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Fresh baked bread is the best potpourri

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I have a confession to make: sometimes I like to bake bread merely for the way it makes the house smell.  Shameful, I know.  Sure, we all eat the bread and it’s delicious and worth it.  I don’t tell anyone I’m making it for the smell alone.  It’s our secret, don’t tell, okay?

I thought I’d share a few pictures of the mega adorable Jen in the Lemon Sorbet Dress that is available in the shop now, plus a bread recipe!  It’s a double whammy post.

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How ADORABLE is she in that dress?  Jen was sweet enough to come over and teach me how to bake bread a few weeks ago.  She ran the kitchen for many years at one of the most popular baked goods and coffee stops in our area, and you better believe I pounced on the opportunity to learn to bake from her!

She taught me a pretty easy No Knead Beer Bread Recipe that was delicious!!  This is not that recipe because I misplaced it.  This one isn’t bad either, though.  I like how easy it was to make.

No Knead Beer Bread Recipe

Ingredients
1 1/2 teaspoons active dry yeast
4 1/2 cups all-purpose flour, divided
1/2 cup warm water (100 degrees F or 38 degrees C)
1 (12 fluid ounce) can or bottle beer

1 1/2 teaspoons fine salt
all-purpose flour for dusting
1 tablespoon cornmeal

Directions
1.  Stir together yeast, 1/2 cup flour and warm water in a large bowl. Cover and let sit in a warm spot for about 30 minutes.
2.  Stir beer, remaining flour and salt into the bowl. Mix until all the flour is incorporated and forms a thick sticky dough that pulls away from the sides of the bowl. Cover and let rise in a warm spot for 2 hours, until doubled in size.
3.  Scrape all the dough from the bowl with a rubber spatula, and place on a well-floured surface. Generously flour the top of the dough and form into a loaf shape.
4.  Sprinkle a baking sheet with cornmeal. Transfer loaf to the baking sheet and sprinkle the top with flour. Cover loosely with a towel and let rise for 30-40 minutes.
5.  Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F (220 degrees C).
6.  Place a small loaf pan of warm water on a lower rack to humidify the oven.
7.  Slash a long slit in the top of the loaf with a sharp knife or razor. Place the baking sheet on the rack above the pan of warm water in the oven. Bake for 35 minutes, until the loaf is golden brown.
8.  Transfer to a cooling rack. Let cool completely before slicing and serving.

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Enjoy!!

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Recipe: Jam-filled Muffins

One of my favorite cold weather breakfast or snack items is a muffin.  Easy for grab and go in the morning or perfect with a cup of tea and a chat with friends in the afternoon.  I try to keep fresh baked muffins on hand and bake a batch once a week or so.

I LOVE jam or jelly on my muffins.  It’s even better when it’s in them!  A few years ago I came up with the brilliant idea of adding jam before baking them.

You can use any ole muffin recipe to achieve this.

I used a recipe from AllRecipes that I modified just a bit.

Blueberry Muffin Recipe:

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil – I substitute for 1/3 cup of coconut oil.  To substitute coconut oil, heat it until barely warmed in the microwave and liquid
  • 1 egg
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 1 cup fresh blueberries – I did a triple berry muffin, because more is always better! 1/3 cup of blueberries, 1/3 cup of raspberries, 1/3 cup of blackberries
  • blackberry or strawberry jam

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Grease muffin cups or line with muffin liners.
  2. Combine 1 1/2 cups flour, 3/4 cup sugar, salt and baking powder. Place vegetable oil into a 1 cup measuring cup; add the egg and enough milk to fill the cup. Mix this with flour mixture. Fold in berries.
  3. Fill muffin cups about half-way with batter.  Add a big dollop of jam.  I like LOTS of jam.  You can’t go wrong with too much, really.  If you put too much the muffins might fall apart, that’s the only thing to keep in mind.
  4. Fill the rest of the muffin cup with batter.  Go ahead and fill all of the way to the top of the cup.
  5. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes in the preheated oven, or until done.  It may take a little bit longer with the jam in it.

These are great reheated in the morning!  Definitely want to eat them warm.

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Nom Nom! Enjoy!