Cranberry Orange Loaf

Why is it things called “loaf” are usually disgusting? Pimento loaf? Olive loaf? <shudder> Those hunks of oddly studded meat at the deli give me the heebie-jeebies. Today I made a loaf of deliciousness that is completely un-gross. Actually, it is exquisite. Beautifully flavored with slightly sweet orange and temptingly tart cranberries, this gorgeous bread is just divine.
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Crack Bread

I’ve seen this “recipe” so many times on Pinterest, I just had to give it a try. It is not elegant. It is not classy. You should not serve this to impress your husband’s boss. This is as far from diet food as you can possibly get. Not good for you at all. I could feel my arteries seizing up as I ate it. But I could not stop. Need bread? And cheese? Think all things are better with bacon? And butter? Yeah…I told you it wasn’t good for you. When you are ready to kick that New Year’s resolution to the curb, this is the thing to help you along.
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Pretzel Bites

It’s that time of year again. No more family Christmas parties with your crazy Uncle Lou who makes inappropriate remarks after a few glasses of Granny’s homemade nog. The presents are opened & carols all sung. You’ve convinced yourself that the tree and lights can stay up while you do absolutely nothing for a few days. This is the magical time of year when pretty much the only thing on TV is football. College bowl games and NFL playoffs are kicking into high gear. It’s time for lazy afternoons parked on your caboose with friends who don’t care that you are wearing your ratty sweatpants. Friends who totally understand that you must wear elastic waistbands due to the obscene number of holiday treats you’ve been eating for the past month. No judging. Just  more eating. And football. A great time of year indeed. [Read more…]

Eggnog Pound Cake

Happy Christmas Eve!! If you have time to read this today, I congratulate you for being totally prepared and on top of your game. You can join with me in pondering a most important holiday question. Who named eggnog? I mean, could you come up with a more unappealing sounding drink? Apparently so – according to my sources. When the drink came to America and we started adding rum to it, we could have named it egggrog – since “grog” was the term for rum at the time. Say it with me…grrrroooogggg. Ewww. Suddenly nog doesn’t sound so bad. Also, I’m very thankful that the drink evolved past adding wine or beer to it. Wine? With a creamy egg drink? Gross. Eggnog is one of those things you either love or hate. I’m in the love category. Love it as I do,  I still can’t drink that much of it because it’s just so incredibly rich. When I do pour myself a glass, I add Sprite to cut the thickness and give it a little fizzy kick. In years past I’ve thrown away most of my half-gallon because I just can’t drink it all before it’s gone bad. This year, I vowed to find some way to use it up and my search for a noggy recipe led me to this delightful pound cake. [Read more…]

Easy French Bread

My husband says I should call this Freedom Bread. But I just can’t do it. French bread is a classic. One of the foods I would want if I was ever on a deserted island (and cheese/butter please). I made this quickly and easily in my bread machine, but you can do this recipe even if you don’t own one.  Instructions for non-bread machine users are at the bottom of the post. I found a neat tip today for giving homemade bread a crispy crust. Throw a couple of ice cubes in the bottom of your oven at the start of the baking time. Then, for a crispier crust, put a couple more in there halfway thru. I did this with these loaves today and it worked like a charm! I love odd ideas that actually work. [Read more…]

Hot Cross Buns

Hot cross buns!
Hot cross buns!
One a’ penny, two a’ penny,
Hot cross buns!
If you have no daughters,
Give them to your sons
One a’ penny,
Two a’ penny,
Hot Cross Buns!

That’s right. The girls get them first! Lightly spiced, filled with flavor and pretty much the one exception to my raisins in bread rule – I love hot cross buns on Good Friday. These rolls are perfect warm from the oven with a little butter and a cup of tea. I love the simple reminder on top of these rolls of the cross. The sacrifice paid for me. Thank you Jesus!

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Banana Bites

Banana bread is delicious. Most of the time I can polish off half a loaf by myself easily. However, on rare occasions, I just want a little nibble of it. These mini banana bites are perfect for satisfying my hankerin’ for just a smackerel of something. They are packed with big banana flavor in a sweet perfect mouthful. These make a great take along snack too since no utensils are needed!

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Rainy Day Pumpkin Bread

Man is it a dreary day outside in my neck-of-the-woods. Bleah. Rainy and cold and just downright ugly. I decided to hole up inside and bake something that would make my house smell amazing. Pumpkin bread seemed just the ticket. This is a slightly changed recipe from the other pumpkin bread I’ve posted – and I have to say it’s probably the most moist loaf I’ve ever made. As I usually do, I used applesauce in my recipe, but if you want to – oil can be used in place of it. This bread is packed with pumpkin and spices that are just delicious. It’s pretty dense, so if a light airy sweet bread is your thing, you might want to try a different recipe.
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Bakerlady Scones

I’ve posted this recipe before, but I have a lot of new readers who may have missed it. This is my absolute most requested treat. I have never had a better scone.  Seriously. You may think “a scone is just a scone”, but you are wrong. You only think that because you’ve never had mine. Try this recipe and you’ll understand what I mean. They are so moist and full of flavor. Trust me. You’ll never go back to those dry crumbly things other people claim are scones. Yesterday I made a batch of these for tea. I left half plain (served with my lemon curd and raspberry jam) and added chocolate chips to the others.  Other favorites in my family are the orange cranberry version (my mom and Nanny LOVE them), and blueberry.
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Perfect Dinner Rolls

I love love love my new bread machine. It’s so easy to just throw all the ingredients in, turn it on and have beautiful dough. The recipe for these rolls is pretty time-consuming – only because you have to allow it to rise three times. You don’t really have to do anything with the dough during all that rising time – today I did some laundry and played with my munchkins, it just requires you to be around the house pretty much all day. But letting the dough rise thrice (I love that word) is what makes these rolls so airy and light. Mmmmm and delicious. Have I mentioned I love bread? These are perfect with soup. Or Thanksgiving dinner. Or soup. I also love soup.
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