Saturday, June 25, 2011

Portuguese Sweet Bread CopyKat Kings Hawaiian Bread

I did a little googling this week trying to find a copykat recipe for Kings Hawaiian Bread, during my research I found out that it is a sweet bread that could have originated with a Portuguese Sweet Bread.  So on the Internet search I went and found this recipe for Portuguese Sweet Bread for the Bread Machine

I did make some changes to the recipe.  Below is my version, for the original please click on the above link.

CopyKat Hawaiian Bread

1 cup whole milk ( yes it makes a difference)
1 egg
2 tablespoons butter (margarine just won't do)
1/2 cup sugar
3/4 teaspoon salt
3 cups bread flour
4 teaspoons vital wheat gluten
2 1/2 teaspoons yeast

Add stuff to bread machine as your manufacturer suggests.  Choose dough cycle.
When cycle is done, remove and shape into a loaf and let rise for 30 minutes, then bake in a preheated 350 degree oven for 35 minutes.  After removing from pan to cool, brush top with melted butter.

I did have to add about an extra 1/4 cup of flour, just because of the humidity here.  Please don't be afraid to lift the lid of your bread machine and touch and feel the dough.  You want it not to be sticky but soft like a baby's bottom.


So now on too some pictures (My favorite part !!! besides the eating !!!)




So here it is all finished.  Yum it is good, hubby says it tastes just like the "Bread" from the store.  It is very sweet and has a nice dark crust.





Here it is after the dough cycle in the machine,  I personally would not bake this in the machine as it makes a very large loaf at least 2 pounds.





There it is ready to go into the oven and the picture after is it right after it came out of the oven and before it was brushed with butter.

Also this weekend I made some GREAT!!! Glazed Donut Muffins, from a new blog I found called Brandy's Baking, please go check out her site and all her great recipes, my mouth waters each time I go back and find something new I want to make.  Below is a picture of the muffins I made OHHH THEY WERE SO GOOOOD !!!



I hope everyone will try my copykat recipe, I think it would be great as rolls or sandwich buns too.


I will be linking up with some great blogs this week, please go check them out and try some of the great recipes out there, I did and they are great.

I really appreciate all the nice invites I have gotten to all the recipe round.  I  am finding so many new friends out there.  Thanks again everyone for stopping by.

Melt in Your Mouth Monday 19
Your Recipe My Kitchen
Tasty Tuesdays
Two Maids a Baking Tuesday
Totally Tasty Tuesday
Made on Monday Week 16
Whats Cooking Wednesday
Cast Party Wednesday #3
These Chicks Cooks
Full Plate Thursday
Potluck Friday at Girl Chef

Denise
Aka
The Bread Fairy

Sunday, June 19, 2011

The Tale of the Two English Muffin Breads..........................

I wanted a muffin, not a sweet muffin, but an English Muffin.  I have a great recipe for English Muffins, but I did not want to go to all the trouble this time of rolling them out and cutting them out, I guess you figured it out I felt lazy.

So I though "English Muffin Bread."  The first time I tried to make this bread many years ago, it was a total flop and I was not impressed by the flavor or texture of the bread.   It seemed more like a batter bread then a dough. 

So I thought I would try two different recipes this time. In bread machine number one is from Kings Arthur Flour English Muffin Bread.  In bread machine number two is Mimi's Cornmeal English Muffin Bread.  For either of these recipes please click on the links above.

In the King Arthur's recipe it used regular unbleached all purpose flour, which for a bread machine can be a disaster, but it being from the flour people I trusted their judgement.   I added my usual 4 teaspoons of vital wheat gluten.

In the second recipe, it used cornmeal in the dough and an egg, and used bread flour, I of course added my 4 teaspoons of vital wheat gluten to this recipe too.  I am hoping that this one has a crunch to it as well as all the nooks and cranny's to absorb all the butter and homemade jam or maybe a poached egg........ gee all of the above sound YUMMY !!!

So I will share pictures below of each bread when it is finished. 

Ok lets start with the King Arthur's Recipe, here is the bread cut, next would is the bread toasted and buttered.........





Now  our takes on this bread (hubby gave his opinion too!!)  It was more like regular bread but with all the nooks and cranny's, it somewhat tasted like an English Muffin.  It did not seem to toast up real dark and I did like that.

Next is Mimi's Cornmeal English Muffin Bread, first photo is it sliced and second is of it toasted and buttered.





This bread was our hand down winner, it had a nice crunch to it, due to the cornmeal in the recipe and had lots of nooks and cranny's to take in all the butter.  So hubby and I picked Mimi's Cornmeal English Muffin Bread.

Here is a picture of our breakfast with poached eggs on top of a slice of each bread.



So I hope everyone will try at least one of these recipes, if you love English Muffins, and are too lazy like me to cut them out and griddle them.

I will again be linking up with some great bloggy friends this week, please go check them out and leave a nice comment.  Everyone loves a nice comment (like me , Hint, Hint )

I would also like to thank Miz Kelli for my new header design it ROCKS!!!! and for getting it up there for me for some reason blogger did not like the way I was trying to do it. 


Denise
aka
The Bread Fairy

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Soft Pretzel Rolls

So as promised a bread recipe for the week, well actually a roll recipe.  I had been craving a soft pretzel, but did not want to go to the mall, which is a 20 minute drive from us.  So I thought the "bread machine". 

We are having burgers for dinner today, so I search and found this recipe that is from the Allentown Cooking Examiner, for Soft Pretzel Rolls.   It sounded good and said I could use my machine so I tried it. 

The only thing I did different was use bread flour and added 4 teaspoons of vital wheat gluten.

Below is a picture of the finished product....




The next photo is when they were all risen and ready to put in the boiling water with the baking soda, which when you bake them gives them the nice brown chewy outside.


Next is an action shot .....................




And finally a plate full, as only 2 would fit on my plate.........




These really did taste like soft pretzels, we were eating them before I could even get a burger on them.   I got  6 big buns out of this recipe, you could of course make them any size you wish, heck you could even make them into pretzel shape and eat them.

I don't think I could do the pretzel thing though,  when I was a child we went to Lancaster, PA to the pretzel factory there and they would let you shape your own soft pretzel, well I failed at it at 12 so I don't think I could do in now either lol. 

I hope everyone has a great week.  I again hopefully will be linking up with some great bloggy friends this week.  Please go check them out !!!
Thanks for stopping by,

Denise

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Cake Mix Cookies

Oh no, the Bread Fairy is making cookies!!!!!! 
The Bread Fairy"s Kitchen Aid Mixer did not know how to act, it felt neglected.  It thought to itself, those darn bread machines get all the action.

Ok, I have been neglecting the Kitchen Aid. 
We have a picnic to go to today and I promised to make cookies, so off I went looking for something easy and with everything I already had in the house.  I came across this recipe in my binder hand written and the paper was all splotched with stains, so I determined it must have been good.  I usually only bake cookies around Christmas time.  So I do not take credit for this recipe or remember who shared it with me, but it is great !!!

Cake Mix Cookies

2 eggs
1/3 cup water
1/4 cup butter or margarine
1 cup peanut butter
1 yellow cake mix
2 cups chips ( I used semi-sweet and peanut butter) because I had 2 bags that were open and I wanted to use them up.


Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Grease cookie sheets or use parchment paper, that's what I did no cookie sheets to wash !!!

In a large bowl, cream together the eggs, water, margarine, and peanut butter.  Stir in the cake mix and blend well.  Finally fold in the chips.  Drop by rounded spoonfuls onto the prepared  cookie sheet.  I used my cookie scoop.  One tip I would like to give is to give them a little press to flatten them out with the back of a spoon or spatula.

Bake for 8 to 11 minutes in the preheated oven.  Remove to wire rack to  cool completely.

In my oven they took about 11 minutes.  I got about 4 dozen out of this recipe.

Ok so now on to some pictures.................



This is the finished product......... Yep starting backwards hehehe.........



The ingredients all lined up ready to mix up............


All in the bowl ready to mix up..........



Scooped out ready to bake...




MMMMM............ right out of the oven  YUMMM.............



And finally one that you can see the lovely inside and to make your mouth water.

So now I do not have a guilty conscience about my neglected stand mixer.  I can walk away knowing it was happy to be used...


These cookies are tasty and easy to make.  I hope you will give them a try if you need a quick cookie to make like I did.

And yes there will be a bread recipe this week too lol.

So I hope everyone has a great day and will take sometime to bake up some great recipes and use their neglected Kitchen Aid mixers. 

I remain as always ..

Denise
The Bread Fairy







Sunday, June 5, 2011

Pumpkin Cranberry Yeast Bread

Well howdy everyone, I hope everyone had a great holiday weekend.  We here in Southwest Ohio had a great hail storm last week and we have been spending our time getting the insurance Adjuster out here and finding someone to do all of our work on the house.  The hail here was the size of tennis or baseballs here, so just basically I get a new outside of my house, if you get what I mean.

So now on to some good cooking, I was organizing my baking cabinet when I realized I had a great stock pile of canned pumpkin,( at least 5 cans ).  So I thought about regular Pumpkin Bread, well everyone has a great recipe for that.  I wanted something that I could make in the bread machine..... you know my obsession...................

So I went to my favorite recipe site and found this one Pumpkin Yeast Bread.  I have adapted it to fit my needs, below is my version of this recipe.

Pumpkin Yeast Bread
1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons of warm water
1/2 cup pumpkin puree
1/4 cup butter
1/4 cup instant nonfat dry milk powder
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon ground ginger
4 teaspoons vital wheat gluten
1/2 cup dried sweetened cranberries
2 3/4cups bread flour
2 1/4 teaspoons yeast

Place ingredients in bread machine, choose dough cycle.  If your machine beeps for fruit add then or after the first knead.  My beeps so I added them then.

When cycle is complete, shape into a loaf shape and place in pan.  I let mine rise or 30 minutes and then baked at 350 degrees for 35 minutes.

Below are some of my pictures.  Beware I take alot...............

I am going to make French Toast out of this for breakfast, a picture of that is included at the end of my long rambling post.




Here's the dough right out of the bread machine.





In the pan ready to rise.  The next picture is a Bread Fairy Tip that I would like to share.  If you cover your pan with plastic wrap, spray the side that touches the dough with nonstick spray and when your remove the plastic it will not deflate your rise of your dough.


Next is the dough risen and ready for the oven, the following pictures are of it baked and sliced up.






This is a really good close up of the texture of the bread, moist and DELICIOUS !!!!!


Now for the grand finally picture  !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!







Oh my gosh this was great, pumpkinny and cinamonny (my made up words) . I hope everyone takes time to search in there cabinets and see if you have any cans of pumpkin and try this recipe.

Thanks again to everyone for their kind comments and encouragement.
I will be linking up again with the great blogs out there, so look for me.

Thanks again