bread & muffins


Again, using up more of the yogurt in my fridge by making a recipe for cinnamon raisin yogurt biscuits.

As with any biscuit recipe, don’t over-mix!  With the cinnamon/sugar mixture, I’d put in 3/4 of the mix and keep out only 1/4 of it for the top.  When I did a 50/50, I found I had too much cinnamon/sugar leftover.

I thought these were really good biscuits and since there’s less butter than normal biscuits, they’re somewhat lower-in-fat than normal.  They were still moist and full of flavor, but not quite as buttery as a typical biscuit.

Cinnamon Raisin Yogurt Biscuit Dough  Cinnamon Raisin Yogurt Biscuits  Cinnamon Raisin Yogurt Biscuit

I sent them to my dad and he said that out of the 50lbs of baked items I sent him (yeah, that shipping charge was pretty hefty), this was his favorite. 

Makes me wonder what he thought of the other 48 lbs…

OK, so before I tell you what I thought of this recipe of Irish Soda Bread (which used yogurt), I need to tell you that I needed to use up some Greek yogurt that was in my fridge.  I also need to confess something that I haven’t yet told you.

I hate yogurt.  I love the frozen stuff, but it’s the other one that I hate.  I can eat it if I have to, but I rarely do.  I don’t know why exactly, but I think it has to do with the texture.  So when I buy yogurt, it’s only for baking.

Phew, that felt good to reveal.  Ha. 

Yogurt Irish Soda Bread  Yogurt Irish Soda Bread

Anyway, I thought the Irish Soda Bread, while I molded it into a bread loaf, was actually quite delicious.  It was a little sweeter than I would have wanted, but it had a nice crunchy and hearty texture.  Great with soup!

I love cream cheese, but I found I had a lot remaining in my fridge.  Before it would have a chance to expire, I thought I’d make these cream cheese banana cupcakes.

Cream Cheese Banana Cupcake Dough  Cream Cheese Banana Cupcakes  Cream Cheese Banana Cupcakes

Wow, some seriously delicious and moist cupcakes!  Highly recommend trying this recipe!

I love naan bread.  What shocks a lot of people is that it’s easy to make at home — it just takes a hot oven (or grill).  I thought I’d try this naan bread recipe since so many said it was exactly like you get in an Indian restaurant.

This recipe was really good — it was a bit sweeter than usual.  I think next time I’d reduce the amount of sugar.  The trick to making naan look like what you get in a restaurant is to grill it (or bake it) watching the dough carefully so it doesn’t get too brown and crunchy.

Since I didn’t have a grill, I heated my oven stone to 500 degrees.  Then I placed the pieces of flattened dough and baked for 3-5 minutes until brown.  The dough was chewy and delicious.

Naan Bread Dough  Naan Bread Dough  Naan Bread Dough After 550  Naan Bread  Naan Bread

I do think this recipe beats this one for bread machine naan.

I love Nutella.  What’s not to love?  Chocolate and hazelnut — just as good as chocolate and peanut butter.  Anyway, I wanted to branch out and try a recipe for Nutella cupcakes

These are easy cupcakes to mix, but I found I had to bake them a bit longer than the recipe said.  When I took them out, they looked great. 

Nutella Cupcake Dough  Nutella Cupcakes  Nutella Cupcakes  Nutella Cupcakes  Nutella Cupcakes

I didn’t think they were too heavy on the Nutella flavor so I would definitely recommend topping them with Nutella.  Or, you could put half the dough and then a dollop of Nutella and then top with the remaining dough.  They weren’t too sweet either so the Nutella “frosting” will complement, not overwhelm.  If you’re making them for someone, I’d also add some crushed hazelnut to the top. 

With these changes, I promise these will be crowd-pleasing cupcakes!

Beer bread is always a favorite in the winter and a perfect addition to serve with chili or stew.  I wasn’t sure how the 4-ingredient beer bread recipe would turn out, but figured I might as well try it.

When there are only four ingredients, you have to use high quality stuff.  So I used a bottle of Magic Hat Jinx Ale.  I think it’s important to use a thick, heavy ale with this recipe.

I didn’t have any self-rising flour, but I did have a lot of bread flour.  If you want to make your own self-rising flour, someone recommended using 3 cups of all-purpose flour, 1.5 tsp of baking power, 1.5 tsp of salt.

Once I mixed everything together, I didn’t think the dough was super sticky.  But I sprayed my bread loaf pan and put it in the oven. 

4-Ingredient Beer Bread Dough 

The bread didn’t come out as high as I thought it would (maybe if I used self-rising flour it would have). 

4-Ingredient Beer Bread  4-Ingredient Beer Bread  4-Ingredient Beer Bread

But the flavor?  It was surprisingly sweet and really tasty.  It’d be great as a side with soups or used as sandwich bread.  I definitely recommend trying this one!

I had about 3 cups of pumpkin leftover and was happy to find this recipe for pecan pumpkin biscuits that would help me use the remaining pumpkin puree. 

Pumpkin Biscuit Dough  Pumpkin Biscuits  Pumpkin Biscuits

As with any biscuit recipe, make sure you don’t overmix and you are going to find yourself enjoying some fluffy pumpkin buttery biscuits!  These are highly addictive and would definitely recommend trying them.

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