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Friday, April 11, 2014

Basic Butternilk Quick Bread w/many variations


Basic Buttermilk Quick Bread

Makes one loaf
2 cups (10 oz) all-purpose flour
1/2 cup (4 oz) white sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup (8 oz) buttermilk
1 large egg
1/4 cup (2 oz) unsalted butter, olive oil, or vegetable oil
Heat the oven to 350°F. Grease or spray with nonstick cooking spray a standard 9x5 loaf pan.
Whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a medium mixing bowl. Melt the butter, if using. Whisk it in a separate bowl with the buttermilk and the egg.
Pour the liquid ingredients over the dry ingredients. Gently stir and fold the ingredients until all the flour has been incorporated and a shaggy, wet batter is formed. Be careful not to over-mix.
Scrape the batter into the prepared pan and pat it into the corners. Bake for 45-50 minutes. When finished, the loaf should be domed and golden, and a toothpick inserted into the center should come out clean. Let the loaf cool in the pan for 15 minutes before removing and slicing.
Wrap baked loaves tightly in plastic wrap and store at room temperature. Baked loaves can also be wrapped in plastic and aluminum foil and frozen for up to three months.

Basic Variations:
 You can be reduce the sugar to a tablespoon for more savory breads.
Up to half the flour can be substituted with an alternative flour.
 Replace the buttermilk with a mix of yogurt and milk or milk and a squeeze of lemon, milk and sour cream. 
 Use up to 1 1/2 cups fruits, nuts, olives, cheese, or other ingredients, added to the dry ingredients. Use 1-3 teaspoons of herbs or spices, added to the dry ingredients.  Just use your imagination.

These were good but I felt they were missing something, what that something was I don't know.  :)
thanks for stopping by, have a great day and Remember to Find the Time to Do ALL the Things You Love.

Friday, April 4, 2014

Sweet and Sour Chicken (baked)

That was a very good meal, and not long to make. 
3-4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
Salt and pepper to taste
1½ cup cornstarch
3 eggs, beaten
¼ cup canola oil
3/4 cup granulated sugar
4 tablespoons ketchup (no sugar added)
¼ cup white vinegar
¼ cup apple cider vinegar
1 tablespoon  soy sauce
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 carrot sliced thin
1 onion sliced
1 celery stalk sliced
1 small red pepper
Fresh Pineapple (can use 20 oz can of pineapple chunk drained)
2-3 TBL of the pineapple juice
sesame seeds to top

Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Cut chicken breasts into bite-sized pieces and season with salt and pepper.
In separate bowls, place cornstarch and slightly beaten eggs. Dip chicken into cornstarch then coat in egg mixture.
Heat canola oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat and cook chicken until browned. Place the chicken in a 9 x 13 greased baking dish.
In a medium sized mixing bowl, combine sugar, ketchup, apple cider vinegar, white vinegar, soy sauce, and garlic powder. Pour over chicken and bake for 1 hour.
I stirred the chicken every 15 minutes so that it coated them in the sauce.
separate bowls, place cornstarch and slightly beaten eggs. Dip chicken into cornstarch then coat in egg mixture.
Heat canola oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat and cook chicken until browned. Place the chicken in a 9 x 13 greased baking dish.  After the chicken is cooked, pour oil off and leave a tiny bit in skillet, add the onion saute for a minute or so then add the rest of the veggies.  Add to baking dish.
In a medium sized mixing bowl, combine sugar, ketchup, apple cider vinegar, white vinegar, soy sauce, and garlic salt, mix well add the pineapple. Pour over chicken and bake for 1 hour. Stir the chicken every 15 minutes so that it coated them in the sauce.  Just before serving you can sprinkle some sesame seeds on top.  Serve with your favorite rice.   I always make cauliflower fried rice.
Thanks for stopping by, leave a comment if you like.  Have a great week and always Remember to Find the Time to Do ALL the things YOU LOVE.

Friday, March 28, 2014

Banana and Pineapple Upside Down Cake with a touch of Rum

I had some banana's I need to use and wanted to make something other than the usual banana bread, so this is it.  This was really good but the banana's seemed to overpower the flavor of the cake.  But it was good enough I would make it again.

I adapted this from here
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 3/4 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp fine-grain sea salt
 1 stick unsalted butter, room temperature 
1/2 white granulated sugar
2 large eggs
1 tso pure vanilla extract 
3/4 cups milk (I used a bit over 1/3 cup half n half and water)

Banana Topping: 
4 TBL unsalted butter
1/2 cup light brown sugar
1/4 tsp fine-grain sea salt
3 TBL rum, whiskey or bourbon
2-3 medium-sized bananas, sliced lengthwise 

 Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. 
 In a small to medium bowl, mix together the flour, baking powder, cinnamon and salt. Next, in a medium bowl, cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add the eggs and vanilla; and then mix until the mixture is smooth. 
 To the butter and sugar mixture, mix in half of the flour mixture and the milk. Then, mix in the remaining flour mixture, being sure not to over mix. 
 In a 12-inch cast iron skillet , melt the butter over medium heat. Mix in the brown sugar and salt and stir until the sugar begins to bubble, about 1 minute. Carefully add the bourbon (the mixture will sizzle!) and mix one more time. Turn off the heat and let stand for a few minutes to cool slightly. Next, arrange the bananas to your liking. 
 Pour the batter over the bananas, and spread the batter gently so it's nice and even. Transfer the cast iron skillet to the oven and bake for 35-45 minutes or until a skewer comes out clean. 

Remove the cake from the oven and allow to cool for 5-10 minutes. To invert the cake, place a (large enough) plate on top of the cast iron skillet and turn both of them over; lift up the cast iron skillet and voila! Your cake! 
Thanks for stopping by, have a great day and Always Remember to Find the Time to Do ALL the things You Love.

Friday, March 21, 2014

Cream of Asparagus Soup

Yet another comfort dish for these cold winter days in Kansas.  Our local grocery store had asparagus on sale so of course I bought some.  Micheal Simon from Iron Chef and the Chew recommends that you save all your stems and such for making soups and stocks.  Well when I made the pork chop I also had asparagus and took the bottoms that I snapped off and made this wonderful soup.  Great for a cold day.  It's super easy and quick to make and I'm sure you'll have all the ingredients in your pantry.  So the next time you have asparagus, broccoli or other veggies remember not to toss the parts you cut off.  If you don't make something right away put them in freezer bags for future use.

bottom from aparagus
1 onion, diced
1 clove garlic minced
1 carrot sliced or diced
1-2 stalks celery, tops and all
2-3 TBL flour
1/4 - 1/3 cp white wine
1/4 cup sour cream
salt and pepper
2 TBL parsley
1/2 tsp rosemary
1/2 cup water (may need more)
1 packet chicken stock
1/2 - 3/4  half n half
1-2 TBL butter
1-2 TBL bacon fat

In a sauce pan  heat and then add the bacon fat and butter, when melted added 1/2 the onion, saute until clear add a pinch of salt, add the garlic cook about 30 seconds or so.  Add the flour and stir til you have a sand color, add the wine and cook for a minute or two.  Add 1/2 cut of water and  the asparagus, 1/2 the carrot and 1/2 the celery, cook for about 3-5 minutes.  With an emulsion blender cream the ingredients in the pot.  When smooth add the rest of carrots, onion, and celery.  Add the chicken stock more water and cook for 5 minutes.  Add the half n half and sour cream  and simmer for approximately 15-20 minutes.  Add parsley, rosemary and salt and pepper to taste.  Enjoy
Thanks for taking time to stop by and Always Remember to Find the Time to DO all the Things You L♥ve.

Friday, March 14, 2014

Happy Birthday Jake

Today is my youngest grandson's birthday.  He is 12 today, wow how the years
fly by.
He loves to fish with his grandpa Jerry and also hunt, rodeo and just be a boy.
Here's a few pictures of him.  Wish I were there to celebrate with you.
Love you very much.
  The second one he is with his sister Lyndsey.  Love them both so much and wish I were closer.

Friday, March 7, 2014

Strawberry Banana Muffins

It's been soooooooooooo cold here in Kansas and I am so ready for Spring.  A couple of weeks ago I got very ambitious and decided to clean out the top freezer on my fridge.  A big job for sure.  A couple of days before that I cleaned out my kitchen towel drawer and got rid of all the old and and found that I had many new towels, and I might add the drawer looks pretty good now as so does the freezer.  I actually know what I have in there now, and I can see it all.  whoop!  Back the muffins.  I found some strawberry puree in there so decided to make muffins and I also had 1 banana left.  Of course banana's and strawberry go together.  Hope you try these they really are very good.

1 banana sliced thin
1/2 -3/4 cp strawberry puree
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp baking soda
1 stick unsalted butter  melted
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla
3/4 cp brown sugar
1/3 cup finely chopped almonds *optional*
white sugar for top

Preheat oven to 350°, line large muffin tin or spray with nonstick spray.  You can also make this in a loaf pan.
In a large microwave safe bowl melt the butter, add the sugar, eggs and vanilla, stir well. Add the strawberry puree and sliced bananas.   In another bowl combine the dry ingredients.  Add the dry ingredients to the wet mixture and stir but do not over mix.  Fill the muffin tins 3/4 full, top with finely chopped almonds and sprinkle with sugar.  Bake at 350° for 25-30 minutes until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.  Enjoy.....these would be really good at breakfast time too.

Thanks for stopping by, have a wonderful day and Always Remember to Find the Time to Do all the Things You L♥ve.

Friday, February 28, 2014

Apple Cranberry Muffins

I made these the night I made the Bourbon Molasses Braised Beef.  Boy was that good.
The weather here in Kansas has been brutal the past couple of weeks.  Between the wind and frigid temps it's hard to stay warm.  The braised beef was a perfect meal for the weather that day.  These muffins were a perfect accompaniment and topped of the meal perfectly.  These also would be great in the morning with your first cup of coffee. 

1/2 cup butter, soft
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 cup milk (I used 1/2 n 1/2 and water 1/4 cp each)
1 1/4 cp white sugar
1/2 tsp salt
2 eggs, room temp
1 3/4 cp AP flour (you could use 1/2 AP flour 1/2 whole wheat)
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
3-4 granny smith apples, peeled, sliced and chopped
1 1/2 cup fresh cranberries, cooked down
1/4 c up sugar for cranberries
pinch of salt
1/2 cup Pecans (or your choice of nuts...optional)

Cinnamon crumble topping
1/4 cp white sugar
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
3 TBL AP flour
2 TBL cold butter grated.

Preheat oven to 375°.  Spray pans or use liners, set aside.
In a large bowl. cream together 1/2 cp butter, 1 1/4 cp sugar, vanilla and salt until light and fluffy.   Beat in eggs, 1 at a time.  In another bowl mix the dry ingredients and then stir in the flour mixture alternately with the milk, mixing just until it's incorporated.  Fold in the apples and nuts.  Scoop into muffins tins and fill 3/4 full.  Lightly sprinkle the tops with the cinnamon crumble.
Bake in preheated oven for approximately 30 minutes or until toothpick inserted comes out clean.  Cool and enjoy.

To make the topping:
In a small bowl, combine dry ingredients, then grate the cold butter into the mixture and using a pastry blender, mix until mixture resembles small peas.  I actually use my hands for this, works much better.     

Thanks for stopping by, have a wonderful weekend and Always Remember to Find the Time to Do all the Things YOU L♥ve

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