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Morning Glory Muffins

I love muffins and quick breads, muffins are even better on the go.  Unfortunately muffins are usually loaded with fat and sugar.  After reading a mix of morning glory muffin recipes I figured my recipe out.  I actually forgot about this recipe from a few years ago.  Until my Grandma gave me a large bag of carrots from the garden, I knew I would use some for baking and this recipe popped into my head.

This recipe uses two fruits and two vegetables and just a bit of sugar. The kids love these muffins and the possibilities are endless.  You could add in raisins, nuts, or chocolate chips for a real treat.  Don’t worry if you don’t have some of the fruit and vegetables substitute out for your favorite or more of another.

Morning Glory Muffins:Morning Glory Muffins

  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 Tbs flaxseed meal
  • 1 Tbs cinnamon
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 cup applesauce
  • 1 banana, mashed well
  • 1 1/2 cup carrot, grated
  • 1 cup zucchini, grated
  • 1 cup apple, peeled and grated
  • 1/2 cup orange juice or apple juice

Whisk or sift together flours, baking powder,baking soda,sugar,salt, cinnamon and flaxseed meal.

In a mixer or large bowl combine eggs, vanilla, all fruits, and juices. Morning Glory Muffins Add in the dry mixture until just combined. Scoop evenly into lightly greased muffin tins, about 18 regular muffins.

Bake at 375 degrees for about 15 minutes.  Cool and enjoy!

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Zucchini Pineapple Bread

Here is another quick bread recipe.  I found Zucchini Pineapple Bread II Recipe – Allrecipes.com.  It was a different from the normal Grandma’s Zucchini Bread recipe but I am not sure it was better.  I love trying new things and thought the added pineapple sounded interesting.

I substituted out some oil and didn’t not add the pecan’s due to Mr.Picky.  This was a very moist zucchini bread and it was enjoyed.  Next time I will leave out the raisins and add the pecans, I think the flavors would work better.  Also make sure you really drain the pineapple well so there is not to much liquid in the batter.

Zucchini Pineapple BreadZucchini Pineapple Bread:

  • 3 eggs, beaten
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 cup oil
  • 1/2 cup applesauce
  • 2 cups zucchini,grated
  • 3 cups flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • 1 cup pecans, chopped
  • 1 cup crushed pineapple, drained.

Mix together eggs, sugar, vanilla,oil, applesauce, and zucchini.

Sift together the flour,baking soda, baking powder, and salt.  Add this mixture to the wet ingredients.

Stir in nuts, raisins, and pineapple.

Pour into 2 9x5x3″ pans that have been lightly greased.

Bake in a preheated oven for 325 degrees for 1 hour or until toothpick comes out clean.

(If doing mini loaves reduce cooking time by about 20 minutes or so)

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Sweet Potato Spice Bread

I had a rather large bag of sweet potatoes to use up.  Usually we eat them rather quickly but I guess I had no motivation.   I planned on making some mashed sweet potatoes to go along dinner.  With the leftover sweet potatoes in the fridge the plan was to eat them up.

My Grandmother passed me some Taste of Home magazines she was through with.  I found a recipe for Sweet Potato Bread that I needed to try, as I am sucker for quick breads.  Grandma always has quick bread at her house.  She often served little quick bread sandwiches to us for snack.  Filling the quick bread with peanut butter or cream cheese was so exciting as a kids.  As it turns out my kids love these little sandwiches also.

Sweet potato spice bread turned out great, very similar to a pumpkin bread.  Unlike the original recipe I reduced the sugar and fat by substituting the oil out.  This bread has just a bit of spice and is filled with raisins, and nuts would be great but Mr.Picky will not tolerate them.  The only think I would do differently is whip or blend my sweet potato instead of mashing it.  Mr.Picky questioned the chunks and I lied and said it was pumpkin.

Sweet Potato Spice BreadSweet Potato Spice Bread:

Yields: 2 (9×5″) loaves

  • 3 1/2 cup flour
  • 2 cup sugar
  • 2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp ginger
  • 1/2 tsp ground cloves
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 cup mashed or whipped sweet potatoes
  • 2/3 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 2/3 cup milk
  • 2 Tbs flaxseed meal
  • 1 cup raisins
  • 1 cup walnuts, chopped (optional)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Sift together flour,baking soda,salt, baking powder, cinnamon,ginger, and cloves.

In a stand mixer or large mixing bowl whisk together eggs, sugar,applesauce, flax-seed, milk, and sweet potatoes.

Add in the dry mixture until just combined.

Fold in raisins and nuts until all are combined.

Grease 2 (9×5″) loaf pans.  Split the batter evenly between the pans.

Sweet Potato Spice Bread

Bake at 350 degrees for 55-60 minutes.  Cool in pans about 15 minutes before turning out.

 


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Honey Oat Bread

This Soft Honey Oat Bread – Bakingdom looked great.  I was looking for a homemade bread recipe to go along side dinner.  Honey Oat bread was the perfect pairing with a hot bowl of soup.  Not to mention the next morning it made the best toast ever.

My mother-in-law is so intimidated by yeast breads don’t be scared of yeast it is fun.  I love baking with yeast and watching my creation grow the kids love this part as well.  This method was new to me because I usually proof my yeast with the warm water and whatever sugar is in the bread.  This usually assures me that the yeast is active and ready.

This honey oat bread recipe turned out to be a light bread with a good chew.  The sweetness of the honey shows through but without becoming a sweet bread.  Great recipe to mix up the same old bread.

Honey Oat BreadHoney Oat Bread:

  • 3 cups flour
  • 3/4 cup oats (old fashion or instant)
  • 2 1/4 tsp yeast
  • 1 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup water, warm
  • 2 Tbs butter
  • 1/4 cup honey

bread topping:

  • 1 1/2 Tbs honey
  • 1 1/2 Tbs oats

In a mixing bowl combine flour, oats, yeast and salt.

Warm milk and add butter to it until it melts.  Add in the water and honey to this mixture.

Pour the milk mixture into the flour mixture.  Use a dough hook or spoon until a dough forms.

Knead the dough ball by hand or with a dough hook for about 10 minutes, the dough will be stretchy.

Place dough in an oiled bowl and allow to rise 1/2-1 hour until doubled in size.

Once doubled flatten to a 9×12″ rectangle.  Tightly roll and tuck ends underneath.

Prepare a 9×5″ loaf pan by greasing lightly.  Place roll into the loaf pan.  Cover with a towel and rise another 1/2-1 hour.Honey Oat Bread

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Brush the loaf with warm honey and sprinkle with oat topping.

Honey Oat Bread

Bake at 350 degrees for 40-50 minutes.

Honey Oat Bread

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Bacon Cheddar Scones

Bacon Cheddar SconesThanks to Pinterest for allowing me to find Ziplist Sous Chef Recipe Clipper – Bacon Cheddar Scallion Scones.  This was a recipe right up Mr.Picky’s ally.  Bacon and cheese make everything good.  Although when I served them I called them biscuits as not to scare him off.  The reply was well where is the gravy then?

So half of us ate these plain and warm, which were amazing.  The other half had a bit of gravy on top.  Mr.Picky really liked them and asked to keep these in the rotation.  He even took the remaining scones to work for breakfast for the next week.

I didn’t change much besides the fact that I forgot to get half and half or cream, so I substituted milk.  It still worked and I just added a 1 Tbs more of butter to add a bit more fat.  Posted below is the original recipe which is just as good. Just remember that if you are out of something there is always a substitute.

Bacon Cheddar Scones:

  • 6 slices bacon, cooked and diced
  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 3/4 cup cheddar cheese, grated
  • 3 green onions, chopped
  • 5 Tbs butter, cubed or grated
  • 2/3 cup half and half or heavy cream

Combine flour, baking powder, salt, and sugar.  Stir in cheese, green onions, and bacon.

Work in the butter until you get a pea size crumb.  (I prefer to use frozen butter and grate my butter in, this distributes the butter evenly and allow you to not overwork the dough)

Make a well in the center and add in the cream.  Stir until  a dough forms (it will be messy but will all bake up together).

Bacon Cheddar Scones

Form dough into circle and then slice into triangles.

Bake on parchment paper or a baking stone.

Bacon Cheddar Scones

Bake 400 degrees for 20-24 minutes until just turning golden.

Bacon Cheddar Scones

Serve warm or with a bit of gravy.

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Pita Bread Recipe

I made pita bread once long ago and had no idea what recipe I used.  I checked out one of my favorite sites and found Peppy’s Pita Bread Recipe – Allrecipes.com.  With a few alterations my pita bread was complete.  It is so simple if you have the time for the dough to raise.

We had a few girls over to play for the day and had fun rolling and stretching the dough.  It was even more fun to watch it bake and puff up in the oven through the glass oven door.  Of course everyone had to sample our creation which was almost as much fun to taste a completed project.

My plan for pita bread was to make it the day before my birthday party and serve it at the party.  We ended up eating a bit fresh.  With the rest of the bread I placed it in a sealable bag.  It sliced nicely into wedges just before the party to dip into some hummus.

Pita Bread:Pita Bread

  • 1 1/8 cup warm water
  • 3 cups flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 Tbs olive oil
  • 1 1/2 tsp sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsp dry yeast

Combine yeast, sugar, and water to proof until foamy.

Add in the oil to the yeast mixture.

In a bowl combine flour and salt.  Make a well in the center and add yeast mixture.

Knead until the dough becomes smooth and elastic.

Place the dough in an oiled bowl and cover with plastic wrap.  Allow to rise in a warm place for about 3 hours or until double in size.

Once dough had doubled roll into a rope shape.

Pita Bread

Pinch off 12 pieces and place balls on a floured surface to sit and rest for 10 minutes.

Preheat oven to 500 degrees with the rack at the bottom.

Pita Bread

Roll each dough ball to a 5-6 inch circle with  a rolling-pin or using your hands to stretch the dough.

Bake about 4 circles at a time for about 5-6 minutes.  Until puffy and slightly brown.

Pita Bread

Remove from baking sheet to cool on a rack.

Pita Bread

The bubble will deflate but when you cut open the pita bread there should be a pocket.


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Easy Hamburger Buns

When searching for a hamburger bun recipe for Mr.Picky’s Giant Birthday Burger I found 40-Minute Hamburger Buns Recipe | Taste of Home.  I tried it and we fell in love from there.  As I mentioned in the Giant Burger post this really, really is the perfect bun.  It had a light texture that held up well the burger.  It was not overpowering and allowed you to taste more than just bread without falling apart or getting too soggy.

I also think this recipe would be made wonderfully into some dinner rolls.  In fact before I had the chance my sister used the recipe to bring to an event.  Everyone complimented her on how great the rolls were.  Can’t be a recipe that makes two things.

This yeast recipe really takes little time to rise and turns out wonderfully.  I was a little worried that my giant bun was going to turn out flat.  Trusting other comments on the bun I just kept going.  It puffed right up in the over to the perfect sized bun.  Three cheers to a perfect recipe!

Baked giant burger bun using Easy Hamburger Bun recipe.

Baked giant burger bun using Easy Hamburger Bun recipe.

Easy Hamburger Buns:

  •  2 Tbs active dry yeast
  • 1 cup warm water
  • 1/3 cup olive oil or vegetable oil
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 3-3 1/2 cup flour

In a bowl combine yeast and water.  Add in sugar and oil and allow to sit for 5 minutes until foamy.

Add in egg, salt, and a bit of flour at a time until you form a soft dough.

Turn onto a floured surface and knead until smooth and elastic feeling.

Do not let rise.

Divide dough into 12 pieces and shape into balls (1 one giant piece for a giant bun).

Giant Burger Bun

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Place on a greased cookie sheet about 3 inches apart.

Cover with a towel and allow to rise/rest for 10-20 minutes.

Bake at 425 for 8-12 minutes until golden brown.  The buns should sound almost hollow when tapped with your finger.


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Cheesy Crab Bread

Cheesy Crab BreadThis might sound gross to some of you.  To be honest cheesy crab bread is the last thing that appeals to me, this would be because shellfish is one of the few things that I don’t like.  That might be why I like this.  I make it with imitation crab meat, this is the only thing I ever buy it for and it is rare that this bread is made.  My sister growing up used to make it all the time for dinner.  It is a fatty comfort food and sometimes it just sounds good.

Mr.Picky likes anything on bread and with cheese so he also enjoys it.  It is verily rich so a piece or two is usually good for the year.  I try to serve a decent amount of vegetables with this because it is full of fat.  Did I mention it is worth the fat?

Usually cheesy bread is a side to some sort of main dish.  But Cheesy crab bread should be thought of more as an opened face sandwich.  You can easily reheat any leftovers in the over for the same cook time.

Cheesy Crab Bread:

  • 8 oz. imitation crab meat, flaked or shredded
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar, mozzarella, or cheese blend
  • 1/3-1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 Tbs Johnny’s garlic seasoning
  • 1/4 cup red or green onions, finely chopped
  • 1 Tbs butter, softened
  • 1 loaf french bread, sliced lengthwise

Combine all ingredients but the bread and mix until evenly combined.

Spread the mixture evenly over the halves of french bread.

Cheesy Crab Bread

Place bread on a cookie sheet and bake at 400 degrees for 10-15 minutes until cheese is bubbling and starting to brown.

Slice and Serve hot!

 

Swope Soda Bread

The first time I had soda bread was from my an Irish friend years ago.  Her mother had sent a loaf to work and I was able to try soda bread.  It was not what I was expecting and did not suit my fancy.  It is a more dense bread because it is similar to a quick bread but with a strong taste of baking soda.

My Grandma called to say she had tried a new recipe and was bringing me down a loaf of soda bread.  I can never tell my Grandma no and was willing to give soda bread another try.  It looked similar to a wheat bread and Grandma suggested to toast it.

It was a wonderful surprise.  Mr.Picky and the kids both loved it as toast with a bit of jam.  This recipe was off the back of the Bob’s Red Mill package of whole wheat (which Grandma had clipped out for me to keep).  This soda bread is a great mixture of a wheat bread and a soda bread without the baking soda being overwhelming.  The buttermilk lightened the bread and gave it a delectable texture.

Swope Soda Bread:Swope Soda Bread

Yields 2 Loaves

  • 4 cups whole wheat flour
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 1 quart buttermilk (4 cups)
  • 4 tsp baking soda

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

Prepare two bread pans by lightly greasing them.

In a large mixing bowl combine wheat flour, AP flour, sugar, and salt.

In a separate bowl combine baking soda and buttermilk.

Divide batter into prepared pans and smooth the tops of the loaves.

Turn oven down to 350 degrees and bake about 50 minutes.

Turn out loaves and cool on wire rack.

Add buttermilk mixture to the dry mixture and mix until just combined.


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Grandmother’s Buttermilk Cornbread Recipe

Made this cornbread recipe the other night for the third time.  This makes the perfect cornbread in my eyes, nice and moist without crumbling.  Grandmother’s Buttermilk Cornbread Recipe – Allrecipes.com was the best cornbread recipe I have found and need to make sure I share this recipe.

Buttermilk Cornbread:Buttermilk Cornbread

  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup butter milk
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 cup corn meal

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease an 8 inch square pan.

Melt butter in large skillet. Remove from heat and stir in sugar. Quickly add eggs and beat until well blended. Combine buttermilk with baking soda and stir into mixture in pan. Stir in cornmeal, flour, and salt until well blended and few lumps remain. Pour batter into the prepared pan.

Bake in the preheated oven for 30 to 40 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

Buttermilk Cornbread

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