Wednesday, March 31, 2010
Carrot and Pecan Bread
I had read some reviews about this bread from the HB in Five group saying that it was good but don't expect a sweet bread. Well, I wanted a sweet bread. I changed a few things- I added some real vanilla extract, some Vietnamese cinnamon and doubled the amount of brown sugar that was listed. I also used pecans instead of walnuts because I like pecans better. Golden raisins were my fruit of choice.
I decided to make them into rolls. The dough is hard to work with so I grabbed my ice cream scooper and scooped away - right into my lightly greased muffin tins. I gave each one a little egg wash and sprinkled some turbinado sugar on top and baked.
This is my absolute FAVORITE bread from this cookbook so far. I spread a little butter on one right out of the oven and I truly wanted to eat half a pan of them. It was 11:00 at night so I restrained myself and waited until the next morning. These rolls (I don't know what else you would call them) were the first thing on my mind when I woke up the next day.
I have some baking in my oven right now, as I am typing this. My home smells heavenly!!!
Pesto and Pine Nut Bread
The next bread that I baked (although off schedule for the challenge) was the pine nut and pesto bread. We all liked this bread a lot. I love anything with basil so it wasn't a hard sell for me. The dough was very hard to work with even after refrigerating it a couple days. I had this brilliant idea to make bread sticks but they didn't quite turn out as visually appetizing as I had anticipated. They tasted great though. I added a little flavor by brushing some spicy garlic butter on top on top of them after baking . YUM!
I also made some buns for barbeque pulled pork sandwiches. These were messy but delicious!
Avocado and Tomato Bread
One of the other breads I made for the HB in 5 Challenge was the Avocado and Tomato Bread. I almost didn't make this because I wasn't sure that I would like it, but decided to give it a try. I added some ingredients to the dough because I wanted some of the traditional guacamole flavors. Cilantro, minced fresh garlic, and 1 chopped fresh jalepeno pepper (without ribs and seeds) were added to the wet ingredients.
I made this bread into buns for some jalepeno and lime grilled chicken sandwiches. We all loved the bread and the sandwiches were excellent!
Check out the other bread from the group Healthy Bread in Five.