Category Archives: Baking

Apple Cinnamon Challah

I have decided to expand my bread baking, I am going to stay with a bread I make well and try out stuffing bread. I like the slight bit of sweetness of honey challah and only added the cinnamon and sugar to the apples. I used Granny Smith, I prefer a juicy tart apple.

I am using a very old hand written recipe, so I am not sure of it’s origin.

I am using a very old hand written recipe with minimal instruction, I am not sure of it’s origin.

Ingredients:

1 package yeast

1/2 teaspoon sugar

1 cup warm water

3 eggs at room temperature

1/4 cup honey

1/3 cup oil

1 1/2 teaspoons salt

4 cups bread flour

2 large apples, minced into fine chunks

3 teaspoons sugar

1 teaspoon cinnamon

Egg wash:

1 egg

1 teaspoon water

raw sugar

Instruction:

Proof yeast in the warm water with 1/2 teaspoon sugar.

whisk in eggs, honey, oil, salt, add flour 1 cup at a time and kneed for 10 minutes until smooth and a bit sticky.

Coat the dough in oil and place into a bowl. Cover with plastic wrap, allowing room to double and place it in a warm spot to rise for 90 minutes or until doubled.

Peel and chop the apples, mix with sugar and cinnamon.

Divide the dough into 4 parts. Place them back into the bowl and keep covered with the plastic wrap while working.

Roll out one portion at a time, long and thin and then flatten to allow for filling. Roll tightly and pinch the dough sealed. Set filled dough ropes in a cross hatched or tic-tac-toe pattern across the center of your baking sheet and weave them around together, and tucking the ends under.

Cover with a damp cloth and let rise for another hour.

Preheat oven to 375 degrees and brush bread with egg wash, sprinkle with raw sugar and bake for 35 minutes. Rotate at about 1/2 way through cooking. Place tin foil over bread if it is becoming too dark.

Baking Bread

For me bread is not so much about the recipe, I can find great bread recipes all over the place, it’s more about having the time and patience to try and do it right. I sometimes fail terribly at the patience part.

Pumpkin Cardamom Spice Challah

Basic White Bread

First time with this recipe and I hadn’t baked bread in a long while. In the end it was a great tasting bread it was a bit dense and had a great crust. I don’t care for dense bread so I cut the loaf into thick slices and let them dry out overnight. I made a coconut milk French toast with them the next morning.

Fall Favorites cooking

This season I pulled from a lot of my past favorites.

Lemon Coconut Cream Pie

Cranberry Lemon Bread

Candied Mixed Nuts

Blend these up in a food processor and you have an amazing cupcake or coffee cake streusel topping or layered in between fruit, custard and whipped cream or, as the crust for a cheesecake, or in cookie dough… the possibilities are endless.

Chicken & Mushroom Ramen

Fall is the time for soup, but my favorites soup is ramen!

Baked Maple Delicata Squash

Curried Carnival Squash Soup

Turkey Day For Two

first things first

We are just cooking for two today so we shall not go overboard as we used to when cooking a thanksgiving meal. This is another occasion where measurement is not a part of meal preparation for me. Also, with just two, I do not want food to go to waste. So I am going with smaller portions and focus on quick and easy, but there are a few things I cannot make compromise on, stuffing, cranberry sauce must be made from scratch. I buy a smaller turkey without the wings and legs it is easy to position it in a way that holds herbed butter under the skin when balanced upright, or should I say… upside down.

I add the herbs and seasoning to unsalted dairy free butter and cook the flavor in gently. I am infusing quite a lot of sage, thyme, parsley, rosemary, salt and pepper into the butter.

The important part is to separate the skin from the meat, getting under the membrane without tearing any holes in it so the liquid cannot escape. If done right there you will not compromise the pocket you have created and you will have a juicy turkey. I cooked it in this upright position the entire time and covered it with tinfoil after the first hour. It seems to cook faster in this position.

In a large crockpot, fill half way with cornbread and a whole grain nut and seed bread, dried and in small pieces. I use more herbed butter for the stuffing, you will need 1 lb of it, divided into two equal parts. I add one portion of the butter to the pan with a chopped onion, mushrooms and celery and cook until soft and beginning to brown. This will seem like an excessive amount of butter but it will pick up the flavor of the onion, mushrooms and celery and in turn they will taste buttery but the important part is that the bread really picks up all of the flavors through the butter. Once the onion is mostly translucent remove the pan from the heat and add onion mixture to the crock pot. Mix everything together really well and drizzle on the remaining half of the butter. From this point on you will want to add turkey broth until you reach a proper level of moisture. Cover the crockpot and cook on high for one to one and a half hours. At the half way point stir and do a taste test to adjust seasoning.

I am cutting corners, the yams are just tossed in on the sidelines, they aren’t in an elaborate desert or candied. I picked up a frozen dairy free pie, but I cannot bring myself to use canned cranberry. They are also selling cranberries in two pound bags this year so I think I may need to make some other cranberry recipes. Perhaps Cranberry bars or a coconut cream cranberry tart… But for now I will just start with jellied cranberries.

Oat Bran Muffins

I don’t have time for breakfast in the morning so I started making these the night before, oatmeal in muffin form is a perfect heart healthy on the go breakfast.

Oat bran is usually sold with specialty flours or with the hot cereals in stores, I had to look twice to find it.

This is a well established recipe, I found it from AllRecipes to 10 other web sites and even on the package the oat bran were all the same recipe so I went with it.

I make half the recipe so that I have six standard size muffins, this last two days in my household so nothing is wasted and nothing goes bad. You can double the recipe for 12 muffins.

I like to change it up, I leave the lumps in the brown sugar so it gets gooey sugar pockets, I add different dried fruit and I add different flavors of yogurt. In the pictures I used¬† cinnamon, dried blueberries and Peach Almond milk yogurt which added peach chunks to my muffins. I like to use dried fruit if it’s available, You get all the flavor but not a soggy pocket in the muffin from water content evaporation. So check out the dried fruit section, I like to go to the bulk bins in the market instead of prepackaged for this. Add apple sauce, add chocolate chips, coconut flakes, add banana or maple syrup, add everything all at once! I like it because of the versatility.

Here is the base recipe before being dressed up, add things like cinnamon or cocoa powder in at 1 teaspoon. And add the fruit berries and nuts as thick or thin as suits your taste.

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Ingredients:

3/4 cup flour

3/4 cup oat bran

1 teaspoon baking powder

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1/4 teaspoon salt

1 egg

2 tablespoons olive oil

1/2 cup yogurt

Instruction:

In a bowl mix oat bran, flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and any dry additives of your choice.  Stir and then add Egg, oil, and yogurt. Mix until combined and add any remaining additives. Scoop evenly between 6 baking cup liners and let stand for 10 minutes before placing into the oven.

Bake at 400 degrees for 15 minutes.

 

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