Chocolate Chip and Walnut Banana Bread

Saturday started with bright warm sunshine. It shone a steady stream of light through the windows. These days call for crackling wood stove fires. And freshly baked bread. Enjoy your weekend! xo Jodi       Advertisements

Potato Soup with Milk and Honey Bread

March in New England is a fickle beast. Temperatures in the 60’s with sunshine one week and 18 inches of wet, heavy snow the next, (great book reading weather!) I just finished a great little novel by Jenna Woginrich. The $4.99 ebook is called Birchthorn.  It’s suspenseful with great characters and plot twists. There’s a scene in it where…

Pumpkin Walnut Loaf with Chocolate Chips

October is upon us, which means pumpkin. We collect our ingredients in the sun strewn kitchen on this beautiful Sunday morning. Cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger and all spice speckled flour is incorporated into creamed butter and sugar. Alternate with pumpkin puree until mixture is smooth and orange in color. Chopped walnuts and a healthy dose of…

Hazelnut Flour

Hazelnut flour is here. Switching out some of the all purpose flour in baked goods with hazelnut flour is a great way to boost protein and complex B vitamins. First up we’re utilizing those overripe bananas on the counter. The dry ingredients are combined, the wet ingredients are mixed and then incorporated into each other. A few…

Cinnamon Swirl Bread

Cinnamon Swirl Bread on Easter Sunday. It starts with active dry yeast and water. An egg, some milk and butter and a bit of sugar and salt are added. Flour is incorporated a bit at a time until a dough forms. The dough is kneaded until smooth and elastic. The dough is set in a bowl…

Streusel Coconut Bread

Birds are flocking to our front yard feeder, newly stocked with Black Oil Sunflower seeds. Cardinals, chickadees, tufted titmice, sparrows and blue jays are leaving their tracks in the freshly fallen snow. Birds of all kind are landing on the snow laden boughs of the 60 year old hemlock tree that shields our house from the…

Orange Oat Bread

An orange nestled at the toe of the Christmas stocking is a well loved tradition in our family. I welcome the juxtaposition of a warm climate citrus fruit and the usual snowy winter weather of Christmas in New England. It’s a proper treat. This year I am using my Christmas orange in a hardy bread…

Whole Wheat Bread with Honey

The birds and squirrels are scurrying about on this chilly November day. The wind is blowing the yellow and brown leaves around as smoke pours out of the stove pipe on the top of our home. The fog on the windows betray the sun shining through the trees as to just how cold it really…

Streusel Pumpkin Bread

October is here. Pumpkin patches are open. Gourds of all shapes and sizes are waiting to be chosen. In honor of October, let’s make bread. The streusel topping for this pumpkin bread lends a nice cinnamon crunch. Canned pumpkin will do, but you can go out in the pumpkin patch and grab yourself a nice sugar…

Cinnamon Sugar Apple Biscuits

In my world, adding apples with cinnamon and sugar to biscuits makes complete sense. Apples are my all time favorite fruit and cinnamon is my all time favorite spice. In this house, these biscuits were meant to be. Start with your favorite biscuit recipe. Peel, core and slice your favorite variety of apple. Mix with…

Berry Cinnamon Swirl Bread

Joy the Baker’s Baking Bootcamp has brought us this Berry Cinnamon Swirl Bread. Click the link for a step by step depiction of the recipe. It starts with sugar and yeast, a bit of milk and butter plus an egg yolk for richness= the basis of a stellar dough. Once the mixture is frothy and bubbly, we can add…

Hot Cross Buns

With the kitchen windows open, we could hear the rain pelting down. An ideal morning to make a batch of Hot Cross Buns. Traditionally served at Easter time, Hot Cross Buns have a cross to symbolize the crucifixion. They’ve been baked, sold and enjoyed by many for centuries. These small yeast breads are spiced with cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice and cloves. The zest of an orange lends freshness…