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easy english muffins

Not all days are for bread baking, this week, I am in no mood for doing the whole process. Sometimes I wonder if I prefer homemade bread so much, should I just go and buy a bread machine. But I just bake probably 1 loaf a week, is that enough to buy a bread machine. Another added advantage of owning one is that most of your new recipes would still come out fine, and you can definitely switch to whole wheat and still manage to get a lighter bread. But on the other side, I am afraid that will I lose interest as some people have once you got the equipment and baked a few loafs, and then one sunday morning I would sit and think why did I buy one, with the amount of time I have, I could definitely bake one from scratch. To summarize, I am not ready to make this decision now.

So I turned over to english muffins, which is quite an easy process compared to bread making. This make about 6-8 muffins.

You will need:

1.5 cups of whole wheat flour and 1 cup of AP flour
1.5 tsp of yeast (if you active dry yeast, proof the yeast)
1 tsp salt
1 tbsp of sugar
2 tbsp of butter
3/4 cup of milk

To make it:
1) Mix all the ingredients until the dough leaves the sides of the bowl, and 1 tsp of olive and knead for 2-3 minutes to form to a round smooth dough
2) Let it rise for about 1 hour until double

3) Punch down the dough gently, dust a cutting board with corn meal and flour, and roll out to 1″ thick
4) Using a round cutter, cut to round shapes of about 3″ in diameter
5) Let it rise for about 45 minutes. Mine took about 1 hour
6) Heat up a griddle, and add the muffins and cook each side 4-7 minutes until you see browned spots of the surface
7) If you are unsure whether the muffin was thoroughly cooked, just heat up the oven to 350 and cook the muffins for another 10 mins and let it coo. Slice them with a fork and spread some fresh butter, and the taste will make you fly 🙂


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crispy granola…you made my day

Reading food blogs inspires me and gives me so much positive energy to make my own food, try healthy variations than buying them.  Cooking a meal for lunch or dinner is easy, however most of what I eat for breakfast are store-bought….. and also added to this is the hundreds of varieties of dry cereal, variations of bread, and tons of other stuff lined up in the aisles…. its easy to pick up a couple of them than spend time trying to make them from scratch….and this is my attempt to eat a homemade breakfast.

Thanks to tons of food bloggers who has posted a recipe for granola. I used this one.

Additions to the above recipe:

1/3 cup of wheat germ

1/3 cup of  Bob’s Red Mill 10 grain cereal

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Starbucks banana walnut bread

Someone somewhere in the word-wide-web has posted this, and being a deep fan of it, i gave it a try…

think it…
1 3/4 C. flour (bread flour is best) + 2/3 c. sugar or less depending ur your taste
2 tsp. baking powder + 1/2 tsp. baking soda + 1/2 tsp. salt
1 cup mashed ripe (this is usually 2 or 3 bananas)
1/3 C. margarine + 2 Tbsp. milk
1 tsp of vanilla extract (optional) + 1/2 tsp of cinnamon powder
2 eggs (optional)
1 cup chopped walnuts (divided into 2 (1/2 C.) portions

make it…

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. In a medium size bowl combine all dry ingredients (flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt + cinnamon powder), stir together to combine. In another medium size bowl combine margarine and sugar, with a mixer cream the margarine and sugar together until light and fluffy. Add in mashed bananas and eggs, and mix well. Add 1/2 of the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients, mix until the flour is just mixed in, then add in the remaining flour and 1/2 cup walnuts, blend together until everything is mixed together. Add the vanilla extract (if you have any). Do not overstir.
Pour batter into a 8×4 inch loaf pan. Either top or mix in the batter with the remaining chopped walnuts. Bake at 350 degrees for 55 to 60 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes on a wire wrack.

live n process it…

Healthy Variations: (Multi-grain version)
I read about the multi-grain version, and Im going to try next time.
Substitute the bread flour with
1 1/2 cup flour (half all-purpose and half whole wheat) + 1/4 cup barley flour + 1/4 cup oat flour + 1/4 cup cold milled flax
1 teaspoon baking powder + 1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon + 1 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup butter, melted + 3/4 cup vanilla yogurt (I didnot use this)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract 2 eggs, beaten
1 1/2 cup ripe bananas, pureed

Will have a picture taken, the next time it is baked.

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