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3 or 4 Ingredient Recipes

I love three or four ingredient recipes or recipes that are easy to remember like the 1-2-3-4 biscuit recipe just published. Do you have any more like that?

By Eve from MS Gulf Coast USA

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January 9, 20100 found this helpful

Crazy Easy Peanut Butter Cookies"


1c PB (Can be creamy or crunchy)

1 Large Egg

1c Sugar

Mix sugar, egg and PB together until well mixed. Roll dough into 1/2 to 1 inch balls, if you like, roll balls in extra sugar to coat. (If dough is too soft to easily roll, allow to sit for a few minutes. It will thicken with time.) Bake at 350 degrees until the tops have cracks (about 15 minutes) and the house smells like PB cookies. Cool and try not to eat too many (I dare you)!

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January 9, 20100 found this helpful

Yeah, like that! Thanks. I'll try this. Peanut butter cookies are one of our favorite cookies.

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January 10, 20100 found this helpful

I just read an article about a book of cooking with ratios instead of recipes. I was going to see if our library had it or could get it to check it out.

Michael Ruhman's

Ratio: The Simple Codes Behind the Craft of Everyday Cooking

http://www.nyti … iews/29book.html

A few mentioned there are:

Pie dough = 3 parts flour: 2 parts fat : 1 part water.

Roux = 3 parts flour : 2 parts fat.

Sausage = 3 parts meat : 1 part fat.

Bread = 5:3 ratio of flour to water (plus yeast and salt) a few different cookie dough ratios.

Classic vinaigrette = 3 parts oil to 1 part vinegar, or 3:1

A pound cake = 1 part butter to 1 part sugar to 1 part egg to 1 part flour, or 1:1:1:1.

Authentic shortbread = 3 parts flour, 2 parts butter, 1 part sugar for a ratio of 3-2-1.

or a 4-2-1 shortbread cookies:

http://hubpages … 4-2-1-Shortbread

Here is one for muffins:

2 parts flour to 2 parts liquid to 1 part egg to 0.5 part fat

http://prohowto … and-recipe-ideas

Pancake recipe that is easy to remember as it is basically 2 cups s.r. flour, 2 cups milk, 2 eggs and 3 TBs butter:

http://www.tast … ter+strawberries

Or the 2 ingredient recipe for muffins or scones:

http://allrecip … fins/detail.aspx

http://allrecip … ones/Detail.aspx

There are also various cookbooks/recipes out there using 3 ingredients or less, 4 ingredients or less etc but they rely on a lot of prepacked foods instead of basic pantry staples, plus you end up getting a lot more artificial ingredients that way. … amp;oq=&aqi=

(just change the number if you want more choices...3, 4, 5 etc ingredients)

(And 'theammons' PB cookie recipe posted below is addictive to say the least!)

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January 10, 20100 found this helpful

Kaelle, that is fascinating. This is exactly what I am looking for. I knew there had to be people out there who had come up with formulas for cooking or easy to remember recipes. I have been using a cookie recipe for years based on ones.

1 stick butter

1 cup sugar

1 cup flour

1 egg

1 tsp. flavoring

Put one Tbsp. on sheet, giving plenty of room to run, bake about ten min at 350 F. These are really lacey cookies and need room to spread but they are Billy's favorite and I don't have to worry about forgetting such a simple formula.

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January 11, 20100 found this helpful

Beer-Battered Fish

1 lb fish fillets such as tilapia, cod or snapper

1 cup plus 4 tbls flour

1/2 cup beer

1 egg

Vegetable Oil for frying.

Heat the oil in about 1 1/2 inches of oil in a skillet or deep fryer to about 350 degrees.

Lightly coat the fish with the 4 tbls of flour.

Mix remaining ingredients until smooth. (Add a tiny bit more beer if batter is too thick for your liking)

Dip fish into batter and fry for about 2 minutes on each side or until golden brown; drain.

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January 11, 20100 found this helpful

Thanks deeli, I've never tried beer batter before.

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January 12, 20100 found this helpful

There's a cookbook called Cooking With 3 Ingredients by Ruthie Wornall. I bought it at a bookstore several years ago and absolutely love it!

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January 12, 20100 found this helpful

Bonnielou...I"ll look for that. I say if you can make a dish for supper with three ingrdients, why go to more trouble. Save those hours for cooking things you really like to cook. I do enjoy cooking but sometimes I love to have some no brainer dishes to make.

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May 18, 20100 found this helpful

There is a cooking program that comes on the Food network channel called something like "Fabulous 5." These are recipes with only 5 ingredients. You can go to and search their TV programs for more information about this program.

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