Archive for January, 2011

Fruit Crisp

I got a bag of apples at a good price from the grocery store and wanted to use them before they went bad, so I decided to make a fruit crisp to satisfy a craving I had for something sweet. I kind of just wing the amounts on the ingredients until everything looks right. So yummy!

First, the ingredients.

I got the apples sliced (thank goodness I have an apple slicer!!!). I left the skins on just because I like it that way. I threw in some dried mixed fruit and sprinkled it with sugar (probably about a Tbsp or two). Oh, the pan is an 8×8.


Next, I got the topping mixed up. (The amounts are estimated.) About half a cup of oats, a quarter cup each of flour and brown sugar. I sprinkle in (okay more like dump, but I like a lot of spice) cinnamon and nutmeg – some people use only one or the other, but I like both – and then cut it together with half a stick of butter until it’s crumbly.

Pour the topping mixture over the fruit.

I bake it at 375 for about half an hour. The fruit gets soft and the topping is golden.

My favorite way to eat it is warm with a scoop of vanilla frozen yogurt.



Bread Recipe

So, I did have a couple of people ask, so here’s the recipe I used for my bread. It’s straight out of the Better Homes & Gardens cookbook (12th ed.), so it’s easy to find, but for those who don’t have easy access – here ya go!

The first loaf is already gone, but here’s the second loaf freshly sliced and ready to eat!

I’ve been enjoying it with some spreadable goat cheese and this really awesome strawberry guava jam I found at Kroger. Now, on to the recipe.



5 3/4 to 6 1/4 cups all-purpose flour

1 package active dry yeast

2 1/4 cups milk or buttermilk

2 Tablespoons sugar

1 Tablespoon butter, margarine, or shortening

1 1/2 teaspoons salt




1. In a large mixing bowl combine 2 1/2 cups of the flour and the yeast; set aside. In a medium saucepan heat and stir milk, sugar, butter and salt just until warm (120 to 130 degrees) and butter almost melts. Add milk mixture to flour mixture. Beat with and electric mixer on low to medium speed for 30 seconds, scraping sides of bowl constantly. Beat on high speed for 3 minutes. Using a wooden spoon, sitr in as much of the remaining flour as you can.

2. Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface. Knead in enought of the remaining dough to make a moderately stiff dough that is smooth and elastic. Shap dough into a ball. Place in a lightly greased bowl, turning once to grease surface of dough. Cover; let rise in a warm place until double in size (45 to 60 minutes).

3. Punch dough down. Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface; divide in half. cover; let rest 10 minutes. Meanwhile, lightly grease two 8x4x2 inch loaf pans.

4. Shape dough halves into loaves by patting or rolling.

5. Place shaped dough halves in prepared pans. Cover and let rise in a warm place until nearly double in size (30 to 45 minutes).

6. Bake in a 375 degree oven about 40 minutes or until bread sounds hollow when lightly tapped. Immediately remove bread from pans. Cool on wire racks.



Baking Bread

So, this is actually my second attempt but I didn’t document the first go, so here’s this try.

I used the basic white bread recipe out of the Better Homes & Gardens cookbook.

So, first is the Flour and Yeast.

Then the Milk, Sugar, and Salt

So, I’m not going to go through all the steps, but the basics are, I mixed up the dough, kneaded until my arms hurt, and set it in the oven with a buddy of a bowl of warm water to rise. While it was doing it’s thing I got some cleaning done.

After rising.

Then, the dough baby gets divided into two pieces and put into loaf pans.

They get to rise some more and into the oven they go.

Once all that’s done, I have two loaves of bread – all baked and pretty.

It took about four hours from start to finish, but the bread is so worth it. So much better than the stuff you buy in the store. I’m going to start trying some different breads and my ultimate goal is to eventually be able to do a decent Cuban bread – which I’ve read is one of the trickiest to get right.


Oh, and last night I also made Kung Pao Shrimp from a recipe found here. This woman’s blog is really, really good and has a lot of good recipes. There’s one on here for homemade Pop Tarts that I’m trying probably today.


Oh, if anyone wants me to copy out the recipe I used for the bread, let me know and I’ll copy it from my cookbook.




New Year

So, beginning with a picture of the first plush of the New Year seems a good way to start. Aren’t they cute? 🙂 So, goals for this year. Yes, I know I’m a little behind most other people posting their goals for the new year, but that’s part of my new thing for this year – living up to my own expectations and not everyone else’s.

This year I want to start my business both at craft shows and online. I want to finish my novel. I want to work on pieces that I hope will be a solo art show. I want to learn to bake bread, make soap, and I’m going to wear more lipstick and nail polish. That sounds like a good year to me. Oh, and I promise to update my blog more!