Category Archives: Breads, Biscuits, Muffins

Farm-Style Cinnamon Rolls

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Farm-Style Cinnamon Rolls

These cinnamon rolls are very easy to make.  I particularly like them because they are not as sweet as most cinnamon rolls.

  • 16-oz. pkg. frozen bread dough
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted and divided
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon

Place dough in a well-oiled bowl, and let bread thaw and rise to almost double its size.

(To quickly thaw your dough, I put the frozen dough in the oiled bowl, covered it with plastic wrap tightly.  Turn oven on to 200 degrees and when it has reached that temperature, turn oven off and put your bowl in the oven.  When it has doubled in size, take out of oven and proceed with the rest of directions.)

Roll out dough on a floured surface to a 14″ x 10″ rectangle.  Brush with 2 tablespoons butter;  mix sugars together with cinnamon and sprinkle on dough.

Starting on one long side, roll up jelly roll style.  Pinch seam together.  Cut rolled dough into 12 slices for a 9 x 13-inch baking dish or into 9 slices for a 9 x 9-inch baking dish.  Coat dish with one tablespoon butter.  Arrange rolls in baking pan;  brush with remaining butter.  Cover and let rise in a warm place for 45 minutes to one hour.

Uncover and bake at 375 degrees for 20 to 25 minutes, until lightly golden.

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Awesome Sweet Cornbread

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Awesome Sweet Cornbread

This is my new favorite cornbread.  It is soooo amazingly delicious.  Very moist and slightly sweet.  My husband and I couldn’t quit eating it!!

  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2/3 cups sugar
  • 1/2 cup cornmeal
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/4 cups whole milk
  • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1/3 cup canola oil
  • 3 tablespoons butter, melted

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Grease an 8-inch square baking pan.

Combine flour, sugar, corn meal, baking powder and salt in medium bowl.  Combine milk, eggs, oil and butter in small bowl and mix well.  Add to flour mixture and stir just until blended.

Pour into baking pan.  Bake for 35 to 40 minutes or until wooden pick comes out clean.

Serves 9 to 12.

*For corn muffins, spoon batter into muffin cups 2/3 full.  Bake for 18 to 20 minutes or until wooden pick comes out clean.  Cool for 5 minutes before removing from pans.

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Raisin Bran Muffins with Maple Syrup

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Raisin Bran Muffins with Maple Syrup

These muffins are delicious!  I used black walnuts in these because I love black walnuts for one, and because that is all I had in the house when I baked them.  But you can use any nut you like or leave them out all together.

If you don’t want to make all of the muffins at one time, you can refrigerate the batter and bake whenever you want them.

  • 3/4 cup maple syrup
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 1/2 cups raisin bran flakes, crushed
  • 1 cup buttermilk or sour milk
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 cup chopped nuts

Heat oven to 400 degrees.

Combine maple syrup and eggs, then crushed raisin bran flakes.  Let the mixture stand for 5 minutes.

Using a wooden spoon, beat in the buttermilk or sour milk.  (I didn’t have buttermilk so I made sour milk by adding 1 tablespoon white vinegar or lemon juice to one cup whole milk and let it sit for about 10 minutes.) Stir in flour and baking soda and fold in chopped nuts.

Pour batter into greased muffin pans.  Bake for about 20 minutes.

Makes 12 muffins.

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Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bread

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Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bread

I took this to the senior center last week and everyone just loved it.

  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 cups canned pumpkin
  • 1 1/2 cups canola oil
  • 1 1/2 cups semisweet chocolate chips

In a large bowl, combine flour, cinnamon, salt and baking soda.  In another bowl, beat eggs, sugar, pumpkin and oil. Stir into dry ingredients just until moistened.  Fold in chocolate chips.

Pour into two greased 8 x 4-inch loaf pans.  Bake at 350 degrees for 60 – 70 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.  Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks.

(I sprayed the bottom of my pans and then put a piece of parchment paper in the bottom, and then I sprayed them again.  The bread came right out of the pan without any problems.)

Yield:  2 loaves

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Cranberry Eggnog Scones

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Cranberry Eggnog Scones

I had some extra eggnog leftover this year and decided to make these scones.  Very easy to make and will be done in less than a half hour.

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour (10 oz.)
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 5 tablespoons cold butter, cut into 1/4 inch cubes
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  • 1 cup heavy eggnog

Preheat oven to 425 degrees.

Combine flour, baking powder, sugar and salt in mixing bowl.  Whisk to combine.  Cut in butter with pastry blender until it looks like course corn meal with a few slightly larger lumps.  Stir in dried fruit and mix in.  Add heavy eggnog and stir with spatula or fork till dough begins to form.

Pour out onto counter top and knead by hand till it comes together (it will be slightly sticky), only about 5 to 10 seconds.  Pat into a round about 1 inch tall, cut in 8 wedges.

Place onto ungreased  or Silpat lined baking sheet.  May brush with cream and sprinkle with sugar, if desired.  (I did both.)  Bake 12 to 15 minutes till light brown.  Cool on rack 10 minutes before serving.  May serve warm or at room temperature.  These freeze well.

You may also make these in the food processor.  Be careful not to over process.

Makes 8 scones.

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Best Biscuits Ever

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Best Biscuits Ever

These biscuits are so easy, and so delicious!  You can serve them in 20 minutes hot out of the oven.

  • 2 cups sifted flour (10 oz.)
  • 3 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1/2 cup cold (or frozen) butter, cut into 1/2 inch cubes
  • 2/3 cup milk

Preheat oven to 450 degrees.

Place dry ingredients in food processor and pulse to mix.  Add butter and pulse till the butter looks like peas.

Dump into a mixing bowl (electric mixer is fine, if you don’t want to use your hands).  Add milk and honey and mix until it comes together.

Place on lightly floured surface (or silicone mat for easier clean-up) and knead several times to work the gluten.  Then pat the dough with your fingers to about 3/4 inch high.  Or you can go lower if you want more biscuits.

Cut them round or square with a biscuit cutter.  Don’t use a seesaw approach as that will reduce the rise.

Place about an inch apart on baking sheet covered with baking paper.

Bake for 10 minutes at 450 degrees or until golden brown.  Brush tops with melted butter.

Makes 12.

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Family Favorite Banana Bread

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Family Favorite Banana Bread

My daughter gave me strict instructions to get this recipe on my blog.  This is the recipe I have made forever and I don’t know why I haven’t gotten it on before now.  It is the best!!

  • 1 stick unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup mashed very ripe bananas (3 small to medium)
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts or pecans, optional

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Butter a 9 x 5 x 3-inch loaf pan or several smaller pans.

Cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy in mixer.  Add the eggs, beating well.

Add dry ingredients together and combine with the butter mixture.  Blend well.  Add bananas, sour cream and vanilla.  Stir well.  Stir in nuts, if using, and pour into the prepared pan.

Bake 60 to 70 minutes, until a cake tester comes out clean.  (I bake mine 70 minutes and it comes out perfect).  Turn out onto a rack to cool.

Note:  I have also used 4 bananas and left out the sour cream and it is still very good.

Makes 1 large loaf or 4 small loaves.

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