Food!!

Avocado Bread

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Avocados have become the new craze on the Internet.  I had appearances on the Dr.Oz show and Fox 29 here in Philadelphia and they wanted me to prepare different avocado recipes for each.  Being that my dad is a baker I wanted to try what I’d been taught since a child and resorted to baking an avocado bread.   I know it sounds weird but why let all the other fruits and veggies have fun being bread?  Avocados are so versatile and I promise this recipe will not disappoint.

Avocado bread
Ingredients:
 1 cup flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • pinch of salt
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter, room temp
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 cup mashed avocado*
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
Preparation:
 Preheat the oven to 325°F and line a small loaf pan with parchment paper.
In a bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt. Set aside.
In another bowl, cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Mix in the egg and vanilla throughly and then the mashed avocado and lemon juice.
Gently fold in the flour mix, being careful not to over mix.
Spoon the batter (it is very thick) into the prepared pan and bake for 35-45 minutes or until an inserted wooden skewer is clean with a few crumbs clinging. Cool completely, slice and enjoy.

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Food!!

Homemade Garlic Bread

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Being that my father is a baker, we always had bread around the house growing up.  One of the things he would make would be homemade garlic bread.  Everyone knows this pairs up great with a pasta dish and a glass of vino.  This recipe is simple and the fresh herbs really stand out.  Once you try this you will never want frozen garlic bread again.  Enjoy!

Ingredients:
1/3 cup fresh parsley
1/3 cup fresh basil
1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
4-5 large garlic cloves
Salt & pepper, to taste
2 tablespoons butter
1 french baguette, cut in half

Preparation:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

In a food processor pulse garlic, parsley, basil and s&p; until you get fine little crumbs.  Set aside

Now in a small skillet on medium to high heat add olive oil.  Next add your fresh herb mix.  Cook for about a minute, you don’t want garlic to burn.

Take the bread and cut in half.  Place on top of a baking sheet.  Smear the butter on the slices.  Next take your olive oil and herb mix and smear it on top of the butter.

Turn your oven now to broiler.  Add the bread.  Should take 5-6 minutes until bread is toasted and golden brown.

Food!!

Braided Chicken Bread

 

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Talk about entertaining your guests. This braided chicken bread is super easy and looks so fancy.  Family and friends will think you spent lots of time making this, but it is such a simple recipe.  You can even make mini ones if you would like.  With kids back in school and parents trying to figure out quick meals this will definitely help.  If you’re feeling creative change some of the fillings with what you love.  This can also be turned into something sweet.

Ingredients:

1 Rotisserie chicken, shredded for meat

(2) 8oz can crescent rolls

1 cup frozen broccoli

1 cup frozen corn

1 egg, beaten

1 teaspoon of water

salt & pepper, to taste

1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese

8oz package cream cheese, room temperature

1/2 cup mayo

Preparation:

Preheat oven to 375 F degrees.

Take a baking sheet and a piece of parchment paper and set aside.

In a medium to large bowl take shredded chicken, corn, broccoli, salt & pepper, cheddar cheese, mayo and cream cheese and mix everything together until well combined.

Next take the 2 crescent roll dough and roll it out on a flat surface. Sticking them together to form one big rectangle piece. Place the dough on the baking sheet. Take filling and place in the middle of the dough. Take the side pieces and cut them into even strips on both sides.

Starting at the top fold that piece in to cover the end. Next take the strips and start to fold them over like a braid. At the end fold that in to cover as well.

Take the egg and water and beat to make an egg wash. Brush it all over the braid. Place in the oven for about 15 to 20 minutes until golden brown.

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Homemade Wheat Bread

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Being a Baker’s daughter I figured it was about time I made some Homemade bread.  I do not have a bread machine or maker.  I use my hands, which are the best equipment in my grandmother’s eyes.  Anyway making bread at home does require patience and time, but it does payoff.  It’s affordable, healthy and makes your house just smell do good.  The process takes a couple of hours so make sure you have that time before you start. 

I realized when I started to make this that I didn’t have my bread loaf pan; so I panicked and called my dad in Brazil.  He said no worries you will be fine.  Just put it on a baking sheet.  You can make it as long as you want by rolling it out.  If you have a bread loaf pan and you want it more uniform, use it.  This comes out more like rustic bread.  SO I did and it turned out perfect.  Who can resist a fresh warm piece of bread with some butter?  This amount will give you 2 loaves of bread. I hope you enjoy it. 

Ingredients:

4 cups of warm water (not too hot because this will deactivate the yeast)

2 teaspoons of active dry yeast

8 1/2 cups of flour

1 Tablespoon of Honey (or agave nectar)

2 teaspoons of Salt

1/4 cup olive oil

Preparation:

Mix warm water with the yeast and sweetener and make sure it bubbles (you will notice little bubbles). Will take a minute or so.

Stir in 5 cups of flour until there are no lumps. Let stand for 30 to 35 minutes.

afterwards stir in the salt and oil and gradually add  another 3 cups of flour. When the dough develops into a stiff ball, then we are ready to knead.

Turn out the dough onto a floured counter top and begin kneading. (this is where the other 1/2 cup comes into play, the flour is added slowly on counter and dough)

The plan is to slightly stretch the dough against the counter as the section furthest away from you is pressed back into the center of the ball.

The dough should no longer stick to the counter after a few kneads.  This will take between 10 to 15 minutes. Patience with your dough is important. Remember don’t overknead and tear the dough because this will cause it not to rise well.

Place about 2 Tablespoons of Olive Oil in the mixing bowl, put the dough in the oil and just do a quick turn and tuck , then cover.

Place aside for 45-60 minutes to rise. Make sure the room isn’t to cold, I usually place it in an oven (off of course)

After the dough has doubled in size, you will punch it down. (Fun part).  If you are using bread loaf pans this is the time to slightly oil them.

Cut the dough into two pieces.

Form loaves by making a ball, pulling the sides into an oblong shape and then pinch the seams along the bottom and sides.

Place in the pans, lightly oil the tops and set aside to rise for 30 minutes

Bake at 350 for 45 minutes or until golden brown.

When done take out of loaf pans and put aside. Your bread will keep for several days at room temperature, a week to 10 days in the  fridge or a couple of months in the freezer.

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Food!!

BLPT Sandwich with Gorgonzala Cheese

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If you love BLT’s you will love this little twist.  I present to you a BLPT, Bacon (turkey bacon in this case), Lettuce, Pear and Tomato.  I also decided to add some gorgonzola cheese.  I love cheese with fruit and even honey.  Okay so all you to do is pile it on and Toast it, grill it or even place it on a skillet. 

Ingredients:

1 Pear, sliced

1 Tomato, sliced

Lettuce, leaf broken in half

Rye Bread, 2 Slices

Butter, spread on bread (optional)

1/4 cup of gorgonzola cheese per sandwich (you can add less or more)

Turkey Bacon ( or vegan and real bacon)

Preparation:

Spread some butter on rye bread and pile all your ingredients on. Place on Grill, Skillet or Toast to get a nice golden crispy color.  Cut and enjoy with some Sweet Potato Chips.

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Food!!

Homemade Beer Bread

I know some of you may have tried the Tastefully simple beer bread, and I will not lie the taste is amazing and super easy to make.  But spending over 5 bucks for a small loaf of bread starts to get expensive when you want something different.  So why not just make it from scratch at home.  It’s super easy as well and saves you some money for your pocket.  The smell of fresh-baked bread in the house is just tempting. 

It reminds me of my childhood.  My father was a baker so I would sometimes go to the bakery with him and eat some hot bread right out of the oven bread.  (Tip:  if you don’t want to use beer feel free to use spirit or cola)

3 cups of rising flour

1/3 cup of sugar

12oz bottle or can of beer

3 tablespoons of melted butter

 

Preheat oven to 350 to 375 degrees.  Butter up or spray a loaf pan.  In a mixing bowl combine the ingredients.  You’re looking for a sticky mixture.  I would recommend using a spatula to pour it into the pan. Pour melted butter on top or you can wait about 5 min before it is done to brush on the butter.  Bake for about 50 to 55 min.  After baking let sit for about 15 minutes before you cut into it ( I know this can be hard to do).  Enjoy with some dip or make a yummy grilled sandwich which I plan on making one later and will share it with you.