Showing posts with label baking. Show all posts
Showing posts with label baking. Show all posts

Friday, September 11, 2015

Yummy Cheddar Bread


The other day as I strolled through our local farmer's market, I had my eye on their many  fresh baked breads and cakes. Seeing their beautiful displays really got me wanting to head home and do some baking! There's something about the Fall season that totally turns me on to baking...... apples, pumpkins, cranberries, so many options!

I sat down at the computer and quickly began researching lots of breads, both sweet and not, that could be made as loaves. I just love making loaves because they are the perfect easy bread for your own family or for gifting. I tell you, nothing's sweeter than a little loaf of bread wrapped up and tied with a little baker's twine bow, love it!  

I discovered the most awesome recipes for lots of loaves and I'm going to share them with y'all starting with a delicious Cheddar Loaf. I had made chili con carne for dinner and man, this cheddar bread was delicious served up on the side. It would be soooooo good for a breakfast bread too! Enjoy friends...........



Cheddar Bread

Ingredients

2 cups flour
1 Tbsp. sugar
1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/4 tsp. salt
1/4 cup cold butter cubed
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
1 egg beaten
1 cup milk

Directions

Pre-heat oven to 400*.  Mix dry ingredients in medium bowl then cut in cubed butter with a pastry blender until mixture resembles course crumbs. Stir in the cheese then add egg and milk. Mix just until moistened. 

Spoon into greased and floured 9x5 inch loaf pan. Bake 40 to 45 minutes until tooth pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pan 5 minutes then remove to cooling rack to cool completely. 

Enjoy immediately or package in a sealed plastic bag, perfect for gifting.

We are heading to the mountains for a little camping adventure this weekend and I'm planning on basking in the 47 degree early morning temps. Doesn't that sound unbelievably wonderful? Morning coffee and 47 degrees...... be still my heart! See y'all next week!

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Friday, September 19, 2014

Old Fashioned Banana Pudding {the EASY way}



I know that it's September and already all the caramel and pumpkin laden recipes are popping up everywhere, but here in the deep south, it's still WARM! I just can't get into all the fall baking when, down here, summer's not done with us just yet. For this weeks celebration of the 'DAYCATION', I'm sharing a favorite old southern classic desert recipe. We took this with us to our picnic at the falls {you can read about that here}. Instead of making the pudding by scratch, I'm going to use an easy substitute by adding Jello brand pudding {the COOK kind only!}. This will really speed up the process but doesn't compromise the desert's flavor. 





     Ingredients:                                                                                                                                 
4   medium bananas, sliced
1 [12 ounce] box of vanilla wafers
2 [4.6 ounce] boxes of Jello Brand Cook And Serve Vanilla Pudding and 6 cups of milk to prepare 
For the meringue topping:
6 egg whites
1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar
1/2 cup sugar
Prepare the pudding according to the package directions. Place half of cooked mixture in a 13x9 inch baking dish, place single layer of vanilla wafers over pudding then sliced bananas over wafers. Layer other half of pudding on top of layers.  Place more vanilla wafers around the outer edge of the dish. Cover with plastic wrap to cool slightly while preparing meringue.

 For the meringue: Preheat oven to 350*. Beat egg whites and cream of tarter until soft peaks form. Then gradually add sugar and continue beating until stiff peaks form. Spread on top of pudding and bake until golden brown. 

Chill a few hours in the fridge before serving. Enjoy!




This dessert is just so beautiful. The meringue gives it such a crown of glory. This is comfort food at it's best. I hope you'll give it a try sometime soon! It's so very yummy to the tummy!


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Friday, July 18, 2014

A Fried Green Tomato Kind Of Day



Today is a fun kind of day! It's Friday, which always puts a little spring in my step, and I'm sharing a yummy southern favorite recipe AND a favorite movie of mine. See, told you it was a fun kind of day! The recipe and the movie go hand in hand- I just couldn't talk about one without the other. 



On Friday nights, my husband and I usually watch a movie in bed together. It's just become a little tradition of ours and a special time for us to catch up on the goings on of the week and just enjoy one another's company. We don't have t.v., but we'll snuggle around the laptop in bed and watch something on Netflix or rent from Amazon occasionally. MANY years ago we watched "Fried Green Tomatoes". No, it's not just a side-dish, it's a movie too! If you haven't seen it before, this is your weekend my dear. And, whilst watching the movie, show your hubby how super talented you are and fry up some real fried green tomatoes! Perfect companion to the movie! Did you know that the movie was filmed right here in Georgia? Yep, it was. It was filmed in a tiny town in middle Georgia named Juliette. Click over to this link to learn more about the town, the cafe and the movie. Many of the scenes were filmed at The Whistle Stop Cafe, aptly named for the fact that it sits right next to a train depot. There's not much left from the set, but The Whistle Stop Cafe is still there and just in case you're wondering, they do still sell those mouth-watering fried green tomatoes. If you are ever heading southward through Georgia, take a little pit stop and let them serve you their specialty. It is worth the few moments drive off the highway let me just say from personal experience. The movie is pure southern goodness and I give it two thumbs up. Now, on to the recipe.......



Fried Green Tomatoes

1.   Slice your green tomatoes into thin slices no more than 1/2 thick.

2.  Whisk about 3 eggs and 1/2 cup milk together in a bowl {this will be enough to coat about 5 tomatoes}.

3.  In a separate bowl, place about 2 cups flour. Sprinkle generously with salt and pepper.

4. Pour about 1 inch deep of your regular cooking oil in a skillet and heat to a medium temperature.

5.  Dip your tomato slice into your egg, then into the flour.

6.  Place the slice into your pre-heated skillet. You should be able to get about 3 or 4 slices into your skillet depending upon it's size. Tomato slices should be in a single layer and not touching.

7.  Once first side has browned, flip until both sides are golden. Remove onto a paper towel lined plate to drain and cool slightly.

8.  Serve immediately.





Now, I only have to say that I may or may not have eaten most of these while writing this post. They're just that doggone good y'all! One of those occupational hazards I suppose! Enjoy the movie, the side dish AND the weekend!


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Monday, June 16, 2014

The Hostess With The Mostess...... NOT!



I have trouble with this. Please tell me that you do too? I LOVE entertaining to the nines. The decorating, the baking, all that stuff is so much fun to me. But sometimes, like this past weekend, I just didn't feel that I could be that hostess with the mostess. I had been so busy the whole week and I was feeling, well, just plum tired. Does that happen to you sometimes? Like your "get up and go", just "got up and went"? Yeah, that was me Friday, and my mom and dad were coming Saturday to celebrate my dad's birthday and Father's Day. I just couldn't muster the party hoopla. So, I got REAL with myself and gave myself permission to get help. Help in the form of food already prepared for me and plastic plates, cups and silverware. 



I even bought an ice cream cake for dessert. Was this really hard for me to do? Shoot yeah! But, why? Why do I feel guilty for not always being "perfectly on"? 




So how did it turn out you ask? It was a perfectly, stress-free afternoon. The food was delicious, the conversation lively and my dad had a wonderful afternoon. That's what it's all about anyway. Right? The point of the day was to share a special moment in time with my parents and for them to enjoy their grand kids. Mission accomplished.





So why the guilt and how can we release ourselves from it's grip? If I had the answer, I'd give it to you right now, but I haven't figured it out yet. What I do know is this, I'm not alone. I'll just bet that there's lots of you out there that feel this pressure too. Help a girl out here, lay some advice on me!

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

A Frugal Dinner {#1}


Do you notice that sometimes we get into a cooking rut? I sure do. We need something different for dinner, but still quick, healthy, and frugal. After all of last weeks posts on "Surviving And Thriving On One Income", I thought I would try to post more of our simple and frugal meals. This is dinner at our house tonight. This recipe meets our whole foods requirements, but you feel free to substitute any of your usual ingredients. This recipe didn't receive a single thumbs down at our house. Enjoy Everyone!




Turkey and Rice Casserole

  1. 1 lb. ground turkey
  2. 2  {14.5 ounce cans} of organic diced tomatoes
  3. 1/2 cup chopped onion
  4. Brown Rice Cooked {I cook 2 1/2 cups for this recipe}
  5. Salt and pepper to taste
  6. 1 cup grated cheese
  7. Fresh parsley {from our garden!} to garnish
Brown ground turkey and onion in skillet.  Then add diced tomatoes and simmer for 10 minutes. Add  salt and pepper, and cooked rice to browned turkey/onion/tomato mixture. Stir well to incorporate all ingredients. Place in greased 13x9 casserole dish. Cover with foil and bake at 350* for 10 minutes. Remove and sprinkle with 1 cup grated cheese. Return to oven uncovered for 7-10 minutes until cheese is bubbly. Enjoy!




Fresh Parsley From The Garden

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Always Perfect Chocolate Cake


The weekends coming up and I wanted to end this week on a sweet note. I'm sharing my favorite Chocolate Cake recipe of ALL time. It's my favorite because it turns out the same EVERY time, always perfect and moist. I just hate all the time to bake a cake and it turns out dry, don't you? Not this cake, not ever. I use all organic ingredients, whole wheat bread flour, and special dark cocoa, but the great thing about this recipe is that even if you change out the ingredients to your favorites, it still turns out great!





Ingredients

{for cake}


  1. 1 3/4 cups organic whole wheat bread flour
  2. 2 cups organic cane sugar
  3. 3/4 cup cocoa powder
  4. 1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
  5. 1 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  6. 1 tsp. salt
  7. 2 eggs
  8. 1 cup whole milk
  9. 1/2 cup coconut oil
  10. 2 tsp. vanilla
  11. 1 cup bowling water
Heat oven to 350*. Grease and flour bundt pan. Stir together flour, sugar, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in large bowl or stand mixer. Add eggs, milk, oil, and vanilla. Beat at medium speed for 2 minutes. Stir in boiling water {batter will be thin}. Pour into pan and bake for 50-55 minutes. Cool in pan for 15 to 20 minutes then turn out onto cooling rack to cool completely.

{for icing}

  1. 1 stick organic unsalted butter
  2. 2/3 cup cocoa
  3. 3 cups organic powdered sugar
  4. 1/3 cup whole milk
  5. 1 tsp. vanilla
Melt butter and stir in cocoa. Alternately add powdered sugar then milk beating to spreading consistency. Add small amount of additional milk to thin if necessary. Stir in vanilla.



This cake is so fast and easy! It's so yummy and pretty enough for company. Have a glorious Friday everyone and let's all eat some cake! Chocolate makes everything better!

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Thursday, May 8, 2014

A Product Review and A Package



If you haven't noticed yet, I like baking bread. It's just something so motherly about it. I cook and bake LOTS of stuff, but there's something about making bread that just takes me back in time and I feel all 1800'ish. And yes, I am a little weird. But, back to the bread. Well, I haven't been able to find my ideal bread slicer, until now. Even using a knife especially designated for bread slicing, I ended up with smooshed bread, and some anger issues, but that's another story. Here's what I'm using now. You can pick one up on Amazon. Here's why I'm liking it. When I cut into a still warm loaf of bread, no smooshing. Yep, you heard me right, no smooshing! Beautiful slices every time.







Also, I'd been pining over the goodies at this Etsy shop for awhile. So when I had a little extra spending money, my first stop was Etsy. I love ALL their products but I really had my eye on their napkins and kitchen towels, just dreamy! My package arrived yesterday, and they're everything I had hoped for. They really make kitchen time happier and brighter! I can't wait to use these cutie napkins real soon.





It's Thursday already, can you believe it? Don't forget to hit your local farmer's market like I posted about here or those flea markets that I posted about here. Happy almost weekend everyone!



Thursday, April 24, 2014

Baking Help, Yes Please

It never fails. I begin to gather ingredients for chocolate chip cookies or oatmeal cookies and when I get to the brown sugar, it's hard as a rock. Ughhhhh!





I've tried sealing it in a freezer bag, still a rock. I've read to keep a slice of bread in the bag, but we make our own bread, and if you've ever made your own bread before, I'm just too selfish with my "labor of love" to waste a slice in the brown sugar bag! So what to do? Here's a super fast option, and I always love me a good SUPER FAST option! Place your rock brown sugar clump in the microwave along with a bowl of warm water.





Set the timer to one minute, and tap your foot as you wait {that last part is very important :)},




then, open the microwave and behold a miracle. Soft brown sugar awaits you. Yay!






If yours isn't quite soft enough yet, zap it 30 seconds longer and then check. You can thank me the next time you want to bake oatmeal cookies!
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