Sunday, November 22, 2015

Persimmon Bread Recipe

Persimmon Bread 
Makes two 9x4x3-inch loaf
  • 1 cup persimmon pulp (I used 3 very softened ripe persimmons)
  • 2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup vegetable oil
  • 4 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 ½ cup chopped walnuts
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • (1/3 cup water if needed to puree the persimmons) 
  • Note: I did not need the water for my ripe fruit.

Place a rack in the upper third of the oven and preheat to 350 degrees F.

Grease two 9x4x3-inch loaf pan and set aside.

Puree Persimmons in blender. (Add a little bit of water if needed.)

In a small bowl, whisk together persimmon pulp and baking soda. This will thicken the pulp a bit.

In a large bowl, whisk together sugar, salt, oil, eggs, and spices. Add walnuts. Once ingredients are well incorporated, whisk in the persimmon mixture, all at once, into the dry ingredients. Fold to incorporate. Once no flour remains, pour into the loaf pan and place in the oven.

Bake loaf for 55 to 60 minutes, until a skewer inserted in the loaf comes out clean. Allow to cool in the pan for 15 minutes, then invert onto a cooling rack to cool to room temperature before serving. Loaf lasts well wrapped at room temperature for up to five days.

Recipe adapted from Joy the Baker
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Sunday, November 8, 2015

Pizza with Cauliflower Crust

A reheated piece of cauliflower crust pizza. 
It taste even better the second day.

I made pizza for my family on Saturday. I am on a low carb diet, so I could not eat their pizza. I thought I would try this recipe for cauliflower crust pizza. I have to say that it did satisfy my pizza craving.  However, I think you have to like cauliflower to like this recipe.

Prosciutto Pizza with Cauliflower Crust
  • 1 small head cauliflower, chopped (about 5 cups)
  • 2 ounces shredded Asiago (1 cup)
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried Italian seasoning or oregano
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • Olive oil, for brushing

  • 1 1/2 cups shredded mozzarella (6 ounces)
  • 1/2 cup marinara sauce
  • 4 slices prosciutto (1 ounce), sliced into ribbons
  • Crushed red pepper flakes, for sprinkling
  • 1/4 cup fresh basil leaves, torn


Special equipment: A pizza stone or baking sheet; a pizza peel, flat cutting board or cookie sheet; and a clean kitchen towel.

Preheat a pizza stone or clean baking sheet in an oven to 475 degrees F.

Add the cauliflower to a food processor and pulse until finely ground and the consistency of couscous; you should have about 4 cups.

Transfer the cauliflower to a large bowl. Add the Asiago, egg, Italian seasoning, garlic, 1/2 teaspoon salt and a few turns of black pepper and combine until the mixture holds together when pinched. Pour onto a clean kitchen towel and wring out as much moisture as you can.

Line a pizza peel, flat cutting board or cookie sheet with parchment and brush with some oil. Spread the cauliflower mixture into a 12-inch circle. Slide the parchment onto the preheated pizza stone and bake until barely golden and darker at the edges, about 15 minutes.

Remove the crust from the oven, sprinkle with the mozzarella and spread the marinara over the top (this keeps the crust from becoming soggy and the cheese from sliding). Scatter the prosciutto across the top and sprinkle with a good pinch of crushed red pepper. Slide back onto the pizza stone and bake until bubbly with browned spots, about 4 minutes.

Sprinkle with the basil just before serving.

Watch how to make this recipe. 
{Food Network Kitchen}

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Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Fresh Homemade Bread

Traditional White Bread

This recipe from my daughter’s Betty Crocker’s New Cookbook (1996 edition) is my favorite bread recipe. I have made a few variations.

6 to 7 cups all-purpose or bread flour
3 tablespoons sugar (I usually don't add the sugar)
1 tablespoons. Salt
2 packages regular or quick active dry yeast (I use 2 tablespoons yeast)
2 tablespoons shortening (I often don’t use shortening)
2 ¼ cups very warm water (120° to 130°)

Mix 3 ½ cups flour with yeast, sugar, and salt. Add shortening and hot water. Beat with an electric mixer on low speed 1 minute, scraping bowl frequently. (I use my Kitchenaid with the bread hook [for kneading] and mix on speed 2, for 5 minutes.) Beat on medium speed 1 minute, scraping bowl frequently. Stir in enough remaining flour, 1 cup at a time, to make dough easy to handle.

Turn dough onto lightly floured surface. Knead about 10 minutes or until smooth and elastic. Place in greased bowl and turn greased side up. Cover and let rise in warm place 40 to 60 minutes or until double. Dough is ready if indentions remain when toughed.

With shortening, grease bottoms and sides of 2 loaf pans, 8 ½ x 4 ½ x 2 ½ or 9 x 5 x 3 inches.

Punch down dough and divide in half. Flatten each half with hands or rolling pin into rectangle, 18 x 9 inches, on lightly floured surface. Roll dough up tightly, beginning at 9-inch side, to form loaf. Press with thumbs to seal after each turn. Pinch edge of dough into roll to seal. Press each end with side of hand to seal. Fold ends under loaf. Place seam side down in pan. Cover and let rise in a warm place 35 to 40 minutes or until double.

Move oven rack to low position so that the tops of the pans will be in the center of the oven. Heat oven to 425°.

Bake 25 to 30 minutes or until loaves are deep golden brown and sound hollow when tapped. Remove from pans to wire rack. Brush loaves with butter; cool.

Makes 2 loaves, 16 slices each. 90 calories per slice. (Loaves sliced into 10 slices – 144 calories per slice.)

NOTE: To make my dinner rolls, I divide the dough into 24 pieces – shape into rolls and place in a greased 9 x 13 inch pan. Bake on center rack at 350° for 20 minutes. Cover lightly with aluminum foil to prevent tops from burning and bake 15 minutes more.

Cinnamon-Raison Bread: Stir in 1 cup raisins with the second addition of flour. Mix ¼ cup sugar and 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon. After rolling dough into rectangles, sprinkle each with 1 tablespoon water and half of the sugar mixture.

Fresh Herb Bread: Stir in 2 tablespoons chopped fresh chives, 2 tablespoons chopped fresh sage leaves and 2 tablespoons chopped fresh thyme leaves just before the second addition of flour.

 Happy Baking!

A Child's Grace: Some hae meat and canna eat, And some wad eat that want it: But we hae meat and we can eat, And sae the Lord be thankit - A Child's Book of Old Verses, 1910:
A Child's Grace:
 Some hae meat and canna eat, 
And some wad eat that want it: 
But we hae meat and we can eat, 
And sae the Lord be thankit
 A Child's Book of Old Verses, 1910 
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Saturday, October 24, 2015

Cranberry Scones

I made these scones this morning to serve my husband breakfast in bed. 

 Quick and easy to make scones...

O taste and see that the Lord is good: 
blessed is the man that trusteth in him.
Psalm 34:8