Monday, January 31, 2011
I have a new-found love to share with you--BAGELS! I was looking at new recipes today (thanks so much for the Taste of Home magazine Mom, I love it) and found a recipe for pizza bagel, but there was no bagel recipe. So I looked through a couple cookbooks and finally on-line and found this gem. I've always thought making bagels would be difficult, but it's not and it's so fun. I have also not been getting enough "grains" in my diet, so this is a great way to add some. I got this recipe on allrecipes.com, but I made a few alterations that I will note in parenthesis.
1 cup warm water
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
2 tablespoons white sugar
3 cups bread flour (I used 1 cup wheat flour and 2 cups white)
2 1/4 teaspoons active dry yeast
3 quarts boiling water
3 tablespoons white sugar
1 tablespoon cornmeal (I didn't have this and it still worked just fine.)
1 egg white
3 tablespoons poppy seeds (use whatever topping you want, I'll give suggestions at the end)
1. Place water, salt, sugar, flour and yeast (the ingredients from the top section) in the bread machine pan in the order recommended by the manufacturer. Select Dough setting.
2. When cycle is complete, let dough rest on a lightly floured surface.
3. Cut dough into 9 equal pieces, and roll each piece into a small ball. Flatten balls. Poke a hole in the middle of each with your thumb. Twirl the dough on your finger or thumb to enlarge the hole, and to even out the dough around the hole. Cover bagels with a clean cloth, and let rest for 10 minutes (I let mine rest for about 30). Meanwhile, during the last 12 minutes of resting, in a large pot bring 3 quarts of water to a boil. Stir in 3 tablespoons of sugar.
4. Sprinkle an ungreased baking sheet with cornmeal. Carefully transfer bagels to boiling water. Boil for 1 minute, turn bagel and boil 1 more minute on the other side. Drain briefly on clean towel (the briefly part is key, I left mine a little too long and bits of dough were left on my towel). Arrange boiled bagels on baking sheet. Glaze tops with egg white, and sprinkle with your choice of toppings.
5. Bake in a preheated 375 degree F (190 degrees C) oven for 20 to 25 minutes, until well browned.
At the end of step 4 it says to put on your choice of toppings. I did some olive oil/dried basil (I mixed the 2 ingredients in a small bowl and brushed them on) on a few of them and cinnamon sugar on the others. I think I may do all cinnamon bagels next batch and put a tablespoon of cinnamon in the dough mix and then the cinnamon/sugar on the top. Another fun idea would be to put dried cranberries or blueberries in the mix. I read a review of someone who added fresh blueberries and they said it didn't work out very well so she's going to do dried next time. Another idea is cinnamon/raisin. Again, another reviewer said she added the raisins to the warm water and added them that way (not sure why until I try it myself). Just be creative on toppings. I did the basil so I can make bagel pizzas and thought that would be yummy. Enjoy!
Thursday, January 27, 2011
Monday, January 24, 2011
I got this delicious recipe from a friend whose 5 children happily eat the spinach and tomatoes in this yummy dish. My family has loved it too.
1 1/2 T butter
1 1/2 T olive oil
1/2 medium onion, chopped fine
1-2 cloves of garlic minced
3/4 lb (or I usually just use 1 lb) sausage
5-6 fresh roma tomatoes, or I use I can diced tomatoes slightly drained
1 cup fresh spinach, chopped (or you can use frozen and just put it in frozen)
1 cup heavy cream (I have used half and half also, and that works)
1/2 tsp. sweet basil
1/4 tsp. nutmeg
salt and pepper --I use 1 tsp. salt and a dash of pepper
1 lb pasta, your choice, we always use farfalle
In a medium skillet melt butter with oil, add the onion and garlic and saute until onion is golden, not browned. Add sausage, and cook through. Add tomatoes and spinach and cook until all warmed through. Cook pasta while you are doing this. Add cream and spices to sausage, do not boil, then drain your pasta and toss the sausage mix with pasta and serve. Yum Yum!!!
Saturday, January 22, 2011
1 1/3 cups flour
½ tsp. baking powder
Pinch of Salt
½ cup brown sugar
1 stick butter, slightly softened and cut into pieces
10 oz. semi-sweet chocolate, finely chopped
3/4 cup heavy cream
¼ cup butter, softened
½ cup sugar
¼ tsp. coconut extract
2 tsp. vanilla extract
2 large eggs
1 ½ cups shredded coconut
1 ½ cups chopped pecans
Preheat oven to 350; Spray a 13x9 pan
In a medium bowl, whisk together the dry ingredients. Mix butter cubes in with your hands. Press into the pan and bake for 10 minutes.
While it’s baking, make the
Cream the butter. Add the sugar and extracts and beat well. Add the eggs; beat well. Stir in the coconut and pecans. Drop the topping over the ganache and spread gently. Bake for 25-30 minutes. Cool; cut into bars.
Friday, January 14, 2011
I'm always looking for ways to fix salmon. I have a lot of it in my freezer, I know it's healthy, but honestly, fish isn't my favorite. This recipe is perfect for me, because it's really hard to tell that it's fish under all that yummyness. And it's easy! You can make it with any kind of fish.