Claire’s Favorite Bread

This is what I used for communion bread yesterday. I make it all the time for my family. Would like to say we use it for high-minded purposes like sandwiches and soups, but it barely lasts a day just going as butter-slathered slices.

1 c warm water (or milk, or 1/2 water 1/2 milk)
2 T sugar or brown sugar or maple syrup
2 T canola oil or melted butter
2 t yeast
3 c flour (I use 1/2 all-purpose, 1/2 whole wheat)
1/2 c oats
1-1/2 t salt (regular table salt)

Combine in bread machine, in order prescribed by manufacturer; run Dough cycle. Take out finished dough and shape as you like; place shaped dough on/into desired GREASED baking vessel. Cover and let rise for 1/2 hour. Bake at 350F for 1/2 hour, or until appropriately browned.

If you don’t have a bread machine…
1) Combine water, sugar, oil, yeast. Let sit for 5-10 min, until foamy.
2) Combine flour, oats, salt. Stir in wet ingredients with a wooden spoon until the going gets tough. Use unincorporated flour to flour a countertop and plop dough on it. Knead 6-10 min, incorporating flour to reduce stickiness as required, until smooth and elastic. Cover and set aside to rise for 1 h.
3) Shape dough and place on/into desired GREASED baking vessel. Cover and let rise for 1/2 hour.
4) Bake at 350F for 1/2 hour, or until appropriately browned.

Sugar Donut Muffins

Submitted by Heidi Burch. These were a big hit at coffee hour today!

3/4 cup sugar
1 large egg
1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
1/4 cup vegetable oil
3/4 cup milk (low fat is fine)
1 tsp vanilla extract [Read more…]

Banana-oat-peanut butter cookies

A quick and healthy treat for breakfast or a snack.

2 very ripe bananas
1 c quick oats
1/2 c chocolate chips
1 heaping spoonful peanut butter

1. Peel bananas and break into chunks into a medium, microwave-safe mixing bowl. Nuke on high for 1-1/2 to 2 minutes, or until melty and stirrable.
2. Add pb and oats, stir until homogenous. Fold in chocolate chips.
3. Drop by spoonfuls on to a greased cookie sheet. Bake at 350 for 15 minutes, or until set.

Amish Friendship Bread

Vicki Deschere gave me a starter on Sunday and I have baked it into oblivion. Three loaves of quick bread + a whopping mound of pancakes = SUCCESS. Call me if you want a starter.

Amish Friendship Bread (1 loaf)
1/2 c Amish Friendship starter
1/3 c applesauce
2 eggs
1/2 t vanilla
1/2 c sugar
1 c flour (I use 1/2 whole wheat)
1 t cinnamon
1/4 t baking soda
1/2 t + 1/8 t baking powder
1/4 t salt

[Read more…]

Blonde Brownies

This is my family’s favorite dessert. I swear it takes literally 5-10 minutes to prepare. I like to fix it while I am yelling at the kids to set the table, pop it in the oven when we sit down to eat, and then voila! Hot melty gooey chocolate chip heaven is ready just as we are done.

1 c packed brown sugar
1/3 c butter (I use ICBINB)
1 c flour (I use 1/2 whole wheat)
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/8 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 egg
1 tbsp vanilla
1/2 c chocolate chips

[Read more…]

Keith Bart’s Honey Wheat Communion Bread

1/2 c water, 110 to 115 F

4-1/2 t yeast (2 pkgs)

2 c milk, 110 to 115 F

1/4 butter or margarine, softened

1/3 c honey

1/4 c brown sugar

2-1/2 t salt

3 c whole wheat flour

4 to 4-1/2 c bread or all-purpose flour

Dissolve yeast in warm water. Let stand 10 minutes.

Combine warm milk, margarine, honey, brown sugar, salt. Add to yeast.

Add 2 c whole wheat flour and 3 c bread flour. Beat for 3 min with an electric mixer. Stir in remaining cup whole wheat flour and bread flour as needed to make a stiff dough.

Turn out dough onto a floured board and knead for 10 min, or until dough is smooth and elastic. Dough will be slightly sticky. Place dough in a large, greased bowl, turning to coat. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled (~75 min).

Punch down and let dough rest for 10 min. Divide into 2 portions. Shape each into a loaf; place shaped loaf into a well-greased loaf pan or onto a baking sheet. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled (~1 hour).

Preheat oven to 375F. Bake for 35 min or until loaf sounds hollow when tapped with fingers. Cover loaf with foil during the last 15 minutes to prevent a dark crust. Brush finished loaf with butter. Cool thoroughly.

Click here to see our website's terms of service.