Loaves, Muffins and “Finger Pancakes,” – Out-of-the-Door Breakfasts
Marty Martindale

In a morning rush, needing a worthwhile breakfast and on the go?

Keeping a loaf of fruit/nut bread around most of the time serves as a quick breakfast, great to carry for lunch or as an after-school snack. And, it’s plenty okay to serve friends. Keep in be mind no kid is neglected if found running out the door with a nice hunk homemade fruit/nut bread in his hand.

A great baking timesaver is putting all your dry ingredients in a good-sized bowl and arrange all other ingredients, including sugar, around your blender. Then, many hours later, whirl up your blender add it to the bowl of dry, mix well and place in a heated oven.

Don’t think you can successfully make any “loaf” item by taking one recipe and packing in what you have on hand. Simply pick a shape you want, then select some nuts, a dried fruit and maybe a texture. _Now. Take the time to SEARCH for this combination and shape you desire. i.e. “Walnut, Cherry, Bran Bread.” _

When we did this, we found: 


with several recipes. Feel free to choose interesting combinations. You’ll need a recipe, though, to be sure the liquid, eggs and leavening are in line with your “drop-ins.” Online recipes abound! Continue reading

Bread Baking for your Bucket List
Marty Martindale

Do you secretly admire those who make bread?  For them, understanding yeast and kneading dough is no problem. It’s not complicated to turn yourself into a bread baker.

BE SEEN WITH YEAST IN YOUR OWN CART. You are becoming a bread baker! 

Think of your yeast as a friend, one you must not harm with great heat and one who will get very disinterested in you if you don’t keep him comfortably warm. Under these conditions, he will froth for you, once you’ve tickled his palate with a little sugar or honey. He likes to be stirred. There’s more. Continue reading