Mixed Bag Mondays: Doughy Issues

Working with dough can be very hit or miss for me. Sometimes I get great results, and most times I feel like I have failures. It’s hard to tell how much is me and how much is a fault of the recipes. Regardless, I keep looking for and trying new recipes because I hope to improve my own skills. I had never made grilled pizza before, although I have made scallion pancakes.

I need to pull out my old recipe for the pancakes, because, well, let’s start there…

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My Best Biscuits Yet

I always struggle so much with bread recipes, so anytime I find a recipe that works, I get so excited! I made this one twice within a week, and the second time was the night before we left for our Maryland trip. I figured they would be good the next day for breakfast, too. I have tried so many biscuit recipes with fancy steps and not had them work. I’ve also had luck with this recipe, but actually, today’s recipe might trump that one. That one is still good for the cheddar flavor. These technically have cheese in them, but it isn’t super noticeable. These biscuits are so fluffy inside while getting super tall and browning more evenly. They also don’t have a strong baking powder flavor like many recipes I’ve tried.

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Garlic-Rosemary Dutch Baby

I had saved this recipe and randomly pulled it out one weeknight to bake while I prepped the rest of dinner. It made the dinner a touch more fancy, even though it is quite simple and fast.

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Mushroom and Spinach Baked Eggs with Bacon

Just before our last trip to Maryland, I had made a breakfast casserole for the day we left. It was okay…but definitely not a recipe I would repeat. This was a recipe I found, and after a few changes, it was a recipe I have already repeated. It is easy to have the ingredients on hand, and it comes together quickly.

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Flour Bakery’s Banana Bread

I’ve made my dad banana bread numerous times now. And when he has been happy each time, it seemed silly to bother looking for another recipe when the first one had been doing so well. Except for one problem…I didn’t have yogurt. I also didn’t have much time to go buy yogurt, and I wanted to make the bread ASAP to freeze it and have it ready to ship. Then I decided to search through my cookbooks and see if I had any other prospects.

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Almost No-Knead Bread

My first post of the new year is for something I made before…sort of. I made a no-knead bread recipe from America’s Test Kitchen over four years ago, but I believe it was a different recipe. Certain parts seemed different. And, I noticeably lacked success the first time. The first time was affected by our chilly house. We used to keep the house less heated when it was just the two of us. Now, we keep the house more comfortable year-round. I believe the temperature affected the rise of the bread last time. Whatever the difference, it turned out perfectly the first time I did the recipe below and not perfect but still very good the second time. The un-cut pictures you see below are the first time making it. The sliced pictures are from the second time I made it.

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The reason?

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Chocolate-Chocolate Muffins

These are easy-peasy. And fast. Almost fast enough to appease a toddler. Not quite. He satisfied himself with some other breakfast first, and then feasted on part of one…and then part of K’s. And I think part of mine, too. He is a little mooch, isn’t he? Anyway, he has certainly learned what chocolate looks like and knows he wants it when he sees it. Smart boy.

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Quick sidenote…do you consider muffins strictly for breakfast? What about donuts? I always considered both more treats than breakfast, but my husband and some friends feel otherwise.

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