Saturday, August 27, 2011

Apple Bread Almost Fall

Oh, goodness another week has gone bye and soon it will be Labor Day.  As I said last week when one door closes another opens.  Well I believe mine is creeping open slowly, and that is good news.

Well I went to the library this week and got my favorite bread machine cookbook out and copied more pages and this recipe is one of them.  I had some applesauce that needed to be used up in the refrigerator so after looking through the book I settled on Apple Bread. 

It is a combination spice, whole wheat and apple tasting bread.  The recipe is below. Woo Hoo new addition to The Bread Fairy Printable Links for recipes.
Click on this link Printable Recipe Link Apple Bread and you may print the recipe.

From The Better Homes and Garden
The Complete Guide to Bread Machine Baking
Apple Bread
2 pound loaf
1 cup apple juice
1/2 cup applesauce
1 tablespoon margarine or butter
4 teaspoons honey
2 1/2 cups bread flour
1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons active dry yeast
4 teaspoons vital wheat gluten (my addition)
Add the ingredients to the machine according to the manufacturer's directions.
I choose to use the dough cycle. When complete shape and let rise for 30 to 45 minutes.  Bake in a 350 degree oven for 35 to 40 minutes.

Here it is all finished and plated up.

Risen and ready for the oven.

Just remember I like to take pictures.........

And finally a picture of my favorite bread machine cookbook.

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This blog has given me something to look forward to everyday and reaching out to others in the foodie blog world.

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I think I am going to use the rest of the loaf of this bread to make bread pudding or french toast, leaning toward bread pudding.  Oh that's another post.

Thanks for stopping by and checking out

The Bread Fairy

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Home Made Pizza Dough From The Bread Machine

Gosh I hope everyone had a great week.  My ended kinda bad, but you know when God closes one door he opens another and I believe that is true.  Some of you know that I got laid off on Friday from a job I worked at for ten years.  It was a great run and now it is time to move on.  In the next couple of months, I intend to go back to school for either culinary arts or to improve my office skills.    Enough said about that....

Now on to a great Pizza Dough recipe you can make and keep in the freezer and pull out whenever you want homemade pizza.  It is much cheaper to make at home and very EASY !!!

This recipe is from my FAVORITE  all time bread machine cookbook, The Better Homes and Gardens Bread Machine Cookbook.  I got this book from the library and  did not want to take it back.  So I copied my favorite recipes so I could have them and I have taken the book out many, many more times.  I would buy the book but it is out of print......

So here's the recipe with my additions.

Pizza Dough
Adapted from The Better Homes and Gardens Bread Machine Cookbook

Makes 2 13 to 14 inch pizza crusts

1 1/3 cups water
2 tablespoons olive oil or cooking oil
4 cups bread flour
1 teaspoon salt
1 1/4 teaspoons yeast
4 teaspoons vital wheat gluten

Add all ingredients to the machine according to manufacturer's directions.  Choose dough cycle.  When cycle is finished remove dough from machine. Punch down, cover and let rest 10 minutes.

Now you can use now or freeze for later.  I usually make 2 times this recipe ( with two machines running ) so I get 4 crusts to bag up to freeze.

Just divide the dough in half make into a ball and place in a freezer zippy bag, I have a food saver so I vacuum seal mine.  Freeze for up to 3 or 4 months.  To be honest  I have had some in the freezer for 6 months and it has been fine. 

Just take out in the morning and place in the fridge to thaw out overnight.

Here is a picture of a pizza we made just recently with leftovers in the fridge.

This is a BBQ Chicken and Red Onion Pizza, oh my YUM !!!
I actually cooked this on the grill even YUMMIER !!!!

Here is a sample of my of my frozen pizza dough all packaged up.

So if you love pizza, make it at home !!!!

Thanks again so much for following The Bread Fairy on Face Book and Google Friend Connect.  I have reach 400 followers on Face Book.  I would like to thank all my food blogging friends, you guys and ladies are the bestest.

Till next time ...



Saturday, August 13, 2011

French Bread The Bread Machine Way

I hope everyone has had a wonderful week.  I thought this week I should share a great recipe I found on, French Bread.  This is a great and easy way to get homemade French Bread to use in many ways, such as french toast, garlic bread and the best way just plain eating with butter and maybe a big old plate of spaghetti ( my personal favorite).

The only changes I made to this recipe that I have made several times was to add 4 teaspoons of vital wheat gluten.  Please click on the link above to get the full recipe.

Just so you do not have to wait to see the end product, until the end of my ramblings here it is....

So now some views from this lovely French Bread's beginnings....

A live action shot in the bread machine.

The dough divided and shaped ready to rise for 30 minutes.

Risen and glazed with an egg wash and ready for the oven.

Fresh out of the oven, this recipe makes two loaves.

This is my personal favorite shot of the bread, other than the one of me eating it after the pictures. 

All I can do is say YUM though I seem to say that alot about bread. There is no such thing as a bad carbohydrate in the Bread Fairy's world.

I am going to use the other loaf of this bread and make some awesome French Bread Pizza ( better than the stuff that comes from the frozen food section) for dinner tomorrow.

I would really, really, like to thank everyone who has followed The Bread Fairy on Face Book.  Gosh I am more shocked everyday as my numbers grow.

Please take the time this week to go visit the nice bloggy link parties I join and leave a nice comment.  Everyone love a nice comment as I have said before ESPECIALLY ME !!!

Thanks for taking the time to come see my travels though bread.....


The Bread Fairy

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Laura Ingalls Wilders Gingerbread

I am on a Laura Ingalls Wilder kick right now.  The program Little House on the Prairie was on when I was in my early years, I thoroughly enjoyed the shows.  I had never read any of the books. 

So advance into adulthood,  I just finished reading her biography and let me just say the lady lead a full life.  While I was in the library getting the biography, I stumbled across a cookbook written after her death when they found her recipe book with all her writings.

And after finding out that she was famous for her Gingerbread, that is the recipe that I  decided to  make.

from the Laura Ingalls Wilder Country Cookbook

1 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup shortening
1 cup molasses
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 cup boiling water, measured in a 2 cup or larger measuring cup
3 cups all purpose flour
1 teaspoon each ginger, cinnamon, allspice, nutmeg, and ground cloves
1/2 teaspoon salt

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 9 x 9 baking pan

Blend the sugar and the shortening and mix in the molasses

Add the baking soda to the boiling water and mix well.

Combine the flour and the spices and sift.  Combine the sugar-molasses mixture with the flour mixture and salt and the baking soda-water liquid. Mix ingredients well and pour into prepared pan.

Bake for 45 minutes until cake tester inserted in the center of the gingerbread comes out clean.

Serve warm or at room temperature.   It is delicious with applesauce or lightly whipped cream

Here's a piece of the one I made, we had it plain for dessert today it was very good.

So now I will be going back to the library and reading all the Little House books.  I will sneak into the children's section to get them.

I hope everyone enjoys this as much as we did,  please give it a try.


Saturday, August 6, 2011

Sour Cream Chive Bread, More Bread From the Herb Garden

Gee another week has past, and we are now in August can you believe it !!! While out in the herb garden again, I pondered what other kind of bread or rolls I could make with my chives.  My field of chives was started with a couple of clumps from one of my friends garden.  Now it has grown to fill up almost the whole space. 

As some of you may know I decorate my kitchen ( though the herd seems to move to other parts of the house lol) with cows and the outside too.  My hubby bought me this lovely cow for the garden when we first moved into this house about nine years ago.

So here is my one and only legal cow in the city limits.

He happily stands in the middle of my chive field.

I am going to share my favorite recipe for Sour Cream Chive Bread.

Sour Cream Chive Bread
adapted from

2/3 cup whole milk
1/4 water
1/4 cup sour cream
2 tablespoon butter or margarine
1 1/2 teaspoons sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
3 cups bread flour
1/8 teaspoon baking soda
4 teaspoons vital wheat gluten
1/4 to 1/2 cup fresh minced chives
2 1/4 teaspoon yeast

Put all ingredients in the order that you machine recommends.  Select dough cycle or basic bread setting and crust color and loaf size which is 1 1/2 pounds.   I used the dough cycle and baked it in a 350 degree oven for 35 minutes.

Here it is already to place in the bread machine.  Notice I did not finely mince up my chives, I used kitchen shears and just cut them into small pieces.

Shaped in the pan ready to rise...

Risen and ready to bake.  I have to admit it looks great at this point and even smell good too.  I think I am getting hungry !!!!

Full loaf view ....

Here it is all sliced up and posed with some fresh chives from the herb garden.

You could certainly use this dough and make some heavenly rolls out of it.  I am thinking that is what I will do next time I make this bread.  Thinking these rolls and some awesome turkey burgers or chicken salad.  There I go again making myself hungry!!!!

I would like to end of a happy note (The Bread Fairy does Snoopy Dance.)  I would like to thanks all 225 followers of this blog on FaceBook and my followers on Google Connect. I have met several very nice lady foodies and consider all of them my friends.

Please come back often and check out all the recipe rounds I will be posting too this week and leave the ladies a nice comment .  Because everyone loves a nice comment ESPECIALLY ME !!!!

Take care

The Bread Fairy