Posts Tagged ‘baking’

Homemade Bread Recipes

Thursday, February 19th, 2009

These deliciously warm homemade bread recipes–Whole Wheat Rolls, Bran Muffins & Empire State Muffins–are from the Eat, Drink and Be Chinaberry cookbook (sorry, out-of-print).

“Great with soup, or shaped into a burger bun, these are wonderful with anything you want to sandwich in between two halves.”
- Ann Ruethling (from Chinaberry); San Diego, California

2 T dry yeast
1 cup lukewarm water
1 cup hot water
1/4-1/2 cup honey
3/4 cup vegetable oil
2 tsp salt
2 eggs (slightly beaten)
6 cups whole wheat flour

Dissolve yeast in the lukewarm water and let sit until foamy (about 5 minutes).
Combine the hot water, honey, oil and salt, mixing until the honey is dissolved.
Add eggs and stir well.
Add yeast mixture. (But make sure the hot water has cooled enough so that it doesn’t kill the yeast. Also there is no need to knead!)
Add flour and mix well.
(If you plan to use the dough immediately, add 1/2 cup more flour. Otherwise, refrigerate for 1-3 hours or so, at which point it will be firmer and easier to handle.)
Shape the dough into rolls, slash tops.
Allow to rise. (They will rise very quickly - the warmer your kitchen, the quicker.
Bake at 425° for 10-20 minutes.


Tips for Decorating Cookies with Kids

Tuesday, December 9th, 2008

The following tips for decorating cookies with kids comes from the Chinaberry book Christmas Family Gatherings by Donata Maggipinto.

Photo by France Ruffenach

Photo by France Ruffenach

  • Clear a large work space for decorating, and another space for holding the finished cookies.
  • Protect clothes with aprons; have plenty of clean kitchen towels on hand.
  • Display the “naked” cookies on a counter and invite kids to choose the cookies they’d like to decorate.
  • Divide icing, sugars, candies, confetti, and other decorations among small bowls. Depending on the number of children participating, you may want to form cookie decorating teams and fill bowls with decorations for each team to share.
  • Plastic knives and spoons are helpful for spreading frosting and sprinkling sugar. Little ones will need supervision.
  • Have pitchers of drinking water and bowls of apple wedges and tangerine segments on hand for snacking; decorating is hard work!
  • Don’t forget to corral a few adults to assist you with the supervision.
  • Let children work at their own pace and according to their skill level. Remember, it’s the process that’s fulfilling and fun.