buttermilk biscuits

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 pitas

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

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]

banana bread sliced loaf

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]

loaf on cutting board

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]