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Irish Soda Bread

April 16, 2019

This bread is extra tasty due to the addition of currants and a little bit of caraway seed. Serve it savory with sharp Irish cheddar and some sour cornichons. Serve it sweet with a bit of butter and jam.

You will need:

  • 4 c flour plus 1 T extra
  • 4 T sugar
  • 1 t baking soda
  • 1 1/2 t salt
  • 4 T (1/2 stick) cold butter, cut into pieces
  • 1 3/4 c cold buttermilk, shaken
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 1 orange, zested
  • 1 c currants
  • 1/2 t caraway seeds

Then you will…

  1. Preheat your oven to 375 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the flour with the sugar, baking soda and salt.
  3. Add the butter and mix until well combined (you may want to use your fingers for this step).
  4. In a measuring cup, lightly beat together the buttermilk, egg and orange zest.
  5. Slowly add the buttermilk mixture to the flour.
  6. Toss the raisins with a tablespoon of flour and the caraway seeds. Mix them into the wet dough.
  7. Flour your counter well. Dump the dough onto the floured counter and knead it a few times until you can shape it into a round loaf.
  8. Set the loaf on the prepped baking sheet and lightly cut a cross into the top with a serrated knife.
  9. Bake for 45-55 minutes, or until the bread sounds hollow.
  10. Cool on a baking rack.

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Sweet Molasses Brown Rolls

November 22, 2018

One of my favorite smells is fresh baked bread. These rolls have a hint of sweetness from the honey and molasses.

You will need:

  • 1 c warm water
  • 2 1/4 t (1 package) yeast
  • 1 T sugar
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 2 T unsalted butter, melted
  • 1/4 c honey
  • 3 T molasses
  • 1 T unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 t salt
  • 2 c whole wheat flour
  • 2 c all-purpose flour

Then you will…

  1. In a large mixing bowl, combine the water with the yeast and sugar. Allow to bloom for 5 minutes.
  2. Mix in the egg, butter, honey, molasses, cocoa powder, and salt.
  3. Mix in the flour until the dough pulls away from the sides of the bowl.
  4. Transfer the dough to a lightly floured surface and knead the dough until smooth and elastic, about 10 minutes.
  5. Place the dough in a lightly greased bowl, covered with plastic wrap.
  6. Allow to rise until doubled, about an hour.
  7. Lightly grease a 9×13 baking dish with nonstick cooking spray.
  8. Divide the dough into 16 pieces. Roll each piece into a ball.
  9. Place the rolls in the prepared baking dish and lightly cover with plastic wrap.
  10. Allow to rise until doubled again, about another hour.
  11. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
  12. Bake for 20-25 minutes, or until the rolls are golden on the edges and sound hollow when tapped.

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Simple Herb Focaccia

October 29, 2018

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We invited some friends over for dinner last minute, and I whipped up a simple pasta dish. This focaccia bread complemented the meal perfectly! It was also incredibly simple to put together.

You will need:

  • 3/4 c warm water
  • 2 1/4 t (1 packet) yeast
  • 4 T olive oil, divided
  • 2 t salt
  • 1 3/4 c flour (plus up to 1/4 c additional as needed)
  • 1/2 t dried oregano
  • 1/2 t dried basil
  • 1/2 t dried minced onion
  • 1/4 t garlic powder

Then you will…

  1. In a large mixing bowl, combine the water and yeast and stir to mix. Allow to rest and bloom for 5 minutes.
  2. Mix in 1 tablespoon of the olive oil, the salt, and the flour.
  3. On a lightly floured counter, knead 10 minutes until smooth and elastic.
  4. Grease a 9-inch round cake pan with nonstick cooking spray.
  5. Spread the dough in the pan and allow to rise for an hour, covered with oiled plastic wrap or a damp towel.
  6. Preheat your oven to 375 degrees.
  7. Remove the covering from the dough.
  8. Press dough with fingertips to create small indentations across the top surface.
  9. Drizzle with the remaining 3 tablespoons of olive oil.
  10. Sprinkle with the oregano, basil, minced onion and garlic powder.
  11. Bake 20-25 minutes, or until golden.
  12. Allow to cool 5 minutes and then remove from the pan.
  13. Cool on a wire rack at least another 5 minutes.
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Sundried Tomato Clover Rolls

October 9, 2018

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These rolls come together very quickly and are full of delicious sun-dried tomatoes and cheese (what a classic combination!). Clover rolls are named after the clover plant, because they have three pieces. Being able to pull the rolls apart was a terrific fun factor for our toddler!

You will need:

  • 2 1/4 t (1 packet) yeast
  • 1/2 c milk, lukewarm
  • 1/3 c water, lukewarm
  • 10 oz sun-dried tomatoes packed in oil, drained with 3 T of the oil reserved
  • 1 t salt
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 T onion powder
  • 3 1/4 c flour
  • 1 c shredded sharp cheddar cheese

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Then you will…

  1. In a large mixing bowl or the bowl of a stand mixer, combine the yeast with the milk and water. Allow to rest and bloom for 5 minutes.
  2. Chop the sun-dried tomatoes.
  3. Mix in the tomatoes, tomato oil, salt, egg, onion powder, flour and cheese.
  4. Knead until smooth and soft, 7-8 minutes.
  5. Lightly grease a large bowl and put the dough in, coating it on all sides. Cover with a damp towel and allow to double in size, roughly one hour.
  6. Lightly grease a 12 muffin tin with nonstick cooking spray.
  7. Roll the dough into 36 small balls and put three in each muffin cup.
  8. Allow to rise another 30 minutes.
  9. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
  10. Bake for 15-20 minutes, until the rolls are lightly golden on the edges and gently spring back under your finger.
  11. Allow to cool for 5 minutes before removing from the tin. Finish cooling on a wire rack.

 

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Banana Bread Coffee Cake

September 25, 2018

This sweet treat brings together the best of banana bread with the best of coffee cake. Combining ripe bananas with warm cinnamon and brown sugar makes your kitchen smell amazing.

You will need:

  • 8 T unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 2/3 c light brown sugar
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 4 ripe bananas, mashed
  • 2 t vanilla extract
  • 1 t baking soda
  • 1 t ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 t ground ginger
  • 1/4 t ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 t salt
  • 3/4 c flour
  • 1 3/4 c old-fashioned oats, divided
  • 2 T unsalted butter, cold
  • 1/2 c chopped pecans

Then you will…

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Line a 9×9 baking dish with foil and grease with nonstick spray.
  2. In a large bowl, cream together 8 tablespoons of the butter with 2/3 cup of the brown sugar.
  3. Mix in the eggs, banana, and vanilla.
  4. Mix in the banking soda, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, and salt.
  5. Mix in the flour and 1 1/4 cup of the oats.
  6. Spread into the prepared pan.
  7. In a small bowl, mix together the remaining 1/2 cup of oats with the remaining 1/4 cup of brown sugar, 2 tablespoons of cold butter, and pecans until it forms a crumbly mixture.
  8. Spread the topping on the batter.
  9. Bake 35-45 minutes or until a toothpick in the middle comes out clean and the cake is golden.
  10. Allow to cool at least 10 minutes before serving.

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Pizza Pockets

August 28, 2018

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These are definitely not a fancy treat, but they are quick and easy and perfect for helping toddler hands to put together.

You will need:

  • 2 packages (8 oz each) crescent rolls
  • 1/2 c pizza sauce
  • 8 mozzarella cheese sticks, cut into two shorter halves
  • 2 T unsalted butter
  • 1/2 t garlic powder
  • 1/2 t oregano

Then you will…

  1. Preheat your oven to 375 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Unroll the crescents.
  3. Spread a spoonful of pizza sauce on the wide end of the crescent.
  4. Place one half piece of cheese on each spoonful of sauce.
  5. Wrap the dough around the sauce and cheese.
  6. Place each dough bundle, seam side down, on the prepared baking sheet.
  7. Put the butter in a small, microwave-safe bowl.
  8. Melt by heating in the microwave, roughly 30 seconds.
  9. Mix in the garlic powder and oregano.
  10. Brush the seasoned butter on top of the dough bundles.
  11. Bake for 10-12 minutes, or until puffed up and golden.
  12. Remove from the oven and allow to cool at least 5 minutes before serving with extra dipping pizza sauce.

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Nutella Twist Bread

April 3, 2018

20180318 Nutella Bread 04This is a sweet treat that looks it takes a lot of skill. However, it comes together very quickly, and the secret to its pretty braided look is having layers that you twist.

You will need:

  • 2 1/4 t (1 packet) quick rise yeast
  • 1 c warm water
  • 2 1/2 c all-purpose flour
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 T sugar
  • 1 t ground cinnamon
  • 3/4 c Nutella

Then you will…

  1. In a small bowl, dissolve the yeast in the water and allow to bloom for 5-10 minutes.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine the flour with the salt, sugar and cinnamon.
  3. Stir in the yeast-water mixture until combined.
  4. Lightly dust a clean counter with flour.
  5. Turn the dough out and knead for 10 minutes, or until smooth.
  6. Lightly oil a large mixing bowl.
  7. Place the dough in the prepared bowl and cover with plastic wrap or a damp cloth.
  8. Allow to rise in a warm place for an hour, or until doubled in size.
  9. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.
  10. Lightly dust a clean counter with flour.
  11. Roll out the dough into a large rectangle, roughly 12 x 15 inches big.
  12. Spread the Nutella on the dough, leaving a 1/2-inch border around the edges of the dough.
  13. Working from the long side, roll the dough tightly.
  14. Roll so seam side is down on the counter.
  15. Starting about 3/4 inch from one end, gently slice the dough down the middle (top to bottom along the remaining length).
  16. Twist the two sides around each other, keeping the cut side facing up.
  17. Place the nutella bread on the parchment-lined baking sheet.
  18. Allow to rise another 20 minutes in a warm place.
  19. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
  20. Bake for 20-30 minutes, or until the bread is turning lightly golden and is baked through (should sound hollow when tapped on the bottom).
  21. Allow to cool at least 15 minutes before serving.

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