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Cherry Almond Coffee Cake

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This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Red Star Yeast.  As always, all opinions expressed are entirely my own.

I’m one of those people who gets bored easily… Especially when it comes to food! I don’t enjoy eating the same thing for breakfast every day. I’m not usually too thrilled about simply reheating something and eating it again the next night for dinner.

The same goes for recipes and techniques in the kitchen. Sure, I have a handful of recipes that I will make time and time again. But, for the most part, I am often looking for something new to try.

Lately, I’ve been dabbling in the world of no knead breads.  I think my fascination with no knead breads comes not from the desire to have a quick and easy recipe (though, make no mistake… many of them are!), but from a desire to do something new. I’ve been kneading bread for as long as I can remember, so I decided it was time to give the whole no-knead thing a try. I’m glad I did!Continue Reading

Cocoa Sourdough Bagels

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This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Red Star Yeast.  As always, all opinions expressed are entirely my own.

Ahhh, chocolate.

I used to be one of those people who couldn’t understand people who don’t like chocolate. I say “used to be” because, in the last three months, I have become one of those people.

That’s right. I currently do not like chocolate. I can tolerate dark chocolate here and there, but I especially hate milk chocolate and all other forms of sweet chocolate.

I guess this is one of the many things I can “blame” on pregnancy and hormones. I’m hoping it’s a temporary thing, but for now, I’m one of those “chocolate haters.”

So, by now, you’re wondering why I’m writing about hating chocolate while sharing a new chocolate recipe. You see, that’s the funny thing. Even though I can’t stand to eat chocolate, I’ve been thinking about a chocolate sourdough bread for a while. Strange, right?Continue Reading

Whole Wheat Sourdough Sandwich Bread

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Do you know what it’s like to be hungry? Really hungry?

I’m not talking about when you get home from work and raid the pantry because you’re “starving” and can’t wait for dinner.

Nope. I’m talking about real hunger. I’m talking about going to bed at night without having anything to eat. I’m talking about not knowing where your next meal is coming from or how you are going to provide food to feed your children.

I’m fortunate that I am not in that situation. I’ve never truly been in that situation. But, it is something that tugs at my heart strings… It tugs hard, and it always has. Since having my daughter, though, I find myself thinking about it more and more.

What if I didn’t have food for her? What if she had to go to bed hungry at night?

Poor nutrition causes nearly half of the deaths in children under 5 years old – 3.1 million children every year.

It breaks my heart to think about it… And, it breaks my heart that there are mothers and fathers out there who are living with that reality every day. They are people just like me who have just been dealt a slightly different hand in life.Continue Reading

Blueberry Coffee Cake (Gluten-Free)

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This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Red Star Yeast.  As always, all opinions expressed are entirely my own.

When I first decided that I was going to start doing some gluten-free baking, I was terrified. I had dabbled a bit in gluten-free in the past, and it didn’t go real well. But, this time I was also determined.  And, if you know me, you know that when I set my mind to something, I do it.

I had this idea in my mind that there was a right and a wrong way to bake without gluten. For someone who is rather comfortable in the kitchen, substituting left and right, I refused to deviate from the recipes in the gluten-free cookbooks I had. I was too afraid to mess it all up.

Then, as I was reading through an article by Shauna (Gluten-Free Girl), hoping that she would show me the “right” way to come up with a flour blend, I stumbled upon this quote

“What’s the worst that can happen? A few bad baked goods? Eh, there are worse fates.”

It hit me like a ton of bricks.

My fear of baking a bad cookie or a flat loaf of bread had crippled me. It was silly. The best way to learn is to play around, to try things out, to experiment… And, to fail.Continue Reading

Soft Sourdough Rolls

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This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Red Star Yeast.  As always, all opinions expressed are entirely my own.

When you think of sourdough bread, you most likely think of a crusty, chewy loaf with a distinct sour flavor. It’s perfect for slathering with butter or dipping in a bowl of soup. You can even slice it up and make a sandwich out of it or use it for panini.

All of that is fine and good. I like crusty sourdough bread as much as the next person. But, sometimes I don’t want crusty and chewy. In fact, I find that I tend to reserve crusty and chewy for the cooler months of the year. When summer rolls around, I start to want a softer, lighter bread.

Light and soft rolls are especially nice for grilling season… I find that hamburgers and hot dogs are best with a nice soft roll. After all, there’s a reason the store bought ones are generally soft.

So, when I started working on a new sourdough recipe for Red Star Yeast a few weeks ago, my goal was to find the best of both worlds… I wanted light and soft rolls for the summer that had a bit of a sourdough taste. I’m happy to tell you that these rolls fit the bill.Continue Reading