Butterscotch Caramel Sauce On Fig Banana Bread

Everyone loves banana bread, right?  My Mom’s banana bread recipe is something of a legend in our family and a while back I gussied it up and posted my recipe for Strawberry Banana Walnut Bread.   Then last month, Valley Fig Growers  invited me to compete in an Instagram photo contest.  They sent me two free bags of dried figs to use in their recipe for California fig banana bread and I decided to turn my entry into dessert by topping it with ice cream and drizzling my favorite butterscotch caramel sauce over the top. Continue reading “Butterscotch Caramel Sauce On Fig Banana Bread”

Copycat Red Lobster Cheddar Bay Biscuits

I love quick bread recipes because they’re so…well, quick!  When you need to round out a meal but you don’t have time for a yeast bread recipe, you could make corn muffins or a rye loaf, but for those of you who love a good biscuit, here’s my copycat version of Red Lobster cheddar bay biscuits that’s easy to make and jam-packed full of flavor.  Continue reading “Copycat Red Lobster Cheddar Bay Biscuits”

Malted Wheat Sandwich Bread For The Perfect PB&J

My recipe for malted wheat sandwich bread has an ingredient that you’re probably familiar with (malted milk powder) and one that’s almost certain to be new to you (malted barley syrup).  I hadn’t bought malted milk powder in a long time until I made chocolate malt cake with vanilla malt frosting for our Easter dinner this year.  Now I have it on hand all the time for baking…and for old fashioned ice cream malt emergencies. Continue reading “Malted Wheat Sandwich Bread For The Perfect PB&J”

American-Style Irish Soda Bread For St. Patrick’s Day

St. Patrick’s Day is on Saturday this year so I suspect that there’ll be more than the usual green apparel, green rivers, green beer, and shenanigans all over the country, but Joe and I will follow our long-standing tradition of celebrating at home with family and friends and enjoying our own version of corned beef and cabbage.  Last year I made 4-leaf clover rolls, but usually I make a traditional “everyday” kind of Irish soda bread to go with our dinner, so this year I decided to change it up and make an American-style soda bread.  Continue reading “American-Style Irish Soda Bread For St. Patrick’s Day”

Fluffy Soft and Buttery Make Ahead Dinner Rolls

Thanksgiving is this week and while the turkey usually gets all the attention, I think that no special occasion meal is complete without really good dinner rolls.  My recipe for fluffy soft and buttery make ahead dinner rolls produces incredibly flavorful ones that are also perfect for a casual dinner or for little slider sandwiches with leftover turkey or meatloaf or any other filling.    Continue reading “Fluffy Soft and Buttery Make Ahead Dinner Rolls”

Delicious 100% Whole Grain Corn Muffins

Whether you live in the Rust Belt or the Sun Belt, soups and stews appear a lot more frequently on our dinner tables after Labor Day, don’t they?  When you have enough time to make it, a yeast bread recipe like honey whole wheat bread is a great addition to a homemade soup meal.  But if it’s a weeknight, you need something you can throw together in a hurry.  When I was growing up, we always had either biscuits or cornbread with soup or stew because they were fast and easy to make and they’re real comfort food; so much better than dry crackers!   Continue reading “Delicious 100% Whole Grain Corn Muffins”

Mexican Breakfast Rolls for Cinco de Mayo

As everyone knows, a festive Cinco de Mayo celebration includes margaritas, guacamole and tortilla chips, tacos and salsa, enchiladas, and tres leches cake.  In addtion to those great foods, I’d like to suggest that this year you start celebrating in the morning on May 5th (or any morning of the year!) with a cup of Mexican hot chocolate and these beautiful Mexican breakfast rolls for Cinco de Mayo Continue reading “Mexican Breakfast Rolls for Cinco de Mayo”

Easy But Impressive Golden Italian Semolina Bread

Joe made his insanely delicious shrimp penne with vodka sauce for dinner not long ago and I wanted to make some really good bread to go with it.  I started browsing through my recipes and chose this recipe made with semolina flour. Continue reading “Easy But Impressive Golden Italian Semolina Bread”

Hearty Walnut and Currant Cloverleaf Rolls

I may be Irish only by marriage, but that’s reason enough for me to celebrate St Patrick’s Day because (as I’ve mentioned before) I’ll use any excuse to bake something and to have a party!  We’re hosting dinner for friends and family at our house on Friday, and I’ll wear my special St Patrick’s Day shirt, jewelry, and apron. Continue reading “Hearty Walnut and Currant Cloverleaf Rolls”

Strawberry Banana Walnut Bread

It’s February, and February not only means Valentine’s Day, but it also means that the Florida strawberry season–which runs from December through April–is in full swing.  We live about 50 miles from Plant City, “Winter Strawberry Capital of the World”, but this time of year you’ll find Florida strawberries in grocery stores nearly everywhere in the USA under different brand names. Continue reading “Strawberry Banana Walnut Bread”