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Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Bread

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Bread

It’s time to start think about holidays and baking and that got me to thinking about this poor neglected blog of mine…..so I decided that I am going to start writing it again!!!  Still figuring out what changes I am going to make but for today we are starting with a yummy, easy to make quick loaf. 

This loaf is my favorite flavor profile, peanut butter and chocolate, and is perfect for breakfast or an afternoon snack.  The crust is almost crunchy but the inside stays moist.  The peanut butter doesn’t overwhelm you but you definitely know its peanut butter and you can never go wrong by adding chocolate chips.  All in all its delicious and even my husband who is not a big fan of chocolate likes it and asked me to make it again.



My Mom gave me her Desert Rose dishes when I moved and I forgot about them… now that I’ve found them I am excited to use them!!!!  They remind me of Sunday dinners when I was a kid and eating in the dining room.  I also just love the way they look!!!  The pink roses just make me happy!!!  Of course I love, love, love dishes and love having variety, different dishes for different meals or type of food.  The dishes my food is on can bring back memories or just make me smile. Do you have a favorite set of dishes or dishes you use for a certain meal or food?

Enjoy!!!! Use your favorite dishes and have a sweet morning!!

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Bread
Makes 1 loaf
 
 
1 cup peanut butter
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1 cup sugar
1 egg
1/2 Tbsp vanilla extract
1/4 cup milk
1 1/4 cup flour
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/8 tsp baking powder
1 cup chocolate chips
 
Preheat oven to 350
Spray a loaf pan with nonstick spray
 
Mix peanut butter & oil until smooth.
Add sugar & mix.
Stir in egg, vanilla extract & milk.
In a separate bowl mix flour, salt, baking soda & baking powder. Add to peanut butter mixture.  Mix until just combined.
 
Stir in chocolate chips.
 
Pour into loaf pan.
 
Bake at 350 for 55-60 minutes.

 

White Loaves – Tuesdays With Dorie, Baking with Julia

Today is the first Tuesday for the new Tuesdays with Dorie (TWD).  This group is baking through the cookbook Baking With Julia.  I had this cookbook and loved browsing through it but in the years I have owned it I never once tried anything from it.  I really don’t know why I hadn’t baked from it, but it was long past time so when I saw that there was a group baking through it I signed up.

The first recipe, White Loaves, was a great place to start.  I wanted to find a recipe for sandwich bread for my family and this recipe is it.  It mixes up in a mixer (my KitchenAide was up to the challenge but the bowl got stuck) and is easy to make.  The results are well worth the effort, an excellent loaf of bread (well actually 2 loaves) that is perfect for toast or sandwiches.  The day I made it we even ate it with dinner (we couldn’t wait) and I think we ate half a loaf. 

I have already made it twice, it is replacing purchased loaves of bread for lunches in my house.

Recipe Note:  The recipe for TWD:BWJ may be found on the hosts site.  You can find the recipe on the blog Slush or Someone’s In the Kitchen.  Or better yet go buy the book Baking With Julia and join us as we bake.  This recipe is on pgs. 81-82.

Pretzel Rolls

SO I am totally obsessed with Pinterest (are you on Pinterest? I got my daughter obsessed- she’s into the hair and nail stuff) and pin a lot of recipes to try.  Finally this weekend I tried one and it was sooooooooooo good!!!!!!!   I made Pretzel Rolls!! 

Pretzel Rolls have all the best qualities of a pretzel, the beautiful brown, salty outside and the tender inside.  They are unbelievably good for sandwiches (we had a ham so there was lots left for sandwiches and pretzel rolls are the perfect compliment to the ham).  They are also easy to make.  I really like dropping them in the water for a minute- look at all the steam in this picture J  Thant steam makes them pretzely.

They are definitely a keeper (my daughter’s already after me to make them again), I think they were better than the ones I purchased a few months ago.  Here’s the link to the recipe from The Dutch Baker’s Daughter.

Have you found anything amazing on Pinterest?

Sweet Potato Oatmeal Bread (for Bread Machine)

In my quest to make homemade bread I have rediscovered my Bread Machine.  I have had a Bread Machine for years, in fact I am on my second one having worn out my first one.  But I had forgotten about it.  It has sat on a shelf or on my counter, collecting dust for month-long stretches.  Periodically I will notice it and think “O you should make some bread” and then discover I didn’t have the ingredients and forget about it again.  This year is going to be different; I will use my Bread Machine!!  I have already used it several times to make old favorite bread recipes and have started experimenting with new recipes.  I have made this bread several times and my family has decided it a keeper. 
It is a modification of an Oatmeal Bread recipe.  I added sweet potato puree (I am looking for ways to use up my sweet potatoesJ  I bake several up at a time and the ones I don’t use I scoop out the flesh and freeze it until I need it) to the recipe and decreased the amount of sugar.  The bread is slightly sweet and is wonderful warm or toasted for breakfast.  Enjoy and may it be a part of your Sweet Morning!

Sweet Potato Oatmeal Bread
(for Bread Machine)


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1 ¼ cup warm water
1 tbsp vegetable oil
Insides of 1 medium baked sweet potato
1 tsp salt
¼ cup brown sugar
1 cup quick oats
3 cups bread flour
2 ¼ tsp bread machine yeast

Combine ingredients in order specified by your bread machine.
Push start
Wait
Slice and enjoy.

Journey to Homemade Bread – Week 1

I did it!! I did it!!!!  I did it!!!!  I made homemade bread!!!  Without a bread machine!!!!  And it tasted good!!!!!  And there was no cursing!!!!  Just lots of flour and cornmeal everywhere!!  And my family inhaled it and is begging for moreJ  Goal for the year well on the way.

My goal was to learn to make bread so I bought The Bread Baker’sApprentice by Peter Reinhart.  Read it and don’t panic (there is a lot of text to get through before the recipes) because it will all work out.  I made the recipe for Pain a l’Ancienne .  I ended up making 3 baguettes and used the rest for pizza dough (2 pizzas and froze crust for 2 pizzas).  The process was unbelievably easy, I used my Kitchen Aide mixer for mixing and kneading and it was so easy!!!  You mix the dough and put it in the fridge and then wait (this was probably the hardest part because I am VERY impatient and wanted the bread) until the next day. 
A few hours rising, some shaping and time for baking. 
The whole spray the side of the oven thing was a little strange and disconcerting but it made AMAZING bread!!!  The bread was the perfect mix of soft middle and crunchy crust.  It tasted better than what I buy at the bakery.  I definitely will continue to make bread because the results were worth it.  Hope you have a Sweet Morning and an amazing day!

Oatmeal Bread Machine Bread

So the plan this year is to learn to make bread.  Delicious homemade bread for my family to enjoy.  I plan to work on and perfect (well probably not perfect but at least make something edible)  something each week and post about it on Sunday’s (it’s a brand new year so I can have lofty goals…we will see if I follow through).  Well its 2012 and Sunday so I must be posting about bread.

Since I have not started working on anything new I kinda, sorta cheated….I made a recipe in the bread machine that I have been making for years (well when I remember that I have a bread machine, and have the ingredients in the house, and start it in a timely manner).  When I do make this bread it is inhaled!!!!!  It is amazing warm with a meal and equally wonderful toasted for breakfast.  It is slightly sweet and just delicious.  Hope this recipe makes your mornings sweet!
Oatmeal Bread
(for Bread Machine)

Printer Friendly Recipe

1 ¼ cup warm water
1 tbsp vegetable oil
1 tsp salt
½ cup brown sugar
1 cup quick oats
3 cups bread flour
2 ¼ tsp bread machine yeast

Combine ingredients in order specified by your bread machine.
Push start
Wait
Slice and enjoy