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Quick Breads

Filed under :The Dairing Kitchen

The Daring Bakers’ February 2012 host was – Lis! Lisa stepped in last minute and challenged us to create a quick bread we could call our own.  She supplied us with a base recipe and shared some recipes she loves from various websites and encouraged us to build upon them and create new flavor profiles.

Basic Quick Bread

Makes one 9” x 5” (23×13 cm) loaf Recipe from Sara Schewe

2 cups all-purpose (plain) flour

1 cup granulated sugar

1 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon table salt

1 cup buttermilk or soured milk*

1 large egg

1/4 cup mild- or non-flavored oil, like canola

1 teaspoon flavored extract, such as vanilla or almond

for the glaze 1/3 cup  confectioners’ (icing) sugar

1-2 teaspoons milk


  1. Preheat oven to moderate 350ºF. Grease a 9×5 inch (23×13 centimeter) loaf pan with butter and line with parchment paper cut to fit the length and width of the pan, with enough overhang to allow easy removal after baking. Grease the top sheet of parchment.
  2. In large bowl, whisk flour, sugar, baking soda and salt to combine. Make a well in the center and set aside.
  3. Lightly whisk (butter)milk, egg, oil, and extract to combine. Pour into well and stir until just mixed into a batter. The batter will be lumpy and may still show a few streaks of flour.
  4. Pour batter into prepared pan. Bake for 40-50 minutes, or until a cake tester comes out clean. Cool in pan on wire rack for 10 minutes, then remove from pan and cool completely before slicing. Drizzle with glaze, if desired.
  5. For the glaze: Slowly whisk confectioners’ (icing) sugar and half of the milk, adding more milk as needed to thin the glaze to the desired consistency

I made this recipe but instead of milk I used the juice from maraschino cherries.

Green Onion, Cheddar & Asiago Beer Batter Bread (made with ginger ale)

Makes one 9” x 5” (23 x 13 cm) loaf Adapted from Recipe Girl’s Cheddar Chive Beer Batter Bread


1 tablespoon oil

1 cup sliced green onion

3 cups all-purpose flour

3 tablespoons granulated sugar

2 teaspoons baking powder

1 teaspoon  salt

1 cup grated sharp cheddar cheese

½ cup  grated Asiago cheese

One (12 fl oz/355 ml) (about 1½ cups) bottle beer (such as amber ale) *I used a can of ginger ale instead of beer

¼ cup  butter, melted and divided


  1. Preheat oven to moderately hot  375°F. Spray 9”×5″ (23 x 13 cm) loaf pan with cooking spray.
  2. Heat olive oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add green onion and sauté 3-4 minutes or until tender. Cool to room temperature.
  3. Combine flour, sugar, baking powder and salt in a bowl; make a well in the center of the mixture. Add onion, cheeses, and beer. Stir just until moist.

4.  Spoon batter into prepared pan. Drizzle evenly with 2 tablespoons of butter. Bake for 35 minutes; brush with remaining 2 tablespoons butter. Bake an additional 23 minutes or until wooden pick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool 5 minutes in pan on a wire rack; remove from pan. Cool completely on wire rack.

$5 Kellogg’s Cereal Coupon

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Print it out before it is gone!!!

Remember you can print 2 copies per computer.  Don’t forget to add your zip code on the top of the page so this coupon will show up for you.

I also like to choose 2 other coupons so I don’t waste my paper. Usually it will print 3 coupons per page. 😉


Baby Cakes

Filed under :Desserts

I got this cool donut maker machine for Christmas from a friend of mine. My son and I had some fun today trying it out. It is super easy to use and the recipe that came with the donut machine was really yummy. This treat would be great for a kids birthday party, or just a get together. You can be creative with the toppings, let the kids help out and just have fun!

Sour Cream Donuts (from the baby cake donut maker machine)

1⅓ cups all-purpose flour

⅓ cup sugar

1 tablespoon baking powder

½ teaspoon salt

½ cup milk

¼ cup vegetable oil

¼ cup sour cream

1 egg

1 teaspoon vanilla

Combine dry ingredients in a mixing bowl.

In separate bowl whisk together remaining ingredients, except glaze or topping.  Pour liquid ingredients into dry ingredients. Using a mixer on medium speed, blend until smooth.

Fill each cooking reservoir with about 2 tablespoons of batter.

Bake about 4 to 5 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into donut comes out clean.

Glaze or coat with powdered sugar or cinnamon-sugar, as desired.

For the toppings I used a mixture of:

cinammon and powder sugar

sugar glaze made with water and powder sugar

and the last one a mascarpone cheese frosting

I can’t wait to try the chocolate donuts. This is a great machine I would recommend it!!!

If you like the donut baby cake maker you may also enjoy these ones!  Some of them are on sale at amazon!!! Sweet 😀

Candy Cookbook

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Just in time for Valentines…Amazon has the Candy Cookbook eDownload available for FREE! This recipe book from the Gooseberry Patch Collection contains over 20 candy recipes. I am excited to try the recipe for gum drops and lollipops! How Fun..

**Keep in mind, this is a Kindle download but you do not need to own a Kindle to take advantage of this free offer. This eDownload will be compatible with any PC, Mac or other eReader, as well as the Kindle.
Thanks Freebies2deals for the heads up!