Category Archives: 15. Breads

Bagels the Easy Way



Bagels the Easy Way

Makes 4 bagels


1 cup All Purpose Flour

2 teaspoons baking powder

3/4 teaspoon kosher salt

1 cup Greek Yogurt

Egg Wash mixture

1 egg beaten with 1 Tablespoon sugar


Preheat oven to 375 degrees

I used my Kitchen Aid with a bread hook to mix the dough, but it can also be mixed by hand

Combine together flour, baking powder and salt

Add yogurt and mix until well combined

If dough is to sticky, add a little bit more flour

Lightly dust a work surface to roll out dough

Turn out the dough about 15 times on the floured surface

Divide into 4 equal parts

Roll out each rope to about 6 inches long and join ends

A little dab of water will help make the ends stick together better

You can also flatten them into a patty, make a hole in the center and stretch out into bagel form


Top each bagel with egg wash mixture

Place bagels on parchment paper lined baking sheet

Bagels will expand a little when they bake so make sure they have extra room to grow on the baking sheet

Bake in preheated oven for 25 minutes

I bake mine on the top rack so the bottoms don’t get to brown


Onion Bagels

Sauté 1/3 cup chopped onions

Add sautéed onions and 1 teaspoon onion powder to wet bagel mixture


Confetti Bagels

Add 1 Tablespoon Rainbow Sprinkles to wet bagel mixture


Cinnamon Raison

3 teaspoons Cinnamon

3 teaspoons Honey

3/4 cup Raisins



Try other toppings like, Sesame or Poppy Seeds, Garlic or Everything Seasoning

A 2 pound container of Greek Yogurt will make 14 bagels

Thank you Beth and Jennifer for introducing me to this amazing recipe!

Original link to the recipe can be found here





Irish Soda Bread


This recipe is for 2 breads because my grandson will eat one by himself!

Irish Soda Bread

Makes 2 Breads


4 cups all-purpose flour

1/4 cup white sugar

1 teaspoon baking soda

2 teaspoon baking powder

1 teaspoon salt


2 eggs

1 1/4 cup buttermilk

1/4 cup vegetable oil


1 cup raisins/craisons


Preheat oven to 350 degrees

Grease a baking sheet, or line with parchment paper

In a large bowl, stir together the flour, sugar, baking soda, baking powder, and salt

In another bowl, whisk together eggs, buttermilk, and vegetable oil

Make a well in the center of the flour mixture, and pour in the buttermilk mixture

Add the raisins, and stir a few times, just until the ingredients come together into a soft dough

Turn the dough out onto a floured surface, and with floured hands shape dough into a ball

Divide dough in half

Place the dough balls on the prepared baking sheet, and cut a large cross in the top of each one with a sharp knife

Place the baking sheet on a middle rack of the preheated oven, and bake until golden brown, 30 to 40 minutes

* I have the worst time kneading out dough.  For this recipe, I added everything from the bowls into my Kitchen Aid mixer and let that do the work.

Easy Bread Stuffing


We had a couple loaves of bread sitting around so I decided to use it for stuffing.  This recipe was very easy and I will be making it again.  We even took bites of the leftovers right from the fridge!


Easy Bread Stuffing

Makes about 8 servings


16 cups of bread cubes

3/4 cup butter

1/2 cup onion, chopped very fine

1/2 cup celery, chopped very fine

2 teaspoons poultry seasoning

1/2 teaspoon Adobo

Salt and black pepper, to taste

2 cups chicken broth

1 chicken bouillon cube, optional


Cut bread into cubes and allow to dry.  I dried mine on cookie sheets in a 170 degree oven.  It took about 90 minutes.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees

Melt butter in a fry pan over medium heat and sauté onion and celery until soft, about 5-8 minutes

Add onion, celery, seasoning, Adobo, salt and pepper to bread cubes

Moisten mixture with half a cup of broth at a time and mix well

Keep adding broth and mixing until you get to the desired firmness

Pour into a greased casserole dish

Cover and bake 30-40 minutes, stir and uncover the last 15 minutes of baking to get a crispy top

Super Soft Rolls


Every bite of these rolls reminds me of being in my grams kitchen when she was baking.

I hope they give you good memories too.


Super Soft Rolls

Makes 12 Rolls

1 cup warm water

1 1/2 teaspoon yeast

1/4 cup sugar

1 teaspoon salt

3 Tablespoons softened butter

1 egg beaten

3 1/2 – 4 cups flour


Add water and yeast to mixer

Mix in sugar, butter, salt and egg

Add flour 1 cup at a time

Knead in mixer for approximately 8 minutes

Grease bowl for the dough to rise in and cover with plastic

Rise approximately 45 minutes

Punch down and turn on flour covered surface a few times

Divide dough into 12 rolls and place in a 9×13 greased baking pan

Let rise 30 minutes

Bake 20 minutes in a 350 degree oven

Top with butter and serve

Banana Bread


Korbyn had a snow day and took over my kitchen again.  Today he made Banana Bread using my Mom’s recipe.  It came out perfect!


My Moms Recipe!

Makes 3 loaves

3 1/2 cups flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt

2 cups mashed very ripe bananas, 3-4
2 tablespoons lemon juice

3/4 cup butter
3/4 cup sugar
3/4 cup brown sugar
3 eggs
3/4 cup milk


Shift dry ingredients together and set aside

Mash bananas, add lemon juice and set aside

Cream together Butter and Sugars, add eggs


Add dry ingredients alternating with milk


Fold in bananas

Pour into greased pans until half full


Bake 350 for 50-60 minutes

Bread is done when a toothpick inserted in the center of loaf comes out clean

Let pans set for 10 minutes out of oven

Remove bread from pans and cool on wire racks

Let stand overnight before slicing


Irish Soda Bread


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.

Cheese and Olive Bread


This was a pretty good snack we made one night. Tasted good warmed up, too!


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


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


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


Bake 20 – 25 minutes or until a nice golden color

Serve with soft butter or honey butter


Rye Bread


This is so good! I hope you enjoy it as much as we do!

This bread makes the best toast. I realized quickly that I cannot send it to school for the Korbyns lunch. Smells to much like Guinness!


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


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



*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


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