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Simply simple Whole wheat bread.

I am a big fan of the whole grain bread that has all the nuts and stuff in it.  husband and kids however would be happy with plain old wonder bread. So i try to compromise and try to make really soft whole wheat breads. I am learning as I go. My loaves started off short and dense. very crumby and kind of tasteless.

Now days I have learned a few tricks to making whole wheat breads. My biggest trick is this little thing called “Vital wheat Gluten”  it is a natural product sold in a bag or box about the size of a powderd sugar box.  A small amount of this stuff packs a huge punch! For my standard loaf I use just two TBS.  i have also found that buying the cheapest whole wheat flour doesnt work for my family. I like the King aurthur brand whole wheat cause it is very very ground. My guys are fussy about stuff sometimes. I am too its just I am the one cooking so i make things i like. LOL anyways below is my standard whole wheat recipe.

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1 1/4 cups lukewarm water

1/4 cup vegetable oil

1/4 cup honey, molasses, or maple syrup

2 1/2 cups Whole Wheat Flour

1 cup bread or AP flour

1 packet (2 and a half TSP.) active dry yeast.

1/4 cup nonfat dried milk

1 1/4 teaspoons salt

2 TBS of vital wheat gluten. Yes you are adding gluten… I aint no hippie dippie gluten free freak. LOL JK. ADD IT or you will end up with  WHOLE WHEAT BRICK.

First get your warm water in your bowl  with your sweetener. I prefer the Molasses. mix it up a little bit.  then add your yeast and let those guys get going for about 5-10 min.  After that  put every thing else in your bowl.  mix it up till it pulls away from you bowl. then turn it out and knead it by hand for 6-8 minutes then let it rise in a warm place for 50 min… OOOOOOOR put all this mess in your bread machine bowl and set it to the dough method like i do.  1.5 hours later boom dough.  I punch mine down and let it  rise again in a greased bread pan for 30 min.

Pop that baby in the oven for 20 min at 350. When the timer dings tent your bread with foil and let it bake another 15 min. The tent prevents the crust for turning to brown and hard. When that timer rings take your bread out of the pan and on to a wire rack. While it is still smokin hot you want to coat the crust in soething to keep it tender as well. I like to use butter, just rub the stick all over it but…. my expanding waistline says i need to cut back soooo lowfat milk will do the same. Just brush the whole loaf while it is still hot with  the milk and let it cool.  AT LEAST 30 MIN!!! this is key. Your bread will colapse if you dont give it time.  I promise.

Let me know if you guys use this recipe or any ideas you think would make it better. This is  a simple starter recipe you can  add nuts… go all whole wheat flour, use honey.   Whatever you think.

Blessings!

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Pancake adventure!!!!

so it is always nice to wake up and make a yummy breakfast for your family. I have to say though it rarely happens in our house cause mom is usually making bowls of cereal or serving muffins half asleep.  Sometimes though husband feel the urge to wake u and make breakfast. Probably because his 1st order of business in the morning s it a shower. Today was one of those days.  he woke up and  cleaned the kitchen then proceeded to  work on breaky. not realizing we didnt have instantpancake batter he promised our youngest chocolate chip banana pancakes.  Then enlisted my help in making hoem made pancake batter. which niether of us had ever made before. there is a 1st time for everything.  so with flour in hand we tried a random recipe we found.  here is our version of home made pancakes for 4 people.

3 cups of ap flour

1 egg

4 tsp bakign powder

1 tsp salt

1tbs sugar

4 tbs shortening.

2.5 cups of milk

2 tbs buttermilk powder

mix the dry stuff together.  twice… i dont knwo why but the recipe said to do it twice.  next add the wet stuff.  now we semi melted our shortening cause we thought it would work better and ours was comign out of the fridge.also  slowly add the milk you might need more or less to make it the right consistency.

Dont over mix your pancakes will end up tough and crumbly.  pour on to a heated skillet at this point you can add things like banana slices or chocolate chips or berries. When it starts to bubble flip it.cook for another few minutes.

I know what you are saying ” but the just add water mix is so much easier”  and too you i say rubbish. I was a “just add water” girl but I am thinking I wont be buying the mix at all anymore. It was sooo easy. You can do it. Try it. I  think  my favorite part about makin these was being in the kitchen with my hubby. Wearing the cute apron he gave me for christmas.

blessings

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Bagels revisited! (Grrrrrr)

So I have a love affair with the bagel  that is probably not healthy! I love almost any kind of bagel. Except the everything bagel… ew.  My fav is jalapeño cheddar bagel. I used to get them from safeway but they never had enough jalapeños for me. Plus the boys love bagels too but i wanted to be SURE I knew what was going in to them. They Love cinnamon raisin bagel so i thought. hmm how cant i beef up the goodness? hmmmm here is my simple bagel recipe with a couple of my favorite variations.

1 cup plus one TBS of warm water

1 1/2 TBS honey

3 cups of bread flour ( Sub: I exchanged 3/4 cup of bread flour for whole wheat  in the cinnamon raisin bagels and the kids didn’t notice anything)

1 1/4 tsp of salt

1 1/2 tsp bread machine or active dry yeast

toppings: instant minced onion, sesame seeds, poppy seeds, old fashioned oats or for me some shredded cheddar and a jar of jalapeños.

*For cinnamon raisin bagels add 1/2 cup of raisins and add 1 1/2 tsp of cinnamon in when you add salt.  You can make other berry bagels buy switching the raisin for dried cranberries or dried goji berries or dried dingle berries.. i dunno… you get the picture.  what ever floats your boat. Oh and get rid of the cinnamon.

You will also need

2quarts of water

1/3 cup of baking soda or 3 tbs of sugar

One egg white mixed with one tbs of water.

1) measure all your stuff and hit the dough cycle on your bread machine.  Dont put the toppings in!!! Pull the dough out after 50 in the cycle with lightly floured hands.

2)  grease a cookie sheet and cut the dough in to 10 pieces.  shape each piece into a 3 inch circle poke a one inch hole in the center using thumbs. smooth into a bagel shape using your fingers. do it to all 10 an dpu them on a cookie sheet. cover and let rise for 20 min in a warm place.

3) Heat your oven to 450. Heat 2 quarts of water  to boiling add 1/3 cup of baking soda or 3 tbs of sugar.  I like the baking soda. Lower 2-3 bagels in tot the water for 30 seconds, turning once after 15 seconds. Remove with a slotted spoon.

4) use a pastry brush to brush the egg white and water on the bagels.  Then put your toppings on. Bake on a greased cookie sheet for 8 min or until yummy looking.  LET THEM COOL!  But as soon as you can, Toast that baby Up and mac down. it is so good.  Yummm I think i will go have another one.

Blessing

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Happy mom = a better world for all.

what do you get when you combined a box of pancake mix, a 2 lb box of strawberries and whipped cream? A happy momma!

the night before chop up your straw berries and mix them with a 1/2 cup of sugar.  cover and pu tin the fridge  till
morning.

Make your batter as per the box instructions for waffles.

I happen to have a hand me down  cheap belgian waffle iron soo I am lucky.

Spray your iron with no stick spray. I dont care if it says it is non stick they will stick if you dont spray it.  Ok fine dont spray it see what happens. I don’t care.  they are your waffles. I pour about a cup of batter in to my iron, close it and let it go for  FULL 5 min. NO PEEKING! if your waffle iron is stil letting steam out after 5 min give it another min or 2 to  let the steam calm down. Not to much though or you will have burnt waffles. Blah

Ok waffles are done take them out of the iron put them on a plate and top with 2 scoops or strawberries and some whipped cream.  the only thing that could make this better would be some bacon. YUM!

Now i know you are saying ” wth sd2cb? i know how to make waffles! what do you think i am an idiot?” No I don’t. I think that some people  *cough* my husband *cough* are very uhm… brainy… and need very detailed instructions on doing simple things… even though i doubt any dudes read this blog maybe a few women need that type of instruction. either way there it is… now go to goodwill or salvation army and find your self a poor lonely unwanted waffle iron… i think that’s where my mom got the one she gave me. stop looking at the waffle picture and go!!!!

Blessings!

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