Friday, October 23, 2009

Friday Recipes: Bread

It's that time of year when everyone enjoys making bread! That fresh smell of bread wafting through the house is completely wonderful. Here's just a few for you to try.

Herb-Onion Batter Bread

3 1/4 c. all-purpose flour
2 pkgs. Red Star instant blend dry yeast
2 tbsp. sugar
1 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. ground sage
1/2 tsp. crushed rosemary leaves
1/4 tsp. ground thyme
1/4 c. butter or margarine
1 c. finely chopped onion
1 1/4 c. warm water
1 egg

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Yield: 1 loaf.

In large mixer bowl, combine 1 1/2 cups flour, yeast, sugar, salt, sage, rosemary and thyme; mix well. Saute onion in butter until golden; add to flour mixture. Add water and egg. Blend at low speed until moistened; beat 3 minutes at medium speed. By hand, gradually stir in remaining flour to make a stiff batter. Spoon into greased 2-quart casserole. Cover; let rise in warm place until light and doubled, about 1 hour.

Bake at 375 degrees for 35 to 40 minutes until golden brown. Remove from pan; serve warm or cold.

Basil Tomato Bread with Chive Cream Cheese Spread

2 c. flour
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tbsp. baking powder
1 tsp. salt
1 sm. piece ginger
1/2 c. fresh basil leaves or 1/4 c. dried basil
1 scallion, cut into 1-inch pieces
3 tomatoes, seeded and quartered
1 tbsp. tomato paste
1 1/4 c. sugar
3 lg. eggs
1 stick (1/2 c.) butter, at room temperature and quartered
Chive Cream Cheese Spread (recipe below)

Put flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt into a food processor and process for 2 seconds. Remove and reserve mixture. Process ginger root, basil and scallion for 2 seconds. Add tomato and tomato paste and process for 10 seconds until pureed. Add the sugar and process for 30 seconds. Add eggs and process for 1 minute. Add the butter and process until fluffy. Add the reserved flour and turn machine on and off 5 or 6 times until the flour has disappeared. Spread dough in a greased loaf pan and bake in a 350 degree oven for 40 minutes.

Chive Cream Cheese Spread

1 (8 oz.) pkg. cream cheese, at room temperature, cut into 4 pieces
1 lg. scallion, cut into 1-inch pieces or a bunch of chives
1/8 tsp. Tabasco sauce

Process all ingredients until well mixed.

More Bread Recipes You Might Like
Greek Loaf
Homemade Amish White Bread
Pull Apart Cornmeal Dinner Rolls
Parmesan Herb Bread
Homemade Multigrain Bread

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