Posts Tagged ‘yeast’

Homemade Soft Pretzels with Cheddar-Cream Cheese Spread

Sure you can find soft pretzels in the frozen section at your local grocery, but what about beer soft pretzels? Complete with cheddar-cream cheese spread.

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Carbs and cheese might be one of the best appetizer food combinations ever created, improved only by the addition of bacon. While I neglected to add that salty meat into the mix this time, there’s no denying soft homemade pretzels and cheese dip. The inspiration for this ensemble comes from one of my favorite bar foods at the Flying Saucer – soft pretzels served with queso dip (just like Ro*Tel queso dip) and a cheddar-cream cheese spread.

While homemade soft pretzels are a bit of a commitment, it’s worth it in my opinion. I’ve never been disappointed with the end results and since most of the time is spent waiting for the dough to rise it makes for a great weekend project. Speaking of the weekend, why not make them with beer instead of water? Boozy pretzels! You can’t buy those at the store.

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I took the opportunity to bust out Red Star’s Platinum yeast for the occasion, being the first yeasted recipe to be made in my kitchen since moving in. (Yes these were made before the skillet rolls I posted on Sunday which btw were also made using Red Star’s Platinum yeast.) Let me tell you, that yeast does some work! And I know my yeast ;-). I may spoil myself by only buying that brand from now on because it’s not as finicky as others I have used in the past.

One year ago: Cookie Dough Oreo Cake

Two years ago: Pepperoni Pasta Bake

Four years ago: Butterscotch Haystack Cookies
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Skillet Rolls for Two

Need rolls for a dinner party of two? Use this small batch recipe to make 4 soft rolls coated in butter, herbs, and Parmesan cheese.

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I hope everyone has had a great weekend, I know I sure have. Came home to flowers and Red Velvet Oreos on Friday followed by dinner at the Explorer’s Club. Then Saturday cooked dinner at home to avoid the masses. And it gave me an excuse to recreate a fantastic meal I had in Seattle.

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After Peabody shared a recipe for caramelized root beer short ribs and then Kita made oven roasted fall veggie risotto (both inspired by one of our meals while in Seattle), I knew the two were going to happen in my kitchen as soon as possible. It just happened to conveniently land on the weekend of Valentine’s Day. I thought about making my rosemary mac and cheese to go with it (which was another Seattle-inspired recipe) but instead went with a small batch of rolls. Roll them in butter, pesto, and Parmesan and it’ll be more than just a regular old dinner roll.

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Two years ago: Meyer Lemon Blueberry Baked Oatmeal

Three years ago: Caramelized Chicken with Jalapeno Cream

Four years ago: Chocolate Covered Cherries
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Potica Nut Roll Revisit

Whether you spell it potica or povitica (or call it something completely different), this Slovenian sweet nut roll bread is better than cinnamon swirl bread, in my biased opinion.

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When Christmas rolls around, fruit cakes start appearing along with many other traditional Christmas recipes. While my dad does make a killer fruit cake, the pastry I most look forward to is Potica. Potica looks like cinnamon swirl bread but it’s got a little extra that make it that much better. It comes in many different shapes and sizes but for my family’s recipe the sweet, yeast pastry dough is rolled out really thin and then spread with a coating of ground up nuts and sugar before being rolled up and baked (we use a clean sheet of floured fabric to make rolling easier). Sometimes it’s a straight log, sometimes it gets bent it into a horse shoe shape, and other times it gets baked in a bundt cake pan. Whatever shape you prefer it’ll come up just right. What’s important to me is toasting a slice and then spreading butter on it. Holy yum.
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Gingerbread Cinnamon Rolls with Speculoos Icing & Baker’s Secret Giveaway

These gingerbread cinnamon rolls topped with speculoos icing would be a great for breakfast on a holiday morning.Make it easier on yourself my preparing the night before.

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Thanksgiving may still be on it’s way but I’m ready to pass over the pumpkin and start on some gingerbread. So I went ahead and made these gingerbread cinnamon rolls. If you have a lot of time in the morning, you could make these rolls all at once. Or you can divide the process by refrigerating the rolls overnight and then in the morning all you have to do is pop them in the oven. Then they get coated with a speculoos icing. Sounds like a great Thanksgiving or Christmas morning breakfast option to me.

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I was inspired to make these cinnamon rolls when I got my hands on Baker’s Secret new colored metal bakeware, which are pretty enough to serve out of.  Feel free to use them this holiday season for baking and serving without needing to dirty up another dish. To help you out, I have two pieces of Baker’s Secret colored metal bakeware to giveaway. Just use the Rafflecopter widget located at the end of this post.

One year ago: DOVE® Christmas Chocolate Drops

Two years ago: Penne with Trapanese Pesto

Three years ago: Butter Pecan with Brandy Ice Cream
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Cinnamon-Sugar Pumpkin Bagel Bites for One

Enlist some self control on the front end by making a single serving batch of these pumpkin bagel bites coated in cinnamon-sugar, dipped in sweet cream cheese.

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Although I love leftovers for lunch the next day, after living on my own for a long time I started craving recipes that serve just one because sometimes that giant vat of soup loses its appeal after the 5th day. This search resulted in the creation of Single Serving Sundays which documents my adventure through cooking for one. Whether you live alone or not, single serving recipes come in handy. To prove it, this week for Single Serving Sunday I invited some friends along in a link up of recipes for one.

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I know I just spent the week before last bombarding you with pumpkin recipes but ’tis the season, right? And you really don’t want to miss out on this single serving recipe. If you thought you couldn’t make a small batch of bagel bites in about 30 minutes, well now you can. The best part is that they don’t require a lot of rise time. They perfectly rise on your stove top while the oven gets busy pre-heating. The only downside is that you may want more than one serving, but then again maybe it’s a good thing to force self control. How else would you be able to resist eating a giant bowl of pumpkin bagel bites coated in cinnamon-sugar and dipped in sweet cream cheese?

Stock up on some more single serving recipes:

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One year ago: Sea Salt Pumpkin Peanut Butter Cups

Three years ago: Butternut Squash Mac and Cheese with Caramelized Onions, Bacon, and Apple

CINNAMON-SUGAR PUMPKIN BAGEL BITES FOR ONE

Serves 1

Ingredients:

PRETZELS

1/3 cup all-purpose flour

1 tsp active dry yeast

Pinch cinnamon

Pinch nutmeg

1 Tbsp pumpkin puree

2-3 Tbsp warm water

1/2 cup hot water

1 tsp baking soda

1/2 Tbsp butter, melted

1/2 Tbsp cinnamon-sugar

DIPPING SAUCE

1 oz. cream cheese, room temperature

1/4 tsp vanilla extract

2 Tbsp powdered sugar

1 Tbsp heavy cream

Directions:

  1. In a small bowl, sift together the first four ingredients. Stir in pumpkin and 1 tablespoon of warm water first. If the dough is dry, then add a little more water and mix again.
  2. Pour out onto a lightly floured work surface and sprinkle with flour. Knead gently until the dough comes together into a slightly sticky ball. Roll out into a 3/4-inch wide rope and cut into 3/4-inch pieces.
  3. In a shallow dish, combine the hot water and baking soda. Dip the pieces into the mixture and flip to coat completely. Transfer to a parchment paper lined baking sheet. Brush with butter and sprinkle with cinnamon-sugar.
  4. Leave in a nice warm place to rise while you preheat the oven to 450 degrees, for about 15 minutes.
  5. Meanwhile, in a small bowl blend together the dipping sauce. Set aside.
  6. Once oven is preheated and dough has risen, bake for 15-20 minutes or until golden. Serve warm with dipping sauce.

Source: Adapted from my Cinnamon-Raisin Bagel for One.

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BBQ Chicken Pizza with Cornmeal Crust

Break out of the traditional pizza mold with this BBQ chicken pizza. A cornmeal crust topped with BBQ chicken, mozzarella, smoked gouda, and red onion.

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I love pizza, mostly for it’s versatility. Just like brownies andcookies you can cram just about anything in there. Change the crust, sauce, cheese, toppings, seasonings – the combinations are endless. This allows you to make your pizza your own which is why making pizza at home is so much fun. You can even stuff the crust, adding a whole new variable. Did anyone else drool over Pizza Hut’s commercial for their new bacon and cheese stuffed crust? Come to mamma.

If my childhood self knew the kinds of things my adult self would be putting on top of a sacred cheese pizza I would have be dumbfounded. Falafel? Butternut squash? JalapenoEggs!? The horror! And to think I even dared to put onion on today’s pizza. My childhood self would not have stood for it. It was a brave day when I would have sausage or pepperoni. As you can tell I was a very adventurous child when it came to food and I have come a long, long way. Some of my family members still like to recall how picky of an eater I used to be whenever I whip up something particularly unusual.

But I digress. Bring on all the toppings! Today I give you the recipe for a pizza I discovered upon moving to Memphis nearly a decade ago (holy crap), BBQ pizza. I thought Cincinnati was weird their their combination of chili and spaghetti, but BBQ on pizza? Yes BBQ on pizza and it’s wonderful. I even added cornmeal to the crust to give it a cornbread-like flavor. BBQ pizza was the first pizza to open my eyes to the world of non-marinara sauce based pizzas. And what a fabulous journey it has been!

What is your ideal pizza?

Two years ago: Buckeye Cheesecake

Three years ago: Rustic Sourdough Bread
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Homemade Whole Wheat Bread Bowls

These easy homemade whole wheat bread bowls are perfect for any of your favorite soups. Have your soup and eat the bowl too!

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In case you were unaware, USA beat Ghana last night!! Unfortunately I didn’t get to watch the game live and ended up knowing the final score before watching it but it was still fun seeing it play out. Now here’s to hoping Portugal (and mostly Cristiano Ronaldo – beautiful, beautiful man who happens to also be amazing at soccer) doesn’t take out it’s frustration on us Sunday for being demolished by Germany yesterday. Germany is one amazing team!

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Unrelated to the World Cup is my newest U-pick farm adventure. On my and my dad’s last strawberry picking outing we also had the chance to pick our own broccoli, cauliflower, and cabbage! I may have gotten a bit carried away and had to freeze one of the larger heads of broccoli (it was the size of two large heads combined found at the grocery store), but the rest is being thrown into all kinds of recipes. Although these bread bowl were not made with any of those three things, they were created to hold my favorite broccoli cheddar soup which is one of my earlier recipes on this blog.

I have yet to figure out what to do with the cabbage, thoughts?

One year ago: S’mores Puppy Chow

Three years ago: Banana Foster Cream Pie
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Potato Burger Buns

Soft potato buns are one of my favorite buns for burgers. These potato burger buns are made from real potatoes and are perfect for all the burgers on the grill this season.

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In case you hadn’t noticed I am preparing you for Memorial weekend this week with all kinds of recipes which I think would be a hit with your family and friends. I’ve already given you the recipe to my favorite potato salad which is an excellent side dish for your burger, but what about the buns? I must have had potato on the brain because I also made potato burger buns. These smell amazing while baking and rising. Anyone who walked through the door during or even afterwards commented on how it smelled like delicious bread – and they were right. My favorite part was that this recipe uses fresh potato instead of the dried boxed stuff, which kind of creeps me out.

Looking for burger recipes? Try these on for size:

Here are some other homemade burger buns while I am at it. Try these Wheat-Oat-Flax Buns or Whole Wheat Hamburger Buns for healthier alternatives, or my all-time favorite, Bretzel Rolls (aka pretzel buns).

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One year ago: Slow Cooker Beef & Broccoli

Two years ago: Blackened Chicken with Cilantro Lime Quinoa and Avocado Cream Sauce
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Spinach Pizza Dough

Homemade pizza is one of my favorite things to make for dinner. The obsession first started with the novelty of making my own pizza in whatever shape or size you desired (at one of my birthday parties there were elephants, butterflies, monkeys, etc). Then came the endless possible combinations with different sauces, cheeses, and toppings. Finally there were the different kinds of dough. It started out simple enough with regular, thin, and whole wheat, but then morphed into more creative outlets such as stuffed crust, garlic bread crust, garlic dough, rosemary beer dough, Greek yogurt dough and even Cauliflower Crust. While most people are debating between sausage or pepperoni, I am still trying to decide on the base let alone the toppings.

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To make my life even more difficult I created another new dough option, spinach dough just in time for St. Patrick’s Day. Although pizza doesn’t normally come to mind when thinking of this holiday the green color couldn’t be more perfect, accomplished by adding pureed spinach to my regular pizza dough recipe. It’s also a sneaky way to trick any kids nearby into eating a little spinach because it adds more color than flavor, and what kid doesn’t enjoy oddly colored food? Just tell them it’s food coloring ;-).

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This dough could also be used to make a Christmas pizza – red pizza sauce and Mozzarella cheese on top of a green dough. Heck you could use supreme pizza toppings and dub them “ornaments”. Haha oh I’m so witty. But since we don’t want to rush off into winter now that we’ve finally caught a glimpse of spring, stick around for Wednesday when I’ll tell you how to make a “Leprechaun Pizza” using this spinach pizza dough, pictured below.

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Three years ago: Chicken and Broccoli Stir-Fry
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90-Minute Whole Wheat King Cake Cinnamon Rolls

Happy Mardi Gras! Start the celebration with these whole wheat cinnamon rolls, cinnamon pecan filling and cream cheese icing. Decorated like a king cake with green, purple, and yellow sprinkles and a hidden plastic baby.

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With the coming of yet another snow storm, I figured many of you were in need of a sweet comforting breakfast option today. Even in east TN  the temperature dropped 40 degrees in less than 24 hours and there were even snowflake sightings. I think Florida is yet again the only state to be spared the wrath of the polar vortex.

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One year ago: Banana Bread Cinnamon Rolls

Three years ago: Chicken Parmeatballs
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