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]

Buttermilk Biscuits

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]

Whole Wheat Pita Bread

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]

Pita Bread

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]

Chocolate Banana Bread

If you're like me, you often find yourself with a few over-ripe bananas on your kitchen counter. Sometimes I peel and freeze them to put in smoothies (I make a super yummy peanut butter banana smoothie), but they are also delicious when made into banana bread. I have enjoyed making banana bread for as long as I can remember, and chocolate banana bread, well, that's even better! I follow the recipe for my favorite plain banana bread and then mix some melted chocolate chips into part of the batter. The plain and chocolate batters are then alternately poured into the bread pan. Running a knife through the batter before baking creates a beautiful swirled look in the bread. This bread is ... [Continue Reading]

Honey Oatmeal Sandwich Bread

This is the first yeast bread recipe that I've made (without the aid of a bread machine). After making this bread, I can't wait to try other yeast bread recipes! There is just something about kneading the dough, letting it rise, and baking it while your house fills with the delicious aroma of fresh bread. While the entire bread-making process from start to finish took about 3-4 hours, the active time for this recipe was surprisingly short. In fact, it was so easy, that I think I may be baking homemade bread quite often in the future! I found the recipe for Honey Oatmeal Sandwich Bread on one of my favorite cooking/baking blogs, Brown Eyed Baker. She gives a great detailed description of ... [Continue Reading]