Banana Coconut Bread (non-dairy banana bread)

Banana Coconut Bread

Banana Coconut Bread Every now and then I like to make different variations of banana bread.  (Sometimes it’s fun to change things up a bit.)  Aside from my favorite regular banana bread recipe, I really love this more tropical version prepared with shredded coconut, coconut milk, and coconut oil.  Because there is no dairy, this [...]

Banana Pumpkin Bread

Banana Pumpkin Bread

Happy Halloween everyone!!!!  When the night is over, don’t forget to reclaim your Jack O’lanterns to make pumpkin puree.  You can then freeze the puree, and use it throughout the year to make pumpkin bread, pumpkin pie, pumpkin soup… whatever you feel like!  Making pumpkin puree from field pumpkins is a little bit time consuming, [...]

Pretzel Bread Rolls (Brezeln)

Pretzel Bread Rolls... just in time for Oktoberfest!

It’s Oktoberfest right now!   Oktoberfest is a 16 day festival lasting from late September through the first weekend of October, and is considered the world’s largest fair – held annually in Munich (Bavaria), Germany.  Specials beers and all kinds of wonderful German foods are served during this celebration… one of my favorite German treats [...]

Baking 101: The basics of baking (Tips for successful baking)

Baking 101:  Tips for successful baking

When I was learning how to bake, I made A LOT of mistakes.  Neither of my parents had ever baked anything… and I had no one to show me the right way to do things.  So I just did things… a lot… over and over until I got it right.  In the process, I have [...]

Japanese Azuki Bean Bread (Sweet Red Bean Milk Bread)

Sweet Red Bean Milk Bread

Last week, I made a huge batch of dough, and with it… I made Cream Pan (custard filled buns) and An Pan (Red Bean buns).  I ended up with about 1/2 can of sweetened red bean paste (a.k.a. “anko“) leftover… and planned to use it to make a sweet bread that was subtly flavored with red bean.  (I’m [...]

Iced Lemon Pound Cake (Starbucks Iced Lemon Pound Cake Copycat Recipe)

Iced Lemon Pound Cake

There are quite a few “Starbucks Iced Lemon Pound Cake” recipes circulating around the internet these days…  Judging from the ingredients, most of these are made from boxed cake mix (with no butter) or are just basic pound cake recipes with a bit of lemon juice thrown in.  I wanted something that would be closer [...]

Hawaiian Cornbread

Hawaiian Cornbread

Hawaiian cornbread is not your typical American style cornbread – this one is sweeter, fluffier, and lighter in texture than the dense bread we think of as “cornbread”.   It’s sort of a cross between a cake and regular cornbread.  I love the texture and sweetness – it’s perfect served with a bowl of chili [...]

Cinnamon Crumble Field Pumpkin Bread (made with raw leftover Halloween pumpkin)

Cinnamon Crumble Pumpkin Bread (Made from leftover jack o'lantern field pumpkin)

It’s officially fall!  The 100 degree summer weather has finally left – and it actually rained yesterday.  I closed the windows, ditched my summer comforter, put away the fan… and the crisp smell of leaves is in the air.  Nothing says “fall” to me more than the scent of warm cinnamon and pumpkin.  And with [...]

What to do with leftover Okara (Okara Banana Bread, Okara Meatloaf)

Okara Banana Bread

Okara is the strained & pureed pulp of soy beans, leftover from making soy milk.  A few days ago, I made soy milk and mentioned that you can use the leftover okara in various recipes.  This  pulp is basically “pureed bean” – and can be used as a nutritious meat extender, or high fiber addition [...]

Homemade Soft Baked Pretzels with Rosemary and Pink Himalayan Salt

Homemade Soft Baked Pretzels

I love fresh baked soft pretzels!   There is something intoxicating about the smell of the baking dough…  and when you bite into one, hot from the oven, the soft interior combined with the crispy bite of salt on the top…. YUM! My trick when making home baked pretzels is to use beer in place of [...]