2 Ingredient Biscuits

A good recipe can often be used in different ways. My previously posted 2 Ingredient Bread is the simple recipe used for breakfast in biscuit form. Divide the dough into a dozen drop biscuits for delicious, tender, and crusty biscuits.  They may not be as pretty as the traditional rolled and cut biscuits, but this is so quick and tasty.  To make flat bread in the same way, simply flatten out the pulled pieces.

2 Ingredient Biscuits

1 cup whole fat Greek yogurt

1 cup self-rising flour

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.  Prepare a baking sheet by lining with parchment paper. Put flour into a large mixing bowl.  Make a well in the center and add yogurt.  With your hands, begin gently pulling some of the flour over into the yogurt, repeating until the 2 ingredients are a shaggy dough you can shape into a ball.. Knead gently and pull off pieces to place on the baking sheet.  This will make 9 -12 small biscuits or 6 large ones.  Bake for 15 to 20 minutes or until turning golden brown.

Mashed Potato Cinnamon Rolls

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Many years ago, I was given a recipe for these big fluffy cinnamon rolls, with the curious ingredient of mashed potatoes!   If you have leftover mashed potatoes, this is one of the bet ways to use them!  They are light, fluffy, and smell heavenly while rising but even better while baking!
Mashed Potato Cinnamon Rolls
  • 4½ cups flour (separated 1½ and 3 cups)
  • 1 package active dry yeast (2¼ teaspoon)
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 cup mashed potato
  • ⅓ cup butter, cut up
  • ¼ cup sugar, granulated
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 eggs
 Cinnamon sugar mixture
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • 1½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1-2 tablespoons flour
  • ¼ cup butter, melted (for brushing)CinnamonRolls1CinnamonRolls2
  1. In large mixing bowl of stand mixer, combine 1½ cups of flour with yeast.
  2. Combine milk, potato, butter, sugar, and salt in a medium saucepan, then heat on medium heat until butter starts to melt.
  3. Remove from heat .
  4. Add slowly to flour mixture and mix with regular mixing paddle on low speed for about one minute.
  5. Add eggs and continue beating 2-3 minute. Scrape down sides of bowl.
  6. Switch to dough hook.
  7. Add the rest of the flour (3 cups) and mix for about 5 minutes until smooth and elastic. Alternately, you can knead by hand.
  8. Place the dough in a lightly greased bowl. Make sure to turn dough in order to completely coat the dough with the grease.
  9. Cover with plastic wrap.
  10. Let rise for about 45 minutes or until doubled in size.
  11. Punch dough.
  12. Turn it out on a lightly floured board and let it rest for about 10 minutes.
  13. Meanwhile, combine brown sugar, cinnamon and flour in a small bowl. Set aside.
  14. Also, prepare pan (13 x 9 x 2 inches) by greasing or spraying with non-stick spray.
  15. Preheat oven to 375 ° F.
  16. Roll out dough until you get an 18 x 12 inch rectangle.
  17. Brush the surface with melted butter and evenly sprinkle the cinnamon sugar mixture.
  18. Roll into a log, starting with the long side.
  19. Cut the roll into 12 slices.
  20. Place in prepared pan.
  21. Cover with plastic wrap and let rise for about 30 minutes or until double in size.
  22. Bake for about 30 minutes or until golden brown.
  23. Cool slightly before drizzling with icing (if using).
Glaze
Mix 1 cup powdered sugar with a few tablespoons of milk.Whisk until smooth and just glaze the rolls before serving.
I like to zest a little orange peel or lemon peel into this, optional.
Whisk until smooth and just glaze the rolls before serving.
Make it ahead:Once the rolls have been cut and placed in the pan, they can be refrigerated overnight. Remove from fridge and let stand at room temperature (covered) for about 30 minutes before baking (as per instructions).

Blueberry Muffins

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Fresh blueberries usually disappear before I have a chance to cook with them, because we love them fresh, with yogurt, and in smoothies. But prices have been good lately and I decided to use some of the most recent purchase making these fresh blueberry muffins. These were wonderful fresh from the oven, but this makes a large batch, so I stored them in the refrigerator for breakfasts and snacks. This recipe has more berries than most, so they are moist, full of berry goodness, and a little crumbly – yum!

Blueberry Muffins

12  cup butter, at room temp

1 cup sugar

2 large eggs

1 teaspoon vanilla

2 teaspoons baking powder

1teaspoon salt

2 cups flour

1cup milk

2 1cups fresh blueberries

1 Tablepoon sugar and 1.2 teaspoon nutmeg for topping

Heat oven to 375°. Mix 1 Tablespoon sugar and 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg for topping and set aside.

Grease 18 regular-size muffin cups  In bowl, mix butter and sugar until creamy.Add eggs one at a time, then beat in vanilla, baking powder and salt.

Fold in half of flour, followed by half of milk. Repeat for other half. Fold in blueberries.

Spoon into muffin cups and sprinkle topping  onto each muffin.

Bake 15 to 20 minutes, until golden brown and test done..

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Apricot Scones

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I fell in love with scones in 1991 during a trip to Scotland. While we were living in Indonesia, I read an enchanting article in Victoria Magazine which featured a tearoom in the Highlands housed in a 200 year old cottage. When we planned soon after to include a trip to the UK on summer trip back to the US from Jakarta, I hoped to add a visit there. Joe managed to find Shore Cottage (not easy), and he and I and our youngest son, Ben had tea there. I bought a Shore Cottage Tearoom Book of Recipes which still holds a place of honor on my shelves of cookbooks. Tell me, wouldn’t you be drawn to go to a place with this description?

“Through a periwinkle gate and a rose-bedecked door, one enters the white cottage where Lilly McNaught was born Perched above Loch Etive, it is now a tearoom noted for the sweets Lilly bakes with her daughter and granddaughters.”

This recipe is not in Shore Tearoom’s little blue book, but it comes from an intrigue with scones begun there in the Scottish Highlands.  When I think of baking them, I am reminded of the Shore Tearoom and our scones there. As you can see, I still have the article which drew me there.  I keep it folded inside the recipe book. I don’t know if Lilly still bakes with her granddaughters, but tomorrow I plan to bake scones with mine!

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Apricot Scones

2 Cups flour

3 Tablespoons. sugar 

3 teaspoons baking powder

2 teaspoons orange zest

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 Cup dried apricots, chopped

1/2 Cup white chocolate chips

1 1/2 Cups whipping cream

1/2 teaspoon almond extract

1 Cup powdered sugar
2-3 Tablespoons. orange juice

Preheat oven to 400°. Line with silpat or grease baking sheet. In a large bowl, combine the flour, sugar, baking powder, orange zest, salt, apricots and vanilla chips.Stir to coat apricots. Add the whipping cream and almond extract all at once and stir just until ingredients are moistened.

Turn out the dough on a lightly floured cloth, turning a few times until smooth. Divide the dough in half and pat into two 6-inch rounds. Cut each round into 6 wedges. Place 2 inches apart on baking sheet. Bake at 400° for 12-15 minutes or until golden brown. Cool for 5minutes. While the scones cool, combine powdered sugar and orange juice. Drizzle over warm scones. These are best served warm.

Poppy Seed Rolls

 IMG_1781 IMG_1779Crescent roll dough found in the refrigerator section of the supermarket is one of the most versatile ingredients to be found!  Hundreds of uses can be found online and in cookbooks, featuring the dough in everything from savory starters to desserts.  Stuffing the dough with poppy seed paste or filling is only one of the many fillings that result in easy to do, tasty pastries.  These are close to homemade poppy seed kolaches!  We also use chocolate chips, apple slices sprinkled with cinnamon sugar, and separate the dough triangles into smaller pieces to wrap little sausages for pigs in a blanket!

Poppy Seed Rolls

2 cans (8 oz each) refrigerated crescent dinner rolls
1 can poppy seed filling
For Glaze:
1⁄2 cup

confectioners sugar

1 1⁄4 tablespoon milk
1⁄4 teaspoon fresh lemon zest

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Line large baking sheet with silicone liner or lightly butter. Separate dough along perforations into 16 triangles. Spread poppy filling over triangles. Roll up, starting at wide end. Bake 12 to 14 minutes or until golden brown. To make glaze, combine confectioners sugar, milk, and lemon zest in small bowl, and stir until smooth. Drizzle glaze over top of rolls while they are warm

Pumpkin Bread

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I first learned to bake pumpkin bread in 1966 when we moved in our first house and I learned how wonderful neighbors can be!  Amon and Lucille White lived next door. I believe this recipe came from Lucille, although it was very popular among others on South Little John Circle.  For many years I baked it as we did then – in three/1 pound coffee cans, so the loaves were lovely and round and sliced beautifully. Of course, then 1 pound coffee cans became smaller than 1 pound, and baking in any kind of can became questionable so now I make this in 2 loaf pans.   This is guaranteed to make your kitchen smell like Christmas.

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3 eggs

3 cups sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla

1 can pureed pumpkin

1 cup oil (original recipe called for Mazola)

3 cups flour

1 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon cinnamon

1 teaspoon allspice

1 teaspoon ground cloves

1 teaspoon nutmeg

1 teaspoon baking powder

1 teaspoon soda

1 cup chopped nuts

Grease loaf pans and fill half full (1966 in 3 one pound coffee cans) and bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour, or until done.  Turn upside down on rack when removed from oven and let cool before removing from pan.

Apple Cider Muffins

IMG_1328I know I have featured apples oftenhere lately, but we have enjoyed them often!  These muffins were a great Saturday morning breakfast treat, with enough left over for a busy Sunday morning tomorrow! It is already beginning to smell alot like Thanksgiving!  Cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger add to the brightness of apple cider and apple butter for flavor.  The list of ingredients is long, but well worth it.

 

Apple Cider Muffins

:2 cups flour

1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon salt   

1 Tablespoon cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon nutmeg

1/4 teaspoon cloves

1 large egg

1/3 cup brown sugar

1/2 cup of apple butter (can substitute pumpkin butter or other fruit spread)

1/3 cup of maple syrup

1/2 cup chopped crystallized ginger (I use Penzey’s crystallized ginger bits)

1/3 cup of apple cider

1/3 cup of Greek yogurt

1/4 cup of canola oil

For Topping

1/4 cup brown sugar

1 Tablespoon oatmeal

1 Tablespoon flour

1  teaspoon cinnamon

2 Tablespoons  butter, cut into small pieces:

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Coat a muffin tin with cooking spray.

Make topping by combining  flour, oats, cinnamon, and butter together with your fingers until crumbly. Set aside.

Combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, and clove together in a bowl until well mixed.

In another bowl, whisk the brown sugar with the egg, then add apple butter, maple syrup, crystallized ginger, apple cider, and yogurt. Mix well. Slowly add flour mixture to egg mixture; gently stirring until combined. Don’t over mix.

Spoon batter into the muffin tray. Sprinkle topping evenly over the top of each muffin.

Bake for 15; or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Remove from the oven and let cool for a few minutes before removing from baking pan.  Serve hot with butter! .

Adapted recipe from For the Love of Cooking.net  Also featured in Eating Well

Rosemary Corn Cakes

001These corn cakes are delicious with last week’s posted recipe for Cheese Broccoli Soup!  My sister sent me the recipe, originally found on Rachel Ray’s cooking show.  I made a few small changes and will certainly make these again soon. I cooked mine in my old iron skillet friend and they reminded me of the corn bread cakes my mother used to cook this way.  She never used fresh herbs and although bacon was a staple at our house, she never used Pancetta, but I think she would love these, and probably crumble them into a glass of buttermilk!

Rosemary Corn Cakes

1 box (8 1/2 ounces) corn muffin mix (recommended: Jiffy)
1 egg
2 tablespoons butter, melted
3/4 cup milk
3 tablespoons finely chopped fresh rosemary leaves
1/3 cup chopped prosciutto (substitute crumbled crisp bacon or ham if you like)

Tabasco sauce (optional)

Put muffin mix, egg, and  butter in mixing bowl ,add milk, rosemary, chopped prosciutto and a few dashes of Tabasco.  Heat iron skillet and coat lightly with butter.  Form small cakes, 2 to 3 inch circles and cook cakes until golden on each side, then repeat with remaining mixture. Don’t crowd the skillet, the batter expands as the cakes brown.

Delicious as is, or drizzled with maple syrup or honey.
Read more at: http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/rachael-ray/sweet-savory-menu-rosemary-corn-cakes-prosciutto-chicken-sausages-hot-and-sweet-peppers-recipe.print.html?oc=linkback

Sweet Potato Biscuits

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Christmas dinner at our house was patterned after country Christmas dinners that I remember having as a child:  baked ham, candied sweet potatoes, home canned green beans, fruit salad, and biscuits.  For our family gathering this year, the ham was from HoneyBaked, green beans were bundled up and wrapped in bacon, fruit salad was several kinds of sliced citrus with pomegranate seeds and spiced honey, and the sweet potatoes and biscuits joined hands and showed up together! We added a family favorite, Cheese Grits.  All the side dishes will appear in coming weeks, but today I hope you will be inspired to try Sweet Potato Biscuits. My youngest son, Ben, and 11-year-old granddaughter, Skye helped cut and place all the biscuits on parchment lined baking sheets – we had a real assembly line going!  Recipe found in the December 2013 issue of Southern Living.  

                                                         Sweet Potato Biscuits
 
5 cups self rising flour
1Tablespoon sugar
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup cold butter, cut into small cubes
1/4 cup cold vegetable shortening
2 cups buttermilk
1 cup cooked mashed sweet potato
Parchment paper
2 Tablespoons butter, melted
 
1. Preheat oven to 425. Stir together first 3 ingredients in a large bowl.  Cut butter cubes and shortening into flour ixture with pastry blender or fork just until mixture resembles coarse meal.  Cover and chill 10 minutes.
 
2.
 Whisk together buttermilk and sweet potato.  Add to flour mixture, stirring just until dry ingredients are moistened.
 
3. Turn dough out onto a well floured surface, and knead lightly 3 or 5 times.  Pat or roll dough to 3/4 inch thickness; cut with a 2 inch round cutter, reshaping scraps once. (Do not twist cutter)  Place rounds on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet.
 
4. Bake at 425 for 18 to 20 minutes or until biscuits are golden brown.  Remove from oven, and brush tops of biscuits with melted butter.  Serve immediately.
  Makes 3 dozen
Note:  Using the 2 inch round cutter provided lovely dainty biscuits (with plenty leftover after our meal for ham and biscuit sandwiches.)  For larger, heartier biscuits, use a 3 inch cutter, or the rim of a drinking glass.
These were a hit with our family, and I will make them again soon.

Braided Pastry with Chicken, Cheddar, and Broccoli

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007I have used cans of crescent roll dough for many recipes, including one that looked like this but was filled apples.  I don’t usually plug brands, but I particularly like Immaculate Baking Company’s baking products because they contain non-GMO ingredients, so this braid is made with Immaculate Crescent Rolls.  It looks difficult, but really isn’t, is quick to prepare and a very creative way to use leftover rotisserie chicken and those leftover bits of broccoli in the crisper!  Why not try it with kale instead of the broccoli, different cheeses, or with all vegetables?   There are many variations of this recipe online.

  • 2 cans Crescent roll dough
  • 2 cups chopped chicken
  • 2 cups grated cheddar cheese
  • 2 cups fresh broccoli florets cut in bite size pieces
  • 1 Tablespoon Mayonnaise
  • 1 egg yolk, beaten and set aside for brushing the pastry before baking
  • fresh rosemary
  • cracked pepper
 Preheat oven to 375 degrees.  Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper and spread both cans of crescent rolls  length wise side by side, making a long rectangle. Press each of the seams to form a single layer of dough. In a  bowl, combine chicken, cheese, broccoli and mayonnaise. Spread mixture down the center of the dough as evenly as possible.
Using a sharp knife or kitchen shears, cut horizontal strips 1 inch apart down each side of the crescent dough. Beginning at the top fold the dough strips over the top of the chicken mixture, alternating left and right to create a braided pastry top. Brush the top of the braid with  beaten egg yolk and sprinkle fresh rosemary on top. Finish with a sprinkle of freshly ground pepper. Bake for 25– 30 minutes until golden brown. Slice and serve.  This is a meal by itself, but especially nice with a tossed green salad or seasonal fruit.
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