Mom’s Stuffing

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It is Thanksgiving Week, day two! This is the most exciting day of this week for TheBetterHalf – stuffing!  I talked about this in my post on Stuffing Bread (side note: make this bread immediately for your leftover turkey sandwiches! so good!), but TheBetterHalf LOVES stuffing. I mean he loves all food (we’re a good match), but I think he really gets the most excited about stuffing.  Continue reading

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Pumpkin Yeast Bread

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It is no secret that I’m putting pumpkin in everything these days.  I talked about it earlier this week when I made pumpkin coffee cake.  It is also no secret that I love to bake bread!  Just look at all of these recipes. It is really one of my favorite things to do on a lazy Sunday. There is nothing better than the smell of freshly baked bread in your house.  TheBetterHalf is pretty spoiled – I can’t remember the last time we had store bought bread! Continue reading

Stuffing Bread

All the flavors of your favorite Thanksgiving stuffing baked into a loaf of bread!

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Yes, you read that title correctly – Stuffing Bread!  A loaf of bread that tastes just like your favorite Thanksgiving stuffing.  Wow.  When I saw this recipe on King Arthur Flour, I knew I HAD to make it for TheBetterHalf.  He is a stuffing fanatic.  Whenever we talk about Thanksgiving, all he can focus on is stuffing.  But I have never actually made stuffing for him. See he likes his grandmothers special stuffing recipe, and I really can’t compete with that.  But a loaf of bread that tastes like stuffing?  That I can do!  And it definitely gets his seal of approval. He declared this his favorite bread that I have ever made.  Gold star for me! Continue reading

Sweet Potato Cranberry Quick Bread {Mystery Dish}

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Today I have a very special post for you – I am guest posting for a great blogging group called Mystery Dish.  Each month a group of mystery ingredients is selected, and then each blogger in the group creates a recipe using a certain number of the ingredients!  Sarah at The Pajama Chef introduced me to this group, and I am so excited to be their guest this month.  When she emailed me the ingredients, I kind of felt like I was on Chopped.  The possibilities of what to make were endless!!  Sweet, savory, breakfast, dessert…in the end, I went for sweet! No surprise there, I just can’t stop baking.  Continue reading

No-Knead Cranberry Walnut Bread

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The first recipe that I posted on my blog was no-knead bread, and it is still one of my absolute favorite things to bake.  I just love that with very little effort, I can have an amazing loaf of freshly baked bread any time that I want it!  And there are so many different varieties, the possibilities are endless.  I’ve shared bacon and carrot with you, and today I have a recipe for cranberry walnut bread.  This might be my new favorite.  The tart, sweet cranberries pair so nicely with the toasty walnuts.  And it makes the best toast!! Continue reading

Pretzel Sandwich Buns

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It seems like pretzel buns are everywhere these days, and I love it!  Even Wendy’s has embraced the pretzel bun…not sure that I will be sampling that anytime soon.  But whenever I see a sandwich on pretzel bread at a real restaurant I get really excited.  So I decided that I needed to make some at home!  Great decision.  These pretzel buns were so good!!  Crusty and salty on the outside, chewy and doughy on the inside – a perfect roll for any sandwich, or even to eat plain.  We made jalapeno burgers to put on our pretzel buns.  Burgers and pumpkin beer to watch the first Notre Dame football game of the season – perfection!   Continue reading

Cornmeal Bread

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Labor day weekend is here!  I always have such mixed emotions about this weekend – the end of summer is sad, but I LOVE fall.  It is my absolute favorite season.  I can’t wait for cooler temperatures, gorgeous fall leaves, and pumpkin everything!  TheBetterHalf can’t wait for Notre Dame football to start (tomorrow!).  But I will enjoy this one last summer weekend 🙂 I always love to bake bread when I have a little extra time on the weekends. If you are the same, I have a great recipe for you to try this long weekend!  The name is kind of confusing – this is NOT corn bread.  It is a fluffy yeast bread with cornmeal in the dough. It is very similar to white sandwich bread, but the cornmeal gives it a nice texture and flavor.  There is just a hint of sweetness from some dark brown sugar, which I always love in my bread.  We have been eating this bread all week for sandwiches and toast and have been loving it!  The recipe comes from a great little bread cookbook that my aunt gave me, Beard on Bread.  I have made so many delicious breads from this book. Hope you have a great long weekend, and Go Irish!   Continue reading

Peach Yogurt Bread with Cinnamon

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I love peaches. They are my absolute favorite fruit (strawberries are a close second) and I really can’t get enough of them in the summer when they are so sweet and juicy.  Growing up in St. Louis I was always so excited when the Eckert’s (a local farm with all kinds of fresh fruit) peaches were in season.   I actually brought a bag of them back with me from St. Louis last week!  Now that is dedication. Or obsession…  Continue reading

Bacon Bread

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The title of this entry says it all for this one:  Bacon.Bread. Delicious, fluffy bread with tons of bacon baked inside.  Does it get any better?  I really don’t think so.  I’m pretty sure TheBetterHalf would be happy if this was the only bread I ever baked going forward.  I mean what is not to love about three quarters of a pound of bacon being added to your bread dough?  And imagine the sandwich possibilities with this loaf.  A turkey sandwich…on bacon bread.  A grilled cheese with tomato…on bacon bread.  A BLT!….on bacon bread. What doesn’t sound better when you put it on bacon bread?  I think even a PB&J would be phenomenal on this bread. I may or may not have tried that….TheBetterHalf was grossed out, but I thought it was amazing! The sweet and salty combo, mmmm. Continue reading

White Sandwich Bread

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As you might have noticed, I love baking bread.   Since I started baking it in January of 2012, I don’t think we’ve bought any bread – I won’t allow it!  Homemade bread is just so much better!  And we usually have a lot leftover from the loaves I bake, so I just slice it up and pop it in the freezer.  You can put a frozen slice in your toaster and you have delicious toast ready in a few minutes!  Continue reading