Basic Focaccia Bread

FocacciaOne of our kids has a secret love of vinegar. Okay, I use the word “secret” loosely. She loves the stuff. White, balsamic, it really doesn’t matter. So when I serve bread with dinner with an option of oil and balsamic dipper, she really could eat the whole loaf. The main course becomes the side. A lovely focaccia is the perfect bread for an oil dipper, and with the help of a bread machine, it’s actually pretty easy to make. All you need is your ingredients, and plenty of time. Don’t worry though, it’s mostly just time waiting, you can get plenty done while your bread machine does all the heavy lifting.

Recipe from The All-New Bread Machine Cookbook

  • 1 cup water
  • 3 Tbsp. Olive Oil
  • 1 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 3 cups bread flour
  • 2 1/4 tsp. dry yeast
  • 2 Tbsp. Olive oil
  • 1 tsp. kosher salt
  • additional olive oil and balsamic vinegar to dip – optional
  1. Place first 5 ingredients in bread machine in order listed. Turn on dough cycle.
  2. When cycle has finished (mine takes 1 1/2 hours) punch down dough, and wait 5 minutes.
  3. Grease a 13×9 inch pan. ( I like to use olive oil again). Place dough in pan and use the heel of your hand to evenly distribute dough to reach ends of pan. Cover with clean kitchen towel, and place in warm spot to rise for 1 hour.
  4. Use fingers to make large dimples in dough. Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with kosher salt.
  5. Pre heat oven to 425 degrees.
  6. Place dough in oven, and quickly throw 4 ice cubes on bottom of oven. Bake for 20-25 minutes.
  7. Serve warm with olive oil and balsamic vinegar as dip.
  8. Eat and enjoy!

Cinnamon Loaf – Bread Machine

Cinnamon BreadAlthough the green lentil spinach soup was not a hit with the family this week, the bread I served with it certainly was. I found the recipe in one of my old notebook written down, from an unknown source. Bread machines are certainly an easy dinner side, so with soup in the crock pot, dinner came together quite swiftly. The cinnamon added just a nice touch of sweetness. Homemade bread really is where it’s at, even if coming form the simplicity of a machine, the family still appreciates my effort.

  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1 Tbsp. butter
  • 2 1/4 cups white flour
  • 1 Tbsp. sugar
  • 1 Tbsp. dry milk powder
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1 3/4 tsp. bread machine yeast
  1. Add ingredients to bread machine in order listed.
  2. If you have options on your bread machine choose, small loaf, basic cycle.
  3. When finished baking slice, and serve with additional butter.
  4. Eat and enjoy!

Buttermilk Oatmeal Bread

Buttermilk Oat BreadAlright, so our obsession with buttermilk has been completed. We have been using it so much, it has become a weekly purchase at the grocery store. We have started baking a bit more, to add to the snack shelf in the pantry. This is the shelf that the kids and hubby can eat from at will. This means instead of coming to me everyday asking for a snack, they can choose anything located on this shelf. Actually, the “treaty” stuff is also located here, but they know to save cookies and candy for their after dinner dessert. It all works. Baking is the most desired snack, and I like them having a nice homemade bread or muffin to turn too. This one was so easy our teenage son actually made it. It was devoured in two days. We especially liked it topped with raspberry jam.

Recipe from Allrecipes

  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  1. Combine oats and buttermilk in mixing bowl. Let sit for 1/2 hour.
  2. Add remaining ingredients, stir until just combined. Pour into greased loaf pan.
  3. Bake for 60 minutes at 350 degrees.
  4. Eat and enjoy!

Pepper Jack Cheese Muffins

Pepper Jack Cheese MuffinsCheese buns are something I could quite easily eat again, and again, and again…. Yes, I love bread, I love cheese combine the two and you have a perfect snack. Cheese bagels toasted with some butter, are another family favourite. Add this, with the fact that we like a little bread with our dinners and I knew this recipe was going to be a sure-fire hit! It was, hubby even said they were the best cheese “buns” (but really they are muffins), I have made. This whole week, in fact, I was receiving compliments in the kitchen. My family was enjoying what I was putting out. So nice! So make these, eat these, enjoy these, repeat!

Recipe from This Silly Girl’s Life

  • 8 oz block Pepper Jack Cheese (about 2 cups), shredded
  • 1½ Cup all-purpose flour
  • ½ Tbsp. granulated sugar
  • 1 Tbsp. baking powder
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 egg
  • ½ cup unsalted butter, melted
  • ¼ tsp garlic powder
  1. Beat egg with milk and melted butter.
  2. Combine flour, sugar, baking powder, salt and garlic powder in separate bowl. Add cheese, stir to coat. Fold in liquid ingredients.
  3. Line 12 muffin cups with paper liners. Spray liners with cooking oil. Scoop in muffin batter.
  4. Bake for 20-25 minutes at 375 degrees.
  5. Serve warm with additional butter if desired.
  6. Eat and enjoy!