Thursday, October 27, 2011

New Seasonal Recipes for Bread & Butter

I am a bit behind, but have finally updated the Seasonal Recipes Page (above).  For this season I decided to share Herb Bread recipes and Herbal Butter recipes. 

One of the favorite items I prepare for holiday meals is home made breads.  Sometimes I do not have the time to make bread from scratch and buy frozen bread loafs from the store and augment them with herbs,othertimes I take the time to make bread or beer bread.  And when I am very busy, I make herbal butter ot spread on French and Italian bread I get from the bakery.  Please enjoy the recipes with your family and freinds.

I also like Quick Breads.  Those are the ones which do not have yeast so you merely blend, pour and bake.  I thought I would share a seasonally appropriate one.

Pumpkin Cranberry Bread
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 5 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 3 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 (15 ounce) can Pumpkin
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 1 cup fresh or frozen cranberries
1.      Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease and flour two 9 x 5-inch loaf pans.
2.      Combine flour, pumpkin pie spice, baking soda and salt in large bowl. Combine sugar, pumpkin, eggs, vegetable oil and orange juice in large mixer bowl; beat until just blended. Add pumpkin mixture to flour mixture; stir just until moistened. Fold in cranberries. Spoon batter into prepared loaf pans.
3.      Bake for 60 to 65 minutes or until wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pans on wire racks for 10 minutes; remove to wire racks to cool completely.

Herby Cheese Bread
  • 1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon Backyard Patch Italian Seasoning
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded Cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 cup half-and-half cream
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
1.      Preheat an oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Lightly grease a 9x5 inch loaf pan and set aside.
2.      Mix flour, baking powder, salt, cayenne pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, Italian seasoning, and Cheddar cheese together in a large bowl. Whisk in half-and-half cream, milk, and vegetable just until blended. Pour batter into the prepared pan.
3.      Bake in the preheated oven until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, 35 to 40 minutes. Cool in the pans for 10 minutes before removing to cool completely on a wire rack.

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