Apple quick Bread

October 21, 2012 at 5:26 pm (Breads)

1½ cups flour
¾ teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg

1 tsp all spice to taste
¾ cup sugar
¾ cup canola oil (1/2 cup in bread 1/4 cup to oil pan)
2 eggs
½ teaspoon vanilla

2 cups peeled and chopped apples (about 2 medium)
1/4 cup brandy

1/4 cup sugar

Pre-heat your oven to 350*F. Butter a loaf pan and set aside.

Combine the flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, all spice and sugar in a medium bowl. Add the oil, eggs and vanilla and stir until combined. Fold in the apples. Scrape batter into the prepared loaf pan and baked until a toothpick inserted into the middle of the loaf comes out clean, about 60 – 70 minutes.

with 10 minutes left on baking timer, mix brandy and sugar in saucepan on stove- medium heat.  dissolve sugar.

pour brandy and sugar mixture over bread immediately  upon removal from oven

Let cool 10 minutes before unmolding on to a wire rack. Let cool until just warm then slice.


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Blackberry Breakfast Bars

September 12, 2011 at 7:43 pm (Breads, Breakfasts, Fruits)

  • 2.5 cups blackberries
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 1 + tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup all purpose
  • 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 /2 cup quick-cooking rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup whole oats
  • 1/3 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon baking soda
  •  1/2 cup  melted butter


  1. For filling, in a medium saucepan combine berries, sugar, water, lemon juice and 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat. Simmer, uncovered, for about 8 minutes or till slightly thickened, stirring frequently. Remove from heat.
  2. In a mixing bowl stir together flour, oats, brown sugar, 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon, and baking soda. Stir in melted butter  until combined.
  3. Set aside 1 cup of the oat mixture for topping. Press remaining oat mixture into an  9x9x2″ pan. Bake in a 350 oven for 20-25 minutes.
  4. Spread filling on top of baked crust.
  5. Press rest of oat mixture between 2 pieces of parchment paper and place on top of filling.
  6. Bake at 350 oven for 20-25 minutes more or till topping browns.
  7. Cool in pan on a wire rack. Cut into bars.

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Fresh Pretzels

September 2, 2010 at 3:12 pm (Breads)

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Bagels with the Bread Machine’s Help

June 2, 2010 at 8:51 pm (Breads)


  • 1 1/8 cups lukewarm water
  • 3 1/2 cups bread flour
  • 3 1/3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 1/4 teaspoons active dry yeast (1 packet)

Egg Wash

  • 1 egg, mixed with
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • favorite toppings of your choice!
    • Some of my favorite toppings:
      • cinnamon and sugar
      • sesame seeds
      • poppy seeds
      • sea salt
      • onion
      • everything


  1. Measure first 5 ingredients into bread machine in the order recommended by the manufacturer.
  2. Select dough setting.
  3. When cycle is completed, remove the dough from the machine.
  4. Place dough on a floured surface.
  5. Divide into 8 parts.
  6. Form into balls, gently press thumb through center of ball and slowly stretch into bagel shape.
  7. Place on a greased baking sheet, cover with a damp cloth and set in a warm place to rise.
  8. Bring three quarts of water and one tablespoon of sugar to a rapid boil in a large sauce pan.
  9. Using a slotted spoon, drop 2 to 3 bagels into rapidly boiling water.
  10. Boil on each side for 1 to 2 minutes.
  11. Remove and cool on wire rack 1 minute.
  12. Brush with egg wash and sprinkle with  desired toppings.
  13. Bake at 350 degrees on a baking sheet sprayed with oil until golden, about 35 minutes.

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Damn Good Bagels

June 2, 2010 at 8:35 pm (Breads)



  1. Combine the warm water, yeast, and the 1.5 Tablespoons of granulated sugar in a mixer with a dough hook. Let stand 5 minutes until the yeast activates and the mixture becomes foamy.
  2. Gradually add 2 cups of the flour and the salt and mix with dough hook until combined.
  3. Slowly add the additional 1/2 cup flour while working with your hands. Turn onto a lightly floured surface and continue to knead until smooth and no longer sticky (add up to 1/2 cup more flour if necessary).
  4. Grease a large bowl with 1/2 teaspoon vegetable oil and roll the dough ball to cover all sides. Cover and let rise in a warm spot for about an hour (or until almost double in size).
  5. After an hour, punch the dough down and divide into 6 equal pieces. Roll each piece into a 6″ log and combine the ends with a little moisture (make sure they are joined or you will end up with cresents).
  6. Place the bagels on a greased cookie sheet, cover, and let rise again for 20 to 30 minutes (no longer).
  7. Preheat oven to 400 degrees fahrenheit.
  8. Bring a large pot of water, flavored with the 1.5 teaspoon of sugar, to a boil. Drop the bagels into the water and boil for 30 seconds to 1 minute, turning.
  9. Upon removal from the boiling water, place the bagels onto an oiled baking sheet covered in cornmeal. Place into a preheated 400 degree fahrenheit oven.
  10. Bake for 5 minutes. Remove and brush with an egg yolk. Top with desired toppings and put back into the oven for 28 to 32 minutes. After 20 minutes, turn oven down to 375 degrees fahrenheit. Remove when golden brown and hollow sounding.
  11. Cool on a wire rack.

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Kick Ass Pita Bread

May 23, 2010 at 2:07 pm (Breads)

3 1/2 cups bread flour (plus extra for dusting)

1 teaspoon salt

1 packet dry active yeast

1 teaspoon sugar

1 teaspoon olive oil

1 1/3 cups water

olive oil for brushing

sea salt

roasted garlic


1.Sift flour and salt together in a large bowl.

2. Combine yeast, sugar and 1/3 cup very warm water-give a quick stir and set aside for 5 minutes to activate yeast.

3. Make a well in the flour/salt mixture and add the yeast, 1 cup warm water and the olive oil.

4. Gently stir to gather dough into a ball.

5. Turn out and knead for 10 minutes.

6. Put into a LIGHTLY greased large bowl, cover and place in a warm spot for around 1 1/2 to 2 hours.

7. Punch down and knead to smooth.

8. Cut dough into 8 pieces, form into rounds, roll out and place on a dusted baking sheet, cover and let rest for 45 minutes.


*** roast garlic in the oven at 400 degrees

1 Preheat the oven to 400°F.

2 Peel away the outer layers of the garlic bulb skin, leaving the skins of the individual cloves. Cut off 1/4 inch of the top of cloves, exposing the individual cloves.

3 Place the garlic heads in muffin tin, ramekin, etc; spray with olive oil over each head, using your fingers to make sure the garlic head is well coated. Cover with aluminum foil. Bake at 400°F for 30-35 minutes, or until the cloves feel soft when pressed.

4 Allow the garlic to cool enough so you can touch it without burning yourself. Use your fingers to pull or squeeze the roasted garlic cloves out of their skins.


back to the pita:

9.Preheat oven to 500F degrees.

10.Use the cast iron skillet for this part. Place it in the oven and when really hot, place in two pitas and let bake for around 3 minutes-

11. Coat the white side with olive-oil mixed with roasted garlic, sprinkle with sea salt, and put under the broiler. Remove pitas as they are brown.

12. YUM!  Enjoy alone or with dips!

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