I did a little experiment today with Mom's Gooey Chocolate Zucchini Brownies recipe. It wasn't entirely successful, but it was a good start overall. I went with the cake version, which adds two eggs to the brownie version, and tried it out on the CAKE cycle of my bread machine.
What I love about baking cake in the bread machine is that I can throw the ingredients in (along with my little helpers, Bug and Goose) and walk away. Come back 2 hours later and I have cake! It's a great way to bake cakes with young kids, even though the process is a little longer than baking a traditional cake.
I knocked the sugar down a bit too much (to 1 cup for sugar instead of the 1 1/2 cups originally in the recipe, or 3/4 cups of honey). So the cake turned out a bit less sweet than we'd usually like it. We topped ours with maple syrup and it was perfect! But, I think with 1 1/4 to 1 1/2 cups of honey granules/sugar it'd be perfect on its own! It's definitely super chocolatey and filled with deliciously nutritious zucchini!
Bread Machine Chocolate Zucchini Cake
2 cups shredded zucchini
2 cups flour (I use whole wheat white)
1 1/4 to 1 1/2 cups honey granules or sugar
1/3 cup cocoa
1 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1/2 cup coconut oil, melted
2 teaspoons vanilla
Place all ingredients in bread machine and set to CAKE cycle. Let cool on rack and serve with maple syrup, if desired.
I used to be a bit of a Papa John's Cheese Sticks junkie. And the garlic butter sauce? Uh, yum! But, once I started eating more whole foods and cooking most of our food at home, we didn't order cheese sticks or pizza much. One day last year, we were congratulating ourselves for a big cleaning and organization day, so we ordered some cheese sticks and pizza for dinner. It turns out, my memory of the store-bought variety was so much better than reality. I liked my own homemade pizza better! I was disappointed and overjoyed at the same time.
Since then, I've been making plain cheese, garlic and olive oil sauce pizzas (the kids favorite) pretty regularly. And I think with the new pizza dough recipe I've achieved simple perfection! These are incredible. And they don't even need a dipping sauce.
And, also super cool, my daughters were able to help me make these cheese sticks. And Bug, our nearly 4-year-old, even took a couple of pictures, including the one below. She's always saying she's going to be grow up to be an artist, just like me. Cutie.
Homemade Whole Wheat Garlic Cheese Sticks Recipe and Superbowl Recipe Round-up
2 Tablespoons olive oil
1 Tablespoon minced garlic
1 1/2 cups shredded cheese (I usually use a blend of Italian cheeses)
Preheat oven and pizza stone to 425.
Smear olive oil and garlic over crust. Top with cheese and, if desired, a bit of chopped basil.
Bake for 5-7 minutes.
Slice once across the center and then four to five times in the other direction to cut 10 to 12 cheese sticks.
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We've been making pizza dough at home for quite a while now, but once we changed to home-ground whole wheat white flour our recipe just hasn't worked out quite as well. This bread machine pizza dough worked out pretty well. But, I got this Pizza: Award-Winning Pies for the Home Kitchen cookbook the other day and decided to try a recipe that's meat to be all whole-wheat flour, thinking it might work out a little better.
I made only a couple of little changes, changing the sugar to sucanat and the salt to kosher salt. Come back this afternoon for a Garlic Cheese Sticks Recipe using this crust, and a few other Superbowl Snacks recipes, too!
Whole Wheat Pizza Dough Recipe
1 cup warm water
2 teaspoons yeast
1 1/4 teaspoons sucanat or sugar
2 3/4 cups whole wheat white flour
1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
extra flour, for dusting
In a small bowl, mix the warm water, yeast and sucanat. Let sit and froth for 5 minutes. Stir in the olive oil.
Meanwhile, sift the flour and salt together.
Pour yeast mixture over dry ingredients and mix together with your hands. Turn dough out onto lightly-floured surface. Knead for about 5 minutes, or until smooth and elastic.
Pour a bit of olive oil in the large bowl and turn the dough inside. Place a towel over the dough and proof in a warm place for 1 hour until doubled.
Knock the dough down and separate dough into four portions (if you're making 12-inch dough balls). Roll into balls, cover and let rest for 15 minutes.
To bake crusts without toppings, preheat oven and pizza stone to 500. Roll a dough out on your pizza peel.
Bake at 500 for 5-7 minutes.
Today, I'm crafting, for our fall picnic, some beautiful homemade hamburger buns. I've tried hamburger buns before, but ahem, it wasn't my finest hour. They mostly became breadcrumbs as they ended up more pucks than buns. So I'm super excited to try out this recipe from a bread machine cookbook I picked up at a thrift store recently. And to be able to bake them in this beautiful bun pan? That has to make them so much more lovely, right? I can't wait to get the hot dog bun pan, too.
Hamburger Buns Recipe for a Fall Picnic: King Arthur Flour Giveaway
1 cup milk or coconut milk
2 Tablespoons butter
2 Tablespoons honey granules or sugar
2 teaspoons salt
3 1/4 cups flour
1 Tablespoon vital wheat gluten
2 teaspoons yeast
sesame or poppy seeds (optional)
Add ingredients, except optional seeds, to bread machine in order directed by your machine. Set to dough cycle.
Punch down and form into 10-12 balls flatten into bun pan and let rise for 1 hour.
Preheat oven to 375.
Sprinkle a bit of water or oil on top of rolls and top with seeds, if desired.
Bake at 375 for 15-20 minutes.
Wow. Definitely the most impressive burger buns I've ever made. So light and fluffy and absolutely delicious! I love the pan, and, of course, the flour. Fantastic.
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I love biscuits, so when VeganMoFo rolls around, I have to find a way to make my favorite buttermilk biscuits, vegan style. This year, I've been using a lot of coconut milk and coconut oil. They're great substitutes even if you're not vegan. They have a very subtle flavor and they're incredibly good for you. I actually use the coconut oil a lot when I'm baking for my neighbor who has cholesterol issues. Coconut oil has zero cholesterol! And the fact that it's shelf stable is super awesome, too.
Plus, I recently discovered (though I love my LouAnn brand in the regular grocery) that I can get a HUGE bucket o' organic coconut oil at Costco for super cheap next time I run out.
You may remember these plates, too, if you follow me over on Organic Authority. These are the beautiful Hacienda Gold Franciscan plates that I got for $10 for the whole set (they're worth around $100!). So pretty! If you're interested, check out my tips on Finding Eco Chic Thrift Shop Dinnerware.
Vegan Buttermilk Biscuits (Coconut Milk Biscuits)
2 cups whole wheat white flour
1 Tablespoon sugar or other natural sweetener
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 cup coconut oil
1 cup coconut milk
Heat oven to 450°F. In medium bowl, mix flour, sugar, baking powder, salt and baking soda. Cut in butter, using pastry blender (or pulling 2 table knives through ingredients in opposite directions), until mixture looks like fine crumbs. Stir in buttermilk until dough leaves side of bowl (dough will be soft and sticky).
Roll or pat 1/2 inch thick. Cut with floured 2- to 2 1/4-inch round cutter (I used a small canning ring). On ungreased cookie sheet, place biscuits about 1 inch apart for crusty sides, touching for soft sides.
Bake 12 to 15 minutes or until golden brown. Immediately remove from cookie sheet to cooling rack. Serve warm.
Oh my goodness, fantastic! I think I may like them more than regular biscuits. And the kids and husband liked them, too. I had mine with a little pat of coconut oil spread, while the kids and Mr. Meaty had them plain. Delicious! A definite repeat. And incredibly fast to whip together. I think it took about 5 minutes to mix up once I ground the flour.
These biscuits are great for lunch box biscuit sandwiches, too! Throw on your little one's favorite toppings and it's a delicious homemade sandwich. Don't limit yourself to breakfast toppings, either. Add whatever you like!
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