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Monday, July 17, 2017

Traditional Irish Soda Bread





We always have our corned beef, cabbage and mashed potatoes on St. Patty's day and this year I decided to try and make Irish Soda Bread.   After reading the ingredients to me it's really just a giant scone.  Looks real pretty when cooked and I used a cast iron pot to cook mine in *they say that's real traditional too*.


This recipe goes together quickly and really is a no fuss bread to make.

4 1/2 cups flour
1 Tsp baking soda
1 TBL sugar
1 tsp salt
1 cup raisins
1 3/4 cup butter milk (I made my own with half and half water and vinegar)
4 TBL very cold butter
1 large egg

Thanks for stopping by, have a great week and Always Remember to Find the Time To Do ALL the thngs You L♥ve.
Donna

Monday, July 10, 2017

Irish Soda Bread Muffins with a twist



Found this here and made these St. Patty's day because my son in law doesn't like raisins.  He loves spicy things so thought these would be a good choice.  She made 12 regular size muffins but I decided to do the 6 extra large.

3 cps flour
1 TBL baking powder
1 tsp salt
2 TBL sugar
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 3/4 butter milk
1/4 cup butter melted
1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
4 chopped jalapenos

Preheat oen 375° line muffin tin or spray
sift dry ingredients .  in another bowl mix buttermilk and egg, stir into dry ingredients, fold butter into batter.  Stir in cheese and jalapenos but don't over mix.  Fill muffin tins 3/4 and then bake for 30-40 minutes until toothpick comes out clean.



He said they were really good so hope you give them a try.  Have a great week and always Remember to Find the time to do ALL the things you l♥ve.
Donna

Monday, July 3, 2017

Crusty Italian Bread




Way back when I made those stuffed shells I had extra, which I froze.  Well we had them on a Sunday on my day to cook.  Made this bread to go with it.  It's so yummy...nothing better than fresh homemade bread right out of the oven with some butter.  You could eat the whole loaf...I know you could, cause I sure can.    I mixed the dough in my KA food processor.  Worked out great. 




Crusty Italian Bread
makes 2 loaves
1 1/3 cups warm water
2 1/4 teaspoons yeast
1 Tablespoon brown sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1 1/2 teaspoons olive oil
4 cups flour
Place warm water, yeast and brown sugar in mixing bowl. Stir and let stand for a few minutes until it start to bubble and foam a bit. 
Add olive oil and salt.  Mix and add the flour gradually.  You want to add enough that the dough comes away from the sides of the bowl.  You want to mix it with the dough hook for a few minutes.    
Cover and let the dough rise until doubled about 30 minutes.
Punch down dough and divide in two and form into two loaves (I doubled the recipe this time.)   Cover with a damp cloth and let rise until doubled.
Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
Beat together:
1 egg
1 Tablespoon water
Brush the risen loaves with the egg mixture.
Make a single long quick cut down the center of the loaves with a sharp knife.
 Place at least 1 cup hot water in a shallow pan and place it on the rack underneath the bread.  The steam will make the crust turn perfectly.  You may need to add a bit more water during cooking. You do not want it to evaporate.
Bake for 25-30 minutes or until the loaves turn golden brown and sound hollow when you tap them.
If you can place them on a rack to cool a bit, this is very difficult I know all to well.  Then slather with butter and enjoy.

Thanks for stopping by, have a wonderful week and Remember to Find the Time to DO ALL the things You L♥ve.
Donna
































































































































































































































































































































































































































































































Crusty Italian Bread
makes 2 loaves
1 1/3 cups warm water
2 1/4 teaspoons yeast
1 Tablespoon brown sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1 1/2 teaspoons olive oil
4 cups flour
Place warm water, yeast and brown sugar in mixing bowl. Stir and let stand for a few minutes until it start to bubble and foam a bit. 
Add olive oil and salt.  Mix and add the flour gradually.  You want to add enough that the dough comes away from the sides of the bowl.  You want to mix it with the dough hook for a few minutes.

Monday, June 26, 2017

Blueberry Muffin bread


This bread is very tasty.  Ok not sure why my PC wants to type in all caps.  Geesh.  The bread goes together very quickly too and is always a bit hit.  Give it a try.

INGREDIENTS

1 cup granulated sugar

1/2 Cup Salted Butter
2 eggs
1 Tbsp Vanilla Extract
1 Cup Milk
2 Cups All purpose Flour
2 tsp Baking Powder
2 Cups Blueberries, Fresh or Frozen

DIRECTIONS

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Grease a 9 inch loaf pan.
  3. Cream together the butter and sugar.
  4. Add the eggs, vanilla and milk beating well.
  5. Add the dry ingredients and beat until well combined
  6. Add blueberries and mix by hand gently with a spatula being careful not to crush the berries.
  7. Pour batter into your loaf pan and bake for 60-75 minutes or until a cake tester comes out clean.
  8. Allow to cool in pan for 10 minutes before removing to finish cooling.

Monday, June 19, 2017

baked egg rolls

Been trying to loose weight and always looking for recipes that are low in calories and yet you can eat more than a teaspoon.  :)  I love egg rolls but found out that bean threads are high on the ww list so searching I went for an alternative.  I made these with cole slaw mix, shredded carrots, ground beef and a few other things.

Egg roll wrappers
1 1/2 cup cole slaw mix
2 shredded carrots
2 TBL soy sauce
1 - 1 1/2 TBL sesame oil.
*** you could add celery, onion and whatever other veggie you might like*** the idea is to keep it low in calories.

These were ok, not sure I'd do them this way again....like them fried so much better.

Thanks for stopping by, have a great week and always Remember to Find the time to Do ALL the things You L♥ve.
Donna


Monday, June 12, 2017

Banana Crumb cake


adapted from here
Banana Crumb Cake Ingredients For the cake: 
2 cups flour
 3 teaspoons baking powder
 1 teaspoon salt
 4 very ripe bananas
 ½ cup butter, room temperature 
2 cups granulated sugar
 2 eggs 
1 teaspoon vanilla 
1 cup milk 

For the crumbs:
 ½ cup (1 stick) cold butter, cubed
 1 cup light brown sugar
 1 cup flour 
1 teaspoon cinnamon
 ½ teaspoon nutmeg 
For the glaze: 1 cup powdered sugar 
1­2 Tbsp milk 
1 teaspoon vanilla


 Instructions
 1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 9 x 13 inch pan. In a small bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, and salt. In another large bowl, mash the bananas. Beat in the butter until well combined. Add the sugar, eggs, and vanilla and beat until combined.
 2. Stir in the flour and milk alternately, beginning and ending with the milk. Set aside.
 3. In another bowl, combine all of the crumb ingredients and use a pastry cutter or forks to cut in the butter until pea sized crumbs form.
 4. Pour half of the cake batter into the prepared pan then layer with half of the crumbs. Pour the remaining batter on top followed by the rest of the crumbs.

 Bake in the preheated oven for 45­-55 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
 5. Remove from oven and allow to cool for 10 minutes. 
Whisk together the glaze ingredients in a measuring cup then drizzle over the cake. Serve warm or at room temperature. 

Thanks for stopping by, have a great week and Always Remember to Find the Time to Do ALL the things YOU L♥ve.
Donna

Monday, June 5, 2017

Savory Ham/Cheese/green onion scones

I made these back in February for a good friend of mine.  I usually make him sweets but he said he was watching his weight so I told him I'd make him a nice treat he could eat for breakfast for his lunch break.  I also made another batch of these for the folks I work with, can't leave anyone out, ya know!  :)  I think these would be great if you were doing a brunch of make them during the holidays.  These were absolutely delicious and will make them again and again.

Ingredients
  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/3 cup light brown sugar, packed
  • 1 stick (4 ounces) unsalted butter, VERY cold and cut into tiny pieces
  • 1 large egg, at room temperature, beaten
  • 1/2 cup plain full-fat yogurt
  • 2 tablespoons whole Milk
  • 4 ounces cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 4 ounces ham, diced
  • 1/3 cup scallions, chopped
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400°(F). Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper; set aside.
  2. In a large bowl add the flour, salt, pepper, baking powder, baking soda, and brown sugar; mix well to combine. Cut the butter into small cubes then quickly work it into the mixture (using your fingers) until it resembles a coarse meal. Set aside. In a small bowl whisk together the egg, yogurt, and milk, beating well to combine. Add the liquid mixture to dry and use a fork to stir everything together until just moistened.
  3. Add in the cheese, ham, and scallions and gently fold them into dough with a spatula.
  4. Pour the shaggy dough out onto a clean, floured work surface and shape the dough into an 8-inch circle. Cut the dough into 8 wedges and carefully transfer to the prepared sheet.
  5. Bake for 18-20 minutes, or until the tops are lightly golden brown.
  6. Cool for 5 minutes on the tray, then serve warm.
Notes
*Add a little extra ham, cheese, and scallions on top of each scone before baking if you'd like yours to look like mine do in the photos. *These scones are best eaten the day they are baked. *You can flash freeze the baked scones for up to 2 months.

Thanks for stopping by, have a great and week and Always Remember to Find the Time to Do ALL the things YOU L♥ve.
Donna

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