Breads & Cakes

Homemade Waffles …Easter Brunch! #keepitsimple

Homemade Waffles can be made ahead and frozen on a tray, providing that you wrap them well with plastic and freeze them the same day that they are made! #chowfancy

Plan Ahead… Easter Brunch…#keepitsimple Don’t Wait till the last minute!

Happy Spring!

With all of the time I’ve been spending at Our Market, hosting holiday dinner at home has become a bit more challenging.

I know I’m not alone though, as many parents are working these days and would still like to host a beautiful holiday get together. Follow along over the next two weeks as I post the recipes for this simple yet delicious menu that the family will love!

Planning ahead is the key to any special meal …especially a successful one!

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Mother’s Day Brunch Menu

Wishing all of our “Mothers” a very Happy Mother’s Day!

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“Hope” is the thing with feathers-

That perches in the soul-

And sings the tune without the words-

And never stops- at all-

 

~An excerpt from the poem “Hope” is the thing with feathers~ Emily Dickinson

This passage from the poem written by Emily Dickinson is a favorite of mine. I feel it is especially relevant on this special weekend when we honor all of our wonderful and dedicated mothers.

This poem reminds me of the tireless hope, that we, as Mothers, and as parents feel for our children’s future dreams and aspirations. Becoming  a Mother or even “like a Mother” to a child, changes the way we think, act and feel. Suddenly, there is much more appreciation for the little things, as well as much more admiration for our own Mother’s and the time and effort it took for them to raise us.

A Mother never stops hoping that her child will be the best version of themselves; healthy, safe and happy.

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Mozzarella and Roasted Red Pepper Strecci Sandwich

Have you heard of Sullivan Street Bakery located on Sullivan Street in Manhattan? Well, if not…I will tell you that they are famous for their delicious Brick Oven Artisan breads. R&S Meat Market is lucky enough to receive fresh bread delivery from Sullivan Street bakery..every morning!

Amongst the favorites, are the Strecci bread which is made from pizza dough, sea salt and olive oil. We cannot seem to keep it in the house! If you would like to make these super simple, yet tasty sandwiches be sure to order your loaves ahead of time…this way you will avoid disappointment!
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Yummy Buttermilk Muffins

If you have never made your own muffin batter, then follow this recipe for a real treat. It really is quite simple. With a few ingredients  that you probably already have in your pantry you can whip up these moist and light muffins in no time. Knock the socks off the family this weekend:)

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These buttermilk muffins will be a favorite! Add your favorite selection of fresh fruit to the batter to make them over the top delicious. If your feeling extra fancy you can also add some mini chocolate chips….so yummy ! Continue reading

“Corn Dog”… Bread

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This “Corn Dog” bread is a fun spin on the traditional corn dog. It is super simple to put together and can be made ahead and reheated with great results. I made this “Corn Dog” Bread for my boys… and they loved it! There were two trays, and they both quickly disappeared..
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The Butcher’s Wife…Pumpkin Bread Recipe!

When I was a little girl, every October and November my mother would make Pumpkin Bread. This was a favorite in our house, and it was definitely always included on our Thanksgiving Day menu.

Over the past several years, every fall I would make this Pumpkin Bread to sell at the Meat Market. It’s always a huge hit, and would disappear off the counter in no time! The best thing about this recipe is that it calls for canned pumpkin, which is easy to keep on hand, and even easier to bake with. It also has a wonderful glaze that seeps into the bread and actually turns it into more of a dessert! It’s so simple…so give it a try!

This year, I am sharing my Mother’s recipe with you, so that it can be included in your Thanksgiving meal. People will fall in love with you, if you bake them this unbelievably delicious Pumpkin Bread….
(Yep! It’s that good;)

The full recipe and directions are posted below-
Click through the photo gallery for step by step instructions:

Ingredients:
1 1/2 cups Flour
1 1/2 teaspoons of Cinnamon
1 teaspoon of Baking Soda
1 teaspoon of salt
1 teaspoon of ground Ginger
1/2 teaspoon of ground Nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon of Baking Powder
1/3 cup of Milk
1/2 teaspoon of Vanilla
6 Tablespoons of Butter
1 Cup of Granulated Sugar
1/3 cup of Light Brown Sugar
2 Large Eggs
1 Cup of Pumpkin Puree
1/2 cup Raisins
1/2 Cup of chopped Walnuts

For Glaze:
1 cup of Confectioners Sugar
1 teaspoon of Vanilla
1 tablespoon of very hot water

Pre-heat your oven to 350 degrees fahrenheit

Prepare four small loaf pans (5 1-2 to 6 inch size) with butter or non-stick cooking spray.
( You can also use one standard size loaf pan, but you will need to extend the baking time to 45-55 minutes)

In a nice size mixing bowl whisk together; flour, cinnamon, baking soda, salt, ginger, nutmeg and baking powder.

Combine in a separate small bowl; 1/3 cup milk and 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla.

In the bowl of an electric mixer, beat 6 tablespoons of butter until creamy. Add in granulated and brown sugars and beat until crumbly.

Gradually beat in two eggs.

Add 1 cup of pumpkin puree and beat on medium speed until blended.

On a low speed blend in the flour mixture and milk/vanilla mixture. Mix until combined.

Gently blend in raisins and walnuts.

Divide batter evenly amongst 4 small prepared loaf pans and bake 30-40 minutes. It’s best to turn them once during baking time. Mine were done at 35 minutes…every oven is different….so keep an eye out and use the cake tester, or a toothpick inserted into the bread that comes out clean!

Let Pumpkin Bread cool completely on a wire cooling rack.

Glaze for drizzling:
When bread is completely cool you can whisk together 1 cup of confectioners sugar with 1 cup of vanilla and 1 tablespoon of very hot water. Drizzle over top and let set!

I like to leave the breads in the loaf pans until I am ready to slice and serve. You can also wrap them individually and use for gift giving!
Happy Fall:)

 

 

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