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Saturday, June 30, 2012

Zucchini Bread - Narup Family Recipe

As requested by my father and aunt... I decided while at store to pick up some zucchini to fulfill their wishes. This comes from a family recipe book called "The Spice of Life" by Terri L. Jurkanin (my 2nd cousin) The only alteration I made to recipe was instead of using cinnamon I used cardamom. And I split the oil by using butter. Smells so wonderful in my kitchen right now as the bread is baking and im blogging !!!!!

Pre-heat oven to 325

  1. 3 eggs
  2. 1C oil (I used 1/2c extra virgin olive oil and 1 stick real butter)
  3. 2C sugar
  4. 2C grated (raw) zucchini
  5. 2 tsp. vanilla
  6. 3C bread flour
  7. 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  8. 1 tsp. cinnamon (I used 1 tsp. cardamom)
  9. 1/2C chopped nuts <sigh>..... (omitted)....grrrrr
  10. 1 tsp. salt
  11. 1 tsp. baking powder
Cream first 5 ingredients, add flour, soda, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, and nuts. Bake in 2 greased and floured loaf pans 50-60 mins.Enjoy!

I made several small loafs so I could pass them out to friends and family :)
 

MMMMMMM! Just had a slice :) yummy!

Ok... so maybe I ate the entire loaf. Its 12:30am no one is up so I wasnt obligated to share. :)

Night all!

Friday, June 29, 2012

Overnight Brioche Bread

Wow! I have never tasted a bread better than Brioche. This is my first time making it. I love to make breads but I usually stick to the very easy and most of time made in the bread machine breads. I almost always even use the machine to do the dough process. So this was really a big deal for me.

Before I get to far, this was a recipe that http://avidbakerschallenge.blogspot.com/ did for the month of june. I just recentely joined but after recieving my book in the mail, The Weekend Baker by Abigail Johnson Dodge, and looking at this I just had to make it. And im glad I did. I cant even describe the taste except that I know ill never make regular dinner rolls again. This recipe for me is definately a keeper.

I made 3 batches and this was my first after all the mixing. I wish id taken pictures of the other 2 because it looked much silkier than this.

 

Braiding bread is fun. So I decided to go with a 4 braid round.

 

I made 2 rounds out of each batch. I thought it turned out pretty! Oh and please ignore my table. Normally its covered with a cloth unless im baking and its gotten lots of use over the years.

 

So I ended up with 4 rounds, a 6 braid and a 3 braid.

As you can see this is the 3 braid. I cut a chunk to try hot and fresh out of the oven and YOWZA!

 

This is the inside. I guess this looks good. I know it sure tasted delightful!

 

I really enjoyed my evening bake :) With it being so hot out i thought this would keep my house cooler and it did! Its just late and now im tired :)

 

I found this to be actually a very easy bread to make. Only bump in the road was I decided to do a 3 strand braid and I had to youtube how to braid with only 3 strands?!?! Even after watching video I messed up somewhere so after it baked that was the loaf me and family nibbled on. Hey 6 is no prob but watch out for 3! hehe Good night all!

 

Now I have some questions for the pros! Can I make more than one batch at a time if I have a big bowl? If yes, would I divide before first rise or after? And, does it matter which kind of bowl you use? Glass, metal, plastic... Thanks ladies! Good night :)

 

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Good Evening :)

Do you ever get to a point and you feel you need to just do something? Volunteer, get a job, join a club ect... Well summer is here and I was thinking this fall when kids go back to school Ill be home alone and ill need something to keep me focused ya know?

So I started searching recipes since I love to cook/bake. Id say im a decent cook but my baker skills are some what... eh, not so hot. So I came across

 

http://avidbakerschallenge.blogspot.com/

 

Im very excited to have found something that will be fun! Looking forward to the July Challenge :)