Friday, September 25, 2009

Pumpkin Bread (Bread Machine Recipe)

2/3 Cup warm water
3/4 Cup canned pumpkin pie mix
2 TBSP butter, soft
1 large egg, lightly beaten
3-1/4 Cups flour
3 TBSP sugar
1 and 1/4 tsp salt
1-1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp freshly-ground nutmeg
1/8 tsp ground ginger
sprinkle of ground cloves
pkg active dry yeast

Add in that order on the sweet or quick setting of the machine. (Three hour cycle, kneading the dough twice).

Optional:  1/2 cup chopped nuts

Recipe compliments of Babyluv.

Saturday, September 19, 2009


1lb bacon. 

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. 
  2. Lay bacon in a single layer (or as close to a single layer as possible) on baking sheet. 
  3. Bake for 10 minutes.  Flip bacon. 
  4. Bake for 10 minutes.  Flip bacon. 
  5. Bake for 15 minutes.  Remove bacon from pan and drain on paper towels.  
  6. Walla.  Best.Bacon.Ever.  

Crash Hot Potatoes

  • 12 whole New Potatoes (or Other Small Round Potatoes)
  • 3 Tablespoons Olive Oil
  • Kosher Salt To Taste
  • Black Pepper To Taste
  • Rosemary (or Other Herbs Of Choice) To Taste
Bring a pot of salted water to a boil. Add in as many potatoes as you wish to make and cook them until they are fork-tender.
On a sheet pan, generously drizzle olive oil. Place tender potatoes on the cookie sheet leaving plenty of room between each potato.
With a potato masher, gently press down each potato until it slightly mashes, rotate the potato masher 90 degrees and mash again. Brush the tops of each crushed potato generously with more olive oil.
Sprinkle potatoes with kosher salt, fresh ground black pepper and fresh chopped rosemary (or chives or thyme or whatever herb you have available.)
Bake in a 450 degree oven for 20-25 minutes until golden brown.

Amish Sourdough Cinnamon Bread

  • Do not use any type of metal spoon or bowl for mixing.
  • Do NOT refrigerate the starter. 
  • If air gets in the bag, let it out. 
  • It is normal for the bag to bubble, thicken and ferment. 
  • You can go over a day or two to feed the starter, but you cannot feed or bake early. 


Day 1:  Mush the bag.
Day 2:  Mush the bag.
Day 3:  Mush the bag.
Day 4:  Mush the bag.
Day 5:  Mush the bag.
Day 6:  Add 1 cup flour, 1 cup sugar, and one cup milk to the bag.  Mush the bag to combine.
Day 7:  Mush the bag.
Day 8:  Mush the bag.
Day 9:  Mush the bag.
Day 10: Feed and divide the starter, bake the bread, following instructions below.

  1. Pour entire contents of the bag into a large non-metal bowl. 
  2. Add 1/2 cup flour, 1-1/2 cups sugar, and 1-1/2 cups milk to the batter; mix well. 
  3. Label four one-gallon zip-top bags with "Day 1, and the present date."  Fill each one of the four bags with 1 cup of the batter mixture.  These are the starters to pass along to your friends.  If you like, you may keep one for yourself.  If you keep one for yourself, you will be baking bread every 10 days.  If you don't keep one for yourself, you will have to wait until you receive another starter from a friend, or remake the starter from the recipe below.  
  4. Preheat oven to 325 degrees. 
  5. To the remaining batter, add: 
3 eggs
1 cup oil (or 1/2 cup oil, 1/2 cup applesauce)
1-1/2 teaspoon baking powder
2 cups flour
1 large box instant vanilla pudding
1 cup raisins (optional)
1 cup chopped nuts (optional)
1/2 cup milk
1 cup sugar
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt

      6. Grease the bottom and sides of two large loaf pans with Pam.  Mix 1-1/2 teaspoon cinnamon and 1/2 cup sugar in a small bowl.  Dust sides and bottom of pans with half the mixture.
      7. Pour batter evenly into pans and sprinkle remaining cinnamon and sugar mixture over the top of the batter.
      8.  Bake for approximately 1 hour, or until toothpick comes out clean.  Cool until bread loosens from the pan easily.  Serve.


This is the Amish Friendship Bread Starter Recipe that you’'ll need to make the Amish Friendship Bread (above). It is very important to use plastic or wooden utensils and plastic or glass containers when making this. Do not use metal at all!

1 pkg. active dry yeast
1/4 cup warm water (110°F)
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup white sugar
1 cup warm milk (110°F)

1. In a small bowl, dissolve the yeast in warm water for about 10 minutes. Stir well.
2. In a 2 quart glass or plastic container, combine 1 cup sifted flour and 1 cup sugar. Mix thoroughly or the flour will get lumpy when you add the milk.
3. Slowly stir in warm milk and dissolved yeast mixture. Loosely cover the mixture with a lid or plastic wrap. The mixture will get bubbly. Consider this Day 1 of the cycle, or the day you receive the starter.
For the next 10 days handle starter according to the instructions above for Amish Friendship Bread.