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Wednesday, October 9, 2013

In The Mood For Baking.....

 We are still hearing of other ranchers who are still getting out from underneath the deep snows that the storm left behind for a lot of folks. Our neighbors have reported losses and many of those ranchers south and east of us have lost 1,000's of head of cattle as much as up to 50% losses for a lot of them. Makes my belly hurt for those who have suffered such losses. May God help them to carry on!

On another note, as I said in the title I have been in the mood to bake this evening.
Cream Cheese Muffins

Coconut Oatmeal Bars

Basic Quick Bread

Basic Beer Bread




























Recipe#1-Cream Cheese Muffins
I cannot take credit for coming up with these little dreamy cakes....great for breakfast or to take the edge off of wanting something sweet! My hubby love loves these-requests were put in and Voila` I delivered. Thank you MRSDENVER!

Ingredients

    2 8 oz packages Cream Cheese
    1/2 cup Splenda
    2 eggs
    1 tsp vanilla
    1 TBP cinnamon *I put pumpkin pie spice in mine*

Directions

Preheat oven to 350

Soften cream cheese (can use microwave - or leave on counter for a while ahead of time)

Add all ingredients together and mix well. Pour into 12 muffin cups (fill about halfway) and bake for 20 minutes. (If you want them to "look" nicer - I.e. no cracks on top, you can use a water bath for a slightly longer period of time)

Let cool and enjoy! Store in refigerator or freezer.

Number of Servings: 12
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Recipe #2-Coconut Oatmeal Bars

3/4 C Butter
3/4 C Brown Sugar(I used Splenda Brown Sugar)
1/4 C Granulated Sugar (Again Splenda)
1 C Flour
1/4 Roasted Coconut
1 1/2 C Oatmeal
Cream the sugars and butter together, slowly add the flour, Add Oatmeal and Raisins, Mix thoroughly, Spread out by hand "smooshing" the mix into the bottom of the pan (9x 13, greased) *note this will be a thin bar almost like cookie thin*
**Tonite I added about 1/2-3/4 C of coconut to the top and when it was all done is was toasted on top!
350* for about 20-25 mins or until it looks like it is browning on the sides...
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Recipe#3-Basic Quick Bread or Drop Biscuits
I again cannot take credit for this recipe. First my bio mom gave me this and it seems to be the same as this recipe I got out of a book called Country Wisdom & Know-How which was lovingly given to us by hubby's parents couple years ago.

While you are putting this recipe together keep in mind that TOO MUCH MIXING IS NOT GOOD!!!
Less is More!! Machines(mixers, blenders, food processors, etc) do not produce good quick breads.......

1 1/2 c flour
1/2 Tbls baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 C softened butter
1/2 C Sugar or Splenda
1 egg
3/4 C milk

In large bowl combine flour, baking powder, and salt. In Another Bowl cream butter and sugar. Stir(wire whisk) into creamed mix, the egg and MIX WELL! Stir in milk into this mix and then add this liquid mixture quickly to the dry ingredients using a wooden spoon. Stir just enough to moisten completely. Spoon the mixture into greased loaf pan or drop onto baking pan for biscuits and bake 350* until tester comes out clean about 20-25 mins.

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Recipe #4-Basic Beer Bread (Country Wisdom & Know-How )
Easiest Bread I have ever made!! This is a no brainer and quick!!
Keep in mind this is a yeasty tasting bread and makes great toast!

3 cups of flour if particular self-rising flour
3 Tbls sugar or Splenda
1-12 oz beer ( I used a non-alcoholic beer)
4 Tbls melted butter

Combine flour, sugar and beer in a bowl. Scrape it into a well greased loaf pan. Bake 375* for 50 mins and then pour melted butter on top of bread and bake for another 10 mins.
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Tips* For your breads you can add just about anything to them like cinnamon & raisins, herbs & cheese, Etc. Have fun with them be creative that's when you get the best tasting breads!



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