gallamore west: April Fool's Day Dinner! {recipe}

Sunday, April 3, 2011

April Fool's Day Dinner! {recipe}

There were so many great ideas for April Fool's Day food jokes out there this year! When I saw the chicken nuggets and fries though, I knew right away that it was the perfect one to fool my nugget loving boys.  And I was right... it even fooled my husband! 

Here's what I did:  I found the ideas on Pizzazzerie,
a really fun site full of great party and holiday inspiration, 
and went from there.  
I found an easy recipe for a pound cake from Allrecipes:
Next time I'd skip the lemon because the cake tasted good on its own, but combined with crushed peanuts (for the breading) it made for a pretty weird flavor combination.

1/2 cup butter
1 cup white sugar
3 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon lemon extract
2/3 cup water
1 (8 ounce) container sour cream
1 (18.25 ounce) package yellow cake mix
1 cup all-purpose flour

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).  The original recipe says to use a bundt pan, but I used a loaf pan since I knew I'd be slicing it to make my "nuggets and fries."

In a large bowl, cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in the eggs one at a time, then stir in the vanilla and lemon extract. Beat in water and sour cream (I didn't have any so I skipped it, but it is THE BEST secret ingredient for moist cakes!) Beat in the cake mix and flour. Pour batter into prepared pan.

Bake in the preheated oven for 60 to 80 minutes (loaf pan was more than ready after 40 minutes... oops!) or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean. Let cool in pan for 10 minutes, then turn out onto a wire rack and cool completely. 

Once the cake is cooled, slice into pieces about 1/3 of an inch thick.  Then cut into irregular "nugget" shapes like this:
Make a glaze to dip the "nuggets" into.  The recipe for the glaze I found was way too thick and my nuggets were crumbling so I added water until it was really thin.  
It's just to coat them so the "breading" will stick.

1 1/2 cup water
1 teaspoon vanilla
3 tablespoons water (or whatever amount you need to get it runny)
4 teaspoons light corn syrup

Mix it all up, then set aside and crush some peanuts (a cup and a half was more than plenty).  I used my food processor so this part was really quick, but if I made these again I'd crush them a little finer.  Kids with peanut allergies?  Just crush up Corn Flakes (or a similar looking cereal) instead.
 Then dip your nuggets in the glaze, roll them in the nuts and let them sit for a while to set.  Meanwhile, make your "fries"...
 Just cut some of your pound cake into strips and toast.  A few of mine got a little too toasty here!  
We had a short window of time between Jake's Trike-A-Thon in the morning and the time I drop off Sam for school on April Fool's Day so I brought the boys to McDonald's for lunch.  They thought I was being nice to bring them there, but really it was all part of my plan for my April Fool's Day trick! I saved their fry bags, which was the KEY to really pulling off the surprise.  When I gave them their "nuggets and fries" for dinner I told them the fries were leftover from lunch and that's why they looked a little different.

 They both went for it!

Not a good picture here, but I included it to show that I saved the little plastic ranch cups and made my own "ranch" and "ketchup".  White frosting with a few black sprinkles for ranch, and I saved a little of the white frosting before I added the sprinkles and dyed it red for the ketchup.
 And then Mr. Smarty Pants started to catch on... 
April Fool's!!  

I loved seeing all the great ideas around Facebook 
and on blogs this year for April Fool's.  
I can't wait for next year!!


Chiara said...

Very clever! I think the burned fries add to the look--a few of those are always in the McDonald's bag. : ) Thanks for your sweet comments on our birthday carnival party! I just became your newest follower!

TCahal said...

The nuggets are pretty believable! But I can see what you're saying about the peanut lemon mix...that does seem kind of odd; but hey..boys will eat just about anything :) said...

What a sweet idea for April Fools. I think it all looked really good - fooled me.
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