Dill Pickle Bread

IMG_9556Dill Pickle bread you say. I know, not the usual bread side dish. But man did it ever have a lot of flavour, delicious flavour. Why did I decide to make this epic bread you ask, well it is for this month’s round of…..drum roll please….Secret Recipe Club. A fun way to discover new blogs, or find a recipe and make one from an old favourite. This month I was assigned Melissa’s Cuisine, a blog I am very familiar with as we have been in the club together for years. In fact, long ago, she has me for one of her assignments and chose to make my Cinnabon recipe. Yum, good choice! Melissa is always baking up something delectable in her kitchen, Scotcheroos, Toffee Brownie Cake, Peanut Butter Honey Fudge, just to name a few, but this Dill Pickle Bread intrigued me the most. I have never heard of anyone using the juice from dill pickles to make bread. I love dill pickles. Then I decided I needed a bread side dish one night, so I headed to the kitchen. It was moist, it was easy and it was a tangy bite of bread heaven.

  • 1 1/4 cups dill pickle juice
  • 2 tsp. yeast
  • 2 Tbsp. granulated sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 2 Tbsp. Olive Oil
  • 1 tsp. dill weed
  • 3 cups flour

1. Warm dill pickle juice. Place in bowl of stand mixer. Stir in yeast and sugar. Let it for 5 minutes so yeast can start to foam. Add remaining ingredients. Use dough hook and “knead” for 5 minutes.

2. Remove bowl from stand mixer, cover dough with clean cloth and place in a warm spot to rise for 1 hour.

3. Generously grease a loaf pan. Pour in dough. It was quite runny. Cover with same cloth, and let rise for another hour in warm spot.

4. Bake for 30 minutes at 350 degrees. Let bread cool, then slice and serve with butter.

5. Eat and enjoy!


Hellman’s Parmesan Chicken

IMG_9175My daughter can often be found sitting at the table with the huge Costco sized jar of Mayonnaise sitting beside her. She loves Mayo! She dips her french fries in it, almost anything in potato form for that matter. Her sandwiches are slathered with it, she likes to put it on some bread with some shredded cheese and microwave for a few seconds for an ooey, gooey cheesy bread treat. It was one day that she was sitting with her beloved mayonnaise, reading the jar on the table beside her that she spotted this recipe. Chicken, mayo and parmesan cheese, possibly three of her most favourite things to eat. She was sold, and decided that we absolutely must try it! So we did. It was so easy, and what you end up with is a delightfully moist chicken breast with loads of flavour.

Recipe from Hellman’s

  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 4 tsp. Italian seasoned bread crumbs

1. Place chicken in greased casserole dish. Combine mayo and cheese. Spread on top of chicken. Sprinkle with bread crumbs.

2. Bake for 20 minutes at 425 degrees.

3. Eat and enjoy!

Bread Box – Universal

IMG_1571If you read yesterday’s post you will know that I spent a day at Universal by myself. As I had a small pumpkin tart from Honeydukes for “dinner”. Well, I was still a bit hungry, and had a wee bit of time before my shuttle came so I decided to walk through Universal’s City walk. Basically their version of Downtown Disney with lots of shops and tonnes of restaurants. They also have mini-golf and a movie theatre so you could quite easily spend an entire night there. I stumbled upon the bread box and knew a sandwich was exactly what I was in the mood for. They have a lot of selection, it was quite hard in fact making a decision. I eventually decided on the veggie melt. On multi-grain bread with avocado, pesto and all sorts of other goodies, it was fresh, flavorful, one of the best sandwiches of all-time. Plus, the service was really friendly, and the sandwich was made pretty quickly. So hungry for a bite to eat, stop at Bread Box.
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Harvest Dressing

Apple Raisin DressingTurkey Pies and Dressing. On Saturday for our lunch we were experiencing the glorious smells of fall. My kids thought I was crazy and kept asking me if it was October. Goofy kids. Truth is I found store-bought turkey pies on a super sale, I guess not everybody wants to buy them in the hot summer months. So I bought them. Then we proceeded to eat them with this delicious new dressing recipe I found. Stuffing is by far my favorite item on a turkey dinner plate so I will make a dressing, once in a while, and love every single bite. It goes along with my theory that bread, or anything made out of bread, is one of the most delicious things ever. So I found this recipe in the Goose Berry Patch Big Book of Holiday Cooking. An enjoyable afternoon reading Christmas cookbooks led to another enjoyable afternoon eating this.

  • 2 apples, cored, and chopped ( I used Granny Smith)
  • 1/2 cup golden raisins
  • 3 Tbsp. butter
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 2 Cups. whole wheat bread, cubed
  • 1/2 cup apple cider

1. Melt butter in large skillet. Add apples and raisins. Cook over medium heat for about 5 minutes, stirring often.

2. Add the pecans, sugar and bread. Stir until combined. Add Apple cider, stir until combined.

3. Place in greased 1 1/2 quart casserole and bake, uncovered, for 18 minutes at 400 degrees.

4. Eat and enjoy!