Category Archives: Breads

Best Brown Sugar Muffins

After playing with ingredients and ratios, I think I have come up with the best brown sugar muffins ever!  These are so quick to throw together, and the result is a moist treat that is yummy any time  of the day.  I have scaled this to make 24 muffins at one time so that we can eat twelve  immediately and freeze twelve for later. You won’t be disappointed with this recipe!

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Gluten Free Carrot Muffins

These gluten free carrot muffins are a quick, healthy substitute for carrot cake.  They use cholesterol-fighting oats instead of wheat.  The coconut oil is also a pleasant wholesome addition.  These muffins also have an entire pound of carrots – a very nice way to get your beta carotene!  The texture is especially soft and scrumptious … your friends won’t believe that they contain no wheat at all.  The next time you get a craving for fat-laden carrot cake, reach for this yummy alternative instead.  Your taste buds and waistline will thank you! Continue reading Gluten Free Carrot Muffins

Whole Wheat Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins

These Whole Wheat Pumpkin Chocolate Chip muffins are a perfect wholesome treat for fall weather. They have just the right mix of spicy, chocolatey goodness!  The texture of the muffins is especially yummy and the pumpkin flavor just shines through.  If you are looking for an outstanding autumn recipe to add to your archives, this could be the one!  These are equally good in the morning or for an afternoon snack with tea.  Try them once and you will love them.  I promise! Continue reading Whole Wheat Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins

Whole Wheat Bread Machine Cinnamon Rolls

These whole wheat bread machine cinnamon rolls are simpler than you might think! The bread machine makes fresh,  gooey rolls attainable right from your very own kitchen!  Nothing compares to the yummy smell, and the kids have a blast helping to throw them together.  If you don’t want to get up early enough to make them in time for breakfast,  you can assemble them the night before (except for icing them). Simply assemble the rolls according to the directions, cover with foil and refrigerate.  The next morning all you have to do is take them out of the fridge and allow them to set at room temperature for about an hour before baking and icing as usual.  Your family and your guests will thank you! I promise! Continue reading Whole Wheat Bread Machine Cinnamon Rolls

Sweet Whole Grain Corn Muffins with Jalapenos

These Sweet Whole Grain Corn Muffins are beautiful in every way.  Not only do they incorporate whole cornmeal and whole wheat, they have an unexpected punch of flavor from the added fresh corn and jalapenos.  Of course, you could omit the fresh corn and jalapenos, but I promise the result won’t be nearly as interesting!  These muffins make the perfect accompaniment to Cowboy Beans and to most soups in general. Continue reading Sweet Whole Grain Corn Muffins with Jalapenos

Organized Baking Station

Milling your own flour is not much more time consuming than scooping a cup out of a store bought bag of flour IF you have everything you need organized and ready to go each time you need flour for a recipe.  You can learn all about milling your own grain HERE but if you would like to streamline the milling process as well as other baking activities you need to have an organized baking station first.  I have tried many approaches and through trial and error I have come up with an organized baking station that works perfectly for me.  It enables me to prepare bread dough for the bread machine in less than 5 minutes. Continue reading Organized Baking Station

Milling Your Own Grain

When I tell people I mill my own grain they look at me like I’m some kind of freak that spends all day working away to produce flour for my family.  The truth is that I can mill the flour I need for a recipe faster than most people can make a piece of toast and just as easily.  Milling your own grain is quick, easy, and healthier for you than store bought “dead” flour.  If you have never milled your own grain to prepare fresh flour before you owe it to yourself to give it a try and see for yourself just how easy it is. Continue reading Milling Your Own Grain

Whole Wheat Waffles with Flax

For years when I “made” waffles for my kids it just involved grabbing some frozen processed discs from the freezer and throwing them into the toaster for a couple of minutes.  After I started milling my own grain and making my own bread it occurred to me that I could make other things out of freshly milled grain…like cookies, pancakes, and waffles.  Store-bought frozen waffles seem so processed now that we have become accustomed to the real thing.  Below is my recipe for delicious homemade whole wheat waffles.  This recipe has been refined and improved over the years to reach this current version.  Please leave a comment and let me know what you think.

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Perfect Brazilian Cheese Bread – Pao de Queijo

If you have ever been to a Brazilian steak house, you have likely not forgotten what is casually presented to patrons as “cheese bread”. The servers dutifully come around with the platter of accompaniments . . . and then they nonchalantly list the cheese bread as if it’s no big deal:

“Ma’am, would you like some fried bananas, yucca fries, or cheese bread?”

One might think that cheese bread is not noteworthy. That it is plain. Ordinary.  Humdrum.

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