Saturday, January 28, 2012

Iced Baked Chocolate Donuts, Made in My New Donut Pan

So I have made donuts in my new pan twice now.  One time just a regular donut with a plain glaze.  Then these wonderful just the right amount of chocolate donuts. 

I found a wonderful recipe on The MotherLoad, Fluffy Baked Chocolate DonutsThis wonderful blog has many great recipes. 

I did use dutched cocoa powder, because that's what I had in the house and used vegetable oil instead of melted butter.  I glazed my with chocolate frosting ( eeks from a can! ), by putting some in a bowl and microwaving it for about 25 seconds.  I just dipped the tops in the icing and let them sit to set up.

They are wonderful !!!! So I would like to thank her for her great recipe !!!

I think everyone should own a donut pan or two.  I hope to make pumpkin spice ones next, with chocolate glaze.

Come back for more adventures from the Bread Fairy!!


The Bread Fairy

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Garlic Sourdough Rolls

These were my third attempt with sourdough.  They were great, not too garlicky or cheesy .  They paired perfect with the pulled pork we made in the crock pot.

Garlic Sourdough Rolls or Bread
From Better Homes and Gardens More Bread Machine Bounty

  • 3/4 cup sourdough starter
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese ( shaky kind will do )
  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • 2 cups bread flour
  • 2 teaspoons honey
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely minced
  • 1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 salt
  • 1 teaspoon active dry yeast
Put all in bread machine and select dough cycle.  When cycle is done remove and shape into 4 to 6 rolls.  Let rise about 45 minute.  Bake in a 350 degree oven for 15 to 20 minutes.  Watch they bake up quick.

These are just light and fluffy and just the right amount of garlic.

Stay tuned for more.  I got my donut pans so donuts are on the horizon.


Saturday, January 14, 2012

My First Try At Whoopie Pies !!!

I was looking through some of my cookbooks and found a Whoopie Pie recipe that seemed easy and I had all the ingredients in the house.  For all of my surprise they came out great.  I am sharing the recipe below since so many have asked for it on the Face Book page.

Whoopie Pies
From Best of the Best From Ohio and By Our Cookstove


  • 1/2 cup salad oil
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cocoa
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 egg
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/2 salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
Mix ingredients in order given and beat until well mixed.  Drop on ungreased or parchment lined cookie sheet from a tablespoon.  Bake for 7 to 10 minutes in a 375 degree oven or until done.  Yield 20 to 40 cookies.  Spread with filling between two cookies.


  • 1 cup milk
  • 4 tablespoons flour
  • 1/2 cup oleo, margarine or butter
  • 1 cup shortening
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
Cook milk and flour together.  This will be very thick.  Cool completely
Cream together the oleo, shortening and sugar.  Add the vanilla and salt.  Add the cooled, cooked mixture and beat with electric mixer on high speed for at least 5 minutes.  Will be very creamy.

These are absolutely wonderful. YUMMMMMMM.

I will be making some more sourdough rolls and bread this weekend too, so stay tuned for more !!!

Thanks for reading and following !!


Saturday, January 7, 2012

Success !! My First Loaf of Homemade Sourdough Bread

Well I have to admit I am impressed with my little old self.  I have overcome my intimidation with sourdough starter, at least I think I have.

I used a starter recipe I found on and let it sit for about 5 days, stirring once a day.  I decided to try it today day 6, so I took out what I needed and feed the starter and it is happily sitting on the counter growing again.  I will put it in the refrigerator tomorrow if I do not use anymore of it on Sunday.

I found this recipe for Plain and Simple Sourdough Bread on  It bakes the bread in the machine but I just used the dough cycle and baked it in a 375 degree oven for about 35 minutes.

This recipe is simple and too the point and boy is it ever good.  This bread tastes just like really good sourdough, crunchy outside and chewie inside.

Here is a lovely photo of the finished product and below it is a picture of my sourdough starter before I used some of it.

If you would like to see the recipe please click on the link above.

This bread is just great and I am glad I found a new adventure to go on.  I hope you will follow along with me.

Hmm next I think sourdough pancakes or biscuits.  Its all about the carbs !!!


Sunday, January 1, 2012

Soft Onions Rolls And a Move into Uncharted Sourdough

I hope everyone had a great Christmas and New Year.  I know I was absent from posting, but I like you was enjoying the holidays.

As we move into the new year I plan to make and bake and cook and hopefully continue to make this blog a place you enjoy and will continue to visit.

This weeks post is mostly about these lovely Onion Rolls.  I went a searching and found a recipe on, Soft Onion Sandwich Rolls.

This recipe is a good base to work off of, as I was reading the comments several suggested to make sure you watched the dough in the machine as it needed more liquid to come together.  This was true for me too I had to add an additional 5 tablespoons of warm water to get this to come together into a nice soft dough. 
I also used bread flour not all purpose and added my usual 4 teaspoons of vital wheat gluten.

This dough was easy to shape into sandwich rolls.

Here are a couple shots of the finished rolls..

I have to admit we ate these rolls with our New Year's dinner of sausage and sauerkraut.  They are soft and chewy and not too oniony.
They will make a great sandwich tomorrow.

I am going to move into the world of sourdough starter and sourdough bread.  This has always intimidated me, but for the New Year I am giving it a shot. I will let everyone know of my progress.

Have a great week and please try these delicious rolls.


The Bread Fairy