Thursday, July 21, 2011

Homemade Bread Bowls

I don't think there is anything more satisfying than eating a delicious bowl of potato soup, and then being able to eat your bowl! I made these bread bowls for dinner last night and they were absolutely scrumptious.

To make them, you will need:

2 packages of active dry yeast {or 4 and 1/2 tsp. if you don't have the envelopes}
1 cup warm water {110-115 degrees}
1 cup warm milk {110-115 degrees}
1/2 cup shortening
1/2 cup sugar
2 eggs
2 tsp. salt
6 cups all-purpose flour

1. In a mixing bowl, dissolve yeast in warm water. {about 5 mins}
2. Add the milk, shortening, sugar, eggs, salt, and 2 cups of flour; beat until smooth.
3. Stir in enough remaining flour to form a soft dough.
4. Turn onto a floured suface; knead until smooth and elastic. {about 6-8 mins}
5. Place in a greased bowl, turning once to grease top.
6. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled in size. {about 1 hr}
7. After raising, punch down dough.
8. Turn onto a lightly floured surface.
9. Divide in to eight pieces; shape each into a ball.
10. Grease two baking sheets and sprinkle with cornmeal.
11. Place four balls 3 in. apart on each prepared pan.
12. Cover and let rise until doubled. {about 30 mins}
13. Bake at 350 degrees F for 20-25 mins or until golden brown.
14. Remove from pans to wire racks to cool.

To make your bread ball into a bread bowl, cute a thin slice off the top of the bread. Hollow out the inside, leaving a 1/4 in. shell. You can discard the removed bread or use it to dip in your soup, chili, chowder, or stew.

Not only are they delicious, but kids enjoy them too! {at least I did as a kid}


Monday, July 18, 2011

Sugar Free Strawberry Cobbler

I have been trying to adjust all of my favorite recipes to be sugar and dairy free. I decided to try this one and it was wonderful. Sorry the picture isn't great, and I forgot to take one before I ate some.....enjoy!

Sugar free Strawberry cobbler

¼ cup butter or margarine , softened- I used a dairy free margarine

1 ¼ cup all purpose flour

3 cups fresh strawberries, cut in half lengthwise

¼ cup butter or margarine chilled

Beat ¼ cup softened butter at medium speed with an electric mixer.

Gradually add ¾ cup honey, beating well.

Add egg and vanilla extract, mixing well.

Combine 1 ¼ cup flour, baking powder, and salt in separate bowl.

Add to butter mixture alternating with milk, beginning and ending with flour mixture.

Spoon into a greased 8” square baking dish.

Arrange strawberries on top, but side down.

Combine ¼ cup flour and ½ cup Honey Powder.

Cut in ¼ cup chilled butter with pastry blender until crumbly-ish.

Crumble over strawberries.

Bake at 350 degrees for 45 min. or until a wooden toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.

I used a round 9” pie plate instead of an 8” square pan. I want to try it next time with blueberries or peaches. Mmmmmm.

Potato Salad

I am always looking for a good side dish. Whether it's for a party, a neighborhood bbq, or just dinner with the hubs, I feel like I need a good go-to dish that I know will turn out fabulous. Well, my friends, I've found it. I made this potato salad for dinner with our neighbors last night and it was all I could do not to lick the bowl clean. Now, I know there are a BILLION variations out there on how to make potato salad, and  maybe I'm just a little picky when it comes to it, but I was more than impressed with the taste and simplicity of this recipe.

What you will need:

1 cup mayonnaise (I used about 3/4 cup + 1/4 cup water)
2 T vinegar
1 and 1/2 tsp. salt
1/8 tsp. pepper
1 tsp. sugar
5-6 med potatoes, peeled, cubed, and cooked
1/2 cup chopped onion
3 eggs, hard boiled
1-2 T chpped green onions

1. Combine mayonnaise, vinegar, salt, sugar, and pepper in a large bowl.
2. Add remaining ingredients.
3. Toss gently to combine well.
4. Cover and chill for 2 or more hours.