Thursday, April 3, 2008

Cherry Cream Scones


3/4 cup dried cherries 2 cups all−purpose flour 1 tablespoon baking powder 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/4 cup granulated sugar 1 tablespoon lemon zest 1 1/4 cups heavy cream 2 tablespoons butter, melted

Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.

Cover cherries with boiling water, plump for 5 minutes, then drain and pat dry on paper towels.

Combine flour, baking powder, salt and sugar in a bowl, mixing well with a fork. Add the dried cherries and lemon zest. Stir in cream until dough starts to mass in the center of bowl. Transfer dough to a lightly floured surface. Knead lightly a few times. Push cherries beneath the surface of the dough. Place on an ungreased cookie sheet. Pat into a 10−inch circle. Brush with butter. Score into 12 wedges, and bake for 12 minutes.

Blueberry Scones


3 cups buttermilk baking mix 2 tablespoons granulated sugar 1 cup fresh or frozen blueberries 1/4 cup milk 2 eggs

Glaze 1 egg, well beaten 2 tablespoons granulated sugar

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.

In medium bowl, combine the baking mix, 2 tablespoons sugar and blueberries. Pour milk in measuring cup. Add the eggs to the milk and beat with a fork until well mixed. Stir liquid into baking mix until moistened (dough will be crumbly). Turn the dough onto a lightly floured work surface and pat into a 9−inch round, about 1/2−inch thick. Brush the dough with the beaten egg, then sprinkle with 2 tablespoons sugar. Cut the round into 12 wedges. Place on ungreased cookie sheet and bake 10 to 12 minutes until golden.

Serve scones immediately with butter or cream and jam.

Makes 12 scones.

Wednesday, April 2, 2008

Oreo Cookie Bread

3/4 cup milk 1 egg 4 tablespoons butter 3 tablespoons granulated sugar 3/4 teaspoon salt 2 cups bread flour 1 1/2 teaspoons yeast 3/4 cup Oreo cookies, crushed

Bake according to manufacturer's instructions, adding the Oreos during the raisin−bread cycle, or five minutes before the final kneading is finished.

Onion Soup Bread

1 1/2 teaspoons yeast 2 cups plus 2 tablespoons bread flour 1/4 teaspoon
baking soda 1 egg 1/4 cup cottage cheese 1/4 cup sour cream 3 tablespoons
margarine 1/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon water 1 envelope dry onion soup mix

Make bread according to bread machine instructions.

Multi−Grain Bread


1 1/8 cups water 1/2 cup whole wheat flour 2 cups bread flour 1/2 cup quick oats 3/4 cup 7 grain cereal 2 tablespoons powdered buttermilk 2 tablespoons granulated sugar 2 tablespoons honey 2 tablespoons margarine 2 envelopes yeast 1 teaspoon salt

Add ingredients according to manufacturer's instructions.

Kahlua Cream Bread


1/8 cup KahlĂșa (if you use more, use proportionately less water 1/4 cup water 1 (15 ounce) can evaporated milk 1 teaspoon salt 1 1/2 teaspoons vegetable oil 3 cups bread flour 2 tablespoons brown sugar 1 teaspoon yeast

Filling Miniature chocolate chips

Place all ingredients, except for filling, into bread machine in the proper order for your machine. Use dough cycle.

At end of dough cycle, remove dough and place on lightly−floured bread board. Cover and let rest for 10 minutes.

Roll out dough into a rectangle, sprinkle with lots of miniature chocolate chips, and roll up into a loaf.

Place in greased bread pan, cover and let rise for 45 minutes.

Slash loaf with a lame or razor blade. Brush with milk. Bake in preheated 375 degree F oven for 25 to 30 minutes.

Remove loaf onto a cake rack and let cool.

Tuesday, April 1, 2008

Kummelweck Rolls


Dough 3/4 cup water 1 1/2 teaspoons instant yeast 1 1/2 teaspoons granulated sugar 1 teaspoon salt 1 1/3 cups gluten flour 1 1/3 cups unbleached bread flour 2 tablespoons nonfat dry milk 2 tablespoons potato flour (potato starch) 2 tablespoons unsalted butter 1 egg

Topping Equal parts caraway seeds, coarse salt and pumpernickel, mixed until well combined

In a large mixing bowl, or in the bowl of an electric mixer, combine all of the ingredients except the topping, mixing to form a shaggy dough. Knead the dough, by hand or by machine, for 10 minutes. Allow it to rest for 10 minutes, then knead for an additional 10 minutes, till it's smooth and supple. Place the dough in a lightly greased bowl, and allow it to rest for 1 hour; it'll become quite puffy, though it may not double in bulk. You may also use your bread machine, set on the Dough cycle, to prepare the dough to this point.

Divide the dough into six 3 1/4−ounce pieces, and shape them into smooth, slightly flattened rounds. Place them on a baking sheet, covered, to rise for 1 hour, or until they're good and puffy.

Brush the rolls with a bit of melted butter, and sprinkle lightly* with the topping. Bake them in a preheated 425 degree F oven for 15 to 18 minutes, or until they're golden brown. Remove from the oven and cool on a wire rack; they're best served the same day they're made, though they do reheat nicely. Yield: Six large rolls.

*Use more or less topping, according to your taste tolerance for salt.

Soft Sandwich Buns


1 cup water 3 tablespoons butter, melted 1/4 cup powdered milk 3 tablespoons granulated sugar 3 cups flour 1/4 cup potato starch 2 teaspoons salt 1 tablespoon yeast

Place ingredients into pan of bread machine in order listed. Select dough cycle and start machine. Check for consistency after about 10 minutes of kneading. If necessary, add flour (1 tablespoon at a time) or water (1 teaspoon at a time) to produce a smooth, somewhat soft dough. Allow machine to complete cycle.

When timer sounds, remove dough to surface sprayed with Pam. Cut into 8 fairly equal pieces. Round the corners by tucking under to form smooth, round buns. Place on greased baking sheet and flatten slightly with hand to make approximately 4 inch buns. (They will rise up but not out, so make them the size you want now.) Cover with greased plastic wrap and let rise in a warm place for about 1 hour, or until very puffy.

Bake in preheated 350 degrees F for 18−22 minutes, until nicely browned. Remove to rack and spray with butter−flavored Pam. Cool and slice.

Makes 8 buns (8 servings).

Per serving: 266 Calories (kcal); 6g Total Fat; (20% calories from fat); 7g Protein; 47g Carbohydrate; 16mg Cholesterol; 594mg Sodium

Food Exchanges: 2 1/2 Grain (Starch); 0 Lean Meat; 0 Vegetable; 0 Fruit; 1 Fat; 1/2 Other Carbohydrates

Serving Ideas: Wonderful for hamburgers hot off the grill; also makes a great muffaletta.

NOTES: To make manually: Put lukewarm water in a large bowl; add sugar and yeast. Stir to dissolve. Stir in melted butter. Add remaining ingredients and mix well to form a dough. Turn out on surface sprayed with Pam and knead until smooth and elastic, about 10−15 minutes. Cover with greased plastic wrap and let rise. Follow directions to form, rise, and bake buns.

You may substitute instant potato flakes for potato starch.