Easy Cinnamon Bread

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When I made this cinnamon bread for breakfast last Saturday morning, TheBetterHalf said, “Can you make this every weekend?”  That’s how I know I have a good recipe!  And as a bonus, it could not be easier to make.  It is a hybrid between a yeast bread and a baking powder bread, but there is absolutely no kneading required!  Just mix up the ingredients, let it sit for an hour, and then bake it!  It is so simple, and so delicious.  We are both cinnamon lovers, and this bread is full of warm, sweet cinnamon flavor!  It reminds me of coffee cake.  The aroma when it is baking is unreal!  The bread is great plain, and even better toasted.  Don’t let the top part of the bread fall in your toaster though – I may or may not have started a mini fire in our toaster oven…  I used cinnamon chips from King Arthur Flour, and have also used Hershey’s cinnamon chips.  They can be tricky to find, so I like to order them online.  I have made this recipe several times, and will definitely be making it again!   Continue reading

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Pumpkin Yogurt Bread

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I have gotten into the (bad) habit of going to Starbucks before work almost every morning.  And almost every morning while I wait in line, I stare into that pastry case.  It is so hard to resist their delicious baked goods.  The fact that NYC posts the calories next to each food item does aid in my self control a little bit (how does a raspberry scone have 480 calories?!), but sometimes I just can’t help myself.  When I give in to the temptation, I almost always pick the pumpkin loaf.  I am obsessed with pumpkin, and the Starbucks loaf is so moist and full of flavor.  However at 390 calories a slice, I am pretty sure there is a lot of oil contributing to that texture!  So I decided to make my own pumpkin bread, using yogurt to keep it moist and lower in calories and fat.  (I love baking with yogurt, like here and here) The results were amazing!  It had great pumpkin flavor, highlighted by the cinnamon and pumpkin pie spice. The yogurt gave the bread a great texture, and underbaking the bread just slightly also helped to keep it very moist.  This pumpkin bread  was just as good as Starbucks, and I didn’t feel guilty about eating more than one slice!   Continue reading

Blueberry Lemon Yogurt Loaf

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I just discovered the new-ish Whole Foods on the Upper East Side. It opened in August, and I can’t believe it took me this long to go – I think I subconsciously knew that it would mean trouble for me. I spent an hour in there the other day just filling my cart with things that we really don’t need but can’t live without (like these all-natural candy bars, which are really just a Snickers bar pretending to be healthy).  Everyone always complains about how overpriced Whole Foods is, so I was surprised when a pint of blueberries was on sale for $1.99!  I have a skewed view of grocery prices due to living in NYC, but I’m pretty sure that is a great price for berries anywhere you live!  So clearly I had to bake something using blueberries.  Since summer is here and I was trying to lighten things up a bit, I decided to make a blueberry lemon bread, using yogurt and applesauce to replace some of the fat.  I also snuck some whole wheat flour in there for some added nutrition.  The results were fantastic!  The bread was so moist with the perfect amount of sweetness, and I loved the combo of the lemon and blueberry flavors – it tastes like summer!   Continue reading

Classic White Bread

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I love making bread.  There is nothing more satisfying than seeing a beautiful loaf of freshly baked bread on your counter.  And the smell in your house is just unreal.  I am definitely a fan of quick recipes at times, like my english muffin bread, but when I have more time on the weekends I like to bake bread.  It takes a lot of waiting time, but the end result is so worth it. TheBetterHalf is a huge fan of plain ol’ white bread, so I decided to bake him some last weekend.  Just a classic white sandwich loaf.  This recipe fit the bill perfectly!  It is light and fluffy, but still hearty enough to withstand a giant sandwich. I garnished one with sesame seeds and kept one plain.  If you have some extra time on your hands this weekend, I would definitely recommend making this gorgeous loaf of classic white bread.  It would make a great mother’s day gift!
Happy mother’s day, Mom!

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Rye Bread

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TheBetterHalf fancies himself as some sort of sandwich artist. He’s even called himself a sandwich architect. And I can’t argue with him – he makes a great sandwich!  I need to find a good recipe for a hoagie roll (any suggestions welcome!), but in the meantime I decided to make him some rye bread for pastrami sandwiches! This recipe turned out so well. The bread has a delicious light rye flavor and I love the addition of caraway seeds. The texture is so soft, but still sturdy enough to stand up to a sandwich.    Continue reading

Chocolate Zucchini Bread

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Monday morning is here again.  I always start the week off with lofty goals to be healthy, when really all I want to do is eat a giant pain au chocolat.  But this morning, I have a great recipe that combines the best of both worlds.  Chocolate zucchini bread!  It tastes rich and decadent – thanks to chocolate chips and cocoa powder – but is healthy because most of the fat is replaced with nonfat Greek yogurt, and the loaf has 1.5 cups of shredded zucchini!  Of course, this isn’t as good for you as a bowl of plain oatmeal – but it is much more virtuous than the giant scones that stare at me from the Starbucks case every morning. The yogurt gives this bread such a moist texture. You won’t even miss the fat! Some people might argue that this is not healthy because you are still eating chocolate for breakfast.  Just tell them that you had a serving of veggies at breakfast, and that totally negates the chocolate.  Continue reading

Ultimate Banana Bread

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If you haven’t noticed yet, I’m slightly obsessed with America’s Test Kitchen recipes. Literally every recipe I try from them turns out well – they take all the guess work out of cooking and baking because they try every combo for you and then tell you what works best! I would love to develop recipes someday, but I don’t have enough time to do that right now, so I’ll stick with tried and true recipes.

I saw this gorgeous banana bread in an America’s Test Kitchen newsletter and I really wanted to try it out. Those little rows of banana on either side of the loaf are so cute!! But I have to tell you – I don’t really like bananas! TheBetterHalf actually hates them!! But I know that most other people LOVE bananas, so it wouldn’t be hard to get rid of this bread. I must say, I wish that I had put chocolate chips in the batter – I can get on board with banana bread if it is loaded with chocolate!! But I followed the recipe exactly, and I think (or at least my tasters told me!) that it turned out great! Very moist and full of intense banana flavor – what more could you want from Banana Bread?

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English Muffin Bread

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When I made this recipe on Friday, I was so excited to share it with you.  The reason: I have found a bread recipe that is easier than no-knead! I started this bread at 5:30pm on Friday, and it was out of the oven by 7:30pm. Seriously, it is the easiest bread I have ever made and the results were great!

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Carrot Bread

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Today I have another no-knead recipe for you.  No-knead has really become my favorite way to make bread.  It is just so easy, and more importantly, it consistently turns out great.

The one tricky part about making no-knead bread is the timing.  Once the dough is made, you have to bake the bread 12-18 hours later – even if life gets in the way.  In fact the other day I said no to plans after work because I had to go home and bake this bread!  It is slightly pathetic to let my baking interfere with my social life, but what can I say, I’m committed to making great recipes for this blog!  And I really wanted to eat this bread all weekend 🙂  Plus look at that gorgeous orange dough – I couldn’t let it go to waste!

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Italian Vegetable Stew (Ciambotta)

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They say man cannot live on bread alone.  I am not convinced.  I think I could live on bread alone.  There are so many types!  You can put fruits, vegetables, meats, cheeses, etc into bread – totally a balanced meal.  But if I make something other than bread (or anything else baked), then it’s usually soup.  I love making soup!  And is it a coincidence that it goes so well with bread?  Perhaps… Continue reading