Category Archives: Breads & Baked Goods

Pear and Cranberry Tart


A sweet ending to a great meal makes a Thanksgiving feast even more memorable. Fresh local pears are in season throughout Canada during the fall and are available at your local Walmart Supercentre, making them a tasty and budget-friendly option for desserts. Tart, dried cranberries complement sweet pears, and make a flavourful addition to this recipe.

Southern Sweet Potato Pie


Thanksgiving and Christmas dinner time celebrations together along with the great meals being prepared regardless of the main meal is only a plain meal if it weren’t for the great cakes, pies, cookies, an fruit salads that accompany the meal. This is the greatest recipe for sweet potato pie on the earth! Add this to your meal and watch the entire family ask for more. It is simple to make and great to consume. This addition will make these special times together more meaningful for both you and your family.

Fresh Fruit Pizza Tart


Add a Slice of Summer Fun with Fresh Fruit Pizza

When it comes to summer desserts, if you want to really razzle dazzle guests at your next party, think pizza − fruit pizza, that is. Kids and adults alike are wowed by this special dessert. And it couldn’t be simpler to make.

Homemade Bread Recipes


Baking homemade bread is definitely a rewarding experience. Here is all you need to bake your own delicious loaf of wholesome bread at home.

No-Knead Rustic Bread with Fruit and Nuts


Ahh, the comforting aroma of freshly baked bread. Even with busy, busy schedules, making artisanal bread from scratch IS possible.

How to Make Homemade Dinner Rolls from Scratch

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A few years ago, my mother in law was gracious enough to share with me her recipe to make these easy and delicious homemade dinner rolls. You can make them any time of the year or just for special family dinners. You can freeze them (once baked) for up to 3 months in your freezer and then reheat in the oven (for 3-4 minutes) or the microwave for 1-2 minutes once thawed.

Homemade Bread – Rye Bread Recipe


Homemade Bread – Rye Bread Recipe

There’s nothing tastier than a fresh, homemade loaf of bread. With the many different types of bread, it may be difficult choosing which type to make. However, a homemade rye bread recipe is definitely worthwhile. This versatile bread is good as is, for sandwiches and with soup.

How to Make Homemade Cornbread


How to make homemade cornbread. Perfect for holiday dinners or served with homemade chili.

Bake The Best Gingerbread Ever


Baking seasonal treats is a primary part of the holiday tradition – and not only is homemade gingerbread a crowd pleaser at any function, the spicy aroma is bound to inspire budding bakers as well.

Rye Bread Recipe


There’s nothing tastier than a fresh, homemade loaf of bread. With the many different types of bread, it may be difficult choosing which type to make. However, a Homemade Rye Bread Recipe is definitely worthwhile. This versatile bread is good as is, for sandwiches and with soup.

Homemade Cinnamon Rolls


Who doesn’t like a nice warm, sweet cinnamon roll fresh from the oven? I do with a cold glass of milk. Even though I don’t consider myself a baker, every once in a while, I like to go in the kitchen and bake some sweet treats for me and my daughter. I recently decided I would try making some cinnamon rolls. I made some changes to this recipe since I only had limited ingredients in my kitchen and found that the recipe still came out great. So here’s my version of homemade cinnamon rolls.

Old Fashioned Navajo Fried Bread

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It has been said that bread is the staff of life and I for one will not disagree with them. In the event of major disasters or emergency condition it would be highly unlikely that one could obtain loaves of bread at the local grocery store. It is also possible that you may not have electricity in order to bake your own bread. What would you do in this case? Would you go without?

Scottish Oat Crackers


When an ingredient captivates chefs, it can change what’s on our plates at home, too. Kimchi is a good example. So many menus currently feature kimchi-spiked dishes that last December I showed how to make this Korean pickled cabbage.

A Recipe for Rye Bread

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The more I make bread, the more I am convinced of the importance of the kitchen being in the best position in the house. When we designed and built our house, I was determined that the kitchen should have a view and be on the front of the house. Now that it’s six-fifteen of a summer morning and I’m up early, kneading bread, because we’ve run out again, I’m especially happy to be looking out over a sun-soaked landscape to the distant mountains. Every time you make bread you’re guaranteed a good ten minutes of contemplation as you knead it, the mechanical rhythmic activity frees the mind to wander or switch off…very therapeutic. Having a view thrown in as well is just an added bonus.

Making, Rolling Out and Baking a Pie Crust


To bake a pie, start with your favorite recipe or use the pie crust recipe below. Then, use the following directions to roll out and bake a pie crust. Start with a flattened piece of dough that has been tightly wrapped in plastic and refrigerated until firm, at least 1 hour or up to 2 days.

Baking with Jam

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Jam-making is over for the year, the summer heat has finished off the strawberries, the apricot season went by in the blink of an eye, it’s too hot to think of cooking anything at all until evening cools the air. Even the memory of standing over a simmering pot of jam makes me perspire.

Recipe for Cheese Biscuits


Every end of term at my daughters’ kindergarten, finds us baking cheese biscuits for their festival. These are delicious, easy to make, light flaky mouthfuls of crunch, just like cheese straws only more fun, as you can use any shaped cookie cutter you like. We have pigs, bunnies, stars, moons, hearts, fish. They are the perfect answer to the dilemma of providing a treat snack for school feasts and festivals, that doesn’t break the school guidelines of minimising sugar but is still fun for the kids. They are also an essential item at birthday parties for my children. The last birthday had me frantically rolling and cutting out these cheese biscuits, in between trying to get a roast lunch on the table before the afternoon party. The original plan had been for the kids to do all the work, to keep them entertained and gainfully employed in the lull before the party, but the birthday girl was too busy playing with her new toys and the others too busy bemoaning the fact it was so long before their birthdays, so that I got left with the job at the last minute!

Whole Wheat Bread and Nut Loaf Recipes

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Here are two recipes for quite different types of bread, both made from scratch with no artificial ingredients. The first is whole wheat bread, and the second is a nut loaf.

Bread Slicing Tips – What Is the Best Way to Cut Homemade Bread?


A beautiful food presentation is one of the aspects of something delicious, and that does not exclude bread. A plain sandwich with perfectly-sliced bread can offer one of the best sandwiches; and in order to produce that perfect food, you need to flawlessly slice the bread first. If you’ve worked in artisan bakeries, you most likely have inherited the art of bread-slicing and how expert pastry chefs cut and slice bread into perfection. But if you haven’t, allow me to share some of their secrets.

Basics of Bread Making


Are you on the lookout for everything and anything that is connected to the art of baking bread? This is part 1 of 5 series.

The Pretty Good For You Hot Cross Buns


The other day I went in the kitchen to begin baking a recipe from one of my baking books. My little sister said, “Sissy, what are you making?” I said, “Hot Cross Buns.” She replied, “What are Hot Cross Buns?” To avoid embarrassment I walked out of the room. You see, I didn’t really know what they were. I just liked the ingredients.

Serve Cinnamon Rolls Baked with Almonds


Nothing says “good morning” better than a batch of warm-from-the-oven almond cinnamon rolls, so here’s a recipe created for the Almond Board of California by Emily Richards, author of Get In The Kitchen and COOK. This nutritious and delicious treat combines sweet cinnamon with crunchy scrumptious almonds making them the perfect addition to any brunch – or to enjoy with a coffee and mom on her special day.

Amazing Cinnamon Raisin Bread Recipe


I have always loved Cinnamon-Raisin bread, so I went and found a basic recipe and then added the most wonderful ingredients to make it extra special. I love tons of flavor in my foods, and this bread reflects my tastes completely. If you also love bold flavors, then this is a recipe for you! It is the perfect breakfast food ( I prefer a slice buttered, but if you want to toast it it’s amazing that way, too!), it is also the perfect gift. I have given this miniature versions of this bread as gifts to a number of friends and they all sang highest praises.

How to Make The Perfect Buttermilk Biscuits


As a small child, I can remember sitting at the kitchen table and watching my grandmother make homemade buttermilk biscuits every Sunday morning. I loved to sit there and listen to her sing, as she would lovingly roll out her dough.

An Easy Gluten Free Cornbread Recipe


As many people have intolerance to wheat, it is ideal that they can have gluten free cornbread. It may not be suitable to make sandwiches but will make a tasty treat when they want a snack. When buying cornmeal, it is important to make sure that you read the labels carefully, as not all makes are just cornmeal.

3 Amish Bread Recipes


Amish bread is wonderful, and well worth the time it takes to make it. In this article you’ll find three different versions of amish friendship bread, including the bread starter recipe.

Simple, Simple, Simple – Homemade Pita Bread


This being the Middle East, one of the most common breads is also one of the oldest and one of the simplest breads around. Of course I am talking about the ubiquitous pita bread which surrounds everything here from the equally ubiquitous felafel, to hummous and tehina, and grilled meats of various forms. Add to that all the wonderful salads (sometimes called mezze in Arabic or is it Greek?) and you see what I mean. They’re everywhere and wrapping everything.

Molasses and Cornmeal – Anadama Bread


Even though it’s easier and certainly quicker to make a loaf of white sandwich bread, sometimes that just won’t do. I’m not talking about ‘bread’ (sic) of the Wonder Bread variety. I mean, the whole thing is a misnomer after all. But even a high quality white sandwich bread like those featured in The Bread Baker’s Apprentice: Mastering the Art of Extraordinary Bread, sometimes you want to go the extra mile, take your time and create a truly memorable loaf. That is what Anadama Bread is, a truly great loaf of bread with a bit of mystery surrounding its origins. If you have the time, don’t pass up this bread. Here are the ingredients and the directions.

Goin’ on a Sentimental Journey – Raisin Bread


When I think back to ‘food memories’ from my childhood, several kinds of bread stand out. One is a dark, crusty rye bread baked at ‘Bernie’s Bakery’ around the corner from my grandfather’s house. We would go there, on Sunday mornings and load up with all the fresh baked breads hot and fresh. Right out of the oven. I grew up in rural northeastern Canada, in Nova Scotia.

Homemade Crescent Rolls


One of the most wonderful things about old-fashioned cooking and days gone by, was the delicious aroma of fresh baking bread wafting from mom and/or grandma’s oven. I can remember the tempting smells of baking bread and sitting in grandma’s kitchen churning butter for said bread. Oh, so delicious. If you remember those days, and want to try your hand at making some delicious homemade rolls, give these crescent dinner rolls a try. Yum, yum, good!

My Special Blueberry Muffins


This is my special blueberry muffin recipe that I created over 30 years ago and I like it so much that I have never stopped using it. It has a magnificent flavor and a wonderful texture, the freshness life of this muffin is about 4days but if frozen it will last for months.

Recipes for Yummy Breads


Whether for bread with a meal or a muffin with a surprise center etc, let’s go back to some of the recipes from my vintage recipe collection. Try these breads at your house soon. The Surprise muffins are a real treat for everyone, especially the young ones. They love biting into these muffins and finding a jelly surprise in the center. Use their favorite flavor of jelly for a special treat. The Cheddar Cheese Bread Loaves recipe is a good yeast bread that is great toasted, sliced for sandwiches, or just as a homemade bread at family meals.

Maple Corn Bread Mini Muffins (or loaves)


This is the last corn bread recipe you will ever need or want to make. These muffins (or small loaves) are moist, maple-y, and delicious. They are naturally gluten-free, and may be made diary-free as well with the substitution of almond milk and elmination of the butter glaze. These are healthful muffins, made with brown rice flour, and are free of refined sugars.

The muffins go great with chili, or even sliced and topped with honey. The glaze on these muffins is a wonderful addition, but not necessary. They are great on their own as a snack, or even as part of a healthy breakfast.

How to Make the Perfect Banana Bread


When you can’t get your kids to eat fruits like bananas, you have to think of other ways on how they can get the nutrients without eating the actual fruit. To do that, you can prepare banana bread, one of the most loved recipes of all time.

Delightful Pita Bread Recipes


If you are a busy person with no time to cook elaborate nutritious dishes, you can benefit well from a simple recipe that takes less than an hour to make. You no longer need to skip breakfast, since there are breads or pastries that require a fraction of your time. By just mixing in simple ingredients that you readily have in your refrigerator, you can already cook up something delicious and healthy. Hence, you can leave the house with a full stomach – and still early for work.

Recipes for Yummy Cranberry Breads – Glazed Berry Nut and Upside Down Raisin Muffins

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Whether to enjoy with friends over coffee, give as gifts, breakfast on the go, loved ones lunchboxes, etc, tasty sweet breads are always a hit. Try these breads featuring delicious tangy healthy cranberries for a real treat. The Glazed Cranberry-Nut Tea Bread is a tasty combination of cranberry, orange, and pecans with an orange glaze; yummy! The Upside Down Muffins combine the tartness of cranberries with the sweetness of raisins.

Easy Recipe For Making Bread from Whole Grains


Bread is one of the ancient foods, and it used to be one of the simplest. Whole wheat ground into flour, water, honey, yeast and a little oil, and you were set.

Different Ways to Make Scrumptious Garlic Bread


Garlic is a natural antiseptic that has several medicinal purposes. This herb is a good natural remedy for cough or cold. Moreover, it is ideal for those with rheumatism, as garlic soothes the nerves and muscles. You can eat it raw by grating it and mixing it with honey. This garlic-honey mixture is truly potent in treating several respiratory ailments.

Monkey Bread


Can you still remember how you used to love to munch on sweet and sticky bread during teatime? You probably have fond childhood memories, where you enjoyed having snacks with your friends. After playtime, a nice glass of lemonade and a delicious slice of sweet bread was always a treat. Moreover, you never minded having your hands all sticky after touching the bread. All you had to do was to lick your fingers clean.

Variety of Ways to Make Blueberry Bread


Some kids need a lot of convincing before you get to make them eat a nutritious meal. They would often prefer to munch on junk foods such as chips, French fries or ice cream. In fact, not all kids love to have a fruit or vegetable for dessert or teatime. This is a sad truth, though, since they could be missing on the nutrients they need for proper growth and development. Moreover, they might be prone to different ailments because of deficiency in certain vitamins and minerals.

Ah, Those Yummy Cupcake Recipes! Boston Creme Cupcakes Recipe

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Who doesn’t love those yummy cupcakes that are all the rage in the dessert world today? These sweet little treats satisfy the most discerning sweet eater, with so many flavors in the marketplace. Gone are just the boring simple vanilla or chocolate cupcake made from a cake mix. Now you can find cupcakes in any flavor combinations you can think up.

How to Make Healthy Muffins: Tropical Muffins and Healthy Carb French Toast Muffins for Diabetics and Others


Muffins are a wonderful treat but one that diabetics are always watching because of the sugar and carb content. Now that we are into fall, and a muffin is perfect with a hot cup of coffee, hot tea, or hot chocolate, I thought I would bring out a couple of muffin recipes that are perfect for diabetics as well as dieters or anyone wanting to eat a more healthy muffin. Following are two ideal muffin recipes for the above mentioned persons. Tropical Muffins is exactly that, a reminder of being in the tropics, eating tropical fruit and enjoying the warm sunshine and ocean breezes. Healthy Carb French Toast Muffins are as the title indicates. Healthy with a bit of flaxseed and whole wheat and yet the tempting taste of French toast. Yum!

Design a Stylish Festive Spread with Beautiful Tarts


Creating an impressive holiday dessert table doesn’t have to take hours in the kitchen. You can bake with style using easy-to-make recipes that both look beautiful and taste great. These cute Superstar Eggnog Tarts are perfect for any festive function.

Banana Nut Bread Baked in a Jar


Don’t you just love to give unique homemade gifts? You are in for a treat with this recipe! This Banana Nut Bread Baked in a Jar is perfect for hostess gifts, holiday gifts, gift baskets, party favors, etc. Tie a pretty ribbon to suit the occasion around the neck of the jar and you’ve just pulled a neat gift from your pantry shelf. Never let ripe bananas go to waste. If you don’t want or need banana bread at the time, bake it in jars for use later.

How to Make Decorative Bread Designs


Jazz up your breads with easy-to-do decorative designs. Make your everyday staple more festive and more special for home, family, and friends.

How To Make and Freeze Homemade Apple Dumplings


During the fall season, I look forward to going to our local fruit orchard and picking some fresh apples. Once I get back home, I like to get busy baking…first up, some freshly baked apple dumplings.

Old Fashioned Pie Crust Cookies


It’s that time of year again when pies are being made for the holidays and since pies are in abundance, there is often an excess of pie dough remnants. Don’t throw it out, do what Pioneers did, they would make cookies!  Here’s how to make old fashioned pie crust cookies using leftover dough.

Time to Eat Healthy! Healthy Bran Muffins and Whole Wheat Banana Muffins Recipes

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Try these healthy muffin recipes for breakfast or a light lunch. Pair them with some fresh fruit (buy seasonal fruits to save money) and you have a healthy meal. And remember, huge muffins don’t fit into your healthier eating or diet plan. By making your own muffins, you can make them in mini-muffin tins or only fill your regular muffin tins half full. You will have a healthier portion size.

Old-fashioned Apple Pie With Pastry Recipe


I remember growing up with my sisters, cousins, and others as we enjoyed playing in our grandparents apple orchard. “In the old days”, as my grandkids like to say, we didn’t have air conditioning, electronic games and toys, tv, or other modern ways to entertain ourselves. We played cowboys and Indians, house, school, etc to entertain ourselves. The shade provided by the big, old apple trees provide a great place for playing. But the best part of the apple orchard was watching the apples grow and ripen. We knew we would soon enjoy delicious apple pies and other great treats made from those apples. Here I share with you one of the apple pies from those days.

Making Your Own Bagels is a Delicious, Budget Friendly Treat for The Family


Making bagels is a little bit of a production. They need to be boiled and then baked, making them more time consuming, but the flavors more than make up for it. The bagels I made are Cinnamon Raisin flavored, but the cinnamon and raisins could be omitted, substituting other things as desired. Think of adding things like walnuts or pecans or other nuts of choice. How about date pieces instead of raisins? Using dried blueberries would mimic another store type of bagel, but why stop there? How about using dried cherries, dried cranberries or even chopped dried apricots?

A 30 Minute Apple Pie Recipe


Apple pies are a wonderful treat that can be enjoyed on all occasions anytime of the year. Most apple pie recipes are quite easy to follow and most beginners can master the apple pie recipe right away. If you aren’t experienced at baking from scratch you can easily purchase frozen pie crusts and apple pie filling from your local grocery store. Once you get the hang of making a simple apple pie why not start experimenting? You can try many different things with your apple pie recipes. Apple Crumble Pie, Apple Tarts, Apple Delight Pie are just a couple of the many choices you could use. So start at the beginning and try this wonder apple pie recipe. Its quick, it’s easy and I promise you, you and you family will be making this on a weekly basis.

Gluten Free Cornbread… to Die For!


There are so many great recipes out there now for gluten free living, that the rest of your family will want to eat these with you, as they taste so good.

Here is a great old-fashioned recipe for No Flour Cornbread that has no sweetener in it, as some of the modern versions have. Some of the old fashioned recipes tend to have more fat in them, but if you don’t have a cholesterol problem, then check out the taste.

How To Make Homemade Bread Crumbs

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Making your own homemade bread crumbs is easier than you think! It’s a great way to use up left-over slices of bread, bread crusts, hamburger and hot dog rolls, potato rolls, crackers and even thin small pretzels.

Make Your Own Vintage Sour Dough Bread Using Everlasting Yeast (Dough Starter), and Homemade Jam


One of the best breads is homemade Sour Dough Bread. When my children were young they got so spoiled to eat that was all they wanted! So we took a short hiatus from it since I got tired of them refusing other breads! Make your own sourdough starter with this Everlasting Yeast recipe. Then using that starter, make the delicious bread recipe included. Want a little something sweet on your bread? It would taste really good with this homemade Raspberry and Rhubarb Jam!

Texas Pecan Pie Bars


This recipe is a bar cookie recipe. It is fairly simple to make, and will go over great at any party. You can serve them on a nice platter or serving dish if you wish. The bonus to this recipe is that they can also can be served on napkins if you wish, they are a hand held treat if you so desire.

Banana Cream Pie Recipe

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This is a great banana cream pie recipe, and it will go great with any meal or an Easter meal for the family. This is a delicious banana cream pie recipe that is very easy to make, that is topped with sliced bananas and sweetened whipped cream.

How to Make Delicious, Inexpensive Soft Pretzels at Home


While making soft pretzels seems like a lot of steps, they are really simple to make. It takes about 2 hours from start to finish, and once baked, the reason for these steps is apparent. A very short rising time makes quick work of the dough. A quick boil in a pot of water gives them the chewy exterior, and the egg wash gives them the shine. It is my belief that using a beer in the batter and boiling water enhances the yeasty flavor, but it is completely a matter of choice.

Ultimate Buttermilk Biscuits


Sometimes when people ask me how to make something in the kitchen, say pie crust for example, my standard response is, “make it everyday for 30 days, then you’ll have it down”. Well, I followed my own advice, in spades. I don’t know exactly when, but after I won Blue Ribbon at the largest County Fair in Minnesota last summer for Biscuits I started reworking my biscuit recipe until…Viola!

Tips for Freezing Bread

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Freezing is an essential part of kitchen tasks. Here are tips regarding freezing of bread. These tips will make you aware what to keep in mind stocking the bread in your freezer.