Monday, September 21, 2009

Homemade White Bread

The credit for this recipe goes to my Mother in Law Jana Bradshaw- she came to my house and made this bread for us- it is delicious!!! I think my favorite part is that it is easy and most of the ingredients you will have around your house. You can also use this dough to make scones- also delicious! Enjoy!

Mix the following until smooth:

5 cups of hot water
2 tbsp salt
1 Cup Sugar
2/3 cup oil
4 cups Bread Flour

Add to the top and knead together:

3 cups of Bread Flour
2 tbsp Quick Rise Yeast
Add more flour as needed. Total flour will be about 10 to 12 cups.

Cover and let rise (I covered mine with saran wrap that I sprayed with cooking spray so the dough wouldn't stick to it as it was rising.) it will double in size- punch it down and let it rise again. Knead again and divide into four sections and place in greased medium size loaf pans. Let rise until desired size.

Bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes or until lightly browned.

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Fancy Fast Chicken

3 Chicken breasts*
6 Slices Swiss cheese
1/4 pound Sliced mushrooms; (optional)
1 can Cream of chicken soup
1/2 c Milk
2 c Pepperidge Farm Stuffing
1 Butter

* Split, boned, and skinned

Place chicken in lightly greased 9x13" glass baking dish.

Top each piece of chicken with slice of Swiss cheese.

Lay mushrooms on the cheese.

Mix cream of chicken can of soup with wine and pour over chicken.

Spread stuffing mix and drizzle melted butter on top.

Bake at 350 degrees for 45 to 60 minutes.

Cinnamon Pull-a-parts

18-20 frozen Rhodes dinner rolls
1 c. brown sugar
1 tsp. cinnamon
1 c. chopped walnuts
1 cube melted butter
1 sm. pkg. butterscotch pudding (not instant)

Arrange rolls in Bundt pan. Sprinkle pudding mix, brown sugar and cinnamon over rolls. Sprinkle nuts over. Pour melted butter over rolls. Cover with waxed paper and allow to rise overnight. Next morning, remove waxed paper and bake 15-25 minutes at 350 degrees. Cool 10 minutes. Invert pan on serving dish.

Apple Spice Cake

1 c. brown sugar
1/2 c. butter
2 eggs
2 c. self-rising flour
1 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp. ginger
1/2 tsp. cloves
1 c. milk
2 c. chopped apples

Cream sugar and butter. Add eggs; beat well. Stir flour with spices and add to mixture, alternately with milk. Bake in greased, floured 13 x 9 x 2 inch baking pan in oven at 350 degrees for 30 to 40 minutes.


1 c. brown sugar
1 tbsp. cornstarch
2 tbsp. milk
2 tbsp. butter
1/2 c. flaked coconut
1/2 c. pecans

Mix above ingredients. Pour coconut-nut topping mixture over cake and return to oven on BROIL setting until slightly brown on top.


3 eggs
2 cups sugar
1 cup vegetable oil
1 teaspooon vanilla
2 cups coarsely grated zucchini (loosely packed)
2 cups flour
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup chopped walnuts or pecans (optional)

Preheat oven to 350°F.
In the bowl of an electric mixer, beat 3 eggs until frothy. Gradually add 2 cups sugar. Stir in 1 cup vegetable oil and 1 teaspoon of vanilla. Beat until thick and lemon colored. Stir in zucchini.

In a medium bowl, whisk together to combine 2 cups flour, 1 teaspoon cinnamon, 1 teaspoon baking soda, 1/4 teaspoon baking powder and 1 teaspoon salt. Stir dry mixture into wet mixture, stirring to combine. Add chopped walnuts or pecans, if desired.

Spray two bread loaf pans (approximately 8"x4"x3") with Baker's Joy, or grease and flour to prevent sticking. Pour batter into pans and level off with the back of a spoon.

Bake for approximately 1 hour or until done.

Allow loaves to cool in pan for 10 minutes, then run a knife along the sides to loosen bread and remove from pans. Cool on wire rack. Brush tops of loaf with melted butter while still warm.

Double Chocolate Zucchini Bread

Yes it is that time of year when you may have a plethora of Zucchini and not know what you can do with it so here are a few recipes that you can use to use up some of your Zukes! Remember you can peel and grate the zucchini and freeze it for this winter!!! The best part about these recipes is that they taste so good you would never know there are veggies in them!!!

2 sm. zucchini (about 1/2 lb. total) or 2 c. grated
4 c. flour
1/2 c. cocoa
1 1/2 c. sugar
1 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. baking powder
3/4 tsp. salt
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. nutmeg
1 1/2 c. oil
3 eggs
1 1/2 c. milk
2 tsp. vanilla
1 c. semi-sweet chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350°F.
Butter 2 (8 x 4) loaf pans.

Grate zucchini.

In a large bowl, combine flour, cocoa, sugar, baking soda and powder, salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg.

In another bowl, combine zucchini, oil, eggs, milk, and vanilla.

Stir zucchini mixture into the flour mixture, just until blended. Mix in the chocolate chips. Pour batter into prepared pans.

Bake until a toothpick inserted into the center of the bread comes out clean, about 1 hour 15 minutes.

Cool on rack for 10 minutes, then remove from pans and cool completely.

Amish Friendship Bread

Ok- I will warn you ahead of time that this recipe takes 10 days to make but it is worth it in the end if you can be patient!!! So here goes:

Some points to remember:
1. Do not use any type of metal spoon or bowl for making this.
2. Do not refrigerate
3. If air gets in the bag let it out
4. It is normal for the batter to rise and ferment- yep I said normal.....

To make combine the following in a gallon ziplock bag:

1 1/2 cups of flour
1 1/2 cups of sugar
1 1/2 cups of whole milk- although I used 2% and it worked just fine

Seal up the bag and with a marker put Day 1 (and the date)also put what date day number 6 is so you can remember when you look at it! :)

Then you set it on your counter- pretty easy!

Day 1 Do Nothing
Day 2 Mash the bag
Day 3 Mash the bag
Day 4 Mash the bag
Day 5 Mash the bag
Day 6 Yea! You get to do something!!!! Add to the bag 1 C. Flour, 1 C. Sugar, 1 C. of Whole Milk (or 2% if you want) and then mash the bag to mix it up...
Day 7 Mash the bag
Day 8 Mash the bag
Day 9 Mash the bag
Day 10 Whew! You made it! :)
1. Pour the contents of the bag (and I warn you it probably won't smell great- but have faith it will turn out just fine!!) into a non metal bowl.
2. Add 1 1/2 cups of Flour, 1 1/2 cups of Sugar, 1 1/2 cups of Whole Milk (or 2%). Mix this all together.
3. Measure out 4 separate batters of 1 cup each in to 4 ziplock gallon size bags. Keep a starter bag for yourself and give the other three starter bags to friends (along with a copy of the instructions). There will be batter in the bowl. See baking instructions below:

1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees.
2. To the batter add:
3 eggs
1 C. Sugar
2 tsp of cinnamon
1/2 tsp of baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp baking soda
2 C. Flour
1 C. Oil
1/2 C whole milk or 2%
1 large box of instant pudding- your choice of flavor I used chocolate pudding mix and added 1 1/2 cups of chocolate chips

3. Grease 2 large loaf pans Mix 1/2 sugar, and 1 1/2 tsp of cinnamon. Dust the greased pans with 1/2 the mixture (like you would grease and flour a pan)

4. Pour the batter into the 2 prepared pans. Sprinkle the remaining sugar/cinnamon mixture over the top of the batter in the pans.

5. Bake for 1 hour or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean

6. Cool until the bread loosens evenly from the sides of the pan (approx. 10 minutes) Use a knife or a spatula to loosen the bread.

Something I have done is to keep one loaf out to eat and then freeze the other loaf for later.