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Cran-Mango Bread, a Recipe by quornflour

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cran-mango

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!

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Black Chocolate Ginger Cookies, a Recipe by quornflour

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I am sure I have mentioned it before, I am a big fan of ginger and chocolate. Especially since I discovered that Hershey’s chocolate baking powder also comes in “Special Dark”. It’s almost black, it is amazing.

I figured since the Dark Chocolate Ginger Cake I made a while back was such a hit, I would try making some chocolate ginger cookies.

I also happened to have my kitchenaid mixer out after having made Strawberry Rhubarb sorbet, so I swapped out the bowl and the mixer thing and went to work.

Heat your over to 375◦.

Toss these into the mixer in the order below, give the mixer time to mix thoroughly before adding the next.

  • 1 ¼ cup shortening
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon ginger powder
  • ¾ cup hershey’s special dark baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 cups dark chocolate chips
  • 1 cup chopped candied ginger (chop it into pieces about the size of chocolate chips)

Place ping pong ball size balls of dough on parchment paper covered cookie sheet about 2 inches apart.

Bake for 8 minutes and let cool on a rack.

Enjoy.



Simple Baked Apple: a Recipe by quornflour

Yesterday, at work we were talking about apple strudel, which then lead to a conversation about how easy it is to make. There are a number of ways to make them; one of my favorite ways is super simple and simply delicious. It is also a great recipe because you can easily make it for one person and for many.

Listed below is for one large apple but can easily also be used for two small apples.

You will need:

  • 1 large apple
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons of butter
  • 1/8th teaspoon of cinnamon
  • ¼ cup of “old fashioned” oats

If you are making this for just one or two people you can bake them in an oven safe mug, ramekin or other small oven safe dish. Here I used a small glass oven safe Pyrex dish. If you are making this for a larger number of people you can also put them together in a baking pan.

  1. Heat your oven to 400°
  2. In a bowl combine butter, sugar and cinnamon until completely mixed

  1. Add oats

  1. Core your apple, if you do not have an apple corer you can use a basic peeler if it does not have a guard on it
  2. Place your apple in the baking dish

  1. Pack the sugar, butter, oat mix into the hole, any remainder can go around it

  1. Bake for about 45 minutes to an hour (it will depend on the size of the apple) – basically you want to bake it until the apple is soft enough to poke with a bamboo skewer without much force

Enjoy warm. You can also top with ice cream or brie cheese.



We Got the Beet: a Recipe by quornflour

I love beets. I know a lot of people do not like them, but those people are silly.

One of my favorite ways to cook them is a result of a CSA grocery box years ago.

In this box there were these 4 giant red beets, and a big bunch of collards and a small red onion. The only thing you need to add is 2 tablespoons of butter (or olive oil if you want to make it vegan), a pinch of salt (around 1/8th of a teaspoon) and a quarter cup of water.

  1. chop up your onion into quarter inch pieces
  2. wash and cut your beets into ½ inch pieces
  3. cut your collards in half then into 1 inch strips
  4. in a 4-5 Quart Dutch oven on medium heat melt your butter
  5. caramelize the onions
  6. add the beats and the water
  7. cook until they are soft enough to poke with a fork
  8. add the collards and cook until they brighten

Serve warm.



Garlic Toast by quornflour

My friend Sara (of Cake and Pie fame) and I were working on a puzzle and needed a snack, because, you know, puzzles are hard.

I had just returned home from a trip so I did not really have much in the way of veggies and such in the house, but I wanted something that was easy and delicious.

I happened to have a loaf of Italian bread and tomato sauce, so I cooked myself up some garlic toast.

It is super easy.

Just:

  1. slice up your bread into slices about an inch thick
  2. butter them up
  3. sprinkle with fine chopped garlic
  4. sprinkle with parmesan cheese
  5. toast it until the edges get a little golden on the edges
  6. slice them into strips
  7. serve with tomato sauce.

Good stuff.



Cookie Time by quornflour

In Boston there is this old jail, the Charles Street Jail, it was converted into a swanky hotel. It went from the place you might pay not to spend the night, to a place people pay premium for a night.

I have never stayed there, but they do have a bar and restaurant that I have been to a few times. They have good drinks. What they also have is super delicious chocolate chip cookies.

The great thing about their cookies is they are served warm and with the recipe. Everyone has heard the urban legend of the 250$ recipe.

Anyway, I was going through my cell phone photos and I found a photo of the cookie and the cookie recipe, so I figured I would share.

Happy Sunday!



Most Delicious Apple (Pie) Sauce by quornflour

Ok, so I only going to share this because my dear friend Missy asked me to post some Thanksgiving, holiday, fall foods. So you can all thank her for this. Else it would have remained a secret for ever and ever.

Now, apple sauce is one of those things that is really quite easy to make. Take some fresh delicious apples, stick them in a pot, turn the heat on medium and let them slowly turn to mush. Easy and delicious.

This is not that apple sauce, this is some most delicious apple sauce that you might lose track of time and forget to make your gingersnaps…

You are going to need a giant bag of apples, like 12 quart bag worth of sauce or pie apples (the farmers market or grocer can tell you which ones are best a present) and a 10 quart pot. Basically, because the apples reduce so much having them start overflowing is not going to be an issue.

Cut the apples in quarters, you are going to use a ricer later on, so you can leave the seeds and skins on and put them in your pot with a ½ Cup of water to start the heating process.

Add:

  • 1 C candied ginger
  • 1 C brown sugar (packed)
  • 6 cinnamon sticks
  • ½ cup spiced rum (the alcohol will burn off if you are concerned about giving this to children, or you can just tell the kids it isn’t for them and they can just deal with that)
  • 1 C Amish Rolled salted butter… yes you read that right, butter.

Now, you do not necessarily want to just use any old butter, if you cannot find Amish butter, then Kerry Gold will suffice, though the Amish butter is the best, it is a wonder they do not all die off of heart disease on account of just how delicious it is.

On medium heat, let them cook down, keep an eye and must them down now and again until you can fit the lid on. Stirring occasionally, let them cook down.

Once they are mush, use a ricer to get out the giant chunks of things, really, you could also just throw it in the blender too.

I sent this to a friend of mine who opened it, “just to try a taste”, next thing she knew it was gone. I can tell you I was overjoyed at the end of a crap day to find the last jar in a pile of other goodness I Had canned, so can this and hide some, or use it as a gift, because seriously, it is some good stuff.




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