Ham and Cheese Whirls – A Bonus Recipe

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The Superbowl is coming and it is snack food time!  Our family always has a little party featuring our favorite snacks.  Wendy usually makes my favorite, Mexican Layered Dip.  And, her husband, who is a great cook, makes a variety of good snacks.  I usually add some dishes of my own and it is a lot of fun.

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Last Saturday, after going on another hike in the snowy woods, we came back hungry and decided to make Ham and Cheese Whirls.  We were talking about what a great Superbowl snack they would be.  The recipe is actually, from our older sister, Rebekah.  Everyone worked together, and we had these delicious treats on the table in no time.

Ham and Cheese Whirls

Biscuit: (or substitute 1 loaf frozen bread dough, thawed)

  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 3/4 cup milk

Filling:

  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup finely chopped cooked ham
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped celery
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise

To make biscuit:  Mix dry ingredients.  Then add milk slowly.

For filling:  Mix cheese, ham, celery and mayonnaise.

Roll out biscuit into a rectangular shape.  Spread on filling.  Roll up and cut into rolls on greased pan.

Bake at 375 degrees for 15 minutes or until golden brown.

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First we put the dry ingredients into the Kitchenaid. (You could also use frozen bread dough, or make up some bread dough in your bread machine.)

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Next we added the milk slowly and mixed until it formed a soft dough.

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Ham and Cheese Whirls 012We rolled out the dough into a rectangular shape (We doubled the dough since there were a lot of us eating, so it was bigger than one batch would look.).

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When the rolls were cut, they were placed on a cookie sheet.  We put them in the oven for about 15 minutes at 375 degrees.  My nephew thought they looked so good that he wanted to try one before we cooked it!

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Ham and Cheese Whirls 044Ham and cheese whirls are a dish I definitely recommend for your Superbowl Party.  Give them a try and let us know what you think!

Happy Baking!

Amy

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Blueberry Banana Bread – A Bonus Recipe

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Did you go blueberry picking last summer?  We did.  It is one of our favorite summer outings.  We love to be out in the sunny field with the blueberry bushes all around us.  My nephews are good pickers (although they like to spend some of their time trying to pelt us with unripe blueberries – they learned this game from their dad and uncle) and so between all of the adults and kids we usually pick a large amount of berries.  I love bringing them home, pouring them into zip lock bags and packing them safely away in the freezer for winter days like today.

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Today just seemed like a good day to bake with blueberries.  So, I found this recipe, compliments of one of the blueberry farms we sometimes visit, and got to work.

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Blueberry Banana Bread

  • 1 cup blueberries
  • 1 3/4 cups flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/3 cup butter or margarine
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cups mashed, ripe bananas

Wash and thoroughly drain blueberries;  toss berries with 2 tablespoons flour.  Sift together remaining flour, baking powder, soda and salt.  Cream butter or margarine;  gradually beat in sugar until light and fluffy.  Beat in eggs, one at a time.  Add flour mixture and bananas alternately, in three parts.  Stir in blueberries.  Spoon into greased loaf pan (9x5x3 inches).  Bake in 350 degree oven about 50 minutes or until done.  Makes 1 loaf.

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I pulled the blueberries out of the freezer and washed them thoroughly.

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I then tossed them in 2 tablespoons of flour and set them aside.

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Next, I stirred together the dry ingredients with a whisk.

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I then creamed the butter and then gradually added the sugar.

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Next came the eggs and the batter became very light, almost foamy.

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When bananas are starting to get too ripe, I like to peel them and stick them in a ziploc bag in the freezer.  I can then pull them out for baking.  So, I pulled a couple of bananas out of the freezer, thawed them a little and then mashed them a bit (I know, it does not look appetizing!).

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I added the flour mixture to the batter alternately with the bananas.

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I then stirred in the blueberries.

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Then, it all went in the bread pan and into the oven at 350 degrees for about 50-60 minutes.

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It came out looking and smelling delicious!  This blueberry banana bread is a special treat from a special summer memory!

Happy Baking!

Amy

White Nut Bread

On Sunday afternoons, after church, we often go over to my parent’s house for lunch.  I always try to bring something to share, to help with the meal.  I found a recipe in my Grandma Dora’s recipe box for White Nut Bread.  I decided to make it because it seemed like a simple, easy recipe and something we could all enjoy with lunch.  When we got to my parent’s house on Sunday, I set the bread on the kitchen counter and began to help get the meal going and on the table.  As my dad looked at the loaf of bread I had set down, he said, “I remember that my mom used to make a nut and raisin bread that kind of looked like that.  She made it a lot and I always liked it.”  He didn’t know that I had actually found and made her recipe.  I said, “This IS your mom’s recipe!  I got it from her recipe box!  This is her recipe for White Nut Bread!”  I was so pleased that what I had made looked like and reminded him of Grandma Dora’s!  He said it was really good and tasted the way he remembered it!

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White Nut Bread

  • 2 1/2 cups flour
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • 1/2 cup nuts (or more as desired)

Mix together all dry ingredients.  Add nut meats and raisins.  Mix in milk and the beaten egg.  Put batter into a greased loaf pan.  Let rise 1/2 hour.  Bake at 350 degrees for 45-50 minutes or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean.

NB - Dry IngredientsI began by mixing together the dry ingredients.

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Then, after chopping up the nuts (I used walnuts) I added them to the dry ingredients with the raisins.  I actually used a full cup of chopped walnuts.

NB - Wet Ingredients AddedOnce the nuts and raisins were mixed in, I added and blended in the milk and beaten egg.

NB - In loaf panI poured the batter, which was very thick, into a greased loaf pan.  I covered it and let it rise for 30 minutes before putting it into my preheated oven.

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I baked the White Nut bread for about 50 minutes.  It was a beautiful golden brown loaf.  This recipe has very little sugar in it, only a half cup, so because I didn’t think the bread itself would be very sweet, I decided to add some frosting!!

NB - Frosted1I made a thick glaze of powdered sugar and milk and put it on the loaf while it was still slightly warm.

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Nothing makes a loaf of bread better than thick frosting!

NB - Frosted and Sliced3The bread had a nice, chewy outside and a delicious, soft inside!  The sweet raisins and frosting were a nice compliment to the nutty flavor of the walnuts.

NB - Fosted and Sliced2My family really enjoyed the White Nut Bread along with our Sunday lunch.  I was glad I had made it and that it turned out to be such a delicious recipe, one that reminded my dad of his childhood!

Happy Baking!

Wendy

Cinnamon Rolls (or Sweet Dough)

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Grandma Dora as a child with her mother (left) and Grandmother (right).

My Grandma Dora grew up as an only child.  She lived near her grandparents, so I would guess that she spent a lot of time cooking and baking with both her mother and grandmother.  Grandma Dora’s grandparents came to America from England as adults, so perhaps some of her cooking and baking skills had English roots.  Many of the recipes from Grandma’s recipe box came from friends and neighbors, but I am sure some of them came from her mother and grandmother as well.  In fact, some of them are written in her mother’s handwriting.  I like to imagine that this recipe for sweet dough is one that three generations made together.

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Sweet Dough

  • 2 packages yeast
  • 1 cup lukewarm water
  • 1 cup lukewarm milk
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 eggs, well beaten
  • Grated rind and juice of 1/2 lemon
  • 1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
  • sifted flour – 7 cups or more

Pour water over yeast, stir and let stand about 10 minutes.  Scald milk and cool until lukewarm.  Cream together the butter, sugar and salt;  add eggs, lemon if used, and nutmeg.  Add lukewarm milk to softened yeast and blend this liquid with 3 cups flour.  Beat smooth, then add butter mixture and enough more flour to make a medium soft dough.  Knead smooth, but keep as soft as can be handled without sticking.  Let rise in a cozy warm place until fully doubled.

Filling:

  • 4 tablespoons butter or margarine
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 4 teaspoons cinnamon

After the dough has doubled in size, punch down and flatten out on a lightly floured surface.  Use a rolling pin to roll into a large rectangle.  Spread with 4 tablespoons butter or margarine.  Mix sugar and cinnamon together.  Sprinkle over the dough.  Roll dough up tightly;  pinch edge of dough into roll to seal.  Cut roll into 1-inch slices.  Place in 3 greased 9×13 pans.  Cover and let rise in warm place 1 to 1 1/4 hours or until double.  Heat oven to 375 degrees.  Bake 15 to 20 minutes or until golden brown.  Remove from pan to wire rack.  Drizzle vanilla glaze over warm rolls.

Vanilla Glaze:

Mix 3 cups powdered sugar, 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla and 2 to 4 tablespoons milk until smooth and thin enough to drizzle.

Grandma Dora’s recipe is only for the sweet dough.  I am sure it could be used to make different things such as sweet bread or even doughnuts.  I decided to make it into cinnamon rolls as I’m sure my grandmother did many times.  I used my own recipe for the filling and glaze.  I am used to making cinnamon rolls by dumping all of the ingredients into the bread machine and letting it make the dough for me, so this was a little different.

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I stirred the yeast into the warm water and let it set.  I scalded the milk on the stove and then let it cool.

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I creamed the butter, sugar and salt in the Kitchenaid.

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Then I added the eggs and decided to put in a tablespoon and a half of lemon juice (I didn’t have any whole lemons on hand.).  I don’t like nutmeg, so I didn’t add it, but I’m sure it would be fine to add.  I took the creamed butter mixture out of the Kitchenaid and put it in another bowl.  I then put the softened yeast and lukewarm milk into the Kitchenaid and added 3 cups of flour and then put the creamed butter mixture back in.

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After that mixed, I put the kneading hook attachment on and added about 4 more cups of flour (I could have kneaded it by hand, but decided to take the easy way out and use the kneading hook.).  The dough was nice and soft, so I put it in a greased bowl and let it rise.

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I covered the bowl with plastic wrap so the dough wouldn’t dry out.

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Once it was doubled in size,

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I punched it down and put it out on the lightly floured counter.

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I then rolled it out, buttered it, sprinkled on the cinnamon and sugar, and rolled it up!

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I cut it into 1-inch slices.  To do this, I used a piece of floss.  I put the floss under the roll, then brought it up and crossed it, so it would cut.  After all of the pieces were put into the greased 9×13 pans (this makes a BIG batch and they need space in the pans so they can raise) I covered them with plastic wrap again (I grease the plastic wrap so it won’t stick) and let them rise.  Once they were doubled, I popped them into the preheated oven and baked until golden brown.

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They turned out beautifully and were even more beautiful with the frosting.  Because they made such a big batch, I shared them with my family and even a neighbor.  All of these instructions may make them sound very complicated, but it really wasn’t too bad and it was well worth the effort!  I hope you give these a try.  You’ll have plenty to share, which is always fun!

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Happy Baking!

Amy

Oatmeal Bread

I love cooking with oatmeal.  I don’t know why, but I use tons of it in my cooking.  I already shared the oatmeal cookie recipe and I’m sure I’ll share more recipes with oatmeal as time goes on.  So, when I saw the oatmeal bread recipe in my Grandma Dora’s recipe box, I wanted to give it a try.

I normally do all of my bread baking in my bread machine, so this was going to be different for me.  I was thinking about how impressed my Grandma would have been with my bread machine.  But, when I said that to my mom she said, “Oh she would have probably said that she liked the old way better.”  Then, she went on to tell me that when my grandpa wasn’t making enough money on the farm, he worked at a limestone quarry for income.  He would be laid off in the wintertime, so he would help my grandma with kneading the bread when she made it.

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Oatmeal Bread

  • 2 cups water
  • 1 1/2 cups rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup molasses
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons shortening
  • 2 packages yeast (or 4 1/2 teaspoons yeast)
  • 1 cup warm water
  • 6 to 7 cups sifted flour

Combine and bring to a boil in saucepan, 2 cups water and 1 1/2 cups rolled oats.  Remove from heat and stir in 1/2 cup molasses, 1 tablespoon salt and 2 tablespoons shortening.  Let cool.  Dissolve 2 packages yeast in 1 cup warm water.  When cool enough, put all together and add 6 to 7 cups sifted flour.  Mix into loaf and let rise as any bread.  Bake at 375 degrees from 3/4 to 1 hour.

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I started by combining the water and rolled oats.  Actually, I only had quick oats on hand, so I just used those.  It made a nice pan of oatmeal.

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After it had boiled a little bit, I removed it from the heat and added the molasses, salt and shortening.  It called for 1 tablespoon salt, but that just seemed like way too much.  I opted for 1 teaspoon instead.  The addition of the molasses made the mixture look dark and beautiful like chocolate.  (If you aren’t a fan of molasses, my guess is that honey could be substituted here.)

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I set the mixture aside to let it cool and combined the warm water with the yeast.  The recipe called for two packages of yeast.  I buy yeast in jars, so I looked up the conversion and found that 1 package of yeast is 2 1/4 teaspoons.  So, I needed 4 1/2 teaspoons altogether.  I stirred it up until the yeast dissolved in the water.

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Once everything was cool, I put it all in the kitchen aide.  I decided to use my kneading hook attachment although the regular paddle would probably have worked as well.  I added about 6 1/2 cups of flour before I thought it looked right.  The recipe just called for sifted flour.  I wasn’t sure whether to use all purpose flour or bread flour.  In the end, I decided on bread flour and I think it was a good choice.

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Next it said to “mix into loaf and let rise as any bread.”  Since, I usually let the bread machine do this part for me, I called my older sister, who likes to bake bread without the bread machine, for advice.  She said I should let it rise once until doubled in the bowl and then punch it down and let it rise again in the bread pan.  Both times I let it rise I covered the bowl or pan with plastic wrap, so it wouldn’t dry out.

Since it was such a beautiful day outside, I put the dough in the bowl (I should have greased the bowl first, but forgot) and went out for a walk.  When I came back, the dough had risen high up in the bowl.  I punched it down and prepared to put it in two greased loaf pans.  Although the recipe said “loaf” singular, I knew that with more than 6 cups of flour, this was going to make at least two loaves.  In the end, I think I should have used three loaf pans (or even four) because the two loaves were huge!

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After the second rising, I preheated the oven to 375 degrees.  After about 40 minutes the loaves were looking very done.  I let them go a few more minutes and took them out.  They were a nice brown color.  The loaves were so big that I wondered how they would be.  However, when I sliced the bread, I was happy to see that it was nice and soft and tasted good too.  My parents both tried some and raved over it.  My dad said it was “perfection.”  I wondered how it would be the second day.  It was still soft and tasted great – it was good toasted too.  I think this is one I’ll be making again!  I hope you’ll give it a try.  I think you will be happy that you did!

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Happy Baking!

Amy

Blueberry Peach Bread – A Bonus Recipe

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Blueberry Peach Bread

About a month ago, it came to that spot in the summer when the peaches and blueberries are ripe at the same time.  I love that time.  First, my parents, my sister, my nephews and I went blueberry picking.  One of my nephews loves blueberries – I mean he LOVES blueberries.  When we were picking he said, “Auntie is it still afternoon?”  “Yeah,” I said, “it’s still afternoon.”  “Oh good!”  he said, “That means we still have more time to keep picking!”  He really is a good little worker in the blueberry patch too.  He knows he’ll be enjoying those blueberries for breakfast all winter long.  My mom and I went a second time and picked more because I love to have them in the freezer too, ready for baking into recipes.

Then, my other sister called to say her farm market had peaches ready.  We always buy our peaches from her farm market because they have the best deal.  So, we had a bushel of peaches and lots of blueberries and I decided I needed a recipe that would use both.  I looked through my grandma’s recipe boxes, but I couldn’t find anything with peaches and blueberries.  So, I looked elsewhere, found this recipe, and changed it up a little to make it the way I wanted it.
Blueberry Peach Bread
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 stick butter, room temperature
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 cup blueberries
  • 1 cup diced peaches, peeled (about 3 peaches)
  • 1/2 cup plain yogurt

Preheat oven to 350F.
In a large bowl, mix together the flour, baking powder and salt. 
In the bowl of a stand mixer, cream together the butter and sugar. Add in the eggs, one at a time, mixing after each egg is added. Add in the vanilla. Mix well. 
Add in the yogurt and mix until well combined. 
Add in the dry ingredients and mix well. 
Gently fold in the blueberries and peaches. Bake for 1 hour and 15 minutes, or until the top is lightly browned.

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Blueberry Peach Bread

It turned out to be a great recipe.  The combination of the two fruits complimented both the appearance and the taste.  I made a couple of loaves and was able to take one to my parents’ anniversary luncheon at Wendy’s house (the luncheon she talked about when she shared Mrs. Magary’s spice cake).  It was a pretty bread for a special occasion.

I hope you can give this recipe a try.  If you do, let me know what you think.  Frozen blueberries should work just fine and I would think canned or frozen peaches would be okay too.
Happy Baking!
Amy

Zucchini Bread – A Bonus Recipe

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Zucchini from my garden.

 At the beginning of the summer, my garden looked quite nice.  A little fence all around and everything neatly planted.  But, as summer went on, and mosquitoes drove me out, weeds started setting in.  Plus, a large pumpkin vine that came up on it’s own is now trying to take over.  If that isn’t enough, a large woodchuck has somehow found his way under the fence and is making my garden his home.  Unfortunately he has decided that he especially likes green beans and zucchini.  Before he made his entrance, however, I had quite a few zucchinis.  I posted this recipe earlier in combination with the scalloped corn recipe.  I decided to separate it now and give it it’s own post.  This recipe is not from my grandmother’s recipe box, but from my mother’s.  This is a recipe my family has enjoyed for years and I hope you will too.  I like to make many loaves when the zucchini is fresh and freeze them.  Then, when I am going somewhere and need something to share, I can just pull it out of the freezer and take it along.  I am always asked for the recipe.

Zucchini Bread

Beat all together:

  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup oil
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 2 cups grated zucchini

Add:

  • 3 cups flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup chopped nuts (optional)

Pour into greased two loaf pans.  Bake at 350 degrees for 45-60 minutes.

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zucchini bread ready to eat

Happy Baking!

Amy