With a Grateful Prayer and a Thankful Heart: In a Baking Mood

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

In a Baking Mood

I tried two new recipes today, a hearty, dense bread and
a fun breakfast muffin.
I have been looking for a bread with some added texture and bite by the addition of seeds/grains. This recipe caught my eye because of the wild rice (which I love). I think this recipe has potential and plan to make it again but with a slight modification. Instead of baking in a loaf pan I will shape the dough and bake on a baking sheet so it can rise a bit more.

Dough cut into six pieces.

In the loaf pan and ready for rising.

A tad too dense but still a pretty loaf and tasty drizzled with honey :)
Doesn't it look especially nice in my new serving dish... it was a gift from my sweet friend.
Thank you Marcia!

Wild Rice, Oat and Polenta Bread
(recipe from BREAD MACHINE, How to Prepare and bake the perfect loaf by Jennie Shapter

1/4 cup wild rice
1-1/4 cups water
2 tbsp sunflower oil
3 cups unbleached white bread flour
1/2 cups whole-wheat bread flour
1/2 cup polenta
1/2 cup rolled oats
2 tbsp nonfat dry milk
2 tbsp light corn syrup
1 tsp salt
1 tsp rapid-rise yeast

1. Cook the rice in boiling salted water according to package directions. Drain, set aside and let cool to room temp.

2.Add ingredients to bread maker following the order your machine recommends.

3. Set the bread machine to dough setting and press start.

4. Add the cooked wild rice when the machine beeps or during the last 5 minutes of kneading. Lightly oil a 9 x 5-inch loaf pan.

5. When the dough cycle has finished, remove the dough from the bread machine; punch the dough down gently.

6. Divide the dough into 6 equal pieces. Shape each piece of dough into a mini-loaf, about 5" long. Place the six mini-loaves widthwise, side-by-side into a prepared 9"x5" loaf pan.

7. Cover the dough with lightly oiled plastic wrap and let rise in a warm place for 30 - 45 minutes, until the dough almost reaches the top of the pan.

8. Bake at 425 for 30 - 35 minutes, until bread is golden and sounds hollow when tapped on the bottom. Turn out onto a cooling rack.


Pancake Muffins with chocolate chips... ummm! Anyone following my blog soon comes to know Abbey's addiction to chocolate. Well, she is also addicted to ice-cream, but there aren't many things you can bake using ice-cream.

I saw this fun recipe here and made a batch today. They are cute, easy and perfect for those who can't start the day without chocolate. The taste and texture is very similar to regular pancakes.
The real reason I had to try this recipe is because I wanted to catch a syrup dip just like Bakerella did. Her picture is so much better!
Here is Bakerella's recipe:
Mini Maple Chocolate Chip Pancake Muffins.

1 cup flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons sugar
2/3 cup buttermilk
1 egg
2 tablespoons pure maple syrup
2 tablespoons melted butter
1/2 cup milk chocolate chips
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and sugar in a medium bowl. Sift together with a wire whisk.
  • In another bowl, stir buttermilk, egg, maple syrup and melted butter until just combined.
  • Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients and stir with a spoon until combined.
  • Stir in chocolate chips. Reserve a few chips to sprinkle on the tops.
  • Bake for 8-9 minutes.
Makes 24 mini pancake muffins.

Let cool slightly and remove from the pan. You may need to use a toothpick around the edges to separate the pancake muffins from the pan.
Serve immediately with warmed butter if you like or even just with maple syrup.
And lastly... a pic of Raider. I love this little guy and his unique quirks. Put his pillow anywhere and he will snuggle in. Perfect by his favorite look-out window.


C and C said...

That bread looks delicious. I think I will have Grace try to make that. She has been in the "baking mood" lately and is so proud of her accomplishments. Your recipes look so amazing. Did you ever think about opening a bed and breakfast somewhere?

Mildred said...

These recipes sound delicious. It is pouring rain here today and these treats would taste so good. I love the photo of Raider - what a sweetheart. Don't you feel safe with him posted at the look out???

Janice said...

Lovely bread recipe I can almost smell it, and your 'Bakerella style' dip did make me laugh, my jaw usually drops when I visit her site, some of the things she makes are just unbelievable.

Raider stole the show as usual!

Walking on Sunshine... said...

Love your dipping the muffin! Great shot.

The recipes look delicious, as usual!

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