Tag Archive | Breakfast

Brown Sugar Banana Bread

When one has a toddler it’s often hard to figure out exactly what they’ll eat on any given day. For example one day bananas may be all the rage and the next day they’re just, well, in the words of my toddler, “No nana, mama.” Naturally this happens the most when I’ve purchased a big bunch of bananas.

Now there are lots of things you can do with a bunch of bananas which are quickly getting overly ripe. We’ve looked at a few of those options including banana cake and muffins, but I realized I haven’t shared my favorite recipe for banana bread! And so in the spirit of saving toddler rejected bananas here is one of my favorite banana bread recipes, brown sugar banana bread, rich and thick and decadent, and even a little bit healthy. Who could ask for more?

brown sugar banana bread

Brown Sugar Banana Bread

2 eggs

1/2 cup buttermilk

1/2 cup oil

1 cup mashed bananas (about 3-4 medium bananas)

3/4 cup sugar

3/4 cup brown sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla

1 3/4 cups flour

2 Tablespoons Ultra Gel

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon salt

Preheat oven to 325 and prepare a 9×5 inch loaf pan with cooking spray. I often split this into two smaller pans as well. If your oven is known for spotty temperature this helps keep the cooking even.

In a large bowl (or stand mixer) combine eggs, buttermilk and oil until creamy yellow. Add in banana, sugars and vanilla and mix until incorporated. In a second bowl combine dry ingredients and mix well before adding into creamed mixture. Combine until just mixed, do not over beat. Pour into greased pans and bake for 60 minutes. Start checking at 55 minutes using a toothpick. When baked through remove from oven and allow to sit for 10 minutes before tipping out.

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Oatmeal Bread

Okay, so today I was totally going to share Poppy Seed Muffins with you. I have a note here in my schedule, make and blog about poppy seed muffins. So why aren’t we doing that? Well…it’s because I was hijacked by something so yummy and happy tummy making that I must push poppy seed muffins off a little and talk about this anyway.

This particular inspiration came, as many do, from the combination of my husband and his food hero Alton Brown. The husband part is that he and I have been working on adding good things into our diet and pulling back on some of the not so good. One of the things that comes up all the time in this discussion is oatmeal. Oats are good for you, they are high in fiber and types of fiber that help to carry a lot of unwanted stuff out of the body. I love oatmeal. My husband…not so much. He likes the FLAVOR of oats and oat products, but something about that texture just kills him.

So we were watching old episodes of ‘Good Eats’ and saw Oat Cuisine II, in which Alton makes one of our favorite things: Oat Waffles. But then he also makes a loaf of oat bread. And we pondered this option. Oats in bread. With some adjustments and some Ultra Gel, could we come up with a bread that had all the lovely benefits of oats without the texture problems?

I am very happy to say that the answer is a resounding yes. We can create a bread that is the best of both worlds. This recipe for oatmeal bread makes one large loaf, which is perfect for sandwiches, French toast, or just slathering with jam in a jiffy freezer jam and cheese and having as a late night snack. And with all the fiber it’s pretty close to guilt free, and did we mention it’s yummy? So with credit to Mr Brown for getting us started, here you go.

Oatmeal Bread

1 Tablespoon yeast

11 ounces bread flour, give or take (This will change based on your altitude and the weather, but start with 11 ounces)

1/3 cup oat flour

1 teaspoon salt

12 ounces cooked oatmeal at room temp (In my kitchen at a little under 5000 feet this is one batch of 1 cup oats to 2 cups water)

1/4 cup warm water

2 Tablespoons honey

1 Tablespoon olive oil

1 Tablespoons Ultra Gel

2 tsp good quality vanilla

1 egg

1 Tablespoon water

Combine yeast, bread flour, oat flour and salt and set aside.

Combine the cooked oatmeal, water, honey and olive oil in a large mixing bowl. Add the dry mixture to the cooked oatmeal mixture and combine thoroughly. (I did this in my stand mixer, though it can be done fairly easily by hand). Knead by hand or machine for 10 minutes, adding flour as needed. Dough will be slightly sticky but should not amoeba around the counter.

Remove dough to a lightly oiled bowl and cover with a slightly damp tea towel. Set in a warm place to rise until doubled in size, about one hour.

Punch dough down and shape into a 9×5 inch loaf. Cover and let rise 10 minutes. (If desired you can cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight for an early morning bake).

Heat oven to 350 degrees.

Combine egg and water in a small bowl and brush the top of the loaf. Additional dry oatmeal can be sprinkled on top of the loaf if desired. Bake 50-60 minutes until bread is done through. We test with a thermometer and in Utah, 200-205 is perfectly done. Closer to sea level that temp should be higher and higher up that will drop to 195-200.

Remove pan from oven and allow to cool for 10 minutes. Remove loaf from pan and cool an additional 15-30 minutes before slicing.

Orange Muffins

There are so many fun citrus fruits in season right now that I thought since I’ve been on a quick breads and muffins kick that I’d feature a wonderful orange muffin. I love this recipe as it has a bright orange flavor without too much sugar. The other fun thing about these orange muffins is the flexibility to create your own add-ins or just go with the original flavor. Some of the things we’ve added: blueberries, cranberries, white chocolate, poppy seeds or pecans. It’s also easy to make a light orange glaze to top them with if you want more sweetness and orange pop. Our orange muffins feature Ultra Gel so they can easily be made in sizes ranging from tiny bite sized muffins to large muffins and freeze beautifully for breakfast on the go!

I personally really like the combination of raspberry with the orange muffins, so I’ll serve mine with my Jam in a Jiffy Raspberry jam (I always have some in the freezer!). So so yummy and the bright red against the pale orange makes for a beautiful table for a baby shower, wedding shower or brunch. And even with the jam the total calories for one muffin is just over 200, a perfect snack.

orange muffins

Orange Muffins (From the Ultra Gel Answer Book)

1 1/2 cups sugar

3/4 cup olive oil

3 eggs, lightly beaten

2 tsp vanilla

zest of one medium orange

juice of one medium orange (2-3 Tablespoons maximum)

4 1/2 Tablespoons Ultra Gel

1 1/2 cups buttermilk

2 3/4 cup flour

3/4 teaspoons baking soda

3/4 teaspoons salt

3-4 Tablespoons additional add ins if desired

Combine sugar, oil, eggs, vanilla, orange zest, orange juice and Ultra gel and beat until smooth and light yellow/orange. Add buttermilk and mix well. Sift together remaining dry ingredients and add to mixture, beating until just combined. As always do not over mix. Fold in add ins and spoon into lined muffin tins, filling each cup 3/4s full.

Bake at 350 degrees until light brown and the center tests done with a toothpick.

This makes 24 standard sized muffins at about 184 calories per muffin, or two medium loaves of orange bread.

Cool before moving from pan and serving or freezing.

Cornaby’s Apple Pie Bars and Perfect Pie Crust

When it comes to fruit filled pies there are many opinions about how much pie crust there should be in relationship to how much fruit filling. My sweet husband is a filling man. He wants a thick layer of fruit filling and enough crust to carry it along. I’m more of a middle ground girl. I want enough pie filling to be interesting but I hate it when all my fruit filling spills out of my crust because there’s not enough crust or the pie crust is too weak.

This is where apple pie bars, or other slab pies really, enter in. This recipe takes advantage of the Apple Pie Filling recipe we gave you a bit ago for a wonderful pie filling that bakes up perfectly, and uses Ultra Gel to help give tenderness and hold to a flaky, buttery crust. This recipe cooks very evenly and the resulting pieces keep the apple pie filling in place and are the perfect eat with one hand breakfast! For a lovely compliment try a little caramel ice cream or a poof of Ultra Gel Whipping Cream.

apple pie bars

Cornaby Apple Pie Bars

6 cups all purpose flour

1/2 tsp baking powder

2 tsp salt

2 Tablespoons Ultra Gel

1 cup cold butter, cut into cubes

1 cup shortening

3/4 cup water, + a little as needed

2 quarts (4 -4.5 cups) apple pie filling

egg white

Combine flour, baking powder, salt and Ultra Gel, mix well. Add butter and shortening and cut into dry ingredients until the consistency of coarse meal. Add 3/4 cups ice water and toss until water is incorporated. Add additional water if necessary to bring dough together. Turn out and knead 5-10 times. Do not over knead. Split into two pieces and refrigerate for 15 minutes.

When cooled roll out the first piece of pie crust large enough to form to the bottom and sides of an 11×17 inch jelly roll pan. Transfer dough to pan and trim sides. Prepare top pie crust as bottom crust. Fill bottom with prepared apple pie filling, add top crust and crimp edges to seal (use a little water or milk if needed, but generally the dough sticks together really well). Whip egg whites to a froth and brush pastry surface. If desired sprinkle with coarse sugar or cinnamon sugar. Vent top crust by making decorative holes with a sharp knife. Bake at 400 degrees for 15 minutes until top begins to brown. Lower temperature to 350 degrees and bake another 30 minutes. Remove from oven and let sit 10 minutes before serving. Refrigerate anything that doesn’t get eaten the first night and serve cold for breakfast!

Quick Berry Compote

Earlier this week we decided to have Amazing French Toast for dinner. This means making french toast with Texas Toast slices, or a nice chewy french bread, and serving it with cool toppings like nutella and real maple syrup.

One of our favorite topping is a simple berry compote from fresh berries. It’s easy to make this in about 5-7 minutes on your stove top, or you could even do it in the microwave. The compote can be served warm or cold on french toast, ice cream, cake, cheesecake, yogurt, or anywhere else you’d like a burst of fruit and sauce.A little bit of whipping cream on top wouldn’t go badly either, but I like to keep it simple for breakfast.

I use sugar in the recipe but the sugar is to taste and can be swapped out with sugar substitutes such as honey, maple syrup, agave, Truvia, Splenda, etc.

What would you spread it on?

 

blueberry compote

Fresh Berry Compote

8 ounces fresh berries (blueberries pictured)

1/4 cup lemonade or fruit juice

1/4-1/2 cup sugar (to taste)

1/4 tsp kosher salt

Combine ingredients in a small sauce pan and bring to a boil, turn down to low and simmer for 1-2 minutes. Add 1-3 Tablespoons of Ultra Gel to reach desired thickness. It works best to add the Ultra Gel one Tablespoon at a time and allow the mixture to achieve full thickness before adding additional Ultra Gel. If you over thicken, no fear, just add a little more juice to bring the mixture back to the desired thickness. This can be frozen for upto 6 months or kept in the fridge for 3-4 weeks.

Raspberry Coffee Cake with Cream Cheese Glaze

We hope everyone had a great July 4th, or a great Friday for our international friends! We sure enjoyed ourselves here with lots of great food and great friends.

As the raspberries start coming on at the farm, and in my backyard!, I’ve started looking for more recipes that call for fresh raspberries. This coffee cake gets an A+ for a double helping of raspberries, as you put a couple of big scoops of raspberry jam in the batter and add fresh raspberries half way through the baking. It’s berry goodness! I use the jam in a jiffy freezer jam that I made as my add in because unlike pectin jams this jam doesn’t break down and get watery when baked as a filling or an addition to batter, and we use Ultra Gel to give it a little extra tenderness and hold onto the moisture for the long haul. Not that this made it that long, since we’re down to just one piece left and I only made it yesterday!!!

So give it a try…and keep an eye out here as we go on the search for the best way to make raspberry pie. Baked, fresh, with cream… We’ll make them all and let you decide.

Raspberry coffee cake

Raspberry Coffee Cake

1 1/2 cups all purpose flour

1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder

1/4 teaspoon baking soda

1/4 teaspoon salt

1 cups granulated sugar

1/2 cup butter, softened

2 eggs

1 tsp vanilla

2 Tablespoons raspberry freezer jam

2 Tablespoons Ultra Gel

3/4 cup buttermilk (sour milk will work as well if you don’t have buttermilk on hand just add 1 Tablespoon vinegar or lemon juice to 3/4 cup milk and let sit for 2-3 minutes)

4-6 ounces fresh raspberries

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Grease and flour a 9 inch round cake pan.

Combine flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt in a small bowl, set aside.

Beat together sugar and butter until light and fluffy. Add eggs one at a time followed by vanilla, raspberry jam and Ultra Gel.

Alternately add flour mixture and buttermilk to creamed mixture beating until just combined after each addition. Do not over beat. We don’t want to form gluten bonds that would make the dough tough. There will still be some lumps once everything is incorporated and that’s okay. If desired you can add 1 tsp lemon or lime zest for a bit of a citrus kick.

Spoon batter into prepared pan and bake for 20 minutes. Gently layer fresh raspberries onto batter and bake for an additional 30-45 minutes until toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Let cool for 10 minutes before removing from pan. Drizzle with cream cheese glaze and serve warm or cool.

Cream Cheese Glaze

4 ounces light cream cheese (not Fat free, you need a little bit of fat to make this hold together)

2 Tablespoons butter, softened

1 Tablespoon Ultra Gel

1/4 tsp kosher salt

1 tsp vanilla

1 pound powdered sugar

milk as needed to thin

In a stand mixer combine cream cheese, butter, Ultra Gel, salt and vanilla until smooth. Add powdered sugar and enough milk to make a thin icing. This makes a fairly large batch, so I tend to make it the thickness for cake frosting, then remove enough for my coffee cake and thin that additionally.

Dutch Babies!

The term Dutch Babies may bring to mind cute little cherubs with tiny wooden shoes, but when you’re talking Dutch Babies around here we are referring to an eggy delicious oven baked breakfast which is partway between a pancake and a crepe, and completely delicious.

Dutch Babies are one of my children’s favorite meals and are quick to make with a lot of variety when it comes to topping and devouring.

There are, however, a few tricks we’ve learned:

1 – If you’ve got it use a shallow cast iron pan for your cooking pan. It heats so evenly that you get a better crust to the cake and a more even rise.

2 – When it says butter, use BUTTER, not margarine or other oils. I suspect coconut oil might work, but I’ve not experimented with it. Margarine is a complete flop both in flavor and lubricating the whole thing.

3 – Use Ultra Gel in the batter for a very tender end product which can be frozen or refrigerated if it’s not all devoured.

4 – Get creative with toppings! Maple syrup, fresh jam (we used the strawberry blackberry jam that I made a couple weeks ago), fruit and whipping cream, chocolate syrup…the sky really is the limit.

Dutch Baby

Homemade Dutch Babies

4 large eggs

1 cup milk

1 cup flour

2 Tbl Ultra Gel

1/4 tsp freshly ground nutmeg

1/2 tsp lemon extract

1/2 tsp salt

3 Tbl butter

powdered sugar (confectioners) for dusting

Heat oven to 475 degrees and place a 12 inch shallow cast iron pan (or glass dripper pan) inside for 8-10 minutes. In a medium bowl beat together eggs, milk and Ultra Gel until smooth. Gradually whisk in flour, nutmeg, extract and salt, if you have a few lumps you’re okay, do not over beat. Remove pan from oven and add butter, tilting until well coated and butter is completely melted.  Pour batter all at once into the pan. Lower oven temperature to 425 degrees and return pan to oven baking until puffed and golden brown. Remove and sprinkle with powdered sugar. Cool for 5-10 minutes before slicing and serving.