Sunday, May 29, 2011

Bread Machine Doughnuts Maybe Like They Served in the USO

So first off Happy Memorial Day to everyone.  I got to thinking about my Dad and all the other veterans and men and women serving our country right now, and thought of my Dad during World War 2 enjoying some nice homemade doughnuts served to him, maybe by my Mom.  Dad didn't talk too much about the war or his service time, but I used to sit on the floor and look at him in pictures when he was stationed in Hawaii and wonder what times were like back then.

So in honor of all our men and women in uniform now and past I present to everyone my Bread Machine Doughnut (recipe adapted from one found on Food.com)


Bread Machine Doughnuts

1 1/4 cups milk
1 beaten egg
1/4 cup shortening
1/4 cup sugar
1 teaspoon salt
4 teaspoons vital wheat gluten
3 1/2 cups bread flour
1 1/2 teaspoons yeast


Put ingredients in your machine according to your manufacturers directions.  Choose dough cycle. 
Roll finished dough to 1/2 inch thick, cut with 2 1/2 inch doughnut cutter.  I do not have one of those so I used my 3 inch biscuit cutter and a vitamin bottle to cut the holes out.

Let rise 30 minutes or until doubled.

Deep fry at 375 degrees.  Turn doughnuts as they rise to the surface.  Fry until brown on each side.  I used my electric skillet set to 375 degrees and use about 3/4 of an inch of oil and it worked great.

Drain on paper towels.  Glaze or dust with powdered sugar or cinnamon sugar.

Here is the glaze I used, I kinda made it up as I went along.

1 cup confectioners sugar
1 tablespoon light corn syrup
1 tablespoon hot water
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Combine all in a bowl, and mix up.  If you want it thinner just add a smidge more water.

Dip tops of doughnuts in icing and place on cake rack to set.  I put wax paper under mine to catch the drips.

Ok now to some pictures( beware I took alot of them)


Here they are being cut out.


Here is my "doughnut cutter" I improvised as you can see.



Here they are all risen and ready to fry.  But oops I forgot to take a picture of them while they were frying.


This is all that was left before I could snap a picture.  The recipe makes a dozen and the holes, but we were eating them while they were warm YUMMY!!!!!


Here are the holes and one poor doughnut that made it into the cinnamon sugar.


Well I hope everyone will try some doughnut and thank a veteran for his service on Memorial Day.


I again would like to thank everyone for all the kind comments and my say welcome to my newest followers.  I am still kinda at awe that anyone would like to read about my cooking adventures.

I will again be linking up this week with some great blogs, so please check them out and leave the nice bloggy friends a nice comment.

Thanks for stopping by and have a great Memorial Day weekend !!


Denise

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Whole Wheat Pita Bread

I hope everyone had a great week.  It was long and longer here, alot of stuff going on at work.  So today we had an indoor picnic with Homemade Macaroni Salad and Deviled Eggs and some Pulled Pork made in the crock pot for sandwiches. 

Hubby brought home some Asiago Cheese Bread.  Oh no, the Bread Fairy's hubby brought home store bought bread.  Well, yeah real life hits here to sometimes and store bought comes in handy.

But I need some stress relief and needed to get my hands in some dough. So I thought Pita Bread would be a good thing to try to make, seeing I do not own a pizza stone.   I went searching the big world internet and found several recipes that baked the bread right on the oven rack,  that didn't sound right to me.  Then I found a couple that used a cake cooling rack on the oven rack.    That sounded a little bit more okie dokie and user friendly to me. 

I found this recipe on  Food.com ,Whole Wheat Pita Bread for the Bread MachineI of course as I always do added 4 teaspoons of vital wheat gluten and used honey instead of white sugar.

Here are some steps and pictures of the Pita Bread.


Above is the dough made into 8 equal portions.



Here it is all rolled out and ready for a 30 minute rise.



The picture above is the Pita Bread in the oven all pooffy or puffy, oh and please no snickers about my dirty oven.  It needs a self cleaning cycle run, but sometimes life comes first.

Ok the next few pictures are just me taking pictures  ( I like to take pictures of my food hehehe)
The last couple show one cut and you can tell how soft and chewy they are ..........









I am going to fill these with Chicken Salad on Sunday, for a quick lunch or dinner.

I hope everyone will try these .  I give them a big 10, they were chewy and did not fall apart like store bought ones do once you cut them open. 

I again will be linking up this week with some great blogs.  I would personally like to thank all the nice people who have invited me to post on their blog parties.   I can not wait this week to link up with some nice new bloggy friends. 

Well I hope next week is better for me and everyone.  Hmmm and who will be my 25th follower,  I was overwhelmed when I got 10, I don't know how I will act when I reach 25.  I would like to thank everyone who does follow me, it means alot to me being a newbie out here in the bloggy world.

Thanks again,

Denise
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Saturday, May 14, 2011

Tomato Basil Bread- Panera CopyKat and Speaking of Cats...............

So this week I thought I would introduce everyone to my Four Pawed Furry Child aka "The Buffster" or Buffy as we call him.


He is our 17 pound bundle of joy.  He spends most of his day lounging in the sun in the window in his kitty bed.

Ok on to better things like, if some of you read the 7 things you did not know about me is I love love the color green.   I also happen to love daisies, so below are two of my favorite things together.  I think I have about 5 green vases all probably from the late 60's to early 70's, all bought all garage sales or Goodwill.


Now on to more foodie things,  like bread.  I went searching for this bread, because hubby had a grilled cheese sandwich made with it one day last week at the senior center, where we are members.   My hubby's mom was a member and he always went with her to the functions and  when she went to heaven, they let him join when he turned 50.  We enjoy many a functions there and some great meals!!!

I  found this recipe Tomato Basil Bread on Food.com.  The only thing I did different from the recipe was I added my 4 teaspoons of vital wheat gluten.  So I thought I would share a few pictures of the bread.


Here it is ready to put in the oven.



Here it is all baked up and sliced.  We are going to use it to make grilled cheese and bacon sandwiches tomorrow for lunch.  This bread is a true winner.  I hope everyone will give it a try. 

Also I  made Swiss Strips from Miz Helens Country Cottage on Saturday nite for dinner.  I would have taken a picture of that great dish too but it was gone way too quickly.  It was another winning recipe from a really nice lady.  Please go visit her blog and check out the recipes.

Well thanks for stopping by again.  I will again this week be logging up with some of the great blogs out there please take the time to go check out some of the recipes.  
Oh I just wanted to mention, that if you commented on my posts last week, when blogger went down I lost a few of them.  I hope they retrive them so I can post them.  Please be patient.

Take Care The Bread Fairy

Denise  

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Saturday, May 7, 2011

Rustic Italian Bread For Sopping

So here I go again.  I found a recipe on Bo's Bowl as I was reading every ones blogs this week.  The recipe is called Sausage and Potato Casserole and he said make sure you had lots of crusty bread to sop up the juices.  Then began my mission of finding an Italian Bread Recipe to try, as always I went to my favorite site, Food.com and found this recipe Rustic Italian Bread,  I changed a few things in the recipe to accommodate what ingredients I had in the house.  I used canola oil as I was out of olive oil and I added 4 teaspoons of vital wheat gluten. 

Here is the bread from the bread machine dough cycle shaped and ready to rise.




Here are two views of the bread risen and cut with a knife and brushed with beaten egg white before it is baked.




Next here it is baked again two pictures.  Me like taking pictures of food........






The next few photos are of the finished casserole with the bread ready for sopping.


The dishes are an old set I have collected from Fireking from the 50's and 60's.  I remember eating cereal out of these orange bowls while visiting my grandmother.  I called them the "ugly orange bowls," but as I got older I collected myself a whole set. 
I also have alot of Corelle Crazy Daisy dishes which you see under some of my bread too.  If I had my way I would have avocado appliances in my kitchen, as you can tell green is my favorite color.

Here's the bread cut and ready to sop up all the goodness of the casserole



So I hope everyone goes and tries this recipes I give them both a 10.  I will be linking up again this week, so please go check every ones recipes out.  Thanks again for stopping by and putting up with me.

The Bread Fairy

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

I got a Versatile Blogger Award, Yeah Me !!!!



I would like to thank Marsha over at The Better Baker, for passing this on to me.  Little old me just starting out, this means alot. Ok lots of rules go with this so here I go...

The Rules

1.  Thank the person who gave you the award and link back to them ( done)
2. Tell 7 things about yourself ( below)
3. Pay it forward to 15 new bloggy friends.
4 Contact each bloggy friend you give it too. ( me old and slow at this one)

7 Things you really never wanted to know about me..

1.  I love love Diet Mountain Dew, limit one a day.
2. Mom to a furry beast, aka "Buffy the Cat" who weighs about 18 pounds
3. My favorite color is green..........
4. I have a bread machine obsession.
5. I live in Sinus Valley, Ohio. I have had more trips to doctors and allergist than I ever have had in my life. 
5. I love to bake and cook to make other people fat.
6.  I have been married for 10 years come September. Yeah for us !!!
7. I bake and sell my bread to friends to make them fatter, and just think they pay me to do it.

My favorist bloggy friends, some not new bloggers.


These are not all new blogs but each and everyone of these ladies and gentlemen have been very kind to me and have helped me learn alot.  I will get in touch with each of them by the end of this week.

But until then you can click on the links above and go visit their great Blogs.  I do........

So thanks again Marsha over at the Better Baker for the recognition.

As Always I remain the Bread Fairy

Denise