Quick breads


I still have butternut squash left.  We stored it in the ‘root cellar’ aka BARN and it is still sweet and tasty.  But we are tired of eating the same ol’ same ol’ so I needed a new recipe to use up the squash.  There aren’t many recipes out there for butternut squash bread.  After looking at pumpkin breads and banana breads and zucchini breads I still had found nothing that would do.  So I made up my own.

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    3/4 cup AP flour
    3/4 cup Whole Wheat flour
    1 tsp baking soda
    1/2 tsp baking powder
    1 tsp ground cinnamon
    1/2 tsp nutmeg
    1/4 tsp allspice
    1/4 tsp salt
    1 cup roasted butternut squash
    2/3 cup honey
    1/2 cup (Splenda) optional
    1/3 canola oil
    2 large eggs
    1 large egg white
    2/3 cup rolled oats.

Preheat oven to 350. Spray a 9′ x 5″ or an 8″ x 8″ square pan with cooking spray.

Bake the butternut squash at 350 until it is soft. Let it cool. Cut in half, remove seeds, and scrape the meat out of the shells. I partially mashed mine up so I would have some nice chunks in the breadbut you can puree it if you like.
Mix together the flours, baking soada, baking powder, cinnamon, hutmeg, allspice and salt in a large bowl. In another large bowl mix together the honey, oil, eggs, butternut squash, and egg white until they are well combined.
Add the dry ingredients to the squash mix. Mix til just combined.

Pour batter into the pan. If using the 9′ x 5′ bake for 50 – 60 minutes. If using an 8″ x 8″ pan bake for 30 minutes or until the center is done and a knife comes out clean.

Cool in pan for 15 minutes. Remove to a wire rack and cool completely before slicing.

I added the Splenda to add a touch more sweetness. This is a nice little cake and bakes up quickly in a 8″ x 8″ pan for a nice snack.

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There are a lot of peppermint and chocolate dessert recipes/posts floating in the blogasphere this time of the year.  When it came my time to pick for this week’s Donna Hay selection I knew I would be chocolated out so I went for something a little lighter and more refreshing – LEMON!

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This is an almond flour based cake with a really lemony curd filling.  Between the three layers!  Yes, we sliced this cake in thirds and then filled each space with lots of curd and then, because that wasn’t enough we topped it with more lemony flavor.

I would like to say this cake turned out nicely, but I found it to be rather dense (which is how the Hubs likes cake).  The curd, however, was perfect.  VERY Lemony (1/4 cups lemon juice in the recipe) and easy to make since it has whole eggs rather than just the yolks.

I will definitely make the curd again  – but maybe not the cake.

For make cakes visit Wednesdays with Donna Hay.  The recipe is from FLAVOURS  (page 50).

 

This month’s Lets Lunch comes to you from Germany. Octoberfest! An annual all out Beer Party held in Munich. It is the World’s largest VOLKFEST or “Public festival” where the beer is served in huge 1 litre steins carried 8 – 10 at a time by comely waitresses. By the way, that’s 8 – 10 in EACH HAND!!

What better way to celebrate Octoberfest if you cannot be there than to cook or bake with beer. Ok, I CAN think of better ways but this is the easiest!!

      Beer recipes all around!!

When I was little we lived in England. We spent four years there and moved 5 times. The Military is really good at that! While there we discovered lots of great food, despite what people said British food can be delicious, one of which became one of my Dad’s favorites – Welsh Rarebit. Or is it Rabbit? Rarebit? Rabbit? No one really knows, or cares for that matter, what it’s called. It is a wonderful easy dish for snack or lunch or dinner. This is the recipe my Mom got from one of her English friends and I still use it 55 years later.

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This is NOT just melted cheese, this is melted cheese mixed with beer, cayenne, paprika, and Worcestershire. MUCH better….

    1 lb sharp natural Cheddar {Use the really good fresh cheddar not the shrink wrapped from the grocers. Other wise it will not blend with the other ingredients.}
    2 tsp Worcestershire sauce
    1/2 tsp dry mustard {or 2 tsp prepared English mustard}
    Dash Cayenne pepper
    Dash Paprika
    1/2 cup ale or beer
    Buttered toast cut into triangles

Shred the cheese and set aside
Mist the Worcesertshire, mustard, cayenne, paprika and beer in a saucepan and place over low heat until beer is hot.
Add cheese and stir until melted. {Don’t let the mixture come to a boil}. Just keep it over low heat until all the cheese melts and blends with the rest of the ingredients. If it boils, the cheese solidifies and separates from the liquid.
Pour over toast triangles.

So simple. So quick. So good.

I was going to stop there but then I ran across a recipe for Pumpkin Beer Bread and knew I had to try it and include it here.

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It is made with Pumpkin Beer which just enhances the flavor of the pumpkin.
This recipe is enough for two loaves or one loaf and some muffins or one loaf and some mini loaves.

    1 15oz can of pumpkin
    1 2/3 cup sugar {I used 1 cup Splenda and 2/3 cup sugar}
    1 bottle pumpkin beer
    1 cup brown sugar
    2/3 cup oil
    4 eggs
    4 cups flour {I used 1/2 AP and 1/2 Whole Wheat.}
    2 tsp salt
    1 tsp baking soda
    2 1/2 tsp cinnamon
    1 tsp ground ginger
    3/4 tsp nutmeg
    1/4 tsp cloves

Preheat the oven to 350 and spray two 9×5 loaf pans
In a mixing bowl, combine pumpkin, sugars, beer, oil, eggs and spices
In a separate bowl, combine flour, salt and baking soda. Add those slowly to the liquid ingredients.
Pour into 2 loaf pans and bake for 1 hour or until toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
Remove pans from oven. Let bread cool in pans completely before slicing. (Recipe is from Dessert before Dinner

What else is on the Lunch Menu?

I discovered quinoa a couple of years ago and now I always have a bag in the house, I often use it subbed for rice and sometimes pasta. It is so good and so good for you since it is high in protein and cooks us so easily.

I am always looking for new ways to fix it so when I saw this recipe I knew I would have to pick it this week for Eating with Ellie.

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This dish is so colorful with the corn kernels, red bell pepper and grape tomatoes. And healthy since it is made with chicken or turkey sausage.

In less than 30 minutes I had a delicious, healthy lunch. Thanks, Ellie!

Check on our website for the other’s quinoa dishes and how they liked it.

Want to join us? We are cooking out of Ellie’s newest book – Weeknight Wonders. ALL the dishes take less than 30 minutes to make so they are perfect for those busy nights/days/weekends when you don’t have a lot of time.

Third Monday in May.

The end result – meeting a new foodie and cooking something or things from their collection of good things. I have found over the years that cooking just one thing is not a good way to learn about what makes a person tick. Or in the case of my ‘assignment’ this month – people. This month I was matched with Feast on the Cheap which is run by Mother and Daughter Duo Mary Ann and Mariel. Mary Ann is caterer and Mariel is writer with extraordinary culinary skills learned at her mother’s side. Between the two of them there is an awesome collection of great recipes.Not only that – the cost of every recipe is laid out for you with the ingredients. Thus the name “FEAST ON THE CHEAP”!! It was great to see how much each dish would cost.

I usually make three different treats. Usually a side and an entree and maybe a sweet treat. But it seems everything I went looking for something I was in need of something sweet. So here are two desserts – unusual for me – and a nice little quinoa dish.

I had a quart jar of pears in the pantry. We have a couple of trees so I put up pears every year. Finding this…

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was perfect. It is easy to make and yummy with the Maple Brown Butter Syrup and Pecans on top. Merial called for walnuts but we aren’t big fans and I always have lots of pecans in the freezer. Another change I made – I subbed out 1/2 of the AP flour for Whole Wheat. This is a grown up {what we used to call} Poke Cake. After the cake is cooked and cooled a bit holes are poked all over which lets the lovely syrup soak into the cake. Oh, Yeah!! Since I used my canned pears I skipped the “boil the pears, cinnamon, and water” part and just heated the pears and their juice with the cinnamon (and a little extra). Make this cake!!

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The next time I wandered through the site I found another sweet treat and since I was completely out of cake I deemed it absolutely necessary to make another. This time…

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Our garden yielded a lot of butternut last year. We could not eat all of them or give all of them away. There is just so much butternut one can eat. So I had cooked up quite a few, scooped out the good part, and froze packages of butternut squash. Lucky me to have found this cake, also from Merial.

This is supposed to be a quick bread but I changed it up just a tad and made ‘brownies’ with them. I poured the batter into a 11″ x 7″ pan and baked them for about 24 minutes. Merial made a Ginger Apple Butter for her bread but I chose not to use a ‘frosting’. But I did use some Sweet Potato Butter on some and they were wonderful!! Slicing these was a cinch since I had Mom’s special brownie pan (she loved gadgets like I do)

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Okay, I just couldn’t make another sweet treat. I HAD to go along another path.
For Lunch:

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Quinoa Salad with Sweet Bell Peppers, Dried Cranberries and Turkey Bacon

    1 cup organic quinoa
    2 cups water or chicken/vegetable stock
    ½ Teaspoon salt
    1 red or yellow bell pepper, seeded and diced
    1 cucumber, peeled, seeded and diced
    ¾ cup pecans, lightly toasted and chopped –
    ¾ cup dried cranberries
    4 scallions (green onions), white and green parts thinly sliced
    5 ozs. Montrachet or plain goat cheese (NOT Feta)
    ½ cup fresh cilantro, chopped
    1/2 lb. bacon, cooked crisply and crumbled

    For the dressing:
    ¼ cup cider vinegar
    1 Teaspoon Turmeric or dry mustard
    1 Teaspoon Cumin
    3 Teaspoons honey
    ¾ cup olive oil
    salt and pepper

If not using organic quinoa, rinse in a fine mesh strainer under cold, running water.

In a 1½ quart lidded saucepan, combine the quinoa, salt, and water or stock. Bring to a boil. Reduce to a simmer and cover, cooking until all of the water is absorbed, about 15 minutes. Fluff the grain with a fork and set aside. Allow to cool to about room temperature.

In the mean time, prepare the remaining ingredients and dressing. Set the dressing aside.

Toss the peppers, cheese, nuts, cranberries, cucumber, onions, cilantro, and crumbled bacon with the quinoa. Season the Pilaf with salt and pepper. Add the dressing if serving all at once, combining well.

This was definitely a hit with me. The sweet cranberries and pecans mixed with the sweet pepper and green onions was a nice contrast. The tangy sweet dressing brought it all together. I made 1/2 of the recipe and it was plenty for two light lunches (with cake!). And so colorful which means lots of good things in the dish that are good for you.

So many recipes, so little time. I did make the Whole Wheat Parmesan Drop Biscuits. I couldn’t pass those up. Now I want to go back and try

And that’s just my short list.

Visit with Mary Ann and Merial – you WON”T be sorry!!

And visit the rest of the Secret Recipe Club Members and see what they cooked/baked this month.

In January Avid Bakers Challenge moved from baking with King Arthur Flour to baking with Christina at Scientifically Sweet. Unfortunately I missed out on January (Double Chocolate Chip Banana Muffins) and February (Orange, Date & Almond Biscotti) so I knew I had to jump in for March. And it was a good decision.

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This is a nice little loaf with plenty of lemon flavor. And although mine didn’t brown very well or rise very high it was a hit. I liked the texture the cornmeal added. More than cake, less than cornbread. It was just right.

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You can find the recipe on Susan’s Page. The only change I made was to cut the sugar in 1/2 and sub in some Splenda and a little raw Stevia for the sweetness. Now I’m thinking – how good this would be with some Blueberries thrown in. Next time!!

You can see all the Lemon Loaves over at THE AVID BAKERS CHALLENGE.

Next month we are making Fudgy No Butter Brownies – I am definitely in for that one!!!

I am trying to figure out why this particular cooking group has existed for the last 3 years and I had never found it. I mean really! TEA TIME TREATS!! As much as I love Tea and Scones! Well, I have now and this is my first post for this group.

    Yes, I would like some tea, thank you!

The Challenge was VEGETABLES in a Tea Time Treats – either sweet or savory. This time of the year we are harvesting winter squash so it was perfect way to use some Butternut Squash in These Mini Butternut Squash and Cranberry Cakes.

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    2 1/2 cups AP flour
    1 cup WW flour
    2 tsp baking soda
    1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
    1 tsp ground allspice
    1 tsp nutmeg
    2 cups pureed butternut squash
    2 cups sugar and 1 cup Splenda {or 3 cups sugar}
    4 eggs
    1 cup unsweetened applesauce
    1 cup dried cranberries

You can use all AP flour, or use all sugar, or leave out the cranberries, or add in some nuts. It’s a very versatile recipe.


Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Sift dry ingredients together in a bowl.
In a separate bowl combine sugar, eggs, butternut, and applesauce.
Add dry ingredients slowly to the wet and mix just until all the dry is ingredients.
Stir in cranberries.
Baking Times:

    Mini loaves and muffins – 20 to 25 minutes
    Large loaf – 1 hour

Yield: 2 full loaves or 8 mini loaves and 6 muffins.
After cakes/muffins have cooled drizzle with Cinnamon Glaze.

    1 cup (4 ounces) glazing or confectioners’ sugar
    1 – 1 1.2 tsp cinnamon
    1 teaspoon vanilla
    2 to 3 tablespoons heavy cream

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The mini loaves, sliced, are just right for a sweet tea with a good cuppa.

Tea Time Treats is hosted by Karen of Lavander and Lovage and Janie of The Hedge Combers This month the hostess is Karen so visit her Tea Time Page for all the wonderful Vegetable Tea Time Treats.

Tea Time Treats

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