Cran-Mango Bread, a Recipe by quornflour

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I try to live by the rule: if I can make it reasonably, then I try to avoid buying it. It isn’t a rule that never gets brother, but it makes me stop and think about the effort involved. This is especially so with bread, because I LOVE bread. So instead of buying it, I figure I should at the very least put some effort into it. I do not make it often, because the only thing worse than trying to avoid a nice loaf of store bread in the house is trying to avoid a nice fresh warm loaf of bread. Luckily I have friends and neighbors who help me consume the bread to make it easier. They are kind.

The other day I was making pizza dough, and smelling that flour and yeast made me really want bread, so I decided I should make some, besides I had some yeast in the fridge that was set to expire…

I wanted something that verged away a bit from the savories (roasted garlic, rosemary, etc.) so I decided I would put my dried mangos and craisins to use and base the recipe off the basic bread recipe I use most often.

Here is what you need:

  • 1 tablespoon table sugar
  • 1 ¼ cup warm water
  • 2 envelopes active dry yeast
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon dry ginger
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 3-4 cups of flour
  • ¼ cup dried mango finely chopped (I use scissors)
  • ½ craisins
  • 2-3 tablespoons of oil (for rising the dough and oiling your loaf pan)
  • 2-3 tablespoons cornmeal (for the loaf pan)
  • 4 cups water (for steaming while cooking)

Here is what you do:

  1. In a large mixing bowl dissolve the sugar with the warm water and then add the yeast, give it a minute or two to make sure the yeast rises at this point, (if it doesn’t it won’t and you need new yeast).
  2. Once you’ve confirmed your yeast is good, add your salt, ginger, and olive oil and mix.
  3. Next add your flour about a ½ cup at a time and mix in, keep adding flour until it reaches a good dough consistency and no longer sticks to your hands.
  4. Removed from the bowl and kneed and then flatten like you are making pizza and add your fruits, roll the dough up and need the fruits in, folding and rolling.
  5. When your fruit is mixed in, cut your dough ball in half and roll each into a ball.
  6. Cover each ball with olive oil and roll it out into a football shape and place into a loaf pan that has been oiled and then sprinkled with cornmeal.
  7. Place a clean towel or cloth napkin over the pans and let sit in a warm place to rise for about 15 minutes.
  8. Boil water and pour into a shallow oven safe pan (a brownie pan or roasting pan will do) and place it on the bottom shelf of a cold oven.
  9. Place the loaf pans (without the towel/napkin) on the top shelf.
  10. Turn the oven on to 400 and let bake for about 40 minutes (the top should be golden brown).

This bread is delicious warm, and even more delicious toasted with a little orange marmalade!


I Scream for Breakfast by quornflour

Every Wednesday at work we have breakfast. It started with bagels, then we added a lot of the standards: waffles, pancakes, French toast, smoothies, even scrapple, eggs and grits.

Then people had suggestions and other ideas which lead to:

  • Sugar Cereal Smackdown
    • every type of sugar cereal you can find in the supermarket
  • Baguettefest
    • fresh baguettes, French cheese (you know the kind where you eat the crust too), real butter and a variety of jams and jellies
  • Grilled Cheese and Tomato Soup (when we move it to lunch)
    • who doesn’t love this? Nothing fancy, totally on the cheap, white bread, butter flavored Pam, American cheese
    • Tomato soup is the standard Campbell’s tomato with stewed tomato chunks and some basil (one batch made with milk, one with water)
  • Oatmeal
    • Irish oats, slow cooker, super delicious as long as someone is willing to get up early!
  • Holiday Breads:
    • Homemade breads by the team chefs

One day I was talking to my friend and I asked what he thought we should have for breakfast the next week. He, in jest, suggested ice-cream. I thought about it for about 7 seconds and decided it was a good idea. Seriously, it is no worse for you than sugar cereal, right?

I picked up loads of fruit, berries, vanilla ice cream, Rice Krispies and a variety of ice cream sauces. I also included Greek yogurt for those who could not quite get on-board the morning ice-cream thing. Overall people seemed to really enjoy it and it was practically healthy.

Sunday Morning Smoothie by quornflour

I got up early and read, cleaned a bit, started laundry, walked the dog and realized I had not had coffee, so I made a pot of coffee, paid the bills ate a few almonds, put groceries away that I had managed to overlook due to putting the bag in the pantry and running out the door, I installed some software on my computer, I ate some almonds, drank some coffee and realized it was almost 10 and I should probably eat something. But what?

In the groceries I had put away I had put away some almond milk and thought, I could really go for something a little sweet so I made a smoothie…

  • 1 ripe banana
  • 1 Cup of almond milk
  • 1 teaspoon ginger
  • 1 package berry Emergen-C
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 teaspoon chocolate powder
  • 1 cup frozen mix berries (strawberries, blueberries, raspberries & black berries)
  • 1 tablespoon flax seed oil

Put everything in a blender, blend until smooth and enjoy!

Then when you are done with your smoothie, get back to work!


Pink Princess Recovery Smoothie by quornflour

Today my friend Mary and I hit the gym. It has been a few months and I am in serious need of getting back to making it a regular habit, so today was the first day back. When I was leaving I was thinking to myself that yesterday’s smoothie was so delicious, I would make one today for after my workout.

I made a few adjustments for todays because I figured I could use some banana potassium for recovery and to avoid cramping and I found a few packs of Emergen-C that I figured would be just as good as those “immunity boosts” smoothie places like to add.

  • 1 small ripe banana
  • ½ C plain yogurt
  • ¼ teaspoon ginger powder
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • ½ C milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract (the real stuff)
  • ¼ C frozen raspberries
  • ¼ C frozen (halved) strawberries
  • 1 packet raspberry Emergen-C

Blend until smooth and can be enjoyed with a straw.

Vanishing Smoothie by quornflour

I woke up this morning with itchy eyes, it has been raining, but the first thing I thought of was, “here comes allergy season”.

Local honey is a good way to fend off spring allergies; it is like a flu shot but in a good way.

Ginger has been shown to help boost metabolism and for people like me, a good kick-start in the morning is just what I need.

Berries are loaded with antioxidants and help fight diseases.

Yogurt is loaded with good bacteria…

So I decided that what I needed to start my day was a delicious honey, ginger, berry smoothie.

It is super easy, all you need is:

¾ C frozen mixed berries (blueberries, raspberries, strawberries & blackberries)

1 C plain yogurt

½ C milk

½ teaspoon vanilla extract

1 tablespoon honey (add more if you want it sweeter)

¼ teaspoon ginger powder (sub with fresh ginger)

Add everything in a blender and blend until everything is mixed up and smooth and can be enjoyed with a straw!

It was so delicious, I forgot to take a picture until it was gone…

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