter was going to decorate it. I was carrying to the kitchen when my hubby ran into me and I dropped it. Luckily it was in a plastic carry case. A little smushed but edible. all in all things ended up good. and Drake seemed happy.
tOur second party person is Daenerys my now 4-year-old granddaughter. Her Birthday is actually today but we had her party yesterday. This is her first birthday party. I decided to make her a Hello Kitty Cake since she loves Hello Kitty so much.
Here is how I did it. 2 boxes of cake mix ( i used white with white fluffy frosting ingredients needed for that use milk instead of water. I poured it into three round pans a large one (base) one a little smaller (head) and a small one I cut in half for ears.
I frosted each cake set the ears besides the head. used chocolate gel decorating icing to pipe whiskers, eyelashes .and mouth I used a new bow for the bow.
Next week I will be back with some chicken comfort food.
How do you celebrate your birthday or your family’s?