Sunday, April 21, 2019

Irish Soda Bread

Easy and delicious. Didn't think you could make bread? Thought you needed a bread maker or had to deal with yeast and complicated rising schedules? Not for this bread. Try it. You'll love it!

Ingredients

  • 3 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp. sea salt
  • 1 1/2 cups butter milk (+ save a little extra to the side)

Instructions

  1. Preheat your oven to 450 deg.
  2. Put the flour, baking soda and salt in a bowl and mix well with a whisk.
  3. Make a well in the middle of the flour.
  4. Pour your buttermilk into the well.
  5. Combine with a spoon until it gets too thick.
  6. Switch to mixing with your hands and continue until you have a nice firm dough. If your dough is very dry and doesn't form a nice ball, add a little extra buttermilk, 1 tablespoon at a time. Knead well before adding your next Tbsp. to be sure you don't overdo it.
  7. Form your dough into a round disk approximately 1 1/2 inches thick.
  8. Place on an ungreased cookie sheet.
  9. Bake it in the oven at 450 deg. for 15 minutes
  10. Reduce the temperature to 400 deg. and continue baking for 25-30 minutes. If your bread starts to look too brown, loosely cover with aluminum foil.
  11. Once it's cooled, store it in a plastic bag in the fridge. 

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Baked Chicken Thighs

As I was looking for a quick reference online for baking chicken thighs I found several different recipes, each telling me different oven temperatures and cooking times. I considered all the recommendations and came up with my own formula. This is Seriously Simple Cooking. So, I made it simple... 400 degrees for 40 minutes. It's easy to remember and it works great.

This recipe is for bone in, skin on, chicken thighs. If you're cooking boneless and/or skinless thighs this will probably work just fine, but as always, make sure to check the internal temp. to be sure they're cooked sufficiently.

Ingredients:
Chicken thighs
Spices (Suggestions: basil & oregano; Cajun spice; salt & pepper; curry powder)

Equipment:
Baking dish: Use whatever size you need to fit the number of thighs you want to cook. I have found that 6 to 8 fit nicely in a 9"x14" baking dish.
Meat thermometer

Instructions:
Preheat oven to 400 deg.
Place thighs in baking dish in a single layer. It's OK if there's a little overlap.
Sprinkle liberally with the spices of your choice
Bake in the preheated oven for 40 minutes

Again, remember to use your meat thermometer to check the temperature to make sure the chicken is done (at least 165 deg.).

Friday, July 14, 2017

Chocolate Walnuts

This recipe is so simple I'm not even sure it qualifies as a "recipe". However, doing the low carb thing, this has become one of my favorite snacks. So, I thought I'd share in case any of my low carb/keto/paleo/whole30 friends out there are looking for a quick, easy, chocolaty snack idea.

It combines the crunch of the walnuts with a little chocolate. Good for curbing those chocolate cravings without all the sugar.

Ingredients
2 Tbsp. Chopped walnuts
1 tsp. Natural coco powder (Not Dutch processed)

Instructions
Add walnuts and coco powder to a bowl (a small Pyrex bowl works great)
Mix
Enjoy!

Also great with a few sliced strawberries and still low carb.