Category Archives: 15. Breads

Irish Soda Bread

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Irish Soda Bread

Makes 1 loaf

1-1/4 cups all-purpose flour

3/4 teaspoon baking soda

1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder

1/4 teaspoon salt

2 tablespoons white sugar

1/4 cup butter, cut into pieces

1/2 cup raisins (craisins)

1/4 cup currants (optional)

1 teaspoon caraway seed (optional)

1/4 cup and 2 tablespoons milk

1 tablespoon and 1-1/2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar

1/4 teaspoon almond extract

 

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Grease baking sheet.

Stir together the flour, baking soda, baking powder, salt, and sugar in a large bowl until evenly blended.

Cut in the butter using a pastry blender or your hands until the mixture resembles coarse cornmeal.

Stir in the raisins, craisins, currants, and caraway seeds

Make a well in the center and pour in the milk, vinegar and almond extract.

Stir with a spoon until the dry ingredients are moistened.

Turn the dough out onto a well floured work surface, and knead gently 8 to 10 times.

Place onto the prepared baking sheet.

Bake in preheated oven for 15 minutes, then reduce heat to 350 degrees, and bake until the top of the bread is golden brown, about 15 minutes more.

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Cheese and Olive Bread

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1/2 cup butter, softened

1/4 cup mayonnaise

1 teaspoon garlic powder

1 teaspoon onion powder

 

2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese (half cheddar blend)

1 cup chopped black olives (half green olives)

1 loaf French bread, halved lengthwise

 

Preheat oven to 350 degrees

Bake bread for approximately 5 minutes to crisp up before adding toppings

Stir together butter and mayonnaise until smooth and creamy

Mix in garlic powder and onion powder

Then stir in cheese and olives

Spread mixture evenly over French bread, and place on a baking sheet

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Bake in a preheated oven for 5 minutes

Increase heat to broil, and cook until cheese melts and bread is golden brown, about 2 to 3 minutes

I served this with a side of Marinara Sauce, Balsamic Vinegar and Olive Oil for dipping

Easy Cheese Biscuits

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This recipe will make 12 biscuits

1 tablespoon baking powder
1 1/2 cups flour
1 tablespoon + 1 1/2 teaspoon sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt

3 cups grated Cheddar cheese

1 cup milk
1 egg
1/4 cup butter, melted

Pre-heat oven to 375 degrees

Lightly grease 12 muffin tins

Mix dry ingredients together

Add cheese and mix well

In another bowl whisk egg, milk and butter

Mix egg mixture with dry ingredients, mix well, it will be thick

Fill 12 muffin tins with mixture

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Bake 20 – 25 minutes or until a nice golden color

Serve with soft butter or honey butter

Enjoy!

Rye Bread

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This recipe will make 1 loaf of rye bread

1 1/2 cup rye flour
3/4 cup room temperature beer, I used a can of Guinness draught
1 package active dry yeast (.25 ounce)

1 tablespoon sugar
1 1/2 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon margarine
1 egg
1 cup bread flour

Combine rye flour, beer and yeast in a large bowl

Cover bowl with plastic and leave on the counter overnight

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The next day, add sugar, salt, margarine and egg

Beat until smooth

Add bread flour

Knead on speed 2 for 8-10 minutes, if dough is to sticky, add a tablespoon of flour

Let rise in a warm place, covered with a towel, for 40 minutes or until doubled in size

Punch dough down and place in a greased bread dish

Let rise again for 30 minutes

Bake in a preheated 350 degree oven for 30 minutes

When bread is finished baking, wrap in a tea towel, this will keep the crust soft

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Enjoy!

*When I am putting my dough together, I warm my oven to 170 degrees. I place my dough to rise in the oven and turn off the heat. The warmth is just enough to get a good rise.

Homemade Croutons

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Cut bread into 3/4 -1 inch pieces

Season to taste, I use Adobo

Spread in single layers on dehydrator trays

I dry mine for approximately 3 hours at 135 degrees

Store in an air tight container

 
 
I take my croutons and make bread crumbs out of them with my Vita-mix or you can use a chopper/blender.

None of my bread goes to waste

Dinner Rolls

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Recipe makes 9 rolls

1/2 cup and 2 tablespoons of warm milk

1 teaspoon active dry yeast

2 tablespoons sugar

1 egg

2 tablespoons softened butter

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 3/4 cup all purpose flour

Pour milk into mixing bowl.  Sprinkle yeast on top.

Mix in sugar, egg, butter and salt.

Add flour.  Knead for 10 minutes on speed 2.

Cover bowl and rest in a warm place until it doubles in size.  About an hour

Punch down dough, cover and rise 2 more times

Break dough into even 2-3 inch pieces.  Roll and set into a greased baking dish.

Cover and rise again until double in size.

Egg wash rolls before baking.  1 egg mixed with 1 tablespoon water

Bake at 350 for 22-30 minutes