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Blueberry Banana Bread

29 Apr

My five-year-old asked me today, “Mom, why do we always have to do everything you tell us to do?” This was after I told the kids they couldn’t play until they cleaned up the toy room. I know…worst mom ever! At first I told her, “Because I’m Mom, that’s why.” But then I decided to provide some enlightenment. I asked her if she knew what I did all day. “I cook for you, I clean up your messes, I do your laundry, I drive you places, I buy you fun prizes sometimes at the store, I take you to the library and the playground, I sit outside with you while you ride bikes, I let you play with friends while I do the dishes, I vacuum, I scrub toilets, I take care of you when you are sick…” We came up with a  pretty good list. And then I said, “Sometimes, I figure the least you can do is do what I say.” She gave me a pretty awesome pout, but decided not to argue. And someday, she’s going to call me on the phone and say, “Mom, guess what my five year old said to me today?” And I’m going to smile and say, “Serves you right. Love you!” 🙂

Blueberries and banana bread; they go together like kids and questions. Only the bread will always turn out great, even if the answers to your kids questions could use some work. 😉

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Ingredients:

1 3/4 cups flour

1 tsp baking powder

1/8 tsp baking soda

1/4 tsp salt

1/2 cup butter, at room temperature

1 cup sugar

2 eggs

1/4 cup buttermilk

1/2 tsp vanilla

3 ripe bananas, mashed

1 cup blueberries

Preheat oven to 350^F. Lightly coat five 3/4-inch mini loaf pans with non-stick spray.

In a large bowl, combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt – set aside. Beat butter and sugar together until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs, buttermilk, and vanilla until well combined. Beat in bananas until well combined. Gradually add flour mixture to sugar mixture, beating just until incorporated. Add blueberries, and gently toss to combine.

Scoop the batter evenly into prepared loaf pans. Bake for 30-35 minutes, or until center tester comes out clean.

Irish Soda Bread

20 Apr

Easiest loaf of bread I’ve ever made. Dense and hearty, this bread is great for slathering with butter and jam, or dunking in some soup. No yeast = no rise time. Extra bonus!

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Ingredients:

3 1/2 cups flour

1 tsp sugar

1 tsp baking soda

1 tsp salt

1 1/2 – 2 cups buttermilk or soured milk

Preheat oven to 450^F. Sift the flour, sugar, baking soda, and salt into a large bowl. Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients and pour in most of the buttermilk, leaving about 1/4 cup to use as needed. Using your fingers, bring the flour and liquid together, adding more buttermilk if necessary. Dough should be soft, but not too wet or sticky.

When dough begins to stick together and form a ball, remove it from the bowl and place on a floured work surface. Continue to bring it together until it is formed into a ball. Pat the dough down into a circle, about 1 1/2 inches thick. Place on a baking sheet. Bake for 15 minutes. Turn heat down to 400^F and bake for an additional 30 minutes. When done, the loaf will sound slightly hollow when tapped on the bottom, and will be golden in color. Allow to cool on a wire rack.

Original recipe: www.oldworldgardenfarms.com

Orange Sunrise Pancakes

31 Mar

While I love a traditional buttermilk pancake, it is always nice to throw a little variation in there. These pancakes make me feel like I’m eating breakfast at a nice little B&B…I have to close my eyes and ignore the milk spilling and cries of, “She took my seat!!!” but close enough. 🙂

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Ingredients:

Pancakes:

2 large eggs

2 cups buttermilk or soured milk

2 Tbsp butter, melted

1/2 cup heavy cream

1/4 cup orange juice

1 tsp orange zest

1/2 tsp salt

2 Tbsp brown sugar

1 1/2 tsp baking soda

1/2 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp vanilla

2 1/2 cups flour

Combine wet ingredients then add dry, Mix until combined. Pour batter onto skillet set at 325^F and cook each side until golden.

Berry Compote:

2 cups of frozen or fresh berry of choice (I used a mixed berry frozen pack)
Juice of 3 limes
2 cups sugar

Combine everything in a bowl to coat, and then heat over a medium flame until the berries liquify and if you stir a spoon through it, you can see the bottom of the pan for a beat. Basically, it should look kind of syrupy. Serve warm over pancakes.

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Fluffy Pancakes

22 Jan

Mmmm…pancakes. We like to go the creative route on really special mornings and make ‘animal’ pancakes. I’m pretty good at it, if I do say so myself. There is always that little twinge of guilt when you cut of the head of your horse or turtle, but if it’s a good pancake, you get over the grief real quick.

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Ingredients:

3/4 cup milk

2 Tbsp white vinegar (combined with milk and sit for 10 min to sour)

1 cup flour

2-3 Tbsp sugar

1 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp baking soda

1/2 tsp salt

1 egg

2 Tbsp melted butter

1 tsp vanilla

Combine the milk and vinegar in a small bowl for 10 minutes to sour. Set aside. Combine dry ingredients in a bowl. In a smaller bowl, whisk the soured milk, egg, vanilla, and melted  butter together. Pour into the dry ingredients and whisk until most of the lumps are gone, but do not over mix. The batter will be thick. Let the batter sit undisturbed for 10 minutes. After 10 minutes, you will see bubbles in the batter – DO NOT STIR AGAIN.

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Gently dip out 1/2 cup batter and place on a buttered grill or frying pan. Cook until bubbles appear on the surface of the pancake and then flip and brown the other side.

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Original recipe: coleensrecipes.blogspot.com