Monday, September 26, 2011

Conference Traditions

Our family is looking forward to General Conference this coming weekend.  I'm going to share a few of my family's favorite conference traditions.  We love to combine these two ingredients: 

A generous dollop of whipped cream
Strawberry Belgium Waffles

Don't worry.  I'll share an awesome waffle recipe with you.  It's my husband's specialty.  I apologize for not having any pictures of these fabulous waffles.  Apparently we eat them and leave no evidence behind.  The secret is to separate the eggs, beat the egg whites until stiff and fold into the batter.  I've tried making these waffles without separating the eggs and they are just not as good. 

1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 egg yolks
1 3/4 cups milk
1/2 cup cooking oil
2 egg whites
In a medium mixing bowl stir together flour, baking powder, and salt.  make a well in the center of dry mixture; set aside.  
In another medium mixing bowl beat egg yolks slightly.  Stir in milk and oil.  Add egg yolk mixture all at once to the dry mixture.  Stir just till moistened.  Batter should be lumpy.  In a small mixing bowl beat egg whites till stiff peaks form.  Gently fold beaten egg whites into flour and egg yolk mixture, leaving a few fluffs of egg white.  Do not overmix. Pour 1 to 1 1/4 cups batter onto grids of a pre-heated, lightly greased waffle baker.  Close lid quickly; do not open till done.  Bake according to manufacturer's directions.  When done, use a fork to lift waffle off grid.  Repeat with remaining batter.  Serve warm. Better Homes and Gardens New Cookbook, 2000.

Top waffles with strawberries that have been hulled and sliced and sprinkled with sugar and  whipped cream or whipped topping.  Yum!  We like to eat these for breakfast before the morning session of conference.  

We also love to make pretzels after the final session of conference.  Auntie Anne's Pretzels are a favorite.  We use a knock-off of the recipe that can be found here. 
We don't always make pretzels.  Sometimes we like to decorate cookies during the last session of conference.  Our kids like to play Conference Bingo.  You can find it at: It's also called Conference Squares.  We set out a bowl of candy (like a mix of candy corn, m&ms and the like) and each time the kids hear that topic spoken about, they get a piece of candy out of the bowl.  The kids also love drawing pictures about the talks.  This helps them remember specific talks and we can discuss conference afterwards. 

Do you have any favorite conference traditions?  We would love to hear about them on our blog!

Enjoy this special Conference weekend with your family!


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