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Tuesdays With Dorie: Walnut Bread December 2, 2014

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This weeks Tuesdays With Dorie is from Baking With Julia, and the recipe for the Walnut Bread is located on pages 121-122.  You start out by making the Mixed Starter Bread located on pages 113-120, and once the kneading phase is complete you move on over to the Walnut Bread to complete the recipe. The Mixed Starter Bread starts out with a walnut sized piece of dough from a previous yeast dough recipe (pizza, bread, etc.).  The only yeast dough I had in my freezer was Pita Dough that I had made in September, so I sawed a piece of that off to use.  Granted, I wasn’t suppose to use it since it had whole wheat flour in it, but oh well.

The first rise went fine, but the second rise was an utter failure.  There was no rise.  Since I knew that we were going to be adding more yeast by the third rise, I wasn’t too worried about it.  I just figured it wouldn’t have the depth of flavor that it would normally have. I had already used almost 3 cups of flour so I wasn’t about to back out now.  I ended up adding a bit more yeast at the third rise, just in case (I used 1 teaspoon).  From then on everything turned out great.  The bread looks awesome, but I have no yet tried any yet.  I will be cutting into in later today and then I will amend my post.

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Day 13, 14, and the start of 15 September 15, 2014

Day 13

Just an FYI I REALLY like Morning Star Grillers Vegan Burgers. I just find the flavor on them to be exactly when I am looking for when I want a burger.  I have been topping them with Vegan Mayo and Sautéed Garlic Mushrooms. Now I just need to find a good Vegan white cheese and I will be good.  I also find that I prefer Trader Joe’s Soy Yogurt over other name brands because it doesn’t have a very strong soy taste like other do.  I am not really a fan of the soy flavor. I am cool with it in coffee drinks or a latte but as a yogurt or in baked goods, I just use a different non-dairy milk (rice or almond).

So, my husband left for a conference on day 13 and I had to just wing something for dinner. I had been eyeing the Nachos in Isa Does It, but then I forgot to buy chips. I decided to make the girls some baked French Fries with their dinner and decided I was going to make myself some chili cheese fries.  I have already bought a can of Trader Joe’s Vegetarian Chili, and I checked the ingredients and it was free and clear of any animal ingredients.

YAY!!!

100_4025I got out Isa Does It and proceeded to make the Queso Blanco, which is featured on a good number of pages.  I had every thing on hand, which is surprising because I usually don’t have jalapeños.  But it is the end of summer and our pepper plants are still producing like mad, so I have A LOT of jalapeños.  I was very surprised how quick every thing came together. I didn’t have time to soak my cashews, but I did notice in the ABCs to soaking that if you had a high powered blended that you didn’t need to soak.

THANK YOU to the VITAMIX GODS!!!!!

I put everything together and was surprised just how good the Queso Blanco is.  I don’t think I need to ever have nacho cheese sauce again because I have the perfect substitute. It isn’t even a substitute it is too good.  Now I need to find some chips and I will be in dipping heaven.  Maureen also enjoyed my chili cheese fries because she crawled into my lap while I was eating it and I proceeded to feed her the beans out of the chili.

Day 14

Very uneventful.

But I did make Puffy Pancakes again for the girls. I almost killed myself when I forgot to add the sugar, so I had to dump it back into the bowl, add the sugar and mix, and then put it back in the pancake pen.  All the while, Emma was asking when the pancakes were going to be ready.

Day 15

Is going great.

I made the Blueberry Bran Muffins (Isa Does It) again and then I also made the Banana-Nut Muffins (Isa Does It).  I had a few bananas about to go bad and I figured the muffins were the next best thing. Everyone loves banana bread, so I knew they would like these.  While in the middle of making them I discovered that I was out of pecans, so I made Banana-Walnut Chocolate Chip Muffins.  I just used 1 cup walnuts and 1/2 chocolate chips.  I was indulging while I was writing my blog posts and I am finally getting my first cup of coffee for the day.

Some miracle happened and both girls are asleep. It is more than likely because I was woken up at 5:30 am to Emma crying that she needed changed because she peed her diaper.  After changing her, and reading her the story she requested I crawled back in bed only to be woken up an hour later to her asking if she can sleep with me.  Why not, daddy isn’t here and the two dogs don’t hog too much of the bed.  Then I had to wake Maureen up early because Emma goes to “school” on Mondays.  So, Mommy is sitting at the kitchen table, drinking coffee, and enjoying her Banana-Walnut Chocolate Chip Muffins.

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Tuesdays With Dorie: Country Bread and Vanilla Chiffon Roll January 28, 2014

I have been MIA for a bit but I have been baking and have actually completed each month, but I have had some issues with actually taking the time to post….opps.

The first Tuesdays with Dorie of the New Year was the recipe for Country Bread, which is located on page 136 in Baking With Julia. This bread was fantastic. It does take some time to make because you make your own sponge, but it was worth it. I especially enjoyed the bread still slightly warm from the oven and smothered in Kerrygold Irish Butter. I thought I had gone to bread heaven when I was eating a slice. My 2 year old (Emma) was also a fan of the bread and butter combo.

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This weeks Tuesdays with Dorie is the Vanilla Chiffon Roll located on page 227 in Baking With Julia. This recipe is a vanilla sponge cake filled with a chocolate-walnut mousse. It sounds weird but it is actually very good. The cake has a very pronounced vanilla flavor and has just enough sweetness to balance out the richness of the filling. I would state that if you are not a fan of walnuts, then I would omit that from the recipe and proceed with just the melted chocolate. If you can eat nuts, then I would suggest a substitution of hazelnuts. Speaking of that, maybe I should have done that since I had some on hand and then the filling would be similar to a Nutella mousse. Which currently sounds fantastic.

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Banana Bread September 11, 2013

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My daughter LOVES bananas for some reason she has trouble saying banana which I imagine most two year olds would. I finally figured out her name for bananas awhile back and it just strikes me as funny. She calls it a me me. I always try to say banana so that she will eventually try to use the word, but sometimes I slip up and say me me.

Every once in awhile she decides that bananas aren’t a snack she wants and then I forget we have them. Recently, I have probably made banana bread every other week. I actually had the idea to take a picture of the bread from the other week. Which probably doesn’t matter because it looks like I will be making banana bread again in a couple of days. Funny thing about the bread, the first day I make it she will be all about eating the banana bread and then the next day wants nothing to do with it. I guess that is the life of a two year old.

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I use the Lowfat Banana Bread recipe in Veganomicon and then I add 1/2 cup to 1 cup of walnuts to the recipe depending on how nutty I want to be that day. To make the bread pretty, I sprinkled sparkling/decorating sugar on top, sugar in the raw would work perfectly fine too.

 

Tuesdays With Dorie: Whole Wheat Bread and Cranberry Walnut Pumpkin Loaf November 27, 2012

This is my TuesdaysWith Dorie catch-up. I actually made both of these at the appropriate time but since I was participating in VeganMoFo, I was not able to post anything that was not vegan.

For the week of September 18th, I guess I just forgot to post, Whole Wheat Bread was the recipe and it was hosted by Michele of Veggie Num Nums and Teresa of The Family That Bakes Together. This bread was actually very easy to make and pretty straight forward. I mostly just had this bread in the morning toasted with butter and jam.

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For the week of October 2 the recipe was Cranberry-Walnut Pumpkin Loaf which was hosted by Rebecca at This Bountiful Backyard. This recipe can be found on page 108 of Baking With Julia. For this recipe I actually made some modifications. First, I used fresh pumpkin because I had never roasted my own and then put it in a recipe. Usually I just buy the canned stuff and that is that. I also substituted dried cranberries for the fresh because at the time I was unable to find fresh cranberries.

The bread actually turned out great. This is another one that I ate for breakfast toasted with some butter. It was perfect with a cup of black tea. Since the recipe made 3 small loaves, I actually only ate1 loaf and froze the other 2.

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Tuesdays With Dorie: Rugelach March 6, 2012

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This weeks Tuesdays With Dorie was hosted by Jessica of My Baking Heart and Margaret of The Urban Hiker. They picked the recipe for Rugelach, which is located on pages 325-327 in Baking With Julia.

For the recipe it gives you the option of making your own levkar filling, either prune or apricot, or you can just buy one. Levkar is just another way of saying fruit butter, well that is essentially what it is. Since I happened to have some prunes and apricots on hand because I have been making Emma’s baby food, I decided to make both levkars for the filling. To figure out which one I preferred I filled half of a recipe with each. The dried fruit for the filling was a mixture of dried apricots, golden raisins, and figs with walnuts and almonds.

I took my time making these cookies and made it a 3-4 day project. The first day I made both Levkars, and put out my butter and cream cheese to soften overnight. Day two I made the dough and chilled it. Day three I rolled out and filled the dough, and then put it in the fridge overnight. Day four or maybe 5 🙂 I finally sliced and baked them. I decided to not roll them in the cinnamon sugar nut mixture because I didn’t want the hassel, the mess, and I had waited long enough to taste these cookies.

Funny thing happened, at first I was only going to make one levkar so I asked Mike what his preference was and he said prune. I secretly wanted the apricot but I didn’t say anything. Once the cookies were made and we each tried them, I preferred the prune filling and Mike preferred the apricot. I guess things work out that way :). Mike took the extra to work and most of the apricot cookies got eaten. I think that is because Mike told them the other was prune filled and hey were wary.

Oh well, more for me. I figured out that I preferred the prune filling because it brought the flavor of the cinnamon to the front of your taste buds. It was just one of those nice added bonuses when the flavors worked perfectly and accentuated another ingredient which happened to be a favorite of mine 🙂

 

Daring Bakers: Quick Bread February 28, 2012

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The Daring Bakers’ February 2012 host was – Lis! Lis stepped in last minute and challenged us to create a quick bread we could call our own. She supplied us with a base recipe and shared some recipes she loves from various websites and encouraged us to build upon them and create new flavor profiles.

As it happens, I actually made my go to Banana Walnut Bread recipe just a couple of days ago. So this worked out perfectly 🙂

Mike had randomly hinted last week that banana bread would be yummy, especially since there were two very ripe bananas hanging out on the counter. One day when Mike was at work, I put Emma in her highchair and went about throwing all the ingredients for the bread together.

The greatest thing about quick breads is that they are quick 🙂

I didn’t want to have to wait all day for the bread to bake up. Well sometimes one hour feels like all day when you are hungry and just want one piece. So I decided to scoop these into a standard size muffin pan, made 11 muffins, and sprinkled them with a little sugar and baked them for 20 minutes.

Banana Bread
Source: Better Homes and Gardens: New Cook Book page 114

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp ground cinnamon (I used 1/2 tsp because I love cinnamon)
1 egg
1 cup mashed bananas (3 medium)
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 cup cooking oil (I used vegetable oil)
1 tsp finely shredded lemon peel (aka lemon zest)
1/2 cup chopped walnuts or pecans

1. Grease the bottom and 1/2 inch up the sides of an 8x4x2 inch loaf pan; set aside. In a medium bowl combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, and 1/8 tsp salt. Make a well in the center of dry ingredients; set aside.
2. In another bowl combine the egg, bananas, sugar, cooking oil, and lemon peel. Add egg mixture all at once to dry mixture. Stir until just moistened (batter should be lumpy). Fold in nuts.
3. Spoon batter into the prepared pan. Bake at 350 degree F oven for 50 to 55 minutes or till a wooden toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Remove loaf from pan, cool on rack. Wrap and store overnight before slicing. Makes 1 loaf (16 servings).

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