Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Honey Wheat French Bread

This is another tweak to Michelle's French Bread Recipe.
My first tweak is here. I don't actually use agave or sugar anymore so I wanted to post my honey version.

Dissolve and stir:
2 pkg. yeast
3 cups warm water
1/3 cup raw honey

1 tbsp salt
1/4 cup oil
2 cups whole wheat flour

5-6 cups unbleached white flour

Knead for 10-15 minutes. Cover and let rise in greased bowl until double (about 1 hour). Punch down and divide in two. Shape in rectangle and roll up tapering ends. Place on a greased cookie sheet. Gash diagonally with a sharp knife. Let rise for about 30 minutes. Mix 1 egg white and 1 tbsp water until foamy. Brush over loaves. Bake at 375 degrees for 15-20 minutes. 
With my current oven I have to bake 25-30 minutes if both loaves are in the oven. Also, I rotate the loaves halfway through baking.

Cheeseburger Soup

1 pound Ground Beef
1 Cup Chopped Onion
1 Cup Diced Carrots (when I'm in a hurry I use pre cut carrots
1 Cup Chopped Celery
1 tsp Dried Basil
1 tsp Dried Parsley
4 Tb Butter
4 Cups Chicken Broth
4 Cups Cubed Potatoes (I use red or white so I don't have to peel them.)
1/4 Cup Flour
2 1/2 Cups Cheddar Cheese
1 1/2 Cups Milk
1/4 Cup Sour Cream
1 Tb of Prepared Mustard
1 Tb of Katchup or Tomato Sauce
Salt and Pepper
*Sliced Dill Pickles for Garnish

In a large pot, brown beef then take out and set aside. Add Chicken Broth, Vegetables, and seasoning. Boil approximately 15 minutes until veggies are tender. In a separate pan melt the butter on medium heat then add flour and milk, Stir constantly until smooth. If the flour mixture is too thick you can add a little water. Once the veggies are cooked to your liking add the beef and gradually add the flour mixture and blend well. Bring to a boil and reduce heat to simmer. Then add the cheese. When the cheese is melted, add sour cream and heat through. Do not boil. Serve garnished with Sliced Dill Pickles.

Easy Homemade Enchilada Sauce

1/2 Cup Vegetable Oil
4 Tablespoons Flour
4 Tablespoons Chili Powder (more if you don't like mild)
1 (14.5 ounce) Can of Tomato Sauce
3 Cups Water
1/2 tsp Ground Cumin
1/2 tsp Garlic Powder
1/2 tsp Onion Salt

Add Oil, Flour, Chili Powder and seasonings into a sauce pan over medium high heat for a few minutes stirring constantly so you don't get any lumps. Then add the remaining ingredients and cook over medium stirring occasionally. Bring to a boil and take it off the stove. 

Pre-Cooked Shredded Chicken or Diced Tofu
Shredded Cheese
Chopped Green Onions

For Enchiladas take about a cup of sauce and pour it into a 9x13 dish. Take 8-10 flour tortillas add pre-cooked shredded chicken, shredded cheese and chopped green onions on top of a tortilla and roll up. Place it on top of the sauce and continue until your dish is filled to your liking. Repeat with remaining tortillas. Pour most of the remaining sauce over the rolled tortillas. (I usually have a little left over) Top with more cheese and diced green onions. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes.

Braised Lamb Shanks

2 Large White Onions, chopped
4 lamb shanks
2 cups dry red wine or chicken broth
1 cup balsamic vinegar
1/3 Cup Oil
4 tsp minced garlic
2 lemons, quartered
2 (14.5 ounce) cans diced tomatoes
1/2 bunch fresh bail, chopped
1 Tablespoon each of Salt and Pepper

Preheat oven to 350 degrees
Open a Turkey size oven bag and place in a 9x13 glass dish. Place the onions in a layer on the bottom of the bag. Arrange the lamb shanks on top of the onions. Cover with all the remaining ingredients. Close bag and cook for 3 hours. Optional: Use the juices left in the dish to make a yummy gravy.


Sour Cream and Honey Pound Cake

(Image is also showing my daughter's sculpey donut store creation.)
3 Cups Flour
1/4 tsp. Baking Soda
1 Cup Butter, Softened
2 Cups Raw Honey (I've noticed Costco has the best price.)
6 Eggs
1 Cup Sour Cream
2 Tbsp. Vanilla

Coconut Oil to grease the baking dish.

Preheat oven to 325 degrees

Mix flour and baking soda and set aside. Beat butter and slowly add the honey until it is well blended. If you add all the honey at once you could end up with butter chunks. Add eggs one at a time beating well after each addition. Beat in flour mixture alternately with sour cream. Then add vanilla.

Pour batter into your greased bundt pan.  Bake 1 hour 20 minutes or until toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Allow the cake to cool about 10 minutes than place your serving dish on top of your bundt pan then flip over together with the bundt pan. Drizzle with your topping of choice or allow to completely cool then drizzle on your topping. It is also great just served with fresh fruit and whipped cream.

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Outrageous Orange Pancakes

Outrageous Orange Pancakes

1 egg
1 cup light cream or half and half
6 oz can of frozen orange juice, thawed
1 cup Bisquick
1/2 cup butter
1 cup sugar

Beat egg, add 1 cup light cream, 1/4 cup o.j concentrate (make sure it's not frozen); mix together. Add 1 cup Bisquick and mix until there are no lumps in batter.
(You want somewhat thin batter so the pancakes will be crepe like)
Make pancakes.

Orange Sauce: (The best part!!!)
Mix 1/2 cup butter, 1 cup sugar, and 1/2 cup of o.j in sauce pan. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly. Turn off heat after it comes to a boil and let cool. Roll pancakes and place in bowl or a plate. Cover with sauce and top with cool whip /whipped cream and favorite fruit!

Sunday, December 30, 2012

Whole Wheat Pita Bread

1 tablespoon yeast
1 ¼ cup warm water
1 tsp sugar
1 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups flour whole wheat flour
2 -2 1/2 cups flour

Dissolve yeast in water with the sugar for about 5 minutes in the bowl of an electric mixer. Add salt and 1 ½ cups flour and with the dough hook, beat to make a batter. Add additional flour until a rough, shaggy mass is formed. Knead 8 minutes until dough is smooth and elastic. Add more flour if it is too sticky.

Turn dough onto a lightly floured surface and divide into eight pieces Form dough into balls, then flatten with a rolling pin into ¼ inch thick discs. Try and keep an even thickness. This helps the pitas puff.

Let rest on the floured surface 30-40 minutes until slightly puffed.

Preheat oven to 425F.
With a large spatula, flip the rounds of dough upside down on to a baking sheet. Bake 10-15 minutes until light golden.

Cut in half for sandwiches or cut into wedges and serve with your favorite hummus.

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Honey Wheat French Bread

This is another tweak to Michelle's French Bread Recipe. My first tweak is  here. I don't actually use agave or sugar anymor...