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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!

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Pretty Purple Slaw, a recipe by quornflour

Well, it isn’t really summer, but with the blue skies and sunshine and above zero temps, it sure feels like it.

So I made some fish and chips and slaw. Coleslaw is one of those foods that is either delicious or gross, it makes me sad when I have bad slaw. From the number of places I have had it in Minnesota, it seems to be pretty much a fact that Minnesotians can’t make slaw. No offence guys, but mayo and cabbage slaw does not make.

Here is what you need:

  • ¼ cup rice vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon mustard seeds
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped red onion
  • 4 teaspoons of brown sugar
  • ½ a cup miracle whip
  • ¼ cup crushed pineapple
  • ½ a head of red cabbage chopped into thin strips
  • ¼ cup craisins
  • ¼ cup finely chopped pecans

In a bowl add vinegar, mustard seeds and red onion and set aside for about an hour.

Add the sugar miracle whip and pineapple and mix well. Stir in cabbage, nuts and craisins and let sit for at least an hour in the fridge.



Cranberry Muffin Time: a Recipe by quornflour

I like muffins and breads.

I also like cranberries.

Here is a fairly simple Apple Cranberry muffin that is perfect any time of year, especially so around the holidays.

What happens fairly often, is I plan to have friends over for brunch and then at the very last minute I think “crap, I should make muffins.”

Sometimes I make them full on from scratch, but this time I didn’t have enough flour, but I had Bisquick so I kind of cheated. I am ok with that though, because they turned out super delicious.

Here is what you need for about 24-30 muffins:

  • 4 Cups of Bisquick
  • 2/3 Cups of sugar
  • 1 teaspoon powdered ginger
  • Zest of one orange
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 1/3 Cup of milk
  • 1 bag of cranberries
  • 1 apple finely chopped (1/4 inch)

Now you need to throw it all together and bake them up.

  1. Heat your oven to 375⁰
  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine the Bisquick, sugar, ginger and orange zest
  3. In a small mixing bowl beat the eggs then add the milk
  4. Mix the eggs and milk into the dry ingredients
  5. Fold in the cranberries and apples
  6. Grease and flour muffin tins or use liners
  7. Fill with batter
  8. Sprinkle sugar over top
  9. Bake for 25 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean

Eat these warm with butter if you can!



Kickin’ Cranberry Chutney: a Recipe by quornflour

One of my very most favorite things about holiday food is cranberries. I freaking L-O-V-E love them.

I like cranberry juice ok, but I love cranberry sauce. So much in fact I buy them and put them in the freezer so I have them months later. I make tons of extra cranberry sauce and can it so I can enjoy it in the summer. I even eat the canned stuff.

The other day when we were sitting around talking about having a charity lunch with the theme east meets west, I offered to make cranberry chutney. Ok, I also offered to make Curry Mussels, which are delicious, but since I already made them, it was not going to make much of a new recipe blog post.

I remember making some form of a cranberry chutney when I was in middle school maybe, but I wanted something with more of a kick, so here goes.

Remember I made this for a charity lunch, so I made a lot.

  • 24 oz (2 bags) of cranberries – frozen
  • 2 oranges
  • 1 lemon
  • 1 cup of sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • ½ teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon ground cloves
  • ½ teaspoon ground cumin

You also need a blender or a food processor…

Zest the orange and the lemon, trim off some of the pith, you don’t need to remove it all, and if your fruits aren’t too pithy you don’t need to bother with it.

Then everything in the blender (or food processor) and whirr it up.

It is tart and sweet and then leaves a little kick at the end.



Can-berries by quornflour

If someone was to ask me, “do you feel the tiniest bit superior for canning foods over those who do not?”

I would have to honestly say, “No”.

I say no, but that is because superior is not the right word, but I do tend to think to myself, “Self, you are awesome.”

Now do not get me wrong, you could be awesome too, especially since the act of basic canning, is not all that hard.

It is time consuming and easy to make a big mess that you have to clean up because you also need to prep your foods. If you have small batches it is pretty easy to do on your own, bigger bathes is more fun with other people, especially for things where there is a lot of prep work.

In my limited return to canning I realized that really there are only about 4 things (in addition to sterilized jars and lids) that you need to make it go smoothly.

You need a great big canning pot with a rack, a jar funnel and a jar grabber thing.

Most of these things you can find at thrift stores, I got mine online for about 25$, well really everything was around 35$ because there were other non-essential parts for my particular current needs.

Now all you need to do to make your first batch of something is take some fruit, sugar and water and cook it down. You can use this delicious cranberry recipe if you happen to have cranberries sitting around like I did. For the cranberries I left them in the boil bath for 8-10 minutes.

Now I am excited for canning season!

 



Super Tart Cranberry Spread by quornflour

Cranberries are not just for Thanksgiving and turkey; they are also delicious in oatmeal, muffins, pancakes and dressings.

Sometimes you want your cranberries sweet sometimes what you are cooking them in is sweet enough.

Since you can always make them sweeter this recipe is for making them tart, you can add sugar as necessary later, but you cannot so easily remove it.

Here is what you need:

  • 2 lbs cranberries
  • 2 ½ cups white sugar
  • ½ cups honey
  • 2-3 cups of water
  • 1 naval orange chopped
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1 green apple chopped

In a five quart pot add the cranberries add water until the cranberries rise and you can see the water.

Add sugar, honey, spices and orange, cook on medium heat until the cranberries pop.

When the cranberries pop add the apple and cook for another 5 minutes covered.

Use on oatmeal, in pancakes, muffins, in apple pie, chicken or even add ¼ cup to the Lemon Dressing recipe for a cranberry lemon dressing.

If it is too tart for your particular use, just add honey or simple sugar syrup to it to sweeten as desired.

Can or freeze extra berries when you are done.




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