Monday, March 29, 2010

Diane's White Bread

Forget about anything I have ever said about bread. This bread is full of flavor and oh so moist. THIS one IS my favorite!!!! My sister Diane contributed this golden to me and... I am in love!

3 yeast
6 C milk (very warm)
3/4 C shortening
1 C sugar
3 Tbl salt
1 1/2 C water (very warm)
8-10 flour

 Keep in mind this recipe has been custom constructed for a BOSCH, if you do not have a Bosch and are using a Kitchenaid 1st of all bummer, secondly you will have to half this recipe.

Heat milk on stove top or microwave until very warm,  then gently add to mixer. Combine shortening, sugar, water, 4-5 cups of flour and then yeast. Knead in mixer (Bosch) until smooth (approx 2 min) then add 1 cup at a time flour and salt until dough is formed and is barely pulling away from sides of mixer. Knead an additional 8 minutes in mixer. When ready pour out into greased bowl and cover with damp cheese cloth until doubles in size. Remove from bowl onto well floured countertop and separate into 7-8 equal loaves depending on size. Brush with butter or egg whites and let rest until rises in bread pan and bake at 350 until well golden (40 min approx)... don't under bake and don't over bake.

If you are feeling insecure about bread making feel free to email me or read this.


Sunday, March 28, 2010

Super Strawberry Cupcakes

One of my favorite desserts is strawberry cake. I have had a hankering for these for a while now and these were delish! A perfect Easter time treat!

Super Strawberry Cupcakes
1 3/4 C Sugar
1 Tbl vanilla
 4 eggs
1 C butter - soft/melted
1 (3oz) pkg strawberry jello
2 3/4 flour
2 1/2 tsp baking powder
1 C milk
1/8 tsp salt
3/4 C fresh strawberry puree with 1 Tlb sugar

Beat butter, sugar, eggs, vanilla,  jello powder, until smooth. Add salt, baking powder and flour (one cup at a time) until well blended and creamy.  In a small blender puree fresh strawberries and sugar until it yields 3/4 C strawberry puree then add milk  and batter and blend smooth. Fill cupcake liners 3/4 full with batter. Bake 350  approx 20 minutes (don't over cook or they will be dry). Let cool on wire rack. Once completely cool pipe frosting on top. YUM!

Yields - 3 Dozen. Picture shows jumbo cupcakes and in that case, will not yield as many.

Strawberry FROSTING
1 8oz strawberry flavored cream cheese - blended smooth
1/2 C butter soft - add to cream cheese and blend smooth
1 bag powdered sugar
1 Tbl vanilla
milk until desired consistency

Blend well and if desired add 1-2 drops of red/pink food coloring.

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Veggie Dip

This is one of my favorite veggie dips. Thank Val, you domestic diva!

1 C lite sour cream
1 C lite mayo
1 pkg Hidden Valley ranch "dip" seasoning
2 green onions - finely chopped
1 C shredded cheese blend

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Banana Bread

Ok... I know... who doesn't have a banana bread recipe but this one is good and a little different. Moist, flavorful and yummy!

1 stick of butter
1 C sugar
2 eggs
2 tsp vanilla
1/2 tsp almond extract
1/2 tsp cardamon
2 Tbl vinegar
1 tsp lemon juice
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
4 ripe bananas (not too dark)
2 C flour

You can throw in 1 cup of chocolate chips or a cup of blueberries too to give it some pizazz!

Cream together butter, sugar, eggs and vanilla. Add bananas and incrementally add the dry ingredients until creamy and smooth. Well oil and flour bread pans or bunt pan. Bake 350 for ... until done.. and smells yummy 50-55 minutes. Make sure tooth pick comes out clean. Makes 2 loaves.