Saturday, January 14, 2012

::Pumpkin Cheesecake Muffins::

These are so delicious. I know Starbucks does a version of these, but fresh is best!
{Recipe Credit: AllRecipes}

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

::Honey Oatmeal Bread::

I made a few changes to this recipe. First, I prepped my yeast by adding it to my honey/water mixture once it had cooled to a temperature of 115 degrees. I substituted out 2 cups of white flour for whole wheat. Also, I formed the dough into one round "Artisan-styled" loaf and baked it on stoneware with a small bowl of water on the floor of the stove. This is what gave my crust crunch. (And I brushed it with butter instead of egg white.)


5-6 cups all purpose flour
1 cup quick cooking oats
2 teaspoons salt
2 packages active dry yeast (2 tablespoons)
1 3/4 cups water
1/2 cup honey
1/3 cup butter or margarine
2 eggs
1 tablespoon water
1 egg white


place 5 cups flour, oats, salt and yeast in bowl. Attach bowl and dough hook. Turn to speed 2 and mix for 15 seconds.

Combine water, honey, and butter in saucepan, heat to 120 degrees. On speed 2, slowly add warm liquids to flour mixture, about 1 minute. Add eggs and mix for an additional minute.

Continuing on speed 2, add remaining flour, 1/2 cup at a time, until dough clings to hook and cleans sides of bowl, about 3 minutes. Knead on speed 2 for 2 minutes or until dough is smooth and elastic.

Place in greased bowl, turning to grease top. Cover; let rise in warm place, free from draft, until doubled in bulk, about 1 hour.

Punch dough down. Divide dough in half. Shape each half into a loaf. Place each loaf in a greased 8 1/2 x 4 1/2 x 2 1/2 inch pan. Cover, let rise in warm place, free from draft, until doubled in bulk about an hour.

Combine water and egg white. Brush tops of loaves with mixture. Sprinkle with oatmeal. Bake 375 degrees for 40 minutes. Remove from pans immediately and cool on wire rack.

Yield 2 loaves.