Archive for: Breads

Greek Yogurt Apple-Cinnamon Bread

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of KitchenAid. All opinions and text are mine. This Greek Yogurt Apple-Cinnamon Bread is delicious for breakfast or even dessert! The Greek yogurt in the batter keeps this apple quick bread incredibly moist, and you will love the pieces of cinnamon-sugar apples that you get with every bite! Green apples or red apples? What kinds do you like best for snacking, cooking, and baking? I eat an apple most days and my favorites are those with a good balance of tart and sweet, like Honeycrisp or Pink Lady apples. Apples are one of my top healthy choices when I'm craving something sweet. Julia loves tart green apples. I enjoy snacking on ... [Continue Reading]

Our Favorite Healthy Blueberry Banana Bread {Whole Wheat, Refined Sugar Free}

A delicious breakfast bread that's made with white whole wheat flour and sweetened with pure maple syrup and banana, so you can feel good about eating it.  You'll definitely want a second slice of this Favorite Healthy Blueberry Banana Bread, warm from the oven! Ever since I first made these Light and Fluffy Blueberry Banana Muffins, my family cannot get enough of them. On any given day, you'll likely find a stash of them in our freezer, ready for quick breakfasts and snacks. They're healthy, yet still taste like a treat. Which is why I love them so much – they satisfy my sweet tooth yet I feel like I'm making a healthy enough choice when I eat them. Since we loved the blueberry banana ... [Continue Reading]

Easiest 100% Whole-Wheat Biscuits

Who doesn't love a light, tender buttermilk biscuit? These Easiest 100% Whole-Wheat Biscuits have the delicious tang of buttermilk and a mild, nutty whole-wheat flavor without being heavy or dense. They are so easy to make with just six ingredients; you can have them on your table in no time! I'm a carbs and bread kinda girl. I'm pretty sure I'm not alone in that, either. I can't pass up a good muffin, scone, roll, cookie, or biscuit. A bowl of cereal is one of my favorite snacks. With my pregnancy, I need to watch my carb intake because I'm prone to high blood sugar while pregnant. And even when I'm not expecting, I try to eat a balanced diet including plenty of protein and vegetables. ... [Continue Reading]

Cranberry Orange Pecan Quick Bread

This Cranberry Orange Pecan Quick Bread is made with whole-wheat flour, honey, and Greek yogurt. A little bit tart, a little bit sweet, it's the perfect way to kick off cranberry season! I feel like my mind should be on all things Thanksgiving, like new side dishes and desserts that I want to try out for the big meal. I'm just not quite there yet. Anyone else with me? We are still eating Halloween candy, after all. (Or at least my kids are. One piece a day.  How long until I can disappear it all?) I promise I'll try to think up some inventive Thanksgiving dishes soon, but in the meantime I'd rather focus on some healthy-ish baking. Last week I spotted fresh cranberries in my ... [Continue Reading]

Corniest Corn Muffins

Made with real cornmeal and corn kernels, these corn muffins really are the corniest.  Spread a warm muffin with a little softened butter, and you won't be able to resist a second! Yesterday I made a huge pot of turkey chili in my slow cooker. The day was a bit dreary, with cloudy skies and a light wind. With highs in the low 70's, it was as close to chili weather as it's been recently. What better to serve with chili than corn muffins. The Corniest Corn Muffins, to be exact. I think the name alone makes these muffins taste a bit cornier. If you try them, you'll have to let me know if you agree. :) I will admit that I've made quite a few batches of the just-add-water to a ... [Continue Reading]

Easy 100% Whole-Wheat Sandwich Bread

This Easy 100% Whole-Wheat Sandwich Bread is perfect for sandwiches, toast, french toast, or just snacking!  Once you make a loaf, you will be addicted to this homemade bread! I try to buy and bake with whole grains as much as possible.  We always eat whole-wheat pasta and brown rice.  I often cook with quinoa, make whole-wheat pizza dough, and bake with whole-wheat flour.  Whenever we buy bread at the grocery store, it's always 100% whole-wheat.  So it shouldn't be a surprise that my favorite homemade sandwich loaf is 100% whole-wheat as well. I recently purchased the King Arthur Flour Whole Grain Baking cookbook, and I absolutely love it.  I've had it less than a week, and ... [Continue Reading]

Chocolate Chip Brioche Pretzels

Lightly sweet, with a touch of salt and plenty of chocolate, these Chocolate Chip Brioche pretzels are sure to put a smile on your face. You can consider these Chocolate Chip Brioche Pretzels an excuse to eat dessert for breakfast, or snack time, as we did. For a very long time now, I have wanted to make chocolate croissants. I think it started when I was craving them while pregnant with William. Somehow, since then I've never found the time needed to make homemade croissants. I know, how can that be? But don't worry, these Chocolate Chip Brioche Pretzels are the next best thing. These pretzels are made of a very lightly sweetened brioche dough. Chopped chocolate chips- I used ... [Continue Reading]

Oatmeal-Honey Sandwich Bread

Today let's bake some bread! In my ideal world, I would make all of our bread from scratch. Of course, in this ideal world I would also always make homemade granola bars, Greek yogurt, graham crackers, granola, hummus, pita, and, well you get the idea. In the real world there is such a thing as limited time, so I have to make choices about what I will make in each particular week. For the past few weeks, I have been baking this oatmeal-honey sandwich bread, and it's my new addiction. It makes great sandwiches and amazing toast.  I also can't resist a fresh slice spread with a little butter, right after it cools from the oven.  So. so. good. In my testing of this recipe, I've found that I ... [Continue Reading]

Banana Bread with Brown Butter

It's been a while since I've made a loaf of banana bread. I've been on a big muffin kick lately, so whenever I found myself with a few over-ripe bananas, I baked them into muffins. This week, I decided to try a new banana bread recipe with my ripe bananas, and I cannot say enough about how much I love this bread. It is moist and has just the right amount of banana flavor. Cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves add some warm spice, and then there is the brown butter. Oh yum. From now on, when I want to bake up a loaf of banana bread, I will turn to this recipe. (Unless I'm in the mood for chocolate banana bread, in which case I will be making this.) Did I mention that this bread is quickly mixed up ... [Continue Reading]

Whole Wheat Sandwich Bread

It's been a while since my last post, but not for lack of wanting to work on the blog. I've just been so busy, both with Julia's 4th birthday party (yes, she's 4!) and report cards. The party was a lot of fun, and I hope to write up a post about it soon.  The report cards are done and I'm all set for parent conferences next week, so I finally have a few minutes to devote here. This whole wheat sandwich bread is a recipe I've been wanting to share for a while. Making more of our staples the homemade way is an undertaking that I've really been enjoying. Greek yogurt, graham crackers, and burger buns are just a few of the other foods I've made myself. I definitely don't always make these ... [Continue Reading]

Honey Oatmeal Quick Bread

This recipe is one of those that immediately drew me in and I couldn't get it out of my mind until I was in my kitchen baking. Bread and oatmeal on their own each invoke warm, comforting feelings, so it's no surprise that together they are irresistible. And when that oatmeal bread is a quick bread that you can easily mix up by hand in just two bowls, you can't help but get yourself into the kitchen to start baking. This honey oatmeal quick bread is great for snacking, or serving with dinner. I like that it's made with plenty of oats and whole wheat flour, as I'm always trying to incorporate as many whole grains as possible into our meals and snacks. Spread a slice of this bread, warm from ... [Continue Reading]

Easy Whole Wheat Rolls

Homemade rolls are an irresistible addition to a meal, and these easy whole wheat rolls definitely satisfy without taking a lot of fuss to prepare. The dough is quickly mixed up either with a bowl and spoon or your electric mixer; no kneading is required. After a first rise, you divide the dough into 12 equal pieces, quickly roll each into a ball, and place the balls in a muffin tin. Let the dough rise one more time, bake, and you'll have warm rolls on your dinner table. I recommend serving these with a little butter, or honey butter if you want to get fancy. One year ago:  Cloverleaf Dinner Rolls Two years ago I posted my first post on the blog!  This strawberry chicken salad with warm ... [Continue Reading]

Pumpkin Bread

Fall is here, and one of my favorite ways to celebrate its arrival is to bake with pumpkin. While officially the first day of Fall was a few weeks ago, the weather here didn't feel Fall-like until last week. We had chillier temperatures and a few rainy days, so as soon as Saturday morning rolled around I was in the kitchen baking some pumpkin bread. I love quick breads because you get a delicious result with a fast and easy preparation. I've tried a few different pumpkin bread recipes, and this one is now my favorite. I adapted the types and amounts of spices a little bit to suit my preferences, and I think the result was the perfect amount of spice to complement the pumpkin flavor. The ... [Continue Reading]

Whole Wheat Pizza Dough

Homemade pizza is a meal that we make almost weekly in our house. Pizza is one of our favorite foods, and there are so many ways to top a pizza that it never gets old. And when you make your own pizza at home, it is both more economical and healthful than take-out. Homemade pizza dough is so easy to make, it's becoming harder and harder for me to justify ordering take-out. When making pizza dough, I alternate between this whole wheat version and this pizza dough, which is made with white bread flour. Both are equally delicious, and for variety's sake, it's nice to have two recipes to choose from. Both recipes make two balls of dough, which is enough for two medium pizzas. One pizza is ... [Continue Reading]

Cloverleaf Rolls

These Cloverleaf Rolls have a rich buttery flavor and a fun pull-apart clover shape. Are you looking for the perfect roll recipe to go with a soup or chili dinner before the weather warms up and it feels like spring is really here?  Or, is it already warm where you live and you'd like a some delicious homemade bread to accompany a main dish salad?  Then I highly recommend that you try these cloverleaf rolls. They are soft and buttery, and the cloverleaf shape is a nice touch for a pretty presentation. Cloverleaf rolls are now one of my two favorite dinner roll recipes, along with these Honey Yeast Rolls. I love the sweetness of the honey yeast rolls, but when I want more of a ... [Continue Reading]

Everyday Cinnamon Rolls

I have been wanting to bake cinnamon rolls for quite some time, but just haven't committed myself to spending the time to make them (mixing and kneading the dough, letting it rise, shaping the rolls, another rise...). I know when I do get around to making yeasted cinnamon rolls, they will be totally worth it, and I hope to soon. But this weekend, I chose to go the faster route and try out this recipe from The America's Test Kitchen Healthy Family Cookbook. (Have I told you yet how much I love this cookbook?) Since I completely trust the America's Test Kitchen and know they test each recipe extensively, I knew these cinnamon rolls would be good, and they definitely are. Since they don't ... [Continue Reading]

Honey Yeast Rolls

Pillowy soft and sweetened with honey, these Honey Yeast Rolls are sure to be a family favorite. I've been making these Honey Yeast Rolls for years.  They are a tried and true favorite recipe in my family.  The rolls are soft and slightly sweet.  They are tender on the inside with just the right amount of browned "crust" on the outside. The crust will become your favorite part!  Before baking the rolls, you brush them with melted honey butter.  When you take a bite of the browned outer edge of one of these rolls, the sweet buttery taste is downright addicting. I don't want to give all the praise to the outside of these Honey Yeast Rolls.  The soft, melt-in-your-mouth ... [Continue Reading]

Light Brioche Burger Buns

Note:  Post updated 7/1/12 to include new photos and a recipe update for making whole wheat buns.   After seeing these homemade burger buns on my sister, Karen's, blog, I really wanted to make them. They looked amazingly delicious, but I put off making some of my own because I didn't want to commit to the extra time involved. Now that I've finally gotten around to baking some of these buns, I realize how easy it is to make them. The hands-on prep time is minimal, so as long as you'll be home for a few hours to let the dough rise in between steps, there's no reason why you can't make these yourself. Yes, I will still buy store-bought hamburger buns sometimes, but I will also ... [Continue Reading]