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Cranberry Cream Cheese Bread

February 13, 2017

This sweet treat is a crowd pleaser. I baked it as a thank you for some coworkers, and the whole loaf was almost gone in the first few minutes.

You will need:

  • 1 c (2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 pkg (8 oz) light cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1 1/2 c brown sugar
  • 4 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 1/2 t vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 t baking soda
  • 2 t ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 t salt
  • 2 c all-purpose flour
  • 2 c cranberries, fresh or frozen

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Then you will…

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease two 9×5 loaf pans with non-stick cooking spray.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, cream the butter with the cream cheese and sugar.
  3. Mix in the eggs and vanilla.
  4. Mix in the baking soda, cinnamon, and salt.
  5. Mix in the flour just until combined.
  6. Gently fold in the cranberries.
  7. Pour the batter into the prepared loaf pans.
  8. Bake for 45-60 minutes, or until golden and a tester inserted in center comes out clean.
  9. Allow to cool at least 15 minutes before flipping out onto a wire rack to continue cooling.
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Pumpkin Cranberry Muffins

January 30, 2017

I made these for a new year’s brunch; they were quick to bake the day prior and tasted great. I love the pumpkin and warming spices. I am also a huge fan of tart cranberries. I had some leftover fresh cranberries from Thanksgiving that I’d frozen. You could use them whole, but I decided to chop them up slightly in the food processor.

You will need:

  • 1/2 c unsalted butter, melted
  • 5 T unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 c brown sugar, divided
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 c pumpkin puree
  • 1 T + 1 1/2 t ground cinnamon, divided
  • 1/4 t ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 t ground ginger
  • 1/4 t ground cloves
  • 1 t baking soda
  • 1 1/2 c all-purpose flour
  • 1 c fresh or frozen cranberries
  • 3/4 c old-fashioned oats

Then you will…

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Line a muffin tin tray with paper liners.
  2. In a medium mixing bowl, combine the 1/2 cup of melted butter with 1/2 cup of brown sugar.
  3. Stir in the eggs and pumpkin puree, whisking until smooth.
  4. Stir in 1 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon, the nutmeg, the ginger, the cloves, and the baking soda.
  5. Mix in the flour until just combined.
  6. Fold in the cranberries.
  7. Spoon batter into the muffin cups until each one is about 3/4 of the way full.
  8. In a small bowl, combine the 5 tablespoons room temperature butter with the remaining 1/2 cup of brown sugar, the tablespoon of cinnamon, and the oats.
  9. Crumble the topping on each of the muffins. Gently press into the top.
  10. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until golden and a tester in the middle comes out clean.
  11. Allow to cool 10 minutes in the pan and then remove and finish cooling on a wire rack.

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No-Knead Garlic Boule Bread

October 20, 2016

I had read about no-knead bread in several different places over the past few years. You need a Dutch oven or something similar to bake the bread, which I didn’t have until we received one as a wedding present. What I love about this recipe is that you can do some quick mixing in the morning and head off on whatever adventure you have planned. Then when you get home, you only have a few steps before you end up with bread that is deliciously crispy on the outside and full of airy goodness on the inside. The first week I tried this, we made it twice…so good!

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You will need:

  • 1 package active dry yeast
  • 3 c all-purpose flour, plus more for shaping
  • 1 T garlic powder
  • 1 1/2 t salt
  • 1½ cups warm water (about 110 to 115 degrees F)
 Then you will…
  1. In a large bowl (recommend plastic or glass), mix together the yeast, flour, garlic powder and salt. until well mixed.
  2. Stir in the warm water and stir until a sticky dough forms.
  3. Cover the bowl tightly with plastic wrap or a lid and set in a warm place for 8 to 18 hours. Dough should rise up and then flatten on the top.
  4. Preheat your oven to 450 degrees. Place a 4 or 6-quart Dutch oven in the oven with its lid and allow to preheat in the oven for 30 minutes.
  5. Meanwhile, generously flour a piece of parchment paper and your hands.
  6. Transfer the down to the parchment and shape into a ball. Place the dough on the parchment paper, and then transfer the parchment paper in a medium bowl. (You could skip the bowl if you want, but I found it helped the dough hold its shape better).
  7. Cover with plastic wrap and allow to rise for another 30 minutes or so.
  8. Remove your Dutch oven from the oven.
  9. Remove the plastic wrap from your dough and transfer it to your Dutch oven with the parchment paper. (Careful! The Dutch oven will be extremely hot). Cover with the lid.
  10. Bake 30-40 minutes covered until the boule is baked through and golden brown on top. It should sound hollow if you tap the bottom.
  11. Cool on a wire rack at least 10 minutes before slicing.

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Fig and Pepper Bread

September 28, 2016

I love baking bread. There is  something very satisfying about mixing all the ingredients, kneading them into a smooth dough, and then allowing the bread to slowly fill your house with all sorts of comforting scents. I always have difficulty waiting until fresh bread cools enough to eat. This recipe is no exception. I recommend it warm with some creamy goat cheese, prosciutto and a little honey.

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You will need:

  • 2 1/4 t (1 packet) dry yeast
  • 1 1/2 c warm water
  • 3 T olive oil
  • 2 c whole wheat flour
  • 2 1/2 c all-purpose flour
  • 2 t salt
  • 1 1/2 t pepper
  • 2 c coarsely chopped figs (I used a package of dried, but fresh figs would be a light and fresh option)

Then you will…

  1. In a large mixing bowl, combine the yeast and warm water. Allow to proof for at least 5 minutes.
  2. Mix in the olive oil, flours, salt and pepper until the dough starts to come away from the sides.
  3. On a lightly floured surface, knead for 10 minutes until the dough is smooth and elastic.
  4. Oil a large bowl, place the dough inside and turn to coat lightly.
  5. Cover the bowl with a damp towel. Let rise in a warm place until doubled, roughly 1 hour.
  6. Punch the dough down and turn out onto a lightly floured surface.
  7. Gently knead the figs into the dough, a handful at a time to get an even distribution.
  8. Form the dough into a loaf (roughly 10 inches long by 4 inches wide).
  9. Place onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
  10. Slice three lines diagonally into the top.
  11. Allow to rise in a warm place, another 15-30 minutes.
  12. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
  13. Bake the bread for 45-55 minutes, or until it is lightly golden and sounds hollow when you tap the bottom.
  14. Remove from the oven and allow to cool on a wire rack.
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Yorkshire Pudding

January 10, 2016

Yorkshire pudding is a classic part of the traditional British Sunday roast, served with beef and gravy. It is an egg-y bread dish that is made with a simple batter of eggs, flour and milk. It doesn’t look like much, but it packs lots of flavor from the roast drippings. Originally it was served as a first course, so that guests would be full before they moved on to the more expensive meat course.

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You will need:

  • 1 c flour
  • 1 c milk
  • 1/2 t salt
  • 2 eggs

Then you will…

  1. Preheat your oven to 325 degrees. Heat a 9x9x2 or 11x7x1.5 pan in the oven.
  2. Pour 1/2 c of the beef roast drippings into the pan.
  3. In a medium bowl, whisk together all of the ingredients until smooth and light.
  4. Pour the batter into the prepared pan with the drippings.
  5. Baked 25 minutes until puffed and golden.

 

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Rosemary-Garlic Rolls

December 7, 2015

These rolls are a fun complement to most dinners. They are also a decent size, which makes them good for sandwiches. We made them for Thanksgiving and enjoyed them after with leftover turkey and gravy. How will you use them?

You will need:

  • 1 packet (2 1/3 t) active dry yeast
  • 1/2 c warm water
  • 3 T sugar, divided
  • 3/4 c warm milk
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 3 T unsalted butter, melted (or olive oil)
  • 1/4 c fresh rosemary, chopped
  • 1 T garlic powder
  • 1 t salt
  • 4 c flour
  • Egg wash of 1 egg and splash of water, beaten together
  • Extra salt and pepper, to top

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Then you will…

  1. In a large mixing bowl, combine the yeast, water and 1/2 teaspoon of sugar.
  2. Allow to rest for 5 minutes in a warm place.
  3. Mix in the remaining sugar, milk, egg, butter, rosemary, garlic powder and a teaspoon of salt.
  4. Add flour in half cup increments until it starts to pull away from the sides of the bowl.
  5. Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface. Knead in remaining dough until smooth and elastic. If the dough is still sticky, add additional flour in 2 tablespoon increments.
  6. Lightly grease a large mixing bowl.
  7. Form dough into a ball and place into the greased mixing bowl.
  8. Cover with plastic wrap and place in a warm spot. Allow to rise 30 minutes.
  9. Butter a 9×13-inch baking dish.
  10. Punch the dough down and divide into 12 equal portions.
  11. Shape each portion into a ball.
  12. Place dough balls into the prepared baking dish. You should have three rows of 4 balls.
  13. Cover with plastic wrap and let rise in a warm place for an hour. Dough should double in size.
  14. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  15. Brush the top of each roll with the egg wash
  16. Sprinkle lightly with salt and pepper.
  17. Bake 20-25 minutes, or until the tops of golden brown and the rolls sound hollow when you tap the tops.
  18. Allow to cool for 10 minutes. Remove from baking dish and pull apart into individual rolls.
  19. Serve with your favorite butter or spread.

 

 

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Fresh Apple Cake

September 20, 2015

The fall is a wonderful time for baking, especially with apples. We had a lazy Sunday, so I made this for an afternoon treat. It would also be yummy with a cup of tea or coffee.

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You will need:

  • 2 eggs, lightly whisked
  • 1/2 c brown sugar
  • 1/2 c apple butter (substitute brown sugar if needed)
  • 1 c sugar
  • 1 t vanilla
  • 1/2 c unsalted butter, melted
  • 3 green apples, peeled and finely chopped
  • 1 t baking powder
  • 1 t salt
  • 1 t cinnamon
  • 1/2 t nutmeg
  • 1/2 t ginger
  • 1/4 t cloves
  • 2 c flour
  • Extra raw sugar to sprinkle on top

Then you will…

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a 9×9 baking dish with aluminum foil and lightly grease.
  2. In a medium mixing bowl, combine the eggs, sugars, apple butter (if using), vanilla and butter.
  3. Stir in the apples.
  4. Mix in the baking powder, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger and cloves.
  5. Mix in the flour.
  6. Spread in the prepared baking dish. Top with the extra raw sugar.
  7. Bake 45-60 minutes or until set in the middle and golden on top.
  8. Allow to cool for 10 minutes before serving.
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