Category: Bread

Double Chocolate Chip Banana Muffins

Double Chocolate Chip Banana Muffins

A delicious muffin that uses up those long forgotten bananas on the counter.  Add chocolate and it’s a perfect union!

 

 

My kids most favorite muffins are Banana Muffins.  So when I saw this in a Taste of Home magazine with great reviews, it was on my to-bake list immediately!  Is it weird that I have an on going list just for baking?  What can I say, I’m a baker at heart 🙂  I may not be the best at it, but I enjoy it.  If I did an outside job, it would be baking stuff, doesn’t seem like work to me!  Housework on the other hand is…. WORK! Speaking of housework, you’ll notice that I’ve been especially absent the past week or so.  I’ve been working and developing a home management routine that works for us!  I’ve even pulled out the ChorePacks I had from years ago that never got followed through with!  I’ve never had a large family mentality.  Things work so much differently in large families.  I’ve always did everything that was done in the house with not much help.  Well that is fine and dandy for 3 or even 4 kids, but not with 6 kids including twin babies! I just can’t keep up anymore.  Not with everything including homeschooling, and cooking on my plate.  Like I’ve said before the twins are a full time job alone!

 

 

 

 

 

A quote that I have never forgotten:   Cleaning up while kids are around is like shoveling during a snowstorm!

That is soooo true!  I try to always live in the moment and never have any regrets about raising my kids, to always enjoy them because they grow so quickly.  But I do regret not training them to do chores.  I never dreamed I would have 6 kids and like I mentioned earlier, I never had a large family mentality.  I always felt sad whenever I saw a large family and the older kid had to help the younger ones do something.  Or it seemed as though the kids had to do all the chores.    I have learned that when you have a large family, all family members need to make a contribution.  This is very hard for me.  No, not because I’m a control freak or I have to have things done my way.  Just the the opposite.  I was raised in a typical American family where Mom sends the kids off to school each morning and then kids come home and relax, the housework is done.  They play, eat dinner, bath and go to sleep.  That’s what I expected from my kids too except when they’re home all day long and make messes all day long. someone is gonna have to clean up!  I told my husband that I felt like I was always cleaning up messes just to get to stuff that I had written down on my list that I needed to get done!  Most of the time I wasn’t even able to tackle my to-do list.  I was too busy just doing basic everyday chores after a family of 8!  Things had to change, I had to change and let go of my thinking kids are just young once. That is true, but they need to be given chores to teach responsibility.  Better late than never!

So enough of my ramblings.  We’re on a good system now and I will report back when we’ve done it consistently for a few months!

 

 

 

This picture makes me laugh.  Why? Because it’s so cute and little.  Who makes only 6 muffins? 🙂  It makes a cute picture though.  I bake the kids in a 24 cup container. I LOVE those!!

Here’s what I’m talking about          

 

 

Even if you only want 12 muffins, or 6!  Always bake double because they freeze wonderfully!  I’ll never forget the time I tried to vacuum seal muffins in a freezer bag BEFORE freezing the muffin! LOL!  You should’ve seen my face when that machine squished them flat! 😉

 

 

 

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Double Chocolate Chip Banana Muffins

Serves: 1 dozen

Ingredients
  • 1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • ¼ cup baking cocoa
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon baking powder
  • 1-1/3 cups mashed ripe bananas (about 3 medium)
  • ⅓ cup canola oil
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 cup (6 ounces) miniature semisweet chocolate chips
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350°.
  2. Whisk together the first six ingredients.
  3. In a separate bowl, whisk bananas, oil and egg until blended. Add to flour mixture; stir just until moistened. Fold in chocolate chips.
  4. Fill greased or paper-lined muffin cups three-fourths full.
  5. Bake until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean, 20-25 minutes.
  6. Cool 5 minutes before removing from pan to a wire rack. Serve warm.

 

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Banana Bread French Toast

Banana Bread French Toast

Banana-Bread-FrenchToast~LittleChefWithin.com       Last week I shared with you my most favorite Banana Bread of all time! So this post is what to do if you find yourself with leftover bread.  You know, a rare occurrence I'm sure. No need to throw that lonely leftover loaf of banana bread in the freezer, or worseaway!  😮   No!  Turn it into French Toast! Banana Bread French Toast takes regular french toast up a notch, or two! It smells unbelievable, so AMAZING!  I can promise you if your neighbors smell this cooking, they'll wanna come over for a  piece! So you can either do Plan A: put a pot of coffee on, or Tea, to serve alongside the Banana Bread French Toast.  Or Plan B: you need to run, lock the door, and shut the blinds and inhale all the French Toast by yourself and scream NO TOAST FOR YOU!! In your best Soup Nazi voice! Uh.... on second thought maybe Plan B should be removed because that sounds kinda weird and anti-social and I just want to promote happy thoughts here. Think of a happy place 😁   Delicious Banana Bread French Toast~LittleChefWithin.com   Note to self: Maybe I shouldn't write posts in the middle of the night.  I tend to ramble and throw out useless TV and movie references....    
Banana Bread French Toast
Ingredients
  • 1 loaf banana bread, thickly sliced
  • 2 eggs
  • ⅔ cup milk
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • ½ tsp cinnamon
  • fruit, syrup, chocolate drizzle (optional)
  • butter for skillet
Instructions
  1. Dry banana bread out in the oven on 375 degrees by baking a few minutes on EACH side
  2. Beat eggs; add milk
  3. stir in vanilla and cinnamon
  4. dip each slice of bread into wet mixture coating both sides evenly
  5. fry in a well buttered skillet for a few minutes, flip and cook till golden brown
  6. Adapted from southernplate.com

 

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Stuffed Pizza Bread

Stuffed Pizza Bread

 

Stuffed Pizza Bread

Oh my goodness am I ever excited to share this recipe with you! I stumbled upon this Stuffed Pizza Bread recipe and it was in my possession less than an hour before I made it!  That’s how amazing it looked and sounded!  Obviously I can’t eat it due to Celiac Disease, but I can get joy out of making good food for my family 🙂

Luck would have it that I had just purchased some Italian loaves to make my freezer garlic bread.  I whipped up some homemade pizza sauce and everything else was on hand! Back in the day when I could eat gluten, Italian food was my favorite!  So I still have a soft spot in my heart for it.

The kids were very impatient while I was taking pictures, so I barely got any snapped! I don’t blame them though, the smell was very enticing 🙂

 

 

This would make an incredible pizza dip too!  Toast the bread instead of stuffing it and dip into the gooey dish, YUMM!!

 

Stuffed Pizza Bread

Serves: 2 loaves

LittleChefTip: Use clean kitchen scissors to cut the pepperoni in half, then half again. Saves time!
Ingredients
  • 2 thick Italian loaves or 2 French baguettes
  • 10 ounces cream cheese, softened at room temperature
  • 2½ cups shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1¼ cup pizza sauce, plus more to serve on the side
  • ½ cup parmesan cheese, plus more to sprinkle on top
  • 1 tsp dried basil
  • ½ tsp dried oregano
  • 1½ cups pepperoni slices, chopped, divided
  • 4 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350° F.
  2. Cut each loaf into 4 equal-sized pieces. Use a long knife to remove the insides, keeping some bread along the edges. Pull out the loose bread to leave hollow bread quarters. Set aside.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, mix together the cream cheese, mozzarella cheese, pizza sauce, parmesan, basil, dried oregano, and 1¼ cup of the chopped pepperoni.
  4. Mix well to combine in a Kitchen Aid mixer, or with a hand mixer.
  5. Stuff the bread quarters with the pizza dip mixture, using a spoon to help pack the dip in.
  6. Once the bread is stuffed, transfer it to a cutting board. Line up the quarters so that they fit together as they did before the loaf was cut.
  7. Slice the bread into pieces that are approximately 1" thick.
  8. Tear a piece of heavy duty foil that is longer than the loaf. Slide the loaf slices off of the cutting board and onto the foil, keeping them together.
  9. In a small bowl, combine the melted butter and garlic powder. Brush the garlic butter over the bread, allowing some to drip down between the slices.
  10. Top with the remaining ¼ cup pepperoni and sprinkle with additional parmesan cheese.
  11. Wrap the foil around the bread and bake for 20 minutes.
  12. Unwrap the bread and bake for 5 minutes, or until the top browns slightly.
  13. Remove from the oven, sprinkle with additional parmesan cheese, and serve with pizza sauce for dipping.
  14. Adapted from Hostthetoast.com

 

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Indescribably Delicious Banana Bread

Indescribably Delicious Banana Bread

Indescribably Delicious Banana Bread~LittleChefWithin.comYum

The original title was nlb’s Indescribably Delicious Banana Bread. I have no clue who nlb is, but I want to thank her/him very much for this recipe! It’s my most favorite banana bread of all time!!

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This special recipe has been in my email inbox since 2002!!! It’s older than 5 of my kids! Back in the day before food blogs were the rage, to share recipes you could join a recipe loop through E-mail. This famous recipe was SO popular that everyone requested it over and over. So they started putting the initials nlb on it. Those 3 little letters indicated that this was THE banana bread recipe you wanted to try, that you must try!

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What sets this apart from all other banana breads is the topping. The loaf gets dressed with a delicious, sweet and nutty mixture.

My kids prefer theirs plain 😨. What can I say, they don’t appreciate the wonderful taste of nuts yet. So you can see in the background a few slices of naked bread on the plate. LOL

 

Indescribably Delicious Banana Bread

Serves: 2 loaves

Ingredients
  • Batter:
  • 1 cup butter (2 sticks)
  • 1½ cups sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 4 very ripe bananas, mashed * or 1¾ c
  • 1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
  • ¼ cup buttermilk
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1½ tsp. baking soda
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • Topping, put on after baking:
  • 6 tablespoons butter
  • 10 tablespoons brown sugar
  • ¼ cup PLUS 1 Tablespoon milk
  • 1 cup or more, chopped walnuts (pecans work
  • well too)
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350°.
  2. Cream butter and sugar.
  3. Mash bananas, beat eggs and add to the bananas with vanilla and buttermilk; mix well and add to creamed butter and sugar.
  4. Sift together flour, soda and salt.
  5. Add to banana mixture, beat well.
  6. Pour into 2 greased and floured 9x5x3-inch loaf pans.
  7. Bake 45 to 50 minutes or until bread pulls away from sides of pan. Cool.
  8. (Note: start checking with toothpick after 35 minutes -- you don't want the bread to overbake.)
  9. To prepare topping: Melt butter in saucepan.
  10. Add sugar and milk.
  11. Cook until very syrupy.
  12. Remove from heat and add chopped nuts.
  13. Pour over bread spreading to all the corners
  14. and place under broiler until bubbly and brown. Watch closely.

Normally all my ripe bananas go to Banana Muffins, but this time I wanted to make the kids banana bread for a snack. It tends to last longer than 24 muffins, go figure!  They were a little miffed that I put nuts on one loaf this time, but how could I blog it and not show you the actual food? They got over it pretty quick. 😁

I know you want to jump off the computer, laptop, or phone, right now and fix this recipe!  To see if Indescribably Delicious Banana Bread lives up to it’s name!! 😉

This is one title that won’t disappoint!

 

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Honey Oatmeal Bread (Bread Machine recipe)

Honey Oatmeal Bread (Bread Machine recipe)

Honey Oatmeal Bread-Bread Machine

I can’t even begin to tell you how many bread recipes I have made in my lifetime! Kneading the dough by hand, bread machine, mixer and even a food processor!  I used to love trying out new bread recipes. Having Celiac Disease certainly but a damper on my bread obsession, who am I kidding, it put a halt, a complete stop to it for a long time!  But regardless, whenever I discovered a new blog the first place I searched would be for the bread recipes!  There’s nothing like homemade bread and apparently my kids feel the same way.  The other day my oldest son, LittleChef1, was talking about when he was grown and moves out (I did a good job of pretending I didn’t care about that talk, I know it’s inevitable and a normal progression of life, it just pulls at your heartstrings a little thinking about it), he asked how much a bread machine was, I told him. He said he was gonna buy one and bake bread in it everyday because he loves homemade bread so much! This is coming from the kid who said he was going to eat out for all of his meals when he’s on his own. Yes, his plan is to eat fast food every single day!  So I was kinda shocked when he told me this new information.

I’ve had a Zojirushi Bread Machine for almost 8 years now, and it’s been greatly used.  But since I got my bigger Kitchen Aid mixer early last year,  the bread machine took a back seat. It even lost it’s spot on the counter and got moved to the appliance graveyard!

I sat there processing this information while I was feeding one of the twins and an ideal hit me.  The kids will start using the bread machine, daily.  Each one will be responsible to make bread that morning.  You guessed it, LittleChef1, aka Nathan,  was up first. We went through the recipe together and he measured everything out. I showed him the ins and outs of the machine. He was somewhat perplexed it wasn’t his favorite Pullman Bread Recipe.  That one has taken center stage the past few years.  But when it started to bake, the amazing aroma filled the house and he was smiling! So it worked out good.  Plus my Dad gave me a bag of rolled oats he got from the Amish store, what a perfect recipe to help use up over 14 pounds of oats!  Yes, 14 pounds. Who buys a bag that big? Apparently my Dad does, LOL!  So whenever we use the rolled oats I always think of him and that big bag 🙂

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The loaf had a few slices taken out of it by the time I thought I should snap a pic and blog it because it used to be my kids favorite sandwich bread.  It really is a simple, delicious recipe.  I remember eating this one and it’s a definite keeper!

Honey Oatmeal Bread (Bread Machine recipe)
*Always check dough after it's been kneading a couple of minutes to see if it's too dry or wet. Add additional flour or water if needed.
Ingredients
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 TBLS Veg Oil
  • ¼ cup honey
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ½ cup rolled oats
  • 2⅓ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp active dry yeast
Instructions
  1. Put ingredients in bread machine according to your machine's suggestions. (Usually all liquid, then add dry last)
  2. Select Basic setting, medium crust

 

Pizza Stromboli

Pizza Stromboli

Pizza Stromboli

This is one recipe that all the kids agree on, they love it.   If you like pizza, then you’ll love this recipe too! I’m always met with smiles whenever the kids find out Pizza Stromboli is on the menu.

What is a stromboli? Well I’m glad you asked 😉

Stromboli is a type of turnover filled with various cheeses (typically mozzarella) and Italian meats or vegetables. The dough used is either Italian bread dough or pizza dough.

Stromboli was invented in the United States in the 1950s. It was named after the Italian film Stromboli.

A stromboli is somewhat similar to a calzone. A calzone is a baked turnover stuffed with pizza ingredients. A stromboli is usually made by rolling up dough that has been topped with pizza ingredients and then baking it. A calzone is crescent-shaped, and a stromboli is usually shaped like a long rectangle. A calzone is served with tomato sauce on top of it or on the side, while a stromboli generally has the tomato sauce inside it. The question is complicated by the fact that there is some variation in what constitutes a stromboli.     Source: Wikipedia

So you see there’s even discrepancies in the stromboli world!!

Pizza-Stromboli

I don’t even remember where I found this recipe,  but I’m glad I did and the kids are too. I’m still not 100 % convinced this is an authentic stromboli because it’s not rolled.  But what else are you gonna call it? A braided pizza bread maybe? Either one, it’s sure to become a favorite at your house too.

After I started making this recipe I stopped making calzones.  This feeds the kids more because of the shape and they love helping with the dough.

This recipe starts with my Artisan Pizza Dough.  You could easily use your own recipe or store bought crust. Trust me folks, pizza dough is one item that is sooo easy and cheap to make.  In fact, the kids make it all on their own! Once you start making your own crust, you won’t ever go back to the sad store bought pizza crusts ever again!

I took step by step photos of the little kids making it. I thought it would’ve been handy to see a visual.  But my stupid camera messed up and it ate the pictures?? Don’t ask me how that happened. It’s the same way the computer does weird stuff that it’s not supposed to. LittleChefsDad calls it something strange, user error,  I call it stupid technology. Yes, I’m aware I used the word stupid, twice. Technology irritates me….

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Give this recipe a try. It’s super fun for the kids to do. My kids just love playing with dough.  This would also make a great mummy, a centipede, snake, or something else that’s wrapped .

 

Pizza Stromboli

Serves: 2 strombolis

Fill dough with your favorite pizza toppings. Heated pizza sauce served on the side makes a great dip!
Ingredients
  • 1 cup pizza sauce, divided
  • 2 cups mozzarella cheese, divided
  • toppings of your choice
  • 4 TBLS butter, melted, divided
  • Italian seasoning
  • garlic powder
  • Parmesan cheese
Instructions
  1. Make Artisan Pizza Dough
  2. -divide in half
  3. -roll out to fit baking sheet (use parchment paper)
  4. -use ½ cup pizza sauce, put in the middle all the way down, do not spread to the edge
  5. -add toppings and cheese on top of pizza sauce in the middle
  6. -cut 1" diagonal strips up to the filling only, on each side
  7. -alternate laying strips of dough on each other
  8. -melt 2 TBLS butter, add Italian seasoning and garlic powder.
  9. -brush over Stromboli dough, sprinkle with grated Parmesan cheese.
  10. -Bake 375° for 20 minutes

 

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Delicious Cinnamon Toast

Delicious Cinnamon Toast

Cinnamon Toast

Where was this amazing toast all my life??? I only discovered it about 6 years ago when I was flipping through a cookbook I bought called The Old-Time Brand-Name Cookbook. I remembered it the next time I had some leftover bread that needed to be eaten up. The kids loved it!  I didn’t eat any because at the time I was doing Weight Watchers. Fast forward a couple months and I fixed it again. This time my willpower was basically null and I ate it and oh my goodness was it ever good!!! No wonder the kids loved it, it was delicious! I have since then modified the recipe, not much, and they love it even more!

Growing up my Mom would fix us apple butter toast, but the toast was soggy,  always soggy. Who likes soggy bread? Not me! So even though I loved the taste of hot apple butter, I didn’t like a sink hole in the middle of my bread!
Delicious Cinnamon Toast!

So you can guarantee the cinnamon toast I fix the kids is not soggy! To ensure toastiness (possibly could be a made up word), please, please, bake your bread in the oven till crisp before slathering on the cinnamonny sugar butter! I promise you, you won’t regret it!

I feel like I’m just making up words today, just play along 😃

Delicious Cinnamon Toast

Serves: 12 slices

Note: Use thick, firm white bread. If you have homemade bread, slice pieces about ⅓ " thick.
Ingredients
  • 12 slices white bread
  • 1 stick butter, softened
  • ⅔ cup white sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon Cinnamon
Instructions
  1. Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Mix all ingredients together,minus the bread.
  3. Toast the bread slices on cookie sheet till crisp.
  4. Remove from oven and flip over; spread butter sugar mixture on one side of each bread slice, covering as much as possible.
  5. Place back in the oven and broil until the mixture melts and the bread is bubbly all over.
  6. Serve immediately.

There’s several approaches to cinnamon toast, but I think this one is the most delicious way! Sure, you could just melt some butter and sprinkle on some sugar and cinnamon, but that won’t leave your mouth singing with joy. No! You need to try it this way and taste the difference!

The smell is so tantalizing and is real torture for a person that can’t eat bread. The only people that say, oh it would be so easy for me to give up bread, are the ones that don’t have to worry about not giving it up! And they say that with bread crumbs on their face 😉

So to all my gluten eating friends, do yourself a favor and fix this delicious cinnamon toast today!

Sidenote: You gotta love a boy in a camo robe posing for a picture for his crazed food blogging Mom!

CinnamonToast

Disclaimer: Little Chef Within is not to be held accountable for anyone becoming addicted to this toast. 🙂

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Blueberry Muffins

Blueberry Muffins

Bluberry Muffin 2

Nothing can beat the taste of fresh blueberries in any baked item. No, nothing!! The sad little muffin mix you buy in a box/pouch, should be outlawed!   It’s horrible and tastes all artificial and chemically. (because it is, sorry to be Debbie Downer)  Why bother with the store-bought junk when this recipe is so easy!

I should’ve prefaced this post by saying, Hello, my name is Vicky and I’m a serial recipe fixer. I’m sure there’s a better, more elegant way of saying that. But I’m not elegant, so bear with me.  I  love trying out new recipes until I find the one I think is just perfect!  With me having Celiac Disease it’s a lot harder now with all the baking to find a perfect one, my perfect one.  Gluten free flour just isn’t the same.  I rely mainly on Cup for Cup GF flour since it does relatively well.

So my main source of taste testing now comes from the kids. Four ravenous males that devour everything and anything in their paths.  Kinda like a food tornado, or a food Hoover. LOL!  They all agreed and voted this was the BEST blueberry muffin to date, so I’m including it. I only like to blog about recipes we love.  So stay tuned for our old favorite blueberry muffin recipe.

 

 Blueberry Muffins 2

 

LittleChef3 just loves to eat fresh blueberries, preferably frozen.  He thinks it’s a nice treat.  I think a muffin is a nice treat, maybe I should re-think my eating habits….

 

Blueberry Muffins

 

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Blueberry Muffins

Prep time: 

Cook time: 

Total time: 

Serves: 12

An easy basic recipe for a lovely blueberry muffin with an extra zing from the fresh lemon zest.
Ingredients
  • 2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 cup sugar
  • zest of one lemon
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted and cooled slightly
  • 1 ¼ cups sour cream (10 ounces)
  • 2 cups small blueberries, fresh or frozen (if using frozen, keep in the freezer until it's time to mix them in)
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease a standard-sized 12-cup muffin tin and set aside.
  2. Whisk together flour, baking powder, and salt in a medium bowl.
  3. In a separate medium bowl, whisk egg until evenly combined and pale yellow in color. Add the sugar and lemon zest and whisk vigorously until thick and well combined. Add half of the butter, whisk well to combine, and then whisk in the remaining butter. Add sour cream in two additions, whisking to combine after each addition.
  4. Add berries to the dry ingredients and toss gently to combine. Add the wet ingredients to the dry and fold with a spatula until the batter comes together Do not over mix.
  5. Spoon the batter between the prepared muffin cups. Bake until the muffins are just set and a toothpick inserted in the center of a muffin comes out clean, about 25 to 30 minutes.
  6. Let muffins sit in the pan for five minutes before turning them out on a wire rack. Serve warm or at room temperature.Recipe source: Flourarrangements.org

Gourmet Grilled Cheese

Gourmet Grilled Cheese

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Have you ever wondered what makes something gourmet?  Usually it’s the price, LOL!  So by fixing this yourself, consider this Gourmet Grilled Cheese Sandwich a cheap lunch 🙂

Growing up I never was fond of grilled cheese sandwiches.  I preferred meat and cheese or even the classic peanut butter and jelly.  But one day when I was on bed rest with the twins, LittleChefsDad made me a grilled cheese sandwich on gluten free bread that rivaled anything you would’ve paid for! I’m telling you, it may be infrequently, but when that man cooks it’s gourmet all the way!  Even his presentation is classy!  I’m more of a bland, colorless, throw it on the plate in a hurry kind of girl.  Hmm, wonder if that is an indication of my personality?  Now I’ve made myself paranoid thinking too much….

This is one amazing grilled cheese sandwich!  The secret is in the seasoning. We buy it at Sam’s Club.  When you’re a family of 8, your pantry is always filled with the gargantuan size spice containers.

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LittleChefsDad also introduced me to Havarti Cheese.  Oh how I love it on grilled cheese, the flavors just blend together perfectly!

LittleChef2 is our cheese lover and he loves this sandwich! When he makes it, he usually does extra parmesan cheese and puts it on the inside and outside of the sandwich. The kids love it on this Homemade Bread

Grilled Cheese

Not much of a recipe, but here goes:

Ingredients:

2 slices bread

2 TBLS butter, melted

1 slice American Cheese

1 slice Havarti Cheese

Tuscan Seasoning

Parmesan, grated

Butter top of a slice of bread. Sprinkle Tuscan seasonings on it and grated Parmesan, repeat with bottom slice of bread. Place 1 piece American slice cheese and 1 piece Havarti slice cheese in the middle. (LittleChef2 sprinkles Parmesan Cheese and the Tuscan garlic seasoning on the inside also, so it’s optional).

 Place on hot panini grill or skillet . Cook till hot and cheese is melted and gooey. Then stretch it out and see how long that cheese goes!!

 Is it weird that every single time I hear stretch it out, I always add Caramello? Stretch it out out out Caramello.

Ring a bell?  Anyone??           ((CRICKETS))

I guess you all are not a child of the 80’s and watched way too many television commercials.  Now I want a Caramello bar.carmello

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Large Loaf Size Sandwich Bread

Large Loaf Size Sandwich Bread

Pullman Bread

This large loaf size is made in the Pullman Loaf Pan. It rivals the long loaves of bread you find on the super market shelves, perfect for a large family. My kids eat the entire loaf at one sitting. It’s equivalent to 2 normal size bread pan loaves. I like having to use just one pan to bake in.  I normally cut the slices much thinner, but was in a hurry today. That’s the beauty of homemade bread, you not only control what goes into the recipe, but you control the thickness of the slices!

I can’t recall where I first saw this pan, also known as the Pain de Mie bread pan. I think it could’ve been on King Arthur’s website. But I was completely and totally enamored! Is it weird to get so excited over a bread pan when I can’t even eat bread, or even if I could, still weird? Hmm,  let’s move on…

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Pain de mie is a type of sliced, packaged bread. “Pain” in French means “bread”, and “la mie” refers to the soft part of bread, called the crumb. In English, pain de mie is most similar to pullman loaf or regular sandwich bread. Thank you Wikipedia, I just feel a little smarter now and more sophisticated speaking French in my Kentucky accent 😉

 This recipe is LittleChef1’s favorite sandwich bread.  He prefers it hands down to any store bought bread, or homemade for that matter. He likes his slices on the thinner side.

I love this pan so much I even gave it as a birthday gift to a dear friend of mine. She expressed interest in mine so that’s all I needed. I jumped at the chance to share some Pullman bread joy with another kindred soul!  So maybe this pan won’t change your life, but if you make bread for a large family, it will become your new best friend.

Pullman Bread
Pullman Loaf Pan is ideal for yeast loaves with fine-grained texture, and perfectly square corners. Think grilled cheese, French toast, cinnamon toast, hors d’oeuvres…
Ingredients
  • ⅔ cup milk
  • -1 cup water
  • -6 TBLS butter
  • -2¼ tsp salt
  • -3 TBLS sugar
  • -1/4 cup nonfat dry milk
  • -3 TBLS instant potatoes OR potato flour
  • -4¾ cups all-purpose flour
  • -2 tsp. Instant yeast
Instructions
  1. Knead in Kitchen Aid 5-8 minutes till smooth. Transfer to lightly oiled bowl to rise, 1½ hours.
  2. Lightly grease Pullman Loaf pan. Roll dough out into a 13" log, fit in pan. Cover pan with greased plastic wrap, let rise till just below lip of the pan, 45 min-1 hour.
  3. Remove plastic wrap, place greased lid on pan. Let rest 10 more minutes.
  4. Bake in preheated oven at 350° for 25 minutes. Remove pan from oven and carefully remove lid.
  5. Return to oven for additional 20 minutes, or till instant read thermometer registers 190°. Place on cooling rack to cool completely.

Side note: if you’re wondering why there are leaves behind my bread, it’s because my camera didn’t blur the background. I ran out back on the deck for natural light.  So let’s just pretend it’s a nice pretty blurred background.

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