Cinnamon Babka

This is a rich buttery yeast bread (almost cake or dessert), full of cinnamon flavor. It’s not hard to make, just takes a little time, and so worth the wait!

Cinnamon Babka

Babka Dough
1/2 cup whole milk (heat to 110°)
1½ tsp yeast
1/4 cup sugar
2 egg yolks (reserve egg whites, 1 for filling & 1 for top of loaf)
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla
2 cups flour
1/2 tsp salt
4 Tbl butter, softened

Cinnamon Filling
1 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup flour
2 Tbl butter, melted and cooled
1 egg white
2 tsp cinnamon
1/8 tsp salt

In bowl of mixer with dough hook, pour heated milk. Sprinkle yeast over milk, sprinkle sugar over yeast, and let sit until yeast is activated and bubbly. Add egg yolks, egg, and vanilla; mix. Add flour and salt; mix about 3 minutes. Increase mixer speed to medium and softened butter in pieces, one piece at a time. Mix until butter is incorporated and dough smooth, about 5 minutes. Turn dough out into a greased bowl, cover, and let rise until at least doubled (probably about 2 hours).

Mix cinnamon filling ingredients and set aside. Turn risen dough out onto well floured surface. Using enough flour so dough doesn’t stick, roll out into a 12″x16″ rectangle. Gently spread cinnamon filling evenly over surface of dough. Roll up starting from short side and pinch seam. Using a sharp knife, carefully cut all the way down the center of your dough cylinder (use flour on knife to help keep from sticking). Turn both halves of dough so filling is facing up. Twist one half over the other starting in the middle to the end (keeping cut edges facing up) and twist other end from center to the end. Tuck ends under and loaf together to length of loaf pan. Liberally grease loaf pan and carefully lift loaf into pan. Cover and let rise about 1½ hours.

Preheat oven to 350°. Lightly beat the one reserved egg white until frothy. Gently brush over risen loaf and sprinkle with cinnamon sugar if desired. Bake about 45 minutes. Cool in pan on cooling rack about 20 minutes, remove from pan and cool completely for clean, neat slices.

Cinnamon Babka 1  Cinnamon Babka 2

Cinnamon Babka 3  Cinnamon Babka 4

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Puff Pastry Cheese Straws

Light, flaky, buttery, and cheesy!

Puff Pastry Cheese Straws

2 sheet frozen puff pastry, thawed according to package
1 cup sharp cheddar cheese
1/3 cup Parmesan cheese
2 Tbl butter, softened
season salt

Preheat oven to 425°. Spread one sheet of puff pastry on lightly floured surface. Evenly spread butter over puff pastry. Sprinkle cheddar cheese and Parmesan cheese evenly over buttered pastry. Sprinkle with season salt. Lay second sheet of puff pastry over top of cheeses. Press all around the edge to seal edges of top and bottom pastry together. Gently roll out to 15″X15″square, working to keep edges sealed. With a pizza cutter, cut all the way across into 1″ wide strips. Now, cut across the center of the lengths, cutting the long strips in half. Twist each strip and place on greased or silpat lined baking sheet. Bake 10-15 minutes until puffed and golden brown. Serve warm or room temperature. Keep in airtight container. Makes approx 30 cheese straws.

Challah

Bread. I love bread!

Challah

Challah 1  Challah Rolls

1¾ cups warm water (approx 110°)
2 Tbl dry yeast
3 Tbl sugar
½ cup honey
2 Tbl oil
4 eggs, beaten
1 Tbl salt
8-9 cups bread flour

In bowl of stand mixer, pour warm water, sprinkle yeast over water, and then sprinkle sugar over yeast. Let sit for 5 minutes or until bubbly. Add honey, oil, eggs, and salt. Add flour 1 cup at a time. Add enough flour to make dough that just comes together and starts to pull away from sides of bowl. Knead. Turn dough out into greased or sprayed bowl, turn dough over to coat. Cover with towel and let rise in warm place 1-1½ hours until doubled. Punch down, turn out onto floured surface, and divide in half. At this point you can make two loaves, one loaf and 16 rolls, or 32 rolls.

To make a loaf: Take one half of the dough, divide into four equal parts. Roll each part into an 18″ long rope. I braid my loaf on my greased or silpat lined baking sheet because I don’t like to move it after it is braided. Put the four long dough ropes on the baking sheet side by side. At one end, pinch the four ropes together. Start braiding by taking the rope on the far left, go under two ropes to the right, and back over one rope to the left, lay it down. Take the rope on the far right, go under two ropes to the left, and back over one rope to the right, lay it down. Back to the rope on the far left, go under two ropes to the right, and back over one rope to the left, lay it down. Back to the rope on the far right, go under two ropes to the left, and back over one rope to the right, lay it down. Continue until you are at the end and pinch ends together. Cover and let rise about 30-45 minutes. Gently brush with egg wash and sprinkle with poppy seeds or sesame seeds. Bake in preheated 350° oven for 30-35 minutes.

To make rolls: Take one half of the dough, divide evenly into 16 pieces. Roll each piece into a 18″ long skinny rope. Twist and turn and wrap the rope around itself to make each roll. I wish I had some exact way of doing this but I’m not willing to take the time. ;o) I consider each roll a work of art. Place on greased or silpat lined baking pan. Continue until you have shaped all the rolls. Cover and let rise about 30 minutes. Gently brush with egg wash and sprinkle with poppy seeds or sesame seeds. Bake in preheated 350° oven for 12-15 minutes.

 

Popovers

Make popovers for dinner to go with your soup. Make them for breakfast to eat with butter and jam. Or, make them anytime just because of that amazing crunchy outside and tender delicious inside!

Popovers 1Popovers.jpg1 Tbl butter, melted, cooled
1 cup milk
2 eggs
1 cup flour
1/2 tsp salt

Preheat oven to 400°. Spray a 6-cup popover pan with nonstick spray.
Combine butter, milk, eggs, flour, and salt in blender. Blend for 30 seconds. Divide batter among the 6 popover cups, filling each about half full. Bake 40 minutes, do not open oven door during baking time. Remove from oven. You may want to pierce each popover to let steam escape. Serve warm. You can make popovers in a muffin pan or Pyrex custard cups.

Other Quick Bread Ideas:

Quick Dinner Muffins Quick Dinner Muffins

Corn Bread Muffins Buttery Sour Cream Corn Bread Muffins

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I wish you all a Happy New Year filled with joy, happiness, and success in all you do. As we close this delicious year and head into another delicious year, I leave you with a recap of the top 10 most viewed posts in 2015. Thanks for stopping by…CHEERS!

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Peanut Butter Banana Bread

My little twist on banana bread because I love peanut butter!

Peanut Butter Banana Bread

1/2 cup butter, softened
1/2 cup peanut butter
1 cup sugar
2 eggs
3 overripe bananas, mashed
2¼ cups flour
3/4 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 cup buttermilk
3/4 cup peanut butter chips

Preheat oven to 350°. Spray 5 small or 2 regular size loaf pans with nonstick spray.

In large bowl mixing by hand, cream butter, peanut butter, and sugar. Add eggs and banana; mix thoroughly. In smaller bowl, stir together flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. Add vanilla to buttermilk. Add dry ingredients and buttermilk alternately to creamed mixture; mix just until combined. Fold in peanut butter chips. Scoop batter evenly into prepared pans, sprinkle tops with a little sugar if desired. Bake 35 minutes (small loaves), 50 minutes (large loaves) or until golden brown and pick in center comes out clean. Cool in pans at least 15 minutes before removing. Cool completely before slicing for clean slices (usually I can wait, messy slices taste just as good).

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No Knead Crusty Bread

Crusty on the outside and tenderly amazing on the inside! One of the most popular recipes ever published in the New York Times, this recipe comes from Jim Lahey of Sullivan Street Bakery. No special ingredients, equipment, or technique, just plain simple and delicious! Mix it up in the evening and bake in the morning or mix it up in the morning and bake it for dinner.
Give it a try!

No Knead Crusty Bread

         No Knead Crusty Bread 1          No Knead Crusty Bread 2

         No Knead Crusty Bread 3          No Knead Crusty Bread 4

3 cups flour
1¾ tsp salt
1/4 tsp instant yeast
1½ cups water

In a large bowl, stir together flour, salt, and yeast. Pour in water and stir until all combined. Dough will be sticky. Cover with plastic wrap. Let sit 12-18 hours, at room temperature (approx 70°). Dough is ready anytime after 12 hours when surface is bubbly and you are ready to bake.

Heat oven to 450°. Pour dough onto heavily floured surface and shape into a ball or oval (depending on your pot).  Cover with plastic wrap and let sit while the pot is heating. Put *pot with lid* into preheated oven to heat for 30 minutes. There is no need to grease or spray pot. Remove hot pot from oven and drop in the dough (careful it’s HOT!).  Cover and return to oven for 30 minutes.  After 30 minutes remove the lid and bake an additional 15 minutes.  Remove bread from oven and place on cooling rack to cool.

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Peanut Butter & Honey Braid

If you’re a bread person like me, make this Peanut Butter & Honey Braid, grab a glass of milk and be happy!

Peanut Butter & Honey Braid

Peanut Butter & Honey Braid 1  Peanut Butter & Honey Braid 2  Peanut Butter & Honey Braid 3

2 ¹/3 cups baking mix (such as Bisquick)
1/2 cup butter, cold
2/3 cup milk, cold
3-4 Tbl peanut butter
2-3 Tbl honey

Preheat oven to 425°.  Cut butter into baking mix until mixture is crumbly. Stir in milk until dough comes together. Turn dough onto floured surface and knead lightly 10 to 12 times. Roll dough into 15″x9″ rectangle.  Spread jam lengthwise down center 1/3 of dough (center 3″ pictured below). Make 3” cuts at 1″ intervals on long sides. Fold strips over filling.  Pick up with two spatulas and move onto Silpat lined baking sheet or sprayed with non-stick spray. Bake 12-15 minutes or until lightly browned. Glaze with following glaze when slightly cooled.

1/2 cup powdered sugar
1/8 tsp vanilla
milk (enough to make drizzle consistency, add a little at a time)

Whisk together until smooth and drizzle over braid.

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In my home growing up we had æbleskivers because of our Danish roots. These little cakes seem to be a close cousin, the Welsh version of a European pan cake. No special pan is needed as for the æbleskiver, just a griddle or fry pan. A perfect addition to a breakfast, brunch or tea.

Welsh Cakes

           Welsh Cakes 2       Welsh Cakes 3

1¾ cups flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/8 tsp salt
1/4 cup sugar
1/3 cup butter, cold
1/3 cup currants
1 egg, beaten
3-4 Tbl milk or buttermilk

Stir together flour, baking powder, salt, and sugar. Cut in butter. Stir in egg and add one tablespoon of milk at a time until dough just comes together. Roll out on flour surface to 1/4″ thickness. Cut into 2½”-3″ rounds. Heat griddle or pan to medium-low to medium heat, add butter or spray with non-stick spray. Add cakes to pan and cook about 3-4 minutes each side until golden and they have risen slightly. Watch closely to understand the correct heat and cooking time according to your griddle/stove and pan, you want the outside golden and the center cooked through. As cakes come off the griddle, spread with butter and sprinkle with sugar. Makes about 20 cakes.

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