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]
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]
It's Friday- we made it! This week I am so ready for Friday to be here. It's been great to get to know my new students over the past few days, and I love the way a new school year is a fresh start to try new ideas, but I am exhausted. This first week of school business really takes it out of you. Plus, of course, I came down with a cold right at the beginning of the week, which made things much, much easier (sense a little sarcasm there, do you?).
After a long week, I like to wake up and have a relaxed weekend morning. What does a relaxed weekend morning mean around here? A cup of coffee, some quiet time, then breakfast and lots of playing with the kids. These Pecan Sour Cream biscuits ... [Continue Reading]
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]
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]
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]
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]
When soup, chili, or even a salad is on the menu for dinner, it seems a necessity to have some kind of bread along with it. When I'm going the homemade route, I'll usually either make a yeast bread or rolls, or some biscuits. Biscuits are a good choice when you don't want (or have) the rising time required for most yeast breads.
Whenever possible, I try to incorporate whole wheat flour into my baking. My family has come to enjoy the flavor of whole wheat baked goods, and I like the fact that I'm sneaking a little more nutrition into our food. Whole wheat flour is great in pizza dough, muffins, breads, pancakes, and even these cinnamon rolls.
Spread with a little butter, and maybe some ... [Continue Reading]
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]
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]
As we enter the warmer days of spring, I am craving more main dish salads for dinner. I enjoy having some type of bread with my salad (I guess all of those vegetables make me crave carbs :) ), and these multigrain rolls are a great choice. Since they are filled with whole grains, you can feel good about eating them alongside a healthy salad.
I personally love the taste of whole grains, and if you gave me a sandwich on white bread I'd probably not enjoy it nearly as much as if it were on whole wheat. So, it makes sense that I loved these rolls. I really enjoy the heartier, nuttier taste that you get when you bake with whole wheat flour, oats, or other whole grains.
When I made these ... [Continue Reading]
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 dinner 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 rich butter flavor I make these cloverleaf rolls. While cloverleaf rolls make a great ... [Continue Reading]
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]
I made these honey yeast rolls for the first time yesterday, and I am so happy that I finally tried this recipe! The rolls are soft and slightly sweet, tender on the inside with just the right amount of browned "crust" on the outside. Be sure not to skip the step of brushing the rolls with melted honey butter before baking; when you take a bite of the browned outer edge of one of these rolls, the sweet buttery taste is amazing. If you are still looking for a roll recipe to add to your Thanksgiving or other holiday table, try these honey yeast rolls. This recipe is definitely a keeper!
Honey Yeast Rolls
Makes 12 rolls
2¼ tsp. instant yeast
1 cup warm water (105-115˚ ... [Continue Reading]
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]
Now that we are heading into a few months of colder weather, I am excited to share this recipe for buttermilk biscuits with you. Biscuits are a great accompaniment to soups and chilis; I baked these to go along with the Chicken Chili that I made over the weekend. These biscuits were definitely a favorite part of the meal. They are great eaten plain, but are even more wonderful topped with just a bit of butter and some honey.
I have been searching for a great biscuit recipe for a while now. My old favorite recipe makes delicious, light, and tender biscuits, but it contains shortening, and I try to avoid partially hydrogenated oils (trans fats) whenever possible. After trying a few other ... [Continue Reading]
Every once in a while I become inspired to bake something that takes a little more time than the usual cookies, muffins, or bar desserts. This time, it was these whole wheat pitas that called me to devote an entire nap time plus to the kitchen (the pitas are actually really easy to make, and there was a good deal of inactive time, but you have to be available to do the next step after each rise and rest of the dough). While I am not able to spend this much time baking on a regular basis, I am glad that I tried this recipe because these pitas are delicious!
Whole wheat pitas were the second batch of homemade pitas that I've made. I recently made regular pitas, and now that I've tried the ... [Continue Reading]
When I saw a recipe for homemade pita bread on one of my favorite food blogs, Annie's Eats, I immediately printed it out and made a mental note to try it soon. While we don't use pita bread very often, the thought of fresh, homemade pitas was enough to motivate me to devote an afternoon to trying this recipe. It is actually pretty easy to make homemade pitas! There is a bit of a time commitment, but much of the time is inactive while the dough rises and rests. I loved watching the pitas puff up in the oven as they baked, creating a pocket perfect for stuffing with grilled meats and/or veggies.
The pitas tasted great the first day, but not quite as good the second or third day. I recommend ... [Continue Reading]