HONEY BEER BREAD

HONEY BEER BREAD
3 cups self-rising flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
12 ounce beer (I like a Michelob AmberBock)
1/4 cup QUALITY honey
2 + 2 tablespoons butter

  • Preheat oven to 350°.
  • Melt 2 tablespoons butter in loaf pan and brush up the sides to coat.
  • In a mixing bowl stir together the flour, salt, beer and honey until combined.
  • Spread dough over melted butter evenly.
  • Melt remaining butter.
  • Drizzle remaining butter over the dough and brush to coat well.
  • Bake 45-55 minutes until cooked through.
  • Serve with honey butter with your favorite soup.

NOTE: Spray your spoon with non-stick cooking spray before stirring to prevent sticking.

BLACK PEPPER BUTTERMILK BISCUITS & GARLIC CHEDDAR BUTTER

BLACK PEPPER BUTTERMILK BISCUITS & GARLIC CHEDDAR BUTTER yields 6 biscuits
2 cups flour
2 teaspoons FRESH ground black pepper
1 teaspoon FRESH ground sea salt
1 tablespoon baking powder
8 + 2 tablespoons COLD butter, diced
1 cup FULL fat buttermilk
1/2 cup gruyere, shredded (optional)
Coarse flavored salt (optional)

  • Preheat oven to 400°.
  • Sift together the flour, salt, pepper and baking powder.
  • Cut 8 tablespoons of diced butter and cheese if using into the flour mixture until it’s the size of peas.
  • Add the buttermilk, mixing until dough comes together. DO NOT OVER MIX or you will have tough biscuits. If dough is too dry add more buttermilk 1 tablespoon at a time.
  • Turn out onto a lightly floured board and arrange dough into a rectangle about 1 1/2 inches thick.
  • Cut biscuits and arrange on baking sheet.
  • Melt remaining butter and brush dough before and after baking.
  • Sprinkle with flavored salt if using.
  • Bake until puffed and golden, 12-15 minutes.

GARLIC CHEDDAR BUTTER
1 1/2 cups shredded cheddar cheese (I used FACE ROCK mixed milk cheese)
3 tablespoons FRESH parsley, chopped
1 cup butter, room temperature
2 cloves garlic, FINELY minced
pinch of FRESH ground sea salt and black pepper

  • Mix everything all together by hand.
  • Once butter is well combined, transfer to serving dish and refrigerate until needed.

STRAWBERRY CAKE

I needed a birthday cake for a friend’s birthday yesterday. SHHHH!!!! it’s a secret for later today. Not a BIG party or anything, but just a little surprise. She manages a sports bar and we’ve arranged for a dozen or so friends to pop in for a little get together. In case you hadn’t guessed, her favorite fruit is strawberry which makes for a very pretty cake.

I found this adorable little pedestal for part of her present. It’ll work for her small personal cake or for a soap holder or ???? whatever she chooses. We ate this cake. What? It had to be taste tested. I baked her a fresh one as well as the same recipe as a sheet cake for easy cutting with the group.

STRAWBERRY CAKE
1-2 cups sugar
1 small package (3 ounce) strawberry gelatin
1 cup butter, softened
3 JUMBO eggs
2 ¾ cup cake flour
2 ½ teaspoons baking powder
1 cup WHOLE milk
1 tablespoon PURE vanilla extract
½ cup strawberry puree (use FRESH-preferably or unsweetened frozen strawberries that have been thawed and drained of excess moisture)

  • Preheat oven to 350°.
  • Spray three 9 inch round cake pans with baking spray. (I got creative with this one because it was for a birthday present fitting on a specific size pedestal)
  • In a large mixing bowl, cream together the butter, sugar and dry strawberry gelatin until light and fluffy.
  • Beat in eggs one at a time, mixing well after each egg.
  • Add puree and vanilla, blending well.
  • Combine flour and baking powder.
  • Add the flour and milk alternately to the batter beginning with flour and ending with flour.
  • Pour into prepared pans.
  • Bounce pans to remove air bubbles.
  • Bake for 20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean. DO NOT OVER BAKE!!
  • Cook pans on a wire cooling rack for 8-10 minutes.
  • Turn cake out onto a cooling rack and allow to cool completely before icing.

STRAWBERRY ICING
½ cup butter, softened
¼ cup strawberry puree
3 1/4-3 1/2 cups powdered sugar

  • Using an electric mixer, cream all ingredients together until smooth. 
  • Frost, cover and chill until serving.

NOTE: Change the flavor by changing the gelatin and fruit. Peach and cherry work really well.

PLAIN ‘ol PUMPKIN PIE SPICED DUMP CAKE

Is it pie? Is it Cake? Is it creamy? Is it crunchy? Who cares – it’s delicious! 😀

PUMPKIN PIE DUMP CAKE – a pumpkin pie and a spice cake all rolled into one!

15 ounce can pumpkin puree (NOT pumpkin pie mix)
12 ounce can evaporated milk
3 LARGE eggs
1 cup sugar
1 teaspoon QUALITY ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1 box spice cake mix
1/2 cup sweetened coconut
1/2 pecan pieces
3/4 (1) cup unsalted butter, melted
Whipped cream
FRESH grated nutmeg
FRESH grated cinnamon

  • Preheat oven to 350°.
  • Spray a 9×13 baking dish with nonstick cooking spray.
  • In a medium bowl, combine pumpkin puree, evaporated milk, eggs, sugar and cinnamon until well-combined. It will be very liquidy.
  • Pour this pumpkin mixture into the baking dish.
  • Sprinkle dry cake mix evenly on top of pumpkin mixture.
  • Sprinkle coconut pieces and pecans all around the top.
  • Drizzle melted butter over the top.
  • Bake for 1 hour. 
It might still be just a bit jiggly in the middle when done, but it will continue to set up as it cools.
  • 
Let it cool for AT LEAST 30 minutes before slicing and serving.
  • Top with FRESH whipped cream and a sprinkling of FRESH grated nutmeg and cinnamon.

BLACK FOREST DUMP CAKE

There’s an original version of this cake from the 1980’s, but there are ever so many possibilities to build on the flavors and make your own version! BLACK FOREST is one of my ALL time favorite versions. The other is the CARAMEL APPLE PECAN. 😀 That recipe will be coming up soon. 😀

BLACK FOREST DUMP CAKE
1 LARGE can crushed pineapple, drained, but save the juice!
21 ounce can COMSTOCK country cherry pie filling
1 box MOIST devil’s food cake mix
1/2 cup sweetened coconut
1/3-1/2 cup crushed pecans
1/2 cup butter, melted

  • Preheat oven to 350°.
  • Lightly spray 9×13 cake pan with non-stick spray.
  • Pour crushed pineapple into pan.
  • Pour cherry pie filling into pan. You can stir to mix them up a bit, but it is not necessary. Let your OCD decide 😀
  • Evenly sprinkle dry cake mix over the pineapple cherry mixture and press down lightly.
  • Whisk together the pineapple juice and the melted butter.
  • Pour butter mixture over dry cake mix evenly making sure to cover all the dry cake mix.
  • Sprinkle with coconut and pecans.
  • Bake 35-40 minutes.
  • Cool slightly.
  • Top with whipped cream if desired

NOTE: If you still have dry cake mix showing, use a sheet of wax paper over the top of the cake and lightly press coconut and pecans into cake mix and butter. You can use a fork instead of the wax paper, but it takes a bit longer and then you have to lick the fork at the end. 😀

TUSCAN CHICKEN VEGGIE STEW with CHEESY SCALLION SODA BREAD

TUSCAN CHICKEN VEGGIE STEW with CHEESY SCALLION SODA BREAD

TUSCAN CHICKEN VEGGIE STEW
1 red onion, chopped small
4-6 cloves garlic, FINELY minced
1/4-1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper
1/2 teaspoon FRESH ground black pepper
1/4 cup avocado oil
3 celery heart ribs, FINELY diced
2 carrots, FINELY diced
1 red bell pepper, chopped small
2 tablespoons QUALITY tomato paste
FRESH ground sea salt and black pepper, to taste
1 bunch Italian flat leaf parsley, chopped
2 tablespoons FRESH chopped thyme leaves
2 tablespoons FRESH chopped rosemary leaves (optional)
4 cups chicken stock**
4 cups diced rotisserie chicken pieces
1-2 cans cannellini beans, drained WELL
1 can stewed tomatoes
1 cup Arborio rice

  • Heat avocado oil over medium heat in a large cast iron saute pan or enamel covered cast iron.
  • Add onions, red pepper, garlic and black pepper and stir 2-3 minutes.
  • Add celery, carrots, bell pepper and tomato paste.
  • Season generously and saute 4-5 minutes.
  • Add herbs, stock tomatoes and cannellini beans.
  • Simmer at least 45 minutes to an hour. It tastes better the longer it simmers. 🙂
  • 45 minutes before serving add chicken pieces and rice, stirring to combine.
  • Simmer until rice is tender.

**NOTES:

  • I like to use homemade chicken tomato bone broth from the end of the garden season.
  • Because it tastes so much better the longer it simmers, it makes a WONDERFUL slow cooker dish.

CHEESY SCALLION SODA BREAD
3 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1 teaspoon FRESH ground black pepper
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 teaspoon FRESH ground sea salt
1/2 cup + 2 tablespoons butter, softened
1 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
1/2 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
1 large bunch green onions, halved and sliced thin
1 cup heavy cream
1/4-1/3 WHOLE milk, depending on consistency
1 LARGE egg

  • Preheat oven to 350°.
  • Sift together the dry ingredients.
  • Cut in softened butter.
  • Add cheeses and mix until crumbly.
  • Add onion pieces and mix until well distributed.
  • Whisk egg into whole milk and heavy cream.
  • Add wet ingredients to the dry ingredients, mixing dough just until it comes together.
  • Form into a LARGE round or 4 small rounds.
  • Transfer to baking sheet lined with a SILPAT.
  • Slice an X into the tops for venting.
  • Bake 1 hour.
  • Let cool 15-30 minutes before serving. The centers will continue baking during the cooling time.

NOTE:

  • If making into smaller rounds or roll size, adjust the baking time accordingly. For 4 rounds I bake 45 minutes. For 8 rolls I bake 25-30 minutes.

This meal is a

P3 #2 PUMPKIN PINEAPPLE PECAN DUMP CAKE

P3 #2 PUMPKIN PINEAPPLE PECAN DUMP CAKE

I found the basic recipe somewhere, but it just seemed soooooo plain that I had to rework it and embellish it to bring out the best of the season.  The pineapple adds a sweet, yet tangy bite. The nuts add a bit of crunch that this dessert really needed and the FRESH grated nutmeg on top adds a fresh, rich aroma and a woody, bittersweet flavor with a hint of clove.

P3 PUMPKIN PINEAPPLE PECAN DUMP CAKE gets its name because you literally just dump the ingredients in, bake and voile you have a cake with NO real mixing, just a little whisking having been done! It is a pumpkin pie and a spice cake all in one yummy bite!

15 ounce can pumpkin puree (NOT pumpkin pie mix)
12 ounce can evaporated milk
1 LARGE can crushed pineapple, DRAINED REALLY, REALLY WELL
3 LARGE eggs, 1 WHOLE and 2 yolks
1 cup sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons QUALITY ground cinnamon
1 box moist spice cake mix
scant 1 cup unsalted butter, melted
1/2 – 3/4 cup crushed walnuts or pecans (optional)

  • Preheat oven to 350°.
  • Spray a 9×13 baking dish with nonstick cooking spray.
  • In a medium bowl, whisk together the pumpkin puree, evaporated milk, eggs, sugar, drained pineapple, nutmeg and cinnamon until well-combined. It will be very thin, don’t worry!
  • Pour into the baking dish.
  • Sprinkle dry cake mix evenly on top of pumpkin mixture.
  • Drizzle melted butter evenly over the top.Use a fork to gently press down any exposed cake mix so that the butter completely covers the dry mix.
  • Sprinkle with nuts if using.
  • Bake 55-60 minutes. It might still be a bit jiggly in the middle but as long as the edges are set it will continue to set up as it cools.
  • Let it cool for at least 30 minutes before slicing and serving. Chill if not serving immediately after the 30 minutes. Let come to room temperature before serving.
  • Serve with a dollop of whipped cream and sprinkle of nutmeg.

MAGIC COBBLER aka FLOATING FRUIT CAKE

I was given the original recipe many years ago by a woman I worked with. It was delicious, but it used a box mix and canned peaches so and I wanted to update it to a scratch recipe using fresh fruits when possible.

This is a super fun recipe in that the batter and fruit actually trade places during the baking process ending with a crunchy biscuit topping over sweet, juicy fruit. My favorite flavor is peach, but it works just as well with cherries, blackberries, blueberries, apples or ANY fruit combo you can think of!

MAGIC COBBLER aka FLOATING FRUIT CAKE updated

FILLING
8 cups about 10 peaches peeled and sliced OR 32 ounces of sliced frozen peaches, thawed and drained well
1/2 cup sugar
1 teaspoon QUALITY cinnamon
1 teaspoon PURE vanilla

  • In a large mixing bowl toss peaches with vanilla, sugar and cinnamon and set aside.

TOPPING
12 tablespoons butter, melted
1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
2 cups sugar
1 cup + 2 tablespoons milk
4 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt

  • Preheat oven to 300°.
  • Spray 9×13 baking dish with non-stick cooking spray and set aside.
  • In another large mixing bowl whisk together the butter, flour, sugar, baking powder, salt and milk.
  • Pour batter into prepared pan.
  • Layer evenly with peach slices.
  • Bake for 1 hour or until browned and bubbly.

NOTE: You can use other fruits, but omit the cinnamon if using berries such as blueberries, blackberries or raspberries.

NOTE: When taking this out of the pan for serving you can easily turn it into this cute little trifle.

PINEAPPLE CHERRY CRUMBLE

This is basically the scratch version of the ever popular dump cake of the 1980’s which is basically a cobbler made by dumping fruit fillings into a pan and then literally dumping a cake mix on top followed by a drizzled butter and then baked.

PINEAPPLE CHERRY CRUMBLE

FILLING
1 LARGE can crushed pineapple or 2 cups FRESH small chopped pineapple
1 LARGE can COMSTOCK tart pie cherries

  • Stir together the pineapple and cherries. Set aside.

CRUMBLE
1 3/4 cups all purpose flour
1/2 cup instant oats
1/2 cup flaked coconut
1/2 cup SMALL chopped walnuts
1 cup butter, softened at room temperature
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon sea salt

  • Preheat oven to 375°.
  • Mix flour, oats, walnuts, coconut, sugar, brown sugar and salt in a large mixing bowl.
  • Using a pastry cutter and/or your hands cut in butter until you have a small coarse crumble.
  • LIGHTLY spray the bottom of a 9×13 baking dish with non-stick cooking spray.
  • Pour pineapple and cheery mixture into the bottom and smooth out.
  • Spread crumble evenly over the pineapple cherry layer.
  • Bake 30-35 minutes until fruit is bubling and the crumble is a golden brown.

CRUST LESS APPLE PIE ~ FAITH & FOOD FRIDAY #11

I’m still featuring my Mary & Martha GRACE meal prayer box on Faith and Food Friday, hosted by Sandra at Diary of a Stay at Home Mom.

THIS WEEK’S PRAYER: Fo.r life and love, for rest and food, we thank you Lord, for You are good. We praise  Your name for all You do, for daily help and blessings too. Amen

CRUST LESS APPLE PIE slightly adapted from Red Drummond

SPICES
2 tablespoons QUALITY ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon FRESH ground nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
1/4-1/2 teaspoon ground cardamom (optional, but delicious)

  • Whisk together the cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice and cardamom in a small bowl.

APPLES
3 LARGE Honeycrisp apples, peeled, halved vertically and cored (Granny Smith work well too)
4 tablespoons salted butter, melted
2 HEAPING tablespoons brown sugar
1 orange, zested and juiced (about 3 tablespoons juice and 2 teaspoons zest)
1/2 cup quick-cooking oats
1/4 cup chopped walnut pieces
1/3 cup currants or golden raisins
Pinch kosher salt
QUALITY Honey, for serving
“Vanilla” ice cream, for serving (see notes)

  • Preheat the oven to 400°.
  • Place the apple halves core-side down on a flat surface. Before slicing, place chopsticks or wooden spoons on either side of them to make sure you don’t cut all the way through.
  • Slice almost all the way to the bottom of each apple half at 1/4-inch intervals, then place them on a sheet pan.
  • Whisk together 2 tablespoons of the butter, 2 tablespoons of the brown sugar, 2 teaspoons of the apple pie spice and the orange juice in a mixing cup.
  • Drizzle over the apples, making sure they are well coated and the drizzle goes into the slits.
  • Bake until they are just starting to get tender, about 15-20 minutes.

 

  • Meanwhile, mix together the oats, walnuts, salt, remaining melted butter, remaining brown sugar, orange zest, raisins or currants and remaining apple pie spice.
  • Sprinkle the oat mixture over the apples, making sure to get some between the slices without breaking the apples.
  • Bake until the topping is slightly crisp and golden, another 10-15 minutes.
  • Drizzle with honey and serve with ice cream.

NOTES: A local ice cream company makes an absolutely WONDERFUL lemon bar ice cream that is just completely decadent and absolutely perfect for this dish. We actually had this on July 18th (third Sunday in July), National Ice Cream Day!

BLUEBERRY LEMON or LIME CURD MUFFINS

BLUEBERRY LEMON or LIME CURD MUFFINS – yields 1 dozen muffins
This recipe is adapted from Kelsey Siemens – The Farmer’s Daughter Bakes

CRUMB TOPPING
1/4 cup packed brown sugar
2 tablespoons granulated sugar
2/3 cup all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon QUALITY ground cinnamon
1/4 cup melted butter
1/2 cup SMALL pecan pieces
pinch of salt

  • In a medium bowl, stir together brown sugar, granulated sugar, pecans, flour, cinnamon, melted butter and salt, mixing with your hands until well combined.
    The mixture will form crumbs as you squeeze it in your hands, and you can control the size of the chunks.
  • Place the mixture in the fridge until ready to use.

MUFFINS
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
2 LARGE eggs
3/4 cup PLAIN Greek yogurt
2 teaspoons PURE vanilla extract
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
3/4 tsp salt
1 cup FRESH or frozen blueberries
1 cup lemon or lime curd, store bought is just fine 😀

  • Preheat oven to 400°.
  • Grease two muffin tins and set aside.
  • In the bowl of a stand mixer cream together brown sugar, granulated sugar and softened butter on high for two to three minutes, or until light and fluffy.
  • Add in eggs on medium-low speed, one at a time, until well mixed.
  • Mix in yogurt and vanilla extract on low, scraping down sides with a spatula as you go. Set aside.
  • In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder and salt.
  • Gradually add this to the wet mixture, mixing on low, until mostly incorporated with only a few streaks of flour remaining.
  • Use a spatula to scrape down the sides, and then gently fold in the blueberries until the batter has just come together. The batter will be very thick.
  • Spoon the batter evenly into 12 cups of the prepared muffin tins.
  • Use the back of a spoon to create a small dip in the center of each muffin, and spoon about 1 tablespoon of curd into the dip.
  • Add the crumbs on top of each muffin, dividing evenly between the 12 muffins.
  • Bake for five minutes.
  • Reduce temperature to 350° and bake for 12 to 15 minutes more, or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean or with just a few moist crumbs. Do your best to avoid poking a toothpick into the curd.
  • Remove the muffins, place them on a cooling rack and allow them to cool for 5 to 10 minutes before removing from their pan.
  • Serve warm.

NOTES:

  • Using an ice cream scoop for the batter makes it easy to get evenly sized scoops.
  • Skipping every other muffin spot will get you even higher muffin tops!
  • Cranberries, apples or peaches cut into small pieces make wonderful seasonal substitutions.

CHOCOLATE PEANUT BUTTER CRINKLES

CHOCOLATE PEANUT BUTTER CRINKLES COOKIES yields 3 dozen cookies

8 ounces chopped bittersweet chocolate or chocolate chips, about 1 1/3 cup
1/4 cup unsalted butter
1/4 cup JIF creamy peanut butter
2/3 cup granulated sugar
3 LARGE eggs
2 teaspoons PURE vanilla extract
1 1/4 teaspoons instant espresso powder (optional)
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1 2/3 cup all purpose flour
1 cup powdered sugar for coating

  • Sift together the flour, baking powder and salt. Set aside.
  • Melt the chocolate, butter, and peanut butter in a small saucepan over medium heat or in microwave-safe bowl with 15 second increments. Once the butter has melted completely, remove the bowl from the heat and stir until the chocolate also melts completely and the mixture is smooth.

  • In a large mixing bowl, beat together the sugar, eggs, vanilla extract, and espresso powder until well combined.
  • Add the chocolate mixture, stirring until combined.
  • Stir in the flour just until it disappears. The dough will seem very, very soft. Cover the bowl and chill the dough for at least 3 hours or overnight so it firms up.

  • When ready to bake, preheat the oven to 325°.
  • Line a baking sheet with a silicone baking sheet or parchment paper and set aside.
  • Place 1 cup powdered sugar in a wide, shallow bowl.

  • Scoop out heaping teaspoon-sized portions of dough and roll into balls that are 1 1/4 inches in diameter. 
  • Place 4-6 balls of dough in the powdered sugar, then gently roll and toss the balls to coat completely DON’T DO TOO MANY AT ONCE OR THEY WILL STICK TOGETHER.
  • Shake off excess sugar, then place on the prepared baking sheet, leaving 1 1/2 inches between each because the cookies will spread as they bake. 

  • Bake for 10 minutes, rotating the pan halfway through the baking time and if you are baking multiple cookie sheets at the same time, switch the top and bottom pans.
  • When the tops are dry and just set, remove the cookies from the oven.
  • Let cool on the baking sheets for 2 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.


 

NOTE:

  • DO NOT use the natural peanut butter – the kind that must be refrigerated – the cookies will not bake properly!
  • The espresso powder is optional, but using it really enhances the chocolate flavor 😀