Cinnamon Star

Ben surprised me one day with this Cinnamon Star bread. I was totally amazed that for someone who has no experience in baking can make something so awesome on his first attempt.

Ingredients

For the bread:

  • 2 cups unbleached all purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup potato flour
  • 1/4 cup milk powder
  • 3/4 cup to 1 cup lukewarm water, enough to make a soft, smooth dough
  • 1/4 cup (4 tablespoons) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 teaspoons instant yeast
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt

For the filing:

  • 1 large egg, beaten
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon powder

Source: blog.kingarthurflour.com

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Korean Egg Bread (Gyeran-ppang)

Ben made this Korean Egg Bread for me to bring for lunch at work.

We used a muffin tin to make four with egg filing. Since I am not a fan of egg, I asked him to made me a couple with cheese only.

We used a rectangular aluminium foil pan to make mine so that I get a bigger portion.

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 7 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 eggs for the cake batter, extra eggs for filing
  • cooking oil for coating the pan
  • Mozzarella cheese, optional

Source: this recipe is adapted from https://www.maangchi.com/recipe/gyeran-ppang

Yields: 4 rectangular bread or 8 muffin size bread

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Cheese Cake Filled Banana Bread

The South Arm Community Kitchen made a delicious Cheese Cake Filled Banana Bread for dessert.

This Cheese Cake Filled Banana Bread is best served cold.
Ingredients

  • 2 ripe bananas
  • 1 large egg, beaten
  • 1/3 cup light brown sugar
  • 1/8 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup Greek yogurt
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda

Cream Cheese Filling

  • 1 large egg
  • 4 ounces softened cream cheese (1/2 block)
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour


P/S: missing from photo: Greek yogurt
Source: this recipe is adapted from Tasty
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Indian Naan Bread

We made Indian Naan Bread to serve with the Butter Cashew Chicken at the South Arm Community Kitchen.

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Our naan did not rise as much because we do not have enough time for the bread to proof in the session.

Ingredients

  • 1 teaspoon active dry yeast (not instant active dry yeast or rapid rise yeast)
  • 3 teaspoons sugar, divided
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour, spooned into measuring cup and leveled off with a knife, plus more for rolling
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • heaping 1/2 teaspoon anise seeds (we used cumin seeds), optional
  • 3 tablespoons plain yogurt
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons melted salted butter or extra virgin olive oil for brushing on finished naans

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Source: South Arm Community Kitchen

Serves 6 naans

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Minoo shared the above food safe tips at the kitchen.

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Beer Bread

The South Arm Community Kitchen made a Beer Bread to go with the Green Peas Soup.

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This Beer Bread is adapted from http://mintgreenapron.blogspot.com.

Ingredients

  • 3 cups all-purpose flour (up to 1/2 can be substituted with whole wheat or spelt)
  • 4 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 tablespoon fennel seeds
  • 2 tablespoons ground flax seeds
  • 4 tablespoons melted butter, divided
  • 1 can beer
  • optional customizations: grated cheese, ground pepper, chopped chives or chopped dried fruit

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Source: mintgreenapron.blogspot.com

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Garlic Croutons

There are some new participants in the South Arm Women Community Kitchen. So, Michelle prepared a menu of some old and some new recipes.

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We made Garlic Croutons for the No Guilt Caesar Salad which I had blogged about here. This recipe is a great way to use leftover bread. The croutons are also great with soup.

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Michelle shared with us the nutritional facts about Parmesan cheese which is one of the ingredients for the No Guilt Caesar Salad Dressing.

Nutrition Facts of Parmesan Cheese

Ingredients

  • 5 slices of bread, cubed
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

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Source: RebarModernFoodCookbook

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Soda Bread

We made Soda Bread to go with the 30 Clove Garlic Soup in the South Arm Older Adults Community Kitchen.

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Ingredients

  • 3 3/4 cups unbleached all-purpose flour (we mixed in half whole wheat flour)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 cups butter milk

For brown soda bread, use 3 cups whole wheat flour and 3/4 cup unbleached flour

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Source: The Art of Simple Food

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Cheesy Garlic Bread

Michelle also shared a Cheesy Garlic Bread to go with the Creamy Kale & Vegetable Soup.

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This recipe is far better for you than the super market garlic bread that is loaded with preservatives and unhealthy fats. You can always substitute half olive oil for half the butter or just do olive oil if you prefer.

Ingredients

  • 1 baguette or ciabatta, horizontally cut in half
  • 1 stick (8 tablespoons) butter, softened or partially melted
  • 4 to 6 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons fresh parsley, finely chopped

Optional:

  • 1 to 1.5 cups shredded cheese (any type you like, we used mozarella)

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Source: this recipe is adapted from savourysweetlife.com

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Oatmeal Zucchini Loaf

In the South Arm Cooking Club for Seniors, we sometimes made extra food for the seniors to take home. This is a hearty and healthful bread for breakfast. It is dense and solid.

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This recipe is a great recipe to use up the zucchini from the garden. It is a good way to sneak in some vegetables for family with kids who claim that they are allergic to vegetables.

This is a very hearty bread full of goodness from the roll oats, nuts, zucchini and cranberries.

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 cup quick rolled oats
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups brown sugar
  • 1 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups shredded, unpeeled zucchini
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts
  • 3/4 cup sweetened dried cranberries
  • turbinado sugar for sprinkling (optional)

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Source: Marian

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Making Chinese Sausage Buns

Occasionally, I will get buns from bakery for my kids lunch. Sometimes, they just want something simple which does not require reheating. There are only limited microwaves in the school and sometimes, the line to use the microwave can be very long.

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Buns with meat filings are great for the lunch box. It is very convenient.  Occasionally, I will make a batch but then the boys will be bored with it as a batch usually yield at least 8 to 10 buns and they will have the same thing for the rest of the week.

I used the same dough recipe for cinnamon bun to make these buns.

Yield 8 buns

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