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Easter Hot Cross Muffins

Ingredients

1/2 cup raisins
2 tablespoons orange juice
1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
2/3 cup granulated sugar
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon allspice
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon clove (optional)
1/2 cup candied peel
1/2 cup chopped dried apricot
1 egg
1 cup low-fat milk
1/4 cup vegetable oil
2 tablespoons butter, melted
1 teaspoon vanilla

Glaze

1 1/4 cups sifted icing sugar
4 teaspoons orange juice

Directions

Preheat oven to 350F Place raisins in a small bowl. Pour juice over top. Microwave, covered, until hot, 1 minute Set aside. Lightly coat or spray a 12-cup muffin tin or 9×5 inch loaf pan with oil. In a large bowl, using a fork, stir flour with sugar, baking powder, cinnamon, allspice, salt and cloves. Stir in raisin mixture, candied peel and apricots.

In a medium-size bowl, whisk egg. Whisk in milk, oil, butter and vanilla. Pour over flour mixture. Stir just until mixed. Batter will be lumpy. Divide between muffin cups or scrape into loaf pan and smooth top.

Bake in center of preheated oven until a cake tester inserted into center of muffins or loaf comes out clean, 20 to 25 minute for muffins, 1 hour for loaf. Remove pan to a cooling rack. After 5 minutes, remove from pan and cool completely on rack. Store muffins or loaf in an airtight container and store at room temperature up to 3 days or freeze up to 2 months.

Glaze:

Stir sifted icing sugar with orange juice until smooth. Drizzle over cooled muffins in a criss-cross pattern to mimic hot cross buns or spoon over loaf, if you wish.
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Breakfast English Muffin Bread

Ingredients

4 teaspoons yeast
2 Tablespoons sugar
1 cup warm water
1 teaspoon salt
5 cups flour
1 1/2 cups warm milk
1/2 teaspoon baking soda

Directions

Combine all ingredients in your stand mixer (or mix by hand) until all ingredients are thoroughly combined. You’ll end up with a sticky, wet dough.

Scoop/pour the dough into two greased loaf pans and put in a warm place to rise for 45 minutes to 1 hour.

Then bake in a 375F oven for 20-25 minutes until the tops are toasty brown. Remove bread from the pans and place on a wire rack to cool.

Slice, toast, and serve.

Imagine those grilled cheese and egg sandwiches on this bread!!
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Chef Lou’s Whiskey Soda Bread with Golden Raisins

Ingredients

1 cup of golden raisins
1/3 cup Irish whiskey
4 tablespoons unsalted butter, cubed,
4 cups flour, plus more for table kneading
1/4 cup sugar
2 teaspoon baking soda
1-1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
1- 3/4 cup buttermilk (shake up the carton and then measure), plus more for brushing
1 egg, lightly beaten
1 teaspoon orange zest
1 tablespoon fennel seeds
Butter, for greasing the cast iron skillet
Flour for dusting the skillet

Preparation

Place raisins in a bowl with the Irish whiskey, and let sit for at least 1 hour, stirring occasionally. Grease a 10-inch cast iron skillet with butter, and then dust flour.

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

In a large bowl, whip the 4 cups flour, sugar, baking soda and kosher salt. Using your fingers, work 4 tablespoons cubed butter into the dry ingredients until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs. In another bowl, mix together the buttermilk, egg and orange zest. Pour wet ingredients into the dry ingredients, and mix just until combined. Don’t over mix! Stir in the raisin whiskey mixture and fennel seeds.

Lay dough out onto a floured work surface. The dough should be a little wet. Sprinkle dough with flour and knead a couple times to make a round loaf, adding more flour as needed if the dough sticks to the surface.

Place the dough in the greased skillet, then score the top of the dough with a knife, about an inch deep in an “X” shape. Brush the top of the loaf with buttermilk egg mixture.

Bake until the top of the bread is golden brown, about 45 minutes.

Transfer the loaf to a cooling rack. Rest for 10-15 minutes before serving.
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Mom’s Zucchini Bread

Ingredients

3 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
3 eggs
1 cup vegetable oil
2 1/4 cups white sugar
3 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 cups grated zucchini
1 cup chopped walnuts

Directions

Grease and flour two 8 x 4 inch pans. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C).

Sift flour, salt, baking powder, soda, and cinnamon together in a bowl.

Beat eggs, oil, vanilla, and sugar together in a large bowl. Add sifted ingredients to the creamed mixture, and beat well. Stir in zucchini and nuts until well combined. Pour batter into prepared pans.

Bake for 40 to 60 minutes, or until tester inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool in pan on rack for 20 minutes. Remove bread from pan, and completely cool.
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Banana Bread with honey and applesauce

(instead of sugar & oil)


Serves 8

Ingredients

2 cups whole wheat flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup sugar free applesauce
3/4 cup honey
2 eggs, beaten
3 mashed overripe bananas

Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

Lightly grease a 9×5 inch loaf pan.

In a large bowl, combine flour, baking soda and salt.

In a separate bowl, mix together applesauce and honey.

Stir in eggs and mashed bananas until well blended.

Stir banana mixture into flour mixture; stir just to moisten.

Pour batter into prepared loaf pan.

Bake in preheated oven for 60 to 65 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into center of the loaf comes out clean.

Let bread cool in pan for 10 minutes, then turn out onto a wire rack.
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Garlic Bread Pizza Sticks


Serves 4-6

Ingredients

1 batch 30-Minute Dough (below)
2 cups mozzarella cheese, grated
2 cups (sharp) cheddar cheese, grated
1 head garlic
5 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature
1-2 tablespoons cornmeal
1/2 tablespoon olive oil
kosher salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste
marinara sauce, store-bought or homemade, for dipping
ranch dressing, optional

Directions

Preheat oven to 400 F.

Cut off the top 1/4 of your head of garlic (not the root) and place in the center of a sheet of aluminum foil.

Drizzle with olive oil and season generously with salt and pepper, then wrap foil tightly around garlic to create a little packet.

Place foil packet directly in the oven and roast for 1 hour.

Prepare 30-Minute Dough according to directions and set aside.

Remove garlic from oven and let rest 5 minutes before taking it out of aluminum foil.

Raise oven temperature to 450 F and sprinkle cornmeal evenly on a rimmed baking sheet.

Roll out pizza dough to a large rectangle and transfer it to baking sheet.

In a small bowl, squeeze out roasted garlic and mix in softened butter until incorporated.

Spread garlic butter evenly out over pizza dough, then sprinkle mozzarella and cheddar cheese over the top.

Place baking sheet in oven and bake for 15 minutes, or until cheese is bubbly.

Remove from oven, cut into strips and serve hot, with marinara (or pizza sauce) and ranch dressing.
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30-Minute Dough


Yield: approx. 1 pound

Ingredients

2 1/2-3 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup warm water or milk
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 tablespoons active dry yeast
1 teaspoon sugar
1 teaspoon salt

Directions

1. In a small bowl or glass, combine 1/2 cup warm water with yeast and sugar. Stir together and let rest 5-10 minutes, or until frothy.

Note: if mixture is not bubbly, discard and start again.

2. Combine 2 cups flour with yeast mixture, remaining water, olive oil and salt, and mix together until a shaggy dough forms.

3. Gradually continue adding flour until dough is smooth, then let rest 10 minutes.

4. Use dough immediately, store in refrigerator for up to 3 days, or freeze for later use.
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Pizza Monkey Bread

 

Ingredients

1 can jumbo biscuits
1/4 c. diced olives
8 slices bacon, crisp & crumbled
1/4 c. Canadian bacon, diced
1/2 c. Italian sausage, cooked
1 small can green chiles
1 Tbsp. garlic powder
2 tsp. Italian seasoning
1/4 c. olive oil
1 c. cheese, shredded (we used pepper jack)
pizza sauce for dipping

Directions

Cut each biscuit into 6 pieces. Easiest to cut in half. Place on top of each other. Cut in thirds and then separate. Put aside until all are cut in pieces.

In a large bowl, combine all other ingredients together. When combined well, drop biscuits pieces into it and gently toss to get mixed well. Using your hands is a plus here.

Preheat oven 350F. Coat bundt pan with cooking spray.

Place in bundt pan and spread out evenly.

Place bundt pan in oven and bake for 35 – 40 minutes. Keep an eye on them so they don’t over bake on the outside and doughy on the inside.

After about 35 minutes, gently pull a piece of bread away to see if it is done or not. If not, bake in 5 minute intervals until finished.

Serve with pizza sauce and enjoy.
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