I was planning to make those pretzels for a while.
I don’t know why I was waiting so long. They came out super delicious.
Soft and fluffy.
My daughter couldn’t stop eating them.
1 1/4 C Water
1 TBS olive oil
1tsp Lemon Juice
2 TBS Sugar
1 tsp Salt
1 Egg YOLK
3 1/2 C Flour
1 TBS Active Dry Yeast
1/4 cup flaxseed meal
1/2 cup medium cheddar cheese (or any kind of cheese you like), shredded
1 TBS Heavy cream (or half&half)
1 Egg WHITE
coarse salt for sprinkling (optional)
Directions for bread maker:
1. Put all the ingredients to the bread maker in order as listed above (EXCEPT FLAX and Cheese!). Left out “egg wash” ingredients, too. Run bread maker on “dough” cycle.
2. During the second kneading add flaxseed meal and shredded cheese.
3. When the dough is ready knead it a few times on lightly floured surface.
4. Divide the dough into 14 to 16 pieces.
5. Roll each piece into a rope, about 12 to 14 inches long.
6. Fold into pretzel shape.
7. Place each pretzel on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper, about 1 to 2 inches apart.
8. Let them rest for about 30 minutes.
9. Whisk together egg white and cream. Gently brush each pretzel with the mixture.
10. Sprinkle coarse salt on top of each pretzel to your likes (optional).
11. Bake in 375 F for 15-20 minutes.
Directions for hand (KitchenAid) kneading:
Dissolve the yeast and sugar in 1/4 cup of pretty warm water until bubbly. In a separate bowl mix together flour and salt. Make hole in the middle and pour the yeast mixture inside it. Gently mix with your hands adding remaining water, olive oil and lemon juice until the dough is not sticky anymore and forms a soft ball. Add flaxseed meal and shredded cheese. Knead until they are well incorporated into the dough.
At this point cover it with towel and let it rest for an hour or until doubled in size.
Follow the steps from 4 to 11 as in directions for bread maker.
Go well with almost anything, and they taste the best warm!
While this dish is very popular in Poland and you can find it in almost every single bakery I had no idea that it comes from Jewish culture and it is actually called “Cebularz Lubelski” after one part of Poland where it suppose to originated from.
“Cebularz” means something with onion… and in this case it doesn’t mean that the onion is incorporated into the bread. It is not an onion bread.
After reading many descriptions of this dish it seems like I should say that it is a wheat cake with onion. I’ve decided to call it a flat bread but it is not a bread. The dough is more like for sweet buns or dinner rolls.
There are many ways people prepare the onion and many recipes mention is should be prepared a few days ahead. I didn’t have that much time and I was really craving this dish so I simply fried the onion while the dough was in my bread machine. Originally the topping is made from onions and poppy seeds. I didn’t have poppy seeds and I’ve decided to make it more colorful and flavorful by adding different ingredients.
1/2 cup milk
3 Tbs. butter, unsalted
2 tsp. sugar (any kind: white, brown, turbinado)
1/2 tsp. sal
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour *
1/2 cup bread flour +1Tbs (if needed)
1 tsp. instant yeast
1 egg, beaten
1/4 cup flax-seed meal (can be switched for chia seeds)
1/2 or 3/4 big purple onion, chopped roughly
fresh corn from one cob
2 Tbs. olive oil
1/2 cup fresh herbs (I used mix of cilantro and parsley)
cherry or yellow pear tomatoes (optional)
* you can use different amounts of bread and all-purpose flours. If you don’t have bread flour you don’t have to use it. I have never tried this recipe with whole wheat flour, but I think, it would be ok to incorporate it into the recipe as well.
Directions for bread machine:
In a sauce pan put together the milk, butter, sugar and salt. Heat it up on low heat until the butter melts. The mixture should be lukewarm not hot. Pour it into the bread machine, add flours and sprinkle the yeast on top. Set the machine on “dough” and turn it on.
During the second kneading open the lid and add the egg saving about 2 tsp for later use. Add flax-seed meal.
At this point you might need to add an extra 1 Tbsp of flour (all-purpose or bread). The dough should form elastic, soft and shiny ball around the kneading hook inside the bread machine.
Meantime chop the onion and cut the corn of the cob. In a frying pan heat up 2 Tbsp olive oil, add chopped onion and corn. Fry until the onion is soft. Add salt and pepper to taste.
When the dough is ready, take it out of the bread machine and divide into 6 balls. On a lightly floured surface roll them into a flat circles, about 5 to 6 inches in diameter.
Transfer them into a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
Brush the edges of each piece with the remaining egg. In the middle of the flat bread put about 3 Tbs of the onion-corn mix.
Bake for 15 minutes in 395 F or until the edges are golden brown.
To make this dough without bread machine just follow a regular directions for making yeast dough by hand or Kitchen Aid.
Dissolve the sugar and yeast in very warm milk and wait until bubbly. Add melted and cooled butter, salt, flours and knead. Add beaten egg and knead until the dough is not sticking to the side of the bowl and creates easy to work with ball. Transfer the dough to lightly oiled bowl, cover with a cloth or plastic foil. Leave in a warm place to rest until doubled in size. When it’s ready punch in in the middle, add flax-seed meal and knead a little bit more until everything is well incorporated. To finish follow the instructions above.
Serve warm, topped with fresh herbs and cut into wedges fresh tomatoes.
I have to admit, WE LOVE PIZZA. Whenever there is a pizza in the oven our two-year old always does her pizza song: “pizza, pizza, we eat”, and her pizza dance.
When my husband and I were dating I had surprised him with the skills of making pizza while he did the same eating it topped with a pineapple… .
These days we eat pizza quite often.
The base for my pizza dough is always the same. I have found the perfect one and I stick to it EVERY SINGLE time. I make mine in bread maker.
1 1/2 cups water
2 Tbsp olive oil
2 tsp salt
1 tsp sugar
3 1/2 cups bread flour *
1 package (2 1/4 tsp) active yeast
1/4 cup chia seeds/flax-seed meal (or mix of both)**
* sometimes I use a few cups of all-purpose flour with a cup of bread flour. sometimes I use whole wheat flour with all-purpose flour plus a cup or half of bread flour. No matter what kind of flour I mix I always try to include the bread flour as it gives a nice crisp to the crust. and depends on how much of each flour is used the amount of water needs to be adjust as well.
** to add an extra twist to the dough sometimes I add:
a handful of chopped fresh parsley, mint or basil, or mix of these.
I’ll tell you, the moment you bite the crust filled with those herbs you’ll be in love!!!!!!!!
Directions for bread maker:
wet ingredients first plus salt and sugar, next flour and yeast on top. close the machine, set on “dough”. press “start”. During the second kneading open the lid and add herbs, chia seeds/ flax-seed meal. close the lid. after it’s done take it out, knead a few times on a lightly floured surface and let it rest for about 10 minutes, covered. Divide into 6 parts.
For deep dish pizza spread 1 part of the dough inside a pie pan. For New York, roll the dough thinner and put it on a baking sheet.
Challah is a traditional jewish braided bread made on jewish holidays and Sabbath.
In Poland, challah is very popular and it can be bought in any bakery. Though, this baked goodie has no religion meaning. Many people don’t even know that this bread comes from jewish culture.
As a small kid I remember my mom buying it every Saturday. Each time we would sit at a kitchen table with her and gobbled it up, warm with some butter or jam on top, or just plain. Just the two of us. Fresh and warm challah is one of the best things ever.
The challah I remember was moist, sweet and very fluffy with not very crunchy (but soft) skin.
As I grew up the flavor and the texture of it have changed to something very hallow with hard and not very tasty skin. My mom and I didn’t really like it so we stopped buying it. Every now and then if I spotted a new bakery I would stop and buy one just to see if the bakery uses the old good recipe for moist and sweet challah but I had no luck.
I haven’t had challah for at least 5 years.
I’ve been looking for a good recipe for quite a while. Finally I decided to try the recipe from “Allrecipes”. I went through a many reviews under it and I made a few changes mentioned in one of them although I had to change it even more. At the end I ended up with totally different recipe but ah… still SO DELICIOUS !!!
After I took if out from the oven altogether with my daughter we couldn’t stop eating it.
I rolled the dough into three strands instead of four. Didn’t use any special way to braid it just the simple “hair style braid”. Because of that it came out a little flat. Next time I will invest an extra few minutes to learn the right way of doing it.
1 1/4 room temperature water
1/2 cup sugar (the original recipe calls for honey but I didn’t have any)
2 Tbsp. olive oil
2 1/2 tsp. salt
1 egg, lightly beaten
3 egg yolks, lightly beaten
2 cups all-purpose flour *
2 cups bread flour
2 1/2 tsp. active dry yeast
1/4 flax-seed meal (optional)
* I guess, it depends on how big your eggs and yolks are but I had to add and extra 2/3 cup flour to the bread machine during the second kneading.
Add to the bread machine: water, olive oil, beaten egg and yolks, all purpose and bread flour, sprinkle the yeast on top. Close the lid and set on “dough”. During the second kneading if the dough is really runny (like mine was) add and extra 1/3 cup of bread or all purpose flour, close the lid and wait for a minute or two. Repeat until the dough form a soft ball inside the bread machine. At the end add flax-seed meal.
Divide the dough into 3 parts and braid as you would make your hair 🙂
Transfer the challah onto a baking sheet lined with aluminum foil or parchment paper, cover with light towel and let rest for about 60 minutes in a warm place.
After it’s doubled (or tripled) in size preheat the oven to 375.
You can gently brush the top with egg white and sprinkle poppy/sesame seeds on top which I didn’t do.
Bake for about 30 minutes. After 15 minutes if the top of the challah is dark brown you should cover it with aluminum foil to prevent from burning.
I baked mine for too long and I burned the insides a little too much.
The thing was that each time I checked the bread I was expecting to hear a hollow sound when I tapped it but each time it was soft and seemed not quite baked inside. Finally after 40 minutes of baking I had decided to take it out and check the inside.
How surprised I was when it looked perfectly baked.
The entire house smelled like heaven 🙂
We ate it with blueberry jam on top. I mean, SHE ate it with the jam. I ate it plain. That’s how I like it.
It’s been a while since I baked bread. I didn’t see the need for that. I run out of jams, peanut and cashew butters (and didn’t have the time and energy to make new ones), and my husband got tired of open-faced sandwiches for lunch… We just didn’t need any bread anymore.
Last week, though, I couldn’t stop thinking about warm, crunchy french bread. It felt like I am pregnant again. I just HAD to have a few slices.
So there I was making use of my lovely friend – the bread maker.
I made this bread countless times and when I tried to make those cute cuts on top of each loaf I would always destroy the loaf before it went to the oven.
Normally every single recipe I followed said you make those cuts right before putting the bread to the oven and after the last resting period. Every time I did that my already formed loaves went flat and the bread would coma out as a flat and wet inside bread. Not tasty at all. So finally I stopped trying to make those cuts and always had bread without them.
This time I made those cuts right after I shaped the loaves and before leaving them to rest for 40 (to 60) minutes. IT WORKED!!!
The bread came out not only tasting delicious but finally looking great and just like the store-bought 🙂
1 1/4 cup room temperature water*
1 tsp salt
1 tsp sugar
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 bread flour
2 1/4 tsp yeast, (1 package)
1/4 cup chia seeds
* this is recipe for bread maker if you don’t have one follow the recipe and direction fromhere.
Put ingredients into a bread maker in order as listed above (except chia seeds). Set the bread maker on “dough”. Add chia seeds during the second kneading.
When the dough is ready remove it from the bread maker. On a floured surface split the dough in two. Roll each half into an 7×10 rectangle. Roll the dough into a roll from the long end towards you. Pinch the ends together (it’s ok if you skip that part)
Lightly grease (or layer with parchment paper) the baking sheet and place the two loaves on top. The seams should be facing down. With a sharp knife make diagonal slices across the top of the dough. Cover it and let rest for about 40 to 60 minutes.
During the last 10 minutes of resting preheat the oven to 425 F. .
Bake for 30 minutes. When you tap the bread it should sound hollow.
Our very needy no 2 has reached a point where she doesn’t want to fall asleep or relax without somebody holding her all day long. It got to a point when my back said NO MORE! PLEASE!!!
A few days ago our no 2 was screaming her lungs out while I was trying to ignore her. Our no 1 got upset as well just because no 2 was upset!
Seeing that miserable family portrait my husband digged out an old swing chair.
A day later he went out and bought batteries.
And finally I have two free hands to write posts and comments 🙂
But I need to be fast, these days. Those quite times do not last long.
I made a soup. I made it twice, so far. It tasted better the first time I made it. I think I overcomplicated it the second time, so I’ll share the simplest recipe.
I am too lazy (or I do not have much time these days) to experiment with cooking kale or spinach so I simply throw it into a jar with a smoothie or soup, blend it all together and call it good food.
That’s exactly what I did with this soup. The only thing you have to really prepare here are the potatoes. The rest of the ingredients don’t have to be cooked at all.
2 medium red potatoes, baked with skins *
1 3/4 cup warm milk,
4 oz cheddar cheese,
1/4 yellow sweet onion, peeled
2 big leaves kale (about a cup)
salt and pepper to taste
plain yogurt (optional for garnish)
1 Tbsp almonds, chopped (optional for garnish)
* this soup taste awesome when it’s made from potatoes cooked on the grill (wrapped in an aluminum foil with some salt and butter and cooked on the grill for about 25-30 minutes).
Throw everything to a blender and blend the heck out of it. Garnish with yogurt or almonds and serve.
If you want that soup to be very warm or hot it needs to be transferred to a pot and heated up.
I served it with homemade sweet cornbread. I used this recipe to which I added 1/4 cup chia seeds and 1/4 flax-seed meal.
My husband LOVES Marie Callender’s cornbread so I was hoping for somehow close final effect but it wasn’t that good. The taste was sweet and pretty comforting, I would say, but the texture was too grainy. I think I used the wrong cornmeal. I’m not sure. I will try to make it again but definitely I’m going to use a different recipe.
I’ve made those cinnamon rolls twice before I got my bread maker. Each time they came out looking and tasting pretty good, but I wasn’t thrilled with the effect in general. Neither my husband. We ate them with cream cheese frosting which actually made them more enjoyable.
Last Saturday I decided to give them one more chance and I was craving cinnamon rolls.
I got up MUCH too early and I though it’s a perfect time to make those as the process takes about 2 hours. This time I used help of my dear friend, the bread maker 🙂 and that was the best decision I could ever made. Those “nothing special” cinnamon rolls came out as THE BEST CINNAMON ROLLS I have ever had !!!
Fluffy, soft inside and with a crunch on the outside. Those previous two times I made them they weren’t half that big and fluffy. I guess I am not as good in hand kneading as I though I was. In addition in my entire apartment there is no place warm enough for the dough to raise. A few times working with yeast dough I tried to leave the dough in warm oven but that didn’t work for me at all.
Look at those beauties. They were so good that I didn’t have to make any frosting just a little bit of butter spread over hot rolls and that was it.
This recipe is adapted from Chef in Training. I changed a few things to make them more healthy.
Ingredients for the dough:
2 cups milk
1/2 cup olive oil
3/4 cup brown sugar
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup whole wheat flour
1/2 cup bread flour
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 Tbsp. salt
1 packet (2 1/4 tsp.) active dry yeast
1/3 cup flax seed meal
1/4 cup chia seeds
Ingredients for the filling:
1/4 cup unsalted butter, softened, divided in half
10 Tbsp. brown sugar (more or less), divided in half
Mixed milk and brown sugar in a sauce pan and heat it up just until the sugar is dissolved and milk is slightly warm. Transfer to bread maker. Add olive oil, salt, all-purpose flour and whole wheat flour. Sprinkle yeast on top. Set the bread maker on “dough”. During the second kneading open the bread maker and add 1/2 cup bread flour, baking soda, baking powder, chia seeds and flax seeds meal.
After it’s done (in my bread maker it takes 1h 10 min), divide the dough in half. I never use rolling pin to roll the dough out. I use my hands to stretch it in into about 11 inch x 9 inch rectangle shape.
Don’t be greedy and spread a generous amount of softened butter (in my case it’s about 2 Tbsp, sometimes a bit less sometimes more – it depends on how big the rectangle is) over the surface of rolled out dough. Rub half of the brown sugar over the dough. You might start with 4 Tbsp. and if you decide it’s not enough add more until the surface is covered. Sprinkle 2 Tbsp. of cinnamon. Feel free to add more.
Starting from the longest side fold the dough towards you.
Cut rolls into 1 1/2 inch (2 inch is fine too) pieces.
Put them into greased pie pan or on a baking sheets. Cover and let rest for 30 minutes.
Repeat with second half of the dough.
Bake in 375 for 18 minutes for pie pans or 12-15 minutes for baking sheets.
This time I used both: pie pan and baking sheets to compare which is better.
I used two 9 inch pie pans. In the first one I put 8 rolls in the second 7.
7 seems to be a perfect amount as you can see on the picture above.
Rolls on baking sheets were 1,5 inch apart.
… and while in the oven they leaked out the filling:
Rolls baked in pie pans where clean and nothing leaked out. They came out bigger and fluffiest, too.
They were so delicious and with the perfect amount of sweetness that we didn’t need any frosting at all. I spread a little bit of butter while still hot to make them more moist and not so dry on top.
I still highly recommend the cheese cream frosting from the original recipe. It’s so good that every time I make it I eat half just by itself.
This Little Lady ate 4 of those huge rolls on the first day and she kept asking (in her own language) for more.
I had to hide them as I was afraid she’s gonna get sugar rush. That’s there is the best indicator that the rolls were really good. Before, she wasn’t really a big fan of those. She would eat a half of one small roll and she was done, she didn’t want more even on the second day.
Now I know that the secret for a perfect rolls is in the bread maker 🙂
oh… and if I just had a coffee… those would be just perfect, but for now milk will do the job – it has to 🙂
Failures in the kitchen – as much as I hate them they happen. They happen less often than they used to but still… From time to time there is a day when nothing good want to come out from my pots and pans. Of course there is more failures when I cook “American” food and almost no failures when I cook something Polish but that doesn’t count since my husband is not very fond of Polish cuisine.
Chili is one of those dishes that I had to learn to cook for my husband. He always talks (or used to) about his mom’s chili that it was really good from what he remembers. Once she gave him the recipe and I made it. We both liked it but the next time I made it I changed a few things and it was even better.
I just can take a recipe from mother-in-law and call it good. You know how that works. It got to be mine and it has to be better. That’s how it works in here. My kitchen my recipes 😉
Anyway, last time we went grocery shopping I bought all the stuff for chili and grabbed additional 6 oz can of diced tomatoes with chilies. I have to idea why I did it, but I did. I though it might be good to add some new flavor to it.
Whenever I make chili I make a huge pot of it. I freeze it or we eat it for a week 🙂 That’s why I like chili. Everybody likes it, especially my daughter, and I don’t have to cook for a few days after that. Win win.
So the next day I cooked all the tomatoes, cooked the meat and after all I remembered that there is that can of tomatoes with chilies. I think I didn’t even add that whole can, just a half of it. I stirred it, cooked a little bit longer and tasted… my mouth got on fire!!! I mean, real fire, and when it happens to me I know that my husband will be burning twice as much as me. When he saw my angry and disappointed (and red) face he said: “Oh wait, it can’t be that bad let me try, maybe I can eat it”…, and he tried, and he said “NO. I’m sorry I’m not gonna”.
So, here I am sending that entire pot of chili down to the drain. The only thing it was left was the meat. I SAVED THE MEAT!!! Ground turkey mixed with Italian sausage.
The same night we ate pasta for dinner.
I don’t know why but when I looked at that saved (thank gods) meat I thought about sloppy joe. The weird thing is that I have never made it before and I can’t even recall if I ate it in the past (probably no). Anyway, that idea stuck to my head and it stayed there until the next day. I knew I don’t have buns to make it with and I don’t know how to make the meat sauce. I asked my bloggy friend Polish Mama on The Prairie and she gave me a few ideas which I’m gonna use the next time. This time I didn’t have half of the ingredients and lately my whale-like lovely lazy self is much too lazy to go to the store just to pick one or two things. As a pregnant woman I’m not only a brain damaged but motivation damaged as well. I could go hungry for days just give me water, milk and buttermilk these days and I’m happy as a clam.
Anyway, following my husband recommendations, because it’s him who would mostly be picky about it, I made the sauce from ketchup, brown sugar and soy sauce and I baked the buns, and this is one more reason why I love my bread maker.
Want the recipe!? 🙂
Here it is:
2 cups milk (any kind)
1/4 cup olive oil or butter (melted)
2 Tbsp. honey
2 tsp. salt
1/4 cup bread flour
5 cups whole wheat flour (plus more if needed)
2 Tbsp. active dry yeast
If made by hand or in a Kitchen Aid:
Heat up milk until very warm. Take of the heat. Mix in sugar and dissolve, add yeast, cover and wait about 10 minutes until the mixture rises and is bubbly.
In a separate bowl mix the bread flour and about 4 cups of bread flour, olive oil (or butter), honey, salt. When the yeast mixture is ready pour it over the flour mixture and knead. Add eggs. If the dough is very sticky add more flour. At the end the dough should be a little tacky to the touch at the end, so don’t add too much flour or overknead it.
Cover and let the dough rest for up to 1 hour.
After that knead it a few times, shape into a balls and flattened them a little on the top. Brush with egg wash and sprinkle with sesame seeds. Let the buns rest for about 20 minutes.
Bake in 350 F for 18-20 minutes.
If made in bread maker:
Put the ingredients to the maker in this order:
Room temperature milk, olive oil (or melted butter), sugar, salt, honey, eggs, bread flour and whole wheat flour, yeast. close the lid and set on the “dough” setting. During the second “kneading” open the lid to check if the dough needs more flour. If it does add 1/2 cup. After a few minutes check again. Keep adding flour until the dough is smooth and stop sticking to the sides of the container. When it’s done take it out and shape into balls just like above. let the buns rest for 20 minutes. brush with egg wash and sprinkle with sesame seeds. bake in 350 F for 18-20 minutes.
My Sloppy Joe
For the next two days we ate the rest of the buns for lunch with some veggies and homemade ricotta.
So not being very happy about the disaster with chili I was happy with my first ever sloppy joe. Now I need to work more around the sauce but other than that I think I’ve found a new dish that will be served at our dinner table quite a bit.