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Recipe(s) of the Week


October 31, 202


Chicken A La King



½ cup butter unsalted, (1 stick)
1 large onion chopped
8 oz white mushrooms cleaned and sliced
½ tsp salt or to taste
½ tsp black pepper or to taste
1 cube chicken bouillon
½ cup all-purpose flour
2 cups chicken broth low sodium
1 cup milk
1 cup frozen peas
1 cup pimentos chopped
3 cups cooked chicken chopped
1 tbsp parsley for garnish


Cook Ingredients: Melt the butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the onion, mushrooms and cook for 5 minutes or until the onion is softened. Next, add the salt, pepper, chicken bouillon and stir.

Add Ingredients: Sprinkle the flour over the mushrooms, stir and cook until there's no more specs of white flour. Add the chicken broth, milk, and stir. Lower the heat to medium-low and continue stirring and cooking for another 5 minutes until sauce thickens, ensuring there are no lumps.

Cook: Stir in the peas, pimentos, cooked chicken and cook for another 5 minutes or until the chicken is heated through and the sauce is bubbly.

Finish and Serve: Garnish with parsley and serve over rice, noodles or toast.



Make ahead: Let it cool completely, then freeze individual servings of the chicken a la king in freezer-safe, resealable plastic storage bags or an airtight container. This will last in the freezer for up to 1 month! If using freezer bags, seal them with as much air out of them as possible.
Leftovers: Store leftover chicken a la king in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 4 days.
Freezing: Wait until it has fully cooled, then transfer to an airtight container. This dish can be kept frozen for up to 1 month.




Past Hall of Fame Recipes


UBC Cinnamon Bun Recipe

YIELD: 18 Large Cinnamon Buns


3 cups (750mL) milk
6 tbsp (90mL) butter
6 tbsp (90mL) plus 1 tsp (5ml) granulated sugar
1 tbsp (15mL) salt
½ cup (125mL) warm water
2 envelopes active dry yeast
2 large eggs
9 cups (2.25L) all-purpose flour
¾ cup (175mL) melted butter
1¼ cups (300mL) granulated sugar
2 tbsp (30mL) cinnamon


Scald Milk. Stir in butter, 6 tbsp sugar and salt. Cool to lukewarm.
Dissolve remaining 1 tsp sugar in warm water. Sprinkle yeast over water mixture. Let stand in a warm place for 10 minutes. Stir.
In a large mixing bowl, combine lukewarm milk mixture with eggs. Stir in dissolved yeast mixture.
Add four to five cups of the flour and beat well for 10 minutes. With a wooden spoon, gradually add enough of the remaining flour to make a soft dough.
Turn out on to a lightly floured surface and knead until smooth and elastic, adding additional flour as needed. This is a soft dough!
Place dough in a well-greased bowl and roll around to grease all sides of the dough. Cover with a damp cloth and let rise in a warm place until dough doubles in size, about one hour.
Punch down dough and turn out onto a lightly floured surface. Divide dough in half.
To fill, roll out each piece of dough into a 9 x 18-inch rectangle. Spread 1/4 cup of melted butter evenly onto each rectangle.
Combine sugar and cinnamon for filling. Sprinkle onto the rectangles. Roll dough up like a jelly roll, starting from the long side. Cut into 2-inch slices.
Place remaining ¼ cup of melted butter into the bottom of a 16½ x 11½ x 2½-inch pan. Arrange slices in the pan and cover loosely with greased wax paper.
Let rise in pan until doubled in size, about 45-60 minutes.
Preheat oven to 350°F (180°C).
Bake for 35-40 minutes.
Remove from oven and immediately invert onto a serving tray.

Nearly 65 years of UBC Alumni remember the pillowy softness and caramelized edges of the UBC Cinnamon Bun as a quintessential part of the UBC experience. But where did it all begin?
The UBC Cinnamon Bun recipe was first perfected by Hungarian Baker Grace Hasz in 1954. Within a few years she went from baking two dozen to a staggering 120 dozen per day as the bun grew in popularity.
Grace baked cinnamon buns for UBC until her retirement in 1971. She baked by instinct and never wrote the recipe down, though her grandson has recorded his attempts to recreate the original recipe from memory.
A few things have changed since 1955 – the original recipe used margarine, a holdover from war-time butter shortages, and was said to have so much cinnamon the filling looked black – but the association between UBC and great cinnamon buns has never diminished.
Today’s recipe is still made from scratch every day, using real butter and simple ingredients. Next time you’re craving a cinnamon bun, you’ll find them in most UBC Food Services locations. But go early – they often sell out!





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