Challah

Homemade Challah

By Michele Newell | September 19, 2013

Heather says: see the end for a note   Michele says: Now that September is nigh, relief from the insanity of summer is in sight.  Kids go back to school, vacations cease, and life gets back to normal until the seemingly just around the corner winter holiday season.  Assuming you’re not Jewish, that is.  And…

Blueberry Muffins Recipe

By Heather Solos | September 16, 2009

Heather says: This is a great basic muffin recipe. Swap out the blueberries for whatever fruit you’d like. Reduce the amount of milk for exceptionally wet ingredients such as mashed bananas. Simple Blueberry Muffins Yields 9 muffins 1 1/2 cups all-purpose or plain flour 3/4 cup white sugar 1/2 teaspoon salt 1.5 teaspoons baking powder…

Step 10 - cooled and sliced

Hearty White Sandwich Bread

By Michele Newell | May 3, 2013

Michele says: I’ll never forget the first time my childhood friend showed me how to make one of her favorite treats.    The recipe was simple: one piece of white bread, squished and squeezed into a compact ball.  It was kind of like a bread bonbon, and the thought of it horrified me immensely.  You see,…

Hoagie Roll Tutorial

By Heather Solos | September 24, 2008

Heather says: After getting the hang of basic white bread, these rolls should be a cinch. There are no fancy ingredients, but you will need a rolling pin. Ingredients: 1 1/4 cup warm water + extra for sprinkling 2 1/2 tsp yeast 2 1/2 TBSP olive oil 3 1/2 cups flour (for best results use…

Donut Muffins Recipe

By Heather Solos | October 6, 2007

Dear Home Ec 101, I lost my head and signed up to bake something for my mothers’ group. I’m a mess in the kitchen and need something easy. We meet in the morning, if that helps. Help! ~Harried Hostess Heather says: If you can make a cake from a box mix, you can handle these…

Bread Making Tutorial: Basic White Bread

By Heather Solos | January 24, 2008

Heather says: At long last, the first in the series of simple bread tutorials. We are beginning with a plain white bread recipe. This version is extremely simple. It is free of most allergens (wheat being the obvious exception) so it is useful for those avoiding eggs and dairy. Nutritionally, well, let’s just say that…

Biscuit Recipe, No Knead

By Heather Solos | February 23, 2010

Heather says: These are the simplest, pillow-soft, no-knead biscuits you’ll ever make. I’ve been wanting to try out coconut oil as a substitute for vegetable shortening in my biscuit recipe, but I haven’t been in a biscuit making mood for months. Last night I celebrated meeting a deadline by making country-fried steak and there was…

I'm sure someone can find cheap grocery-bakery alternatives, but I promise those are nothing like tearing into these cinnamon rolls straight from the oven.

Cinnamon Rolls Recipe

By Heather Solos | September 10, 2009

Bread Machine Tips

By Heather Solos | February 29, 2008

Dear Home Ec 101, So I’ve finally garnered the courage to break out the 10 year old, given as a wedding gift, but never used Bread Machine. I’ve used it twice to make whole wheat bread. I’m not doing a good job at this. I’ve learned that the ingredients MUST be room temp (not straight…

Banana Muffins

By Heather Solos | December 26, 2010

Heather says: Muffin recipes are a great introduction to baking. They aren’t fussy and a flat muffin is still a delicious muffin. Don’t get smug and try to pass these off as health food; they aren’t. They are however delicious and semi-portable. What is semi-portable? Great in a lunch bag, not so great while driving.…



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