Sweet Bread Made with OJ

Mike and I just got back from CALIFORNIA!  It was wonderful and amazing, and now we are back in the land of the snow and ice.  Today is my last day off from work, so I whipped up a fast, tasty bread in the bread machine.20140217-202941.jpg

 

Sweet Bread Made with Orange Juice

  • Adapted from here.

Ingredients:

  • 3/4 cup orange juice
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tbsp milk
  • 3 cups flour (I used AP)
  • 2 1/2 tbsp sugar
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp yeast

Directions:

  • Add all ingredients to bread machine pan in the correct order for your maker.  I add all my liquid first, followed by the flour.
  • Then, I add my sugar in one corner,
  • Add salt in another corner,
  • And make a well in the center of the flour (where I add the yeast).
  • Set your bread machine for a light, 2 lb bread loaf on a basic bread baking cycle.
  • After the first five minutes of kneading, add more milk or flour as needed if the mixture is too floury or too runny.
  • Carefully remove from machine when cycle is complete (mine takes 3 hours), slice, and top with butter!
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Hawaiian Sweet Rolls

I decided once I got my bread machine that an attempt at King’s Hawaiian rolls must be made – without hesitation!  I found a nice sounding recipe online that I could use for my bread maker and got to work!

Hawaiian Sweet Rolls @ HappyWifey.net

There are TONS of recipes out there for this, but I decided on this one from food.com, even though I didn’t have the coconut extract.  I do know where to find it now (turns out the Shoprite in my town doesn’t carry it, but the one where I work does) and will have to add that for the next go around.  I did sub just a little bit of vanilla because I knew the coconut extract would add a little bit of moisture.

Listen to the instructions in the recipe about how to store your rolls!  They will not be soft if you don’t listen!  I made two batches and the day-of batches were much nicer than the ones I made the prior evening.

I served these babies with crock-pot pulled pork, cole slaw, and mixed greens!  I like to think of it as a pretty impressive dinner party!  These are very, very buttery. The best part?  The pineapple juice dough in the bread machine makes the house smell pretty good for a LONG TIME. Enjoy!

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Buttery Garlic Knots

I am LOVING the bread maker I got for Christmas.  I am amazed at how more efficiently I can make breads and more importantly – dough!  I already made pizza, and was happy to whip up these garlic knots for a little pizza party at a friend’s home recently.  Click here to see a basic pizza dough recipe for the bread maker.  I try to use honey instead of sugar.  I also add garlic powder and basil to my dough.

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After your machine is done making your dough, put the dough on a lightly floured surface.  Shape it like a large rectangle, and use a pizza wheel or dough cutter to “slice” the dough into about 20 pieces.  I did that by making a horizontal cut separating the dough into 2 and then dividing each section into 10.

Break off a piece of dough (my batch made about 20 garlic knots), and roll it into a thin log. You can then twist each piece into a knot (shape displayed in photo above) and place on a cookie sheet lined with a slipat or parchment paper.  Preheat the oven to about 400 degrees, and then let the knots rise about 20 minutes on top of the oven, covered with a clean kitchen towel.

Bake for 10-12 minutes or until golden.  When they come out, baste them in melted butter combined with minced garlic, oregano, and basil.  They came out great!  We love them dipped in marinara!

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Cinnamon Rolls

Greetings!  I know, I have been away for quite some time.  The hustle and bustle of the season, along with me still trying to figure out how to juggle my full-time and consultant work, has left me with not much time to update my blog.  But, rather than apologize some more, here is a snap of the most delicious cinnamon rolls I have ever tasted…

Of course, they are Pioneer Woman’s famous Cinnamon Rolls.  I have been wanting to make them for YEARS and I finally did it!! Here is the handy link: Cinnamon Rolls

The cats helped:

kittiesThis upcoming year, I will be back soon with delicious recipes and interesting things.  I love being able to share a little slice of my life with those of you who have taken the time to stop by.  Happy New Year, and I hope that your holidays were merry and bright!

 

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Sesame Pork Lomein

Hello interwebs!  I have had a few recipes sitting on the back burner for a while now… here is one that I am ready to post :)  It is SO easy to whip up an asian inspired dish with just a few seasonings and some leftover rice or noodles.  We had leftover angel hair pasta one night, so the following evening I made lomein! We also had made what my husband loving calls a “pork butt” in the same week, so I used the leftovers for this dish, too.  Win win!

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Sesame Pork Lomein

Measurements are not exact because this is a recipe for leftovers – adapt and have fun!

Ingredients

  • Pork or ham, diced
  • Canola oil, 2 tsp
  • Sesame oil, to taste
  • Pasta, cooked
  • Onions, chopped
  • Bell pepper, diced
  • Carrots, sliced or diced
  • Garlic, I used chopped garlic in oil – about 1 tbsp
  • Duck sauce, to taste
  • Soy sauce, to taste
  • Sesame seeds
  • Scallion (Green Onions), for garnish

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Directions

  • If your meat or veggies aren’t diced.. dice them before you start! Things move quickly with this dish.
  • Heat a wok or a deep skillet until hot.
  • Add canola oil until hot, but not burnt.
  • Add garlic, and cook all vegetables.
  • Once your veggies get a little tender, add in the meat and stir to combine.
  • Add to the mixture some sesame oil, soy sauce, and duck sauce and keep tasting your dish!  If it is salty, DO NOT add more soy.
  • When your sauce tastes good, add in your noodles and keep mixing.
  • Serve when the noodles are warm (I always throw them in there cold) – I like to toss in my sesame seeds and green onions (chop them first!) and serve like that.
  • I also love duck sauce, so I serve some on the side :)

If you successfully used leftover meat and noodles – feel good about not wasting those leftover foods and saving some serious cash :)

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Grilled Buffalo Chicken Sandwiches

Okay, I faltered here.  I haven’t been making anything new, so you haven’t gotten posts.  Now, I made something new, and we ate it so fast, that you aren’t getting photos.  That’s life!

Grilled Buffalo Chicken Sandwiches

Ingredients:

  • Good bread (I used my favorite homemade french bread)
  • 4 uncooked chicken breasts, sliced thinly
  • Buffalo wing sauce (We used Sweet Baby Ray’s Wing Sauce! SO. GOOD.)
  • Blue cheese dressing (or actual blue cheese – mine was bad!)
  • Lettuce, tomato, etc

Directions:

  • Marinate the chicken breasts in about 1/2 bottle of wing sauce for 3+ hours.  Massage the bag so the chicken gets nice and saucy!
  • On a grill or a cast iron stovetop grill or pan, grill the chicken until the cooked through and the juices run clear.  You’ll want to baste/brush on the remaining sauce because it is delicious and gets even better when cooking ON the chicken.
  • You can toast your favorite bread or rolls and serve the chicken with blue cheese, lettuce, tomato, or whatever you like!

Easy and delicious!  I’m eating this left over tonight, with Pioneer Woman’s baked macaroni and cheese.  So good!

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