Monday, May 28, 2012

Banana "Ice Cream"

A friend said she gave her kids ice cream for breakfast one day.  I had to check it out.  Banana "Ice Cream" is pureed frozen bananas.  I melted peanut butter and drizzled it over the top, then sprinkled some mini chocolate chips on it.  Guilt free dessert for myself and the Littles (our two younger kids).  We'll probably be doing this again (and again, and again).

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Grandma's Birdseed Bread

My mom makes wonderful rolls and cinnamon rolls from a recipe she got from my Grandma Dorothy Maude (Isn't that a great name?)

However, being a health-nut wannabe, I'm changing it up.

In breadmaker:

1 1/4 c. WARM rice milk
(the original calls for a mixture of milk and water, which I suppose could be all milk with the various percentages of milk that we have now)
1 egg
1/4 c. butter in small pieces
1/4 c. honey
(the original recipe uses sugar)
1 t. salt
1 3/4 c. whole wheat flour
1 3/4 c. unbleached all purpose flour
1/2 c. oat bran
(the original recipe is straight up white flour)
1 package quick rise yeast
1/2 c. birdseed mix 
(this is a mixture of whole groats, rye flakes, wheat flakes; as well as flax, poppy, sesame, sunflower, millet and pumpkin seeds)

I set the machine on the "dough" cycle, and once the machine had made the dough, I shaped it, let it rise until double, then baked it at 375 for 25 minutes, maybe a bit longer.

Note: the dough was sticky, so I added a bit more flour just to shape it.  I think adding too much flour is part of the reason I've not succeeded with a soft loaf previously.

We really liked it.  I finally made a bread that was soft, sweet and kinda healthy.