Tuesday, February 17, 2009

No Regrets Chocolate Cake!


1 3/4 C All-Purp Flour
1 3/4 C Packed Light Brown Sugar
3/4 C Cocoa Powder
1 1/2 t. Baking Soda
1 1/2 t. Baking Powder
1/4 t. Salt
1 1/4 C Reduced- fat buttermilk (add 1T vinegar to low-fat milk, let sit 10min. for buttermilk sub)
3 Large Egg Whites
4 T Light Margarine, melted
1 1/2 t Vanilla
1 C Boiling Water
1 T Confectioner's Sugar

Preheat Oven to 350
Lightly coat a 9x12 baking pan
In a large Bowl, combine first 6 ingredients (flour through salt)
Mix well with a fork to break up brown sugar. Set aside

In a large mixing bowl, combine buttermilk, egg whites, melted margarine and vanilla. Mix on low speed until blended. Gradually beat in boiling water (temper so it doesn't scramble eggs)
Then slowly add flour mixture and, again, mix on low speed until blended.

Pour batter into prepared pan
Bake 25 min. or until toothpick comes out clean
Cool and dust with confectioners sugar

1/2 of the cake has:
245 calories
3g Fat
50g Carbs
2g Fiber

* I actually used whole wheat flour to up the fiber and it turned out great!

Challah Bread

Heavenly, Seriously

2 medium loaves 

1 cup luke warm water
1/4 cup honey
1 package active dry yeast
1 cup bread flour

1/4 cup olive oil
1 whole egg
4 egg yolks
1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt (it's fine to use a different salt)
2/3 cup sugar
2 1/2-3 cups bread flour
1 egg
1 tablespoon water

poppy seed or sesame seed or cinnamon sugar or cheese (optional)

1 In a large mixing bowl, stir together the water, honey and yeast.
2 Let stand for 5 minutes.
3 Stir in 1 cup bread flour, and cover with a towel.
4 let stand for 30 minutes.
5 Stir in the olive oil, whole egg, and egg yolks until very well mixed.
6 Add the salt, sugar, and the rest of the flour.
7 You should have a sticky dough Pour dough out onto a well floured surface and knead, adding flour as you need it, for 10 minutes.
8 Place dough in a large greased mixing bowl and let rise for 1 hour.
9 Place dough in the refrigerater and let rise over night or at least 6 hours.
10 Turn dough out on a corn mealed surface and cut it into two proportional pieces.
11 Cut and braid the two dough balls, place in two loaf pans or form the Jewish circle with them.
12 Let dough rise for 1 hour and preheat your oven to 375F.
13 Beat 1 egg with the tablespoon of water and brush the doughs with the egg wash TWICE.
14 Sprinkle with poppy seeds, sesame seeds, or cinnamon sugar, optional.
15 Bake for 30 to 40 minutes, you may have to cover the breads with foil to stop them from browning to much after 15 or 20 minutes.
16 Remove the breads from the oven and either place them in plastic bags to get a soft crust or place them on wire racks until cooled completely before storing for a crisp crust (I personally don't wait for either and just eat it right out of the oven).

18**Ifyou would like a cheesey challah bread, just sprinkle on your favorite cheese in the last 2 minutes of baking ENJOY!

All Purpose Bread Recipe

I use this one of my rolls, pizza dough, cinnamon rolls and pan loafs. It's full proof for me.

Put Dry ingredients in bowl with paddle attachment
3 Cups Bread Flour
2t. Salt
1/2 C Sugar
1 T. Yeast

1 Egg
1/2 Cup Oil
2 1/2 C Hot water (100 degrees)
Mix on low speed until blended

Let sit five minutes
Switch to dough hook

5 C. Bread Flour
*May need to add more depending on humidity that day

*To make Whole Wheat Bread Just follow same process just with Whole Wheat Flour. Just Add the Last 5 Cups of Flour one at a time as Whole Wheat has more Gluten and will sometimes not need as much into a recipe


I made this today, it is the recipe above just all Whole Wheat. It turns out beautiful, not heavy at all.

* If you want to just add a few cups of whole wheat to this bread recipe, here are the directions. It is again, super easy and yummy.

Put Dry ingredients in bowl with paddle attachment

2 Cups Whole Wheat Flour
1 C Bread Flour
2t. Salt
1/2 C Sugar
1 T. Yeast

1 Egg
1/2 Cup Oil
2 1/2 C Hot water (100 degrees)
Mix on low speed until blended

Switch to dough hook

2 C. Whole Wheat flour and 2 C Bread Flour
Also you will need 1 C. of the regular bread flour to add in if necessary, depending on humidity that day you might need more or less.

Easy Granola

5 C. 6 Grain Mix
3/4 C. Brown Sugar
1/2 t. Salt
Cinnamon if desired

1/3 C. Honey
1/4 C. Oil
1 t. Vanilla or desired flavoring

Heat Liquids until bubbly and pour over dry mix, Blend well
Pour into greased cookie sheet
Bake 376 15-20 min. Stir once or twice while baking.
Take out and let it set before storing, it will harden up once it cools off.

Add-in's - I like to add dried cranberries, flax seed, sliced almonds, and sunflower seeds or pumpkin seeds.