• Sourdough Sandwich Bread

    This sourdough bread is fantastic! Recipe makes 3 loaves.

    Recipe from Amber’s Kitchen.

    Ingredients for 3 loaves:

    • 2 1/2 c. warm water
    • 2 c. (400 g) active bubbly starter (stirred down to deflate air bubbles, then measured) 
    • 3/4 c. honey
    • 1 egg
    • 1/3 c. melted coconut oil 
    • 1 TBSP salt
    • 8 to 8.5 c. all-purpose flour or bread flour

    dapoxetine original buy Ingredients for 1 loaf:

    • 6 2/3 oz. (200 g) warm water
    • 2/3 c. (133 g) active bubbly starter (stirred down to deflate air bubbles, then measured) 
    • 1/4 c. (72 g) honey
    • 1 generous TBSP beaten egg (30 g) or just use 1 egg
    • 2 TBSP melted coconut oil 
    • 1 tsp. salt
    • 3 c. + 8 tsp. (375 g) all-purpose flour or bread flour

    Directions:

    1. Activate your starter by feeding it so you have a total volume of at least 2 c. When your starter is active, bubbly, and doubled in size after a feed, it’s time to start making the dough.
    2. In a large bowl combine 2 c. of active bubbly starter with the water, honey, oil, egg and salt. Mix gently to combine. 
    3. Add the flour one cup at a time, while mixing. When the dough pulls away from the sides of the bowl, is tacky but doesn’t stick to your fingers then it has enough flour.
    4. Knead the dough for 5-15 minutes or until the dough is smooth and elastic. It may need a tad more flour if the dough hydrates while kneading. 
    5. Cover dough and rise until doubled in size. (*you can skip this first rise if needed, but for optimal fermentation and flavor, it’s favorable to keep it*)
    6. When the dough has doubled in size, dump it out onto a lightly floured surface and divide in three portions. Form into a tight oval and place each in a greased loaf pan. {loaf pan size: 1.5 quarts, 8×4 inches or 9×5 inches} 
    7. Cover dough and let rise until doubled a second time. This may take anywhere from 4-24 hours. Be patient and do not bake it unless it has risen! If it doesn’t rise then your starter may need some power feeds to strengthen it.
    8. Once it has doubled, bake at 375° F for 30-35 minutes. If the tops of your loaves are browning too much, you can lay a flat sheet of aluminum foil on top of the loaves. For convection oven start checking at 27 minutes. 
    9. Remove loaves from the oven, remove loaves from pans and let cool completely before slicing. 
    10. Store in plastic twist tie bags at room temp. Freeze loaves that won’t get eaten in 5 days. 

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  • 7 Up Biscuits

    Easy and delicious biscuits!

    Ingredients:

    • 2 c. Bisquick
    • 1/2 c. sour cream
    • 1/2 c. 7 Up
    • 1/4 c. melted butter

    Directions:

    1. Preheat oven to 450F.
    2. In a medium bowl add the Bisquick and cut the sour cream into the Bisquick; then add the 7 Up. Note: This makes a very soft dough.
    3. Sprinkle additional Bisquick on the counter or a cutting board and pat the dough out in the same size/shape as the baking dish you are using. Cut the biscuits into squares (optional).
    4. Melt the butter and pour the melted butter into a 9×9 baking dish. Place biscuits on top of the butter (biscuits will be touching), and bake for 15 minutes, or until golden brown.

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  • Beer Mac-n-Cheese and Beer Bread

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    If you like homemade mac-n-cheese you’ll definitely enjoy this version made with beer and bacon.  It’s so creamy and so flavorful.  If you don’t like bacon, leave it out, but bacon is a favorite in our house.  It was kid approved by the man-cheese eating kiddo (the non mac-n-cheese eating kiddo wasn’t home for dinner).  I added chipotle Tabasco to mine and that put it over the top for me!

    Beer bread: we’ve been making it for quite some time.  It is beyond good and beyond delicious and beyond easy!  We usually make a loaf, but this time we opted to make biscuits.  We’ll stick with the loaf from here on out because the biscuits didn’t have the same moist tenderness that the loaf has.

    Beer Mac-n-Cheese recipe from A Spicy Perspective.

    Beer Bread recipe from Food Network.

    Beer Mac-n-Cheese

    Ingredients:

    • 1 lb. elbow pasta
    • 12 oz. Shiner Bock (or favorite beer)
    • 8 oz. cream cheese (I used cream cheese with Greek yogurt)
    • 1 lb. cheddar cheese (not preshredded)
    • 1 c. crumbled bacon

    Beer Mac-n-Cheese directions:

    1. Place a large pot water on the stove to boil. Once boiling, add generous amounts of salt and add pasta; cook pasta al dente. Drain and set aside.
    2. Meanwhile, pour a bottle of beer in a skillet. (Choose a light crisp beer that you like to drink.) Turn the heat on high, and add the cream cheese in medium sized chunks. As the beer starts to simmer, break the cream cheese into pieces with a whisk and whisk into the beer.  Add the shredded cheese and whisk until completely smooth.
    3. Once the pasta is cooked and drained, pour it into the cheese sauce. Reduce the heat to low, then stir and cook another 3 minutes to thicken. Salt and pepper to taste.
    4. To serve, scoop the beer mac and cheese into bowls and sprinkle with crumbled bacon.

    Beer Mac-n-Cheese:
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    Beer Bread

    Ingredients:

    • 3 c. self rising flour
    • 1/2 c. sugar
    • 12 oz. bottle of Shiner Bock beer (or favorite beer)
    • 3 TBSP melted butter

    Beer Bread Directions:

    1. Preheat the oven to 375*F.
    2. Butter a loaf pan and set aside.
    3. In a large bowl, combine the flour, sugar, and beer and mix well. The mixture should be sticky. Pour into the loaf pan and bake for 55 minutes. At the last 3 minutes of baking, remove from oven, brush the top of the loaf with butter and return to oven.

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  • Cinnamon Pull-Apart Rolls

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    These pull-apart rolls are so easy and so delicious.  I’ve made it a number of times, both with the large round loaf (as pictured) and with individual rolls.  Both equally delicious, but we tend to prefer the individual rolls, because there is more surface area for that crispy, yet sweet gooey goodness!

    ***Note: if you use individual rolls, you’ll need a muffin pan, and the directions differ slightly, but I’ve noted the changes below.

    Recipe adapted from The Country Cook.

    Ingredients:

    • 1 Hawaiian round sweet bread loaf (or 12 individual rolls)
    • 1 c. brown sugar
    • 6 TBSP butter
    • 1 tsp. cinnamon
    • 3 tsp. honey

    Frosting:

    • 1 c. powdered sugar
    • 1-2 TBSP milk
    • 1 tsp. vanilla extract (or our personal favorite orange extract)

    Directions:

    1. Preheat oven to 400F degrees.
    2. Remove loaf of sweet bread from aluminum pan.
    3. Using a serrated knife, make 5 vertical slices in loaf about 1 1/2 inches apart stopping about 1/2-inch from bottom crust.  ***Note: If using individual rolls make 2 slices about 1 inch apart stopping about 1/2-inch from bottom crust.
    4. In a small saucepan over medium/low heat, combine brown sugar, butter and honey. Stir constantly until everything is melted and combined (about 5 minutes.) Remove from heat then stir in cinnamon.
    5. Open each slice that you made in the bread and spread on a couple of tablespoons of the glaze. Press the slices together to make sure glaze gets distributed on each side of the slices.
    6. Then take your knife and make 4 more horizontal slices. Then fill in those slices with glaze. ***Note: If using individual rolls make 2 slices about 1 inch apart stopping about 1/2-inch from bottom crust.
    7. Spray pan with nonstick cooking spray, push loaf back together and put it back into the aluminum pan.  ***Note: If using individual rolls, spray a muffin pan with cooking spray and put 1 roll in each muffin slot.
    8. Spread any remaining glaze over the bread and bake for about 8-10 minutes.
    9. While bread is in the oven, start making the glaze. Whisk together powdered sugar, milk and vanilla extract (or orange, or whatever flavor you like).
    10. Once bread is finished baking, you can remove it from the pan or serve it directly from the pan (be careful, it’s hot!) Spoon the glaze on the warm bread.

    Cinnamon Pull-Apart Rolls:
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  • Corn Casserole

    This may look like cornbread, but it’s not.  It’s corn casserole, and it’s soooo good.  Everyone in my family calls it corn mush, but in this case “mush” is a very good and tasty thing!  We had it with red beans and rice, but you could eat it with just about anything.

    Ingredients:

    • 1 (8.5 oz.) box of cornbread mix
    • 1 (15 oz.) can of creamed corn
    • 1 (15 oz.) can of corn, drained
    • 1 egg
    • 1/3 c. fat free milk

    Directions:

    1. Preheat oven to 400*
    2. Mix all ingredients in a bowl.
    3. Grease a 9×9 baking dish and pour batter into dish.  Bake for 30 minutes or until brown.

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  • Honey Whole Wheat Pretzels

    This pretzel recipe comes from honestcooking.com, and they are sooooo good!!!  They have soft chewy insides with a crisp outside.  Great recipe to get kids involved in the kitchen.  Enjoy hot out of the oven, with mustard, or sprinkle with cinnamon and sugar for a sweet treat.

    Ingredients:

    • 1 1/3 c. water
    • 2 tsp. salt
    • 1 package of fast acting yeast
    • 11 oz. (approximately 2 1/4 c.) all purpose flour
    • 11 oz. (approximately 2 1/4 c.) whole wheat flour
    • 4 TBSP butter, melted
    • 1/4 c. honey
    • vegetable oil for bowl

    To boil pretzels:

    • 10 c. water
    • 1/3 baking soda
    • 1 large egg, beaten with 1 TBSP water
    • salt

    Directions:

    1. Combine the water, salt, yeast, flour, butter and honey.
    2. Using the dough hook attachment, mix on low speed until well combined. Change to medium speed and knead until the dough is smooth and pulls away from the side of the bowl, approximately 4 to 5 minutes.
    3. Remove the dough from the bowl, clean the bowl and then oil it well with vegetable oil.
    4. Return the dough to the bowl, cover with plastic wrap and sit in a warm place for approximately 50 to 55 minutes or until the dough has doubled in size.
    5. Preheat the oven to 450* degrees F.
    6. Line 2 half-sheet pans with parchment paper and lightly brush with the vegetable oil. Set aside.
    7. Bring the 10 cups of water and the baking soda to a rolling boil in an 8-quart saucepan or roasting pan.
    8. In the meantime, turn the dough out onto a slightly oiled work surface and divide into 8 equal pieces. Roll out each piece of dough into a 24-inch rope.
    9. Make a U-shape with the rope, holding the ends of the rope, cross them over each other and press onto the bottom of the U in order to form the shape of a pretzel.
    10. Place onto the parchment-lined half sheet pan.
    11. Place the pretzels into the boiling water, 1 by 1, for 30 seconds.
    12. Remove them from the water using a large flat spatula.
    13. Return to the half sheet pan, brush the top of each pretzel with the beaten egg and water mixture and sprinkle with the pretzel salt.
    14. Bake until dark golden brown in color, approximately 12 to 14 minutes. Transfer to a cooling rack for at least 5 minutes before serving.

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  • Flour Tortillas

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    These are the best homemade tortillas I have ever had!!!!  They are delicious, and the search for tasty homemade tortillas ended last night! *swoon* The taste is so similar to Chuy’s tortillas, and Chuy’s flour tortillas are one of my favorite flour tortillas of all time!

    Recipe courtesy of Homesick Texan

    Ingredients:

    • 2 c. of all-purpose flour (can make them whole wheat by substituting one cup of whole-wheat flour for white flour)
    • 1 1/2 tsp. of baking powder
    • 1 tsp. of salt
    • 2 tsp. of vegetable oil
    • 3/4 c. of warm milk

    Directions:

    1. Mix together the flour, baking powder, salt and oil; then slowly add the warm milk, and stir until a loose, sticky ball is formed.
    2. Knead for two minutes on a floured surface. Dough should be firm and soft.
    3. Place dough in a bowl and cover with a damp cloth or plastic wrap for 20 minutes. After the dough has rested, break off eight sections, roll them into balls in your hands, place on a plate (make sure they are not touching) and then cover balls with damp cloth or plastic wrap for 10 minutes. (It is very important to let the dough rest, otherwise it will be like elastic and will not roll out to a proper thickness and shape.)
    4. After dough has rested, one at a time place a dough ball on a floured surface, pat it out into a four-inch circle, and then roll with a rolling pin from the center until it is thin and about eight inches in diameter. (If you roll out pie crusts you will have no problem with this.) Do not over work the dough, or it will be stiff. Keep rolled-out tortillas covered until ready to cook.
    5. In a dry iron skillet heated on high, cook the tortilla about thirty seconds on each side. It should start to puff a bit when it is done.
    6. Keep cooked tortillas covered wrapped in a napkin until ready to eat.
    7. Can be reheated in a dry iron skillet, over your gas-burner flame or in the oven wrapped in foil.
    8. While you probably will not have any leftovers, you can store in the fridge tightly wrapped in foil or plastic for a day or so.
    9. Makes eight tortillas

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  • Campfire Buttermilk Biscuits

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    These biscuits are sinfully delicious.  The recipe comes from Stephan Pyles’ New Tastes From Texas cookbook.

    Ingredients:

    • 8 TBSP unsalted butter
    • 10 TBSP shortening
    • 3 c. self-rising flour
    • 1 1/3 c. buttermilk

    Directions:

    1. Preheat oven to 400*F  Place the butter in a 9 1/2 skillet and warm in the oven for 5 minutes to heat the pan and melt the butter.
    2. Using your fingertips, crumble the shortening in a medium bowl with the flour until crumby consistency, the size of small peas.  Add the buttermilk in 3 or 4 additions, stirring continuously with a wooden spoon or spatula until the buttermilk is thoroughly incorporated.  Do not overbeat; the dough should be quite sticky and hold together
    3. Turn the dough out onto a floured surface and lightly flour the top.  Using a rolling pin, roll out the dough into a circle about 1/2 inch thick. Cut the biscuits into 2 1/2 inch circles.  Dip each biscuit in the melted butter, coating all sides thoroughly, and arrange biscuits in the skillet.
    4. Bake in the oven on the middle rack for 8 to 10 minutes, or until the biscuits have risen and are lightly browned on the bottom.  Turn on the broiler, transfer the skillet to the upper rack of the oven, and broil the biscuits for 4 to 5 minutes or until browned.  Turn out onto a rack to cool.

    Campfire Buttermilk Biscuits:

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  • Blue Cornbread

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    Yes I’ve made cornbread before, but this time I used blue cornmeal instead of yellow cornmeal, and what a treat it was! Everyone loved it, but that doesn’t surprise me one bit.
    Ingredients:

    • 1 1/4 c. flour
    • 1 c. corn meal
    • 3 tsp. baking powder
    • 1/3 c. sugar
    • 1/2 tsp. salt
    • 1 egg
    • 1 c. milk
    • 1/3 c. vegetable oil

    Directions:

    1. Sift flour, corn meal, baking powder, sugar and salt together
    2. Add the egg, milk and oil
    3. Mix and put batter in a greased 8×8 baking pan
    4. Bake at 350 for 1/2 hour or until a knife inserted in the center comes out clean.

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  • Updated Pizza Recipe: What -S Makes

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    Rachel has been bugging me for awhile to put up the pizza dough recipe we actually use to make pizza, as we don’t use the “Homemade Pizza” recipe from way back when. Actually after she put up that post, I was talking to the guys at Apizza in Stayton, Oregon and Shannon suggested a few changes, most of which I remembered but I’m not sure if I still do everything as he suggested, so you can assign authorship to whomever you’d like. Either way, Apizza is probably one of the 5 best places in the U.S. that I’ve had pizza, so you should check them out if you’re ever near Portland or Salem in Oregon.

    One thing I have done is make it work with round numbers, as I’m generally a little too lazy to tolerate all of the 3/4 tsp type stuff that the Giada recipe has in it. Here’s what you need per batch of dough (I usually make two, which makes two pizzas the size of our oven stone and two portions of my version of crazy bread, with one dough left over to do whatever with.):

    • 1 cup of cold water
    • 1 packet rapid rise yeast
    • 2 (or more) cups flour
    • 1 tsp kosher salt
    • 3 tbsp olive oil

    Put the yeast into the water and let sit until the yeast dissolves, about 5 minutes.

    In a food processor with the dough blade, combine flour, salt, olive oil, and yeast/water mixture and process until the ingredients form a ball. This may require the addition of flour.

    Take dough from food processor and put it on a floured surface and knead until dough is smooth, about 5-10 minutes.

    Prepare a large bowl by coating it with olive oil. Place dough in bowl, cover with plastic wrap, and place in the refrigerator until it doubles in size (or more, if you aren’t the type to check it constantly. Just makes sure it gets quite a bit bigger than when it went in.) Depending on the enthusiasm of the yeast, this could take anywhere from 4-5 hours to overnight. I’ve had no problems doing the dough in the morning and having it ready for dinner. If it just doesn’t seem to be working, do a warm rise in the way described in the original recipe, and if necessary stretch the time to 2 hours of warm rise. Punch down the dough, cut whatever size you need, and roll it out on a lightly floured surface.

    An hour before you want to bake your pizza

    Place your pizza stone in the center rack of the oven and gun your oven as high as it will go. Make loud, enthusiastic noises to celebrate this opportunity to push your oven to its limits.

    What I do

    When I roll out dough to make a pizza pie, I use a lightly floured wood French rolling pin and I roll it out pretty thin. I put some corn meal on the pizza peel (not too much!!) and put the dough on there…it’s a pain to top the pie on your board and then put it on the peel. I lightly brush the surface of the dough with olive oil and then top. It will bake for 6 or 7 minutes — I try and take it as brown as possible without burning.

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    What you’re quietly wishing I would tell you

    My version of crazy bread (I worked for Little Caesars for two years in college, so it has a spot in my heart.)

    Take a ball of dough about half the size you would use for a pizza and on a floured surface roll it out in an oval shape about not more than 1/4″ thick. Cut width-wise into strips using a pizza peel. Bake for 5 to 6 minutes.

    The topping:

    • 1/2 stick of butter
    • 4 cloves of garlic, minced
    • Italian seasoning
    • Cheap parmesan cheese from a plastic container you find in the Italian aisle at your local grocer

    Put butter and garlic in a small pot over medium-low heat and cook until butter is melted. Dump/drizzle/brush mixture over baked sticks. Shake Italian seasoning and cheese over the sticks (keep in mind that the cheese is essentially the salt for the dish, so be generous.)

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