side dish

Bready or Not Original: Honey Cornbread Loaf

Posted by on Jan 27, 2021 in Blog, Bready or Not, quick bread, side dish | 0 comments

Cornbread is good ol’ basic American comfort food, perfect to warm up bellies at this time of year.

Bready or Not Original: Honey Cornbread Loaf

Sometimes, though, you don’t want a huge batch of cornbread. Just enough for a meal or two, maybe. That’s where this recipe comes in.

Bready or Not Original: Honey Cornbread Loaf

It makes a 9×5 loaf pan of delicious cornbread. Leftovers keep well wrapped up at room temperature, and the bread can also be frozen to eat later.

Bready or Not Original: Honey Cornbread Loaf

This cornbread is soft with a strong cornbread flavor highlighted with a touch of sweetness. Heat it up, add some butter, and you’re set.

Bready or Not Original: Honey Cornbread Loaf

Eat it by itself for a warming snack. Make it to go along with chili or soup or a roast. However you eat it, it’ll be yummy.

Bready or Not Original: Honey Cornbread Loaf

This small loaf is perfect for one person or a small family. It keeps well at room temperature for days, and can be frozen for later enjoyment, too.
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: quick bread
Author: Beth Cato

Equipment

  • 9x5x3 loaf pan

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups cornmeal
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup golden flax meal
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup sour cream or substitute plain yogurt or crème fraiche
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 2 large eggs room temperature

Instructions

  • Preheat oven at 350-degrees. Line a 9×5-3 loaf pan with a parchment paper sling along the long side, with enough paper sticking up on each side to grip it.
  • In a medium bowl, stir together cornmeal, flour, flaxseed meal, baking powder, and salt.
  • In a big bowl, beat together oil, sour cream, honey, and eggs. Add in the dry ingredients until just mixed. Pour batter into the pan.
  • Bake for 30 to 35 minutes, until the middle passes the toothpick test. Let cool at least 10 minutes before using paper sling to set cornbread on cutting board.
  • Cornbread keeps well for days well-wrapped at room temperature. It can also be frozen for later enjoyment.

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    Bready or Not: Cheese and Chives Yorkshire Puddings (Small Batch)

    Posted by on Dec 23, 2020 in Blog, Bready or Not, british, cheese galore, quick bread, side dish | 0 comments

    Yorkshire puddings are what many Americans also know of as popovers–light, airy, crisp sponges perfect to eat with a roast and gravy!

    Bready or Not: Cheese and Chives Yorkshire Puddings (Small Batch)

    This recipe is for a small batch of puds. Since they are so airy (if they rise right), the six puddings of this recipe are perfect for two or three people.

    Bready or Not: Cheese and Chives Yorkshire Puddings (Small Batch)

    Cheese makes everything better, of course. I used Dubliner Irish Cheddar, as it is available at my nearest Costcos for a good price.

    Bready or Not: Cheese and Chives Yorkshire Puddings (Small Batch)

    Use a good quality cheddar here to really take these puddings to the next level.

    Bready or Not: Cheese and Chives Yorkshire Puddings (Small Batch)

    Modified from Bake from Scratch Magazine.

    Bready or Not: Cheese and Chives Yorkshire Puddings (Small Batch)

    These cheesy Yorkshire puds are perfect to serve with a holiday roast and gravy! Unlike many recipes, this makes a small batch of six puddings, enough for 2 or 3 people. These are light, airy, and oh-so-cheesy. Use the best cheddar you can find–you'll be able to taste the difference.
    Course: Side Dish
    Cuisine: British
    Keyword: cheese, quick bread
    Servings: 2
    Author: Beth Cato

    Equipment

    • metal muffin pan
    • blender

    Ingredients

    • 3/4 cup milk or half & half
    • 2 large eggs room temperature
    • 3 Tablespoons unsalted butter melted, divided
    • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
    • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
    • 1/4 cup quality cheddar cheese (25 grams), freshly grated
    • 1 1/2 Tablespoons fresh chives chopped, plus more for garnish

    Instructions

    • Preheat oven at 425-degrees.
    • In the container of a blender, place milk, eggs, 1 tablespoon melted butter, flour, and salt; process just until smooth. Let rest for 10 minutes.
    • In a small bowl, toss together grated cheese and chives.
    • Place a 12-cup muffin pan in oven for 5 minutes to preheat.
    • Remove muffin pan from oven, and quickly spoon the remaining 2 tablespoons melted butter into the 6 muffin cups that are being used. Return pan to oven for 2 minutes.
    • Remove pan from oven. Working fast, spoon or pour batter into buttered muffin cups, dividing as evenly as possible. Top each with a spoonful of cheese mixture.
    • Bake until puffed and golden brown, 15 to 18 minutes. Garnish with more chives, if desired. Serve immediately. Yorkshires are best fresh as they deflate after baking.

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      Bready or Not: Gougeres (French Cheese Puffs)

      Posted by on Jul 22, 2020 in Blog, Bready or Not, cheese galore, French, quick bread, side dish | Comments Off on Bready or Not: Gougeres (French Cheese Puffs)

      Eat your cheese in delicious, airy form in Gougeres, aka French cheese puffs!

      Bready or Not: Gougeres (French Cheese Puffs)

      This is a savory version of pate a choux, the dough used for cream puffs and eclairs. In this case, though, you fold in a generous amount of grated cheese.

      Bready or Not: Gougeres (French Cheese Puffs)

      What kind of cheese? Go for ones that grate and melt. Traditional choices would include Gruyere or Comte, or be a rebel like me and use English cheddar. (Scandalous, I know.)

      Bready or Not: Gougeres (French Cheese Puffs)

      I modified this recipe from Dorie Greenspan’s version in her lovely tome Around My French Table. I felt like I learned something new every time I baked up a serving of these puffs, and I wanted to include all that info to prevent people from repeating my mistakes.

      Bready or Not: Gougeres (French Cheese Puffs)

      Such as, see the aluminum foil in these pictures? Don’t use that. Do parchment instead. I didn’t take pictures of how I mangled these gougeres, which were hopelessly stuck to the foil despite a spray of Pam.

      Bready or Not: Gougeres (French Cheese Puffs)

      The recipe results in about 30 puffs. These things keep well, unbaked and frozen, but only for about a month. After that, the puff declines and an eggy taste is more pronounced.

      Bready or Not: Gougeres (French Cheese Puffs)

      This recipe, modified from Dorie Greenspan's version in Around My French Table, combines grated cheese and pate a choux dough. The puffs bake up light, airy, and delightfully cheesy! Do the full recipe at once (it makes 30, using a tablespoon scoop) or freeze unbaked choux for later.
      Course: Appetizer, Bread, Side Dish
      Cuisine: French
      Keyword: cheese, quick bread
      Servings: 30 puffs
      Author: Beth Cato

      Equipment

      • baking sheets
      • parchment paper
      • tablespoon scoop
      • mixer

      Ingredients

      • 1/2 cup whole milk or half & half
      • 1/2 cup water
      • 8 Tablespoons unsalted butter (1 stick) cut into 4 pieces
      • 1/2 teaspoon salt
      • 1 cup all-purpose four
      • 5 large eggs room temperature
      • 1 1/2 cups coarsely-grated cheese (6 ounces) such as Gruyere, Comte, Emmenthal, or cheddar

      Instructions

      • If baking now, position racks in oven to be at the top and bottom. Preheat oven at 425-degrees. Line two large baking sheets with baking mats or parchment paper; do not use aluminum foil.
      • If preparing the gougeres now, with plans to freeze and bake later, line a pan with waxed paper and clear some space in the freezer so the puffs can set.
      • Place milk, water, butter, and salt in a medium saucepan. Bring to a fast boil. Add flour all at once, then lower heat. Promptly start stirring batter with a wooden spoon or sturdy whisk. The dough will come together, but keep stirring with vigor for another couple minutes until the dough is very smooth and looks dryer.
      • Drop the dough into the big bowl of a stand-mixer or a bowl where a hand mixer can be used. (Or, if mixing by hand, be ready for an arm work-out.) Let the dough set for a couple minutes, then add the eggs one by one. Beat, beat, beat that batter, fully incorporating each egg before adding the next. If it separates, that's okay--keep beating it! It needs to reach a stage where it is thick and shiny. Beat in the grated cheese.
      • The batter must be immediately doled out onto pans to either bake or freeze. Use a tablespoon or tablespoon-sized scoop to measure out the batter; if baking, space out about two inches apart.
      • Slide baking sheets into oven. Immediately lower temperature to 375-degrees. Bake for 12 minutes, then rotate pans from front to back, top to bottom. Continue baking another 12 to 15 minutes, until gougeres are golden and firm. Note that they will not puff until the end of the bake. Serve promptly.
      • If freezing some or all of the gougeres, freeze on waxed paper, then place in a freezer bag or lidded container. Bake straight from the freezer--do not thaw them! Place on parchment or a greased surface to cook, with gougeres in a central location in the oven. Eat frozen gougeres within a month, as they will otherwise taste increasingly eggy and have less rise.

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        Bready or Not: Japanese Milk Bread Rolls

        Posted by on Feb 8, 2017 in Blog, Bready or Not, side dish, yeast bread | Comments Off on Bready or Not: Japanese Milk Bread Rolls

        This recipe for Hokkaido-style milk bread rolls makes 8 delicious soft, airy, amazing rolls.

        Bready or Not: Japanese Milk Bread Rolls

        I couldn’t help but be intrigued when I saw this recipe featured in a King Arthur Flour catalog. It relates to the cultural fusion that plays a major role in my latest book, Breath of Earth.

        Bready or Not: Japanese Milk Bread Rolls

        See, yeast breads in Japan were a real life kind of steampunk innovation. European bakeries began to open in major Japanese cities in the 1800s, but they didn’t become more popular until later in the century when bakers began to fuse more Japanese flavors like adzuki paste into rolls. These kinds of sweet bread (kashi-pan) play a small yet vital role in my next book, Call of Fire.

        Bready or Not: Japanese Milk Bread Rolls

        This particular roll isn’t sweet unless you add some jam on your own. These are more of a combination between a standard dinner roll and an egg-based bread like challah.

        I usually don’t make breads that involve a pre-ferment stage, but I was pleased with how easy this was to make. I had the dough mix and rise in my bread machine, but you can mix this by whatever method you choose.

        Bready or Not: Japanese Milk Bread Rolls

        This is modified from the recipe at King Arthur Flour. They note there that this can also be made in loaf form. I also have my own recipe for doing a full loaf of Japanese-style Milk Bread (Shokupan). This is my usual load bread that I make about twice a week.

        I can tell you, my husband wouldn’t mind if I made these rolls a lot more frequently as well.

        Bready or Not: Japanese Milk Bread Rolls

        This recipe, modified from King Arthur Flour, produces 8 airy and delicious Hokkaido-style milk bread rolls. It uses a fermented starter called a tangzhong that is mixed into the bread dough.
        Course: Bread, Side Dish
        Cuisine: Japanese
        Keyword: yeast bread
        Author: Beth Cato

        Ingredients

        Tangzhong (starter)

        • 3 Tablespoons water
        • 3 Tablespoons whole milk or half & half
        • 2 Tablespoons bread flour

        Dough

        • 2 1/2 cups bread flour
        • 2 Tablespoons nonfat dry milk
        • 1/4 cup white sugar
        • 1 teaspoon salt
        • 1 Tablespoon instant yeast
        • 1/2 cup whole milk or half & half
        • 1 large egg
        • 1/4 cup unsalted butter 4 Tablespoons, melted
        • 1 egg optional, or extra milk to use as a wash

        Instructions

        To make the tangzhong:

        • Combine the starter ingredients in a small saucepan on low heat. Whisk until no lumps remain and continue to beat until it's thick and the whisk leaves no lines across the bottom of the pan; this takes 3 to 5 minutes. Pour it into a cup and set it aside to cool to room temperature.

        To make the dough:

        • Combine the remaining dough ingredients and add the tangzhong. Continue to knead by hand, mixer, or bread machine until a smooth, elastic dough forms. Add more milk or flour if necessary to achieve the right texture.
        • Shape the dough into a ball and set it in a lightly greased covered bowl for about 60 to 90 minutes. It should be puffy, not necessarily doubled in size.
        • Prepare a small cake pan by lining the bottom with a cut round of parchment paper. Use nonstick spray on the base of the pan so the parchment stays in place, then spray the top of the paper and the sides of the pan.
        • Gently deflate the dough and divide it into 8 equal pieces. Shape each piece into a ball and place them in the pan. Cover it with plastic wrap and let the rolls rest for 30 minutes to an hour; keep an eye on them in case they rise fast!
        • Preheat the oven at 350-degrees. Gently brush the rolls with milk or an egg wash (1 egg beaten with 1 Tablespoon water).
        • Bake the rolls for 25 to 30 minutes, until they are golden brown on top. To check for doneness, use a digital thermometer inserted into the center of the middle roll to see if it is at least 190°F. If the rolls must cook longer, cover them with foil if they are very brown.
        • Remove rolls from the oven. Let them cool in the pan for 10 minutes, then transfer them to a rack to cool completely.
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        Bready or Not: Churro Chex Mix

        Posted by on Dec 7, 2016 in Blog, Bready or Not, gluten-free, side dish | Comments Off on Bready or Not: Churro Chex Mix

        Churro Chex Mix is addictive. It is dangerous. It might cause a sugar high that keeps you awake for a full day.

        Bready or Not: Churro Chex Mix

        This stuff has made the rounds on lots of food blogs. I looked at about five different recipes, read the comments for more tips, and threw together my own version. I was concerned that some of the recipes featured a lot of Chex that looked, well, naked.

        Bready or Not: Churro Chex Mix

        I wanted my mix to be slathered in happy sugar and cinnamon. I soon discovered that the pale pieces still have a lot of sugary-ness. It’s just invisible. Subtle. Ninja-like.

        Bready or Not: Churro Chex Mix

        Note that Nestle cinnamon chips melt in a very thick way. It might be necessary to add a lot more butter (because these things weren’t unhealthy enough already) to make it easier to stir the melted goop into the cereal.

        Bready or Not: Churro Chex Mix

        Also, depending on the ingredients you use, this can be served-up gluten free! Heck, you could even use Cinnamon Chex or the Cascadian Farms cinnamon cereal and just decrease the amount of added cinnamon.

        Bready or Not: Churro Chex Mix

        Just be warned: this makes a LOT. Be ready to share it with a lot of friends!

        Bready or Not: Churro Chex Mix

        A Bready or Not Original from the High Priestess of Churromancy: This Churro Chex Mix is quick to make, and the recipe makes a lot! Kept in a sealed container, it should stay fresh for up to a week.
        Course: Appetizer, Snack
        Cuisine: Mexican
        Keyword: chocolate, churros, gluten free
        Author: Beth Cato

        Ingredients

        • 9 cups Rice Chex cereal about 1 cup less than full regular box
        • 1/4 - 1/2 cup unsalted butter
        • 1 bag cinnamon chips
        • 1 cup white chocolate chips
        • 1/2 cup confectioners' sugar
        • 1/4 cup white sugar
        • 3 tsp ground cinnamon

        Instructions

        • Pour Chex cereal into a ginormous bowl. Combine sugars and cinnamon in small bowl so that it's ready to go. Also set out a few large rimmed cookie sheets; line them with aluminum foil for easy clean up.
        • In a microwavable bowl, melt the 1/4 cup butter, cinnamon chips, and white chocolate chips. Heat for 30 seconds, stir, then 30 seconds, then stir, continuing in small careful bursts until the chips smooth out. Be careful: the chocolate burns fast! Nestle-brand cinnamon chips tend to melt extra thick, so add another 1/4 cup butter (or more) if needed to make it more fluid.
        • Pour some melted mix over the cereal. Stir. Add more melted goop. Sprinkle in some sugar mix. Stir. Keep adding more melted mix and sugar mix until it's all gone and things are mostly covered. (Note: it's okay if some Chex still looks kinda naked, because it's still likely covered in sugar!)
        • Shift the Chex out onto the cookie sheets and spread it out so it's not too chunky. Let set an hour or so, then throw it in a sealable bag or a few big plastic containers.
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        Bready or Not: Butternut Squash and Quinoa Salad

        Posted by on Sep 28, 2016 in Blog, Bready or Not, cheese galore, gluten-free, healthier, main dish, side dish | Comments Off on Bready or Not: Butternut Squash and Quinoa Salad

        Bready or Not has featured a whole lot of sweets in recent weeks. Let’s switch to something delicious and healthy instead: Butternut Squash and Quinoa Salad.

        Bready or Not: Butternut Squash and Quinoa Salad

        This still has a little bit of sweetness going on. Butternut squash is naturally awesome that way, and a sprinkling of cranberries adds some extra oomph. Add some pecans for crunch and feta because CHEESE, and this creates a bowl of happiness. The quinoa adds protein and kinda enjoys the ride along with all the other flavors.

        Bready or Not: Butternut Squash and Quinoa Salad

        I cobbled this together from several other recipes. I wanted something that I could invest some time in and then use as a quick-fix dinner for several more days. I parcel it into three or four containers, depending on the size of the squash, and my meals are set! Or, you could use this as a gluten-free main dish or side dish to feed a group.

        Bready or Not: Butternut Squash and Quinoa Salad

        I can offer a few useful tips, too. I cook quinoa in my Zojirushi rice cooker. One cup of uncooked quinoa makes a LOT once its cooked, more than my salad recipe requires, but cooked quinoa keeps well in the fridge and can also be frozen and thawed weeks later without any issue.

        Bready or Not: Butternut Squash and Quinoa Salad

        If you’re intimidated by cutting butternut squash, there is a safe and easy way to do it!

        Next week’s Bready or Not officially kicks off my October-November tradition of pumpkin and autumn-themed recipes! Time to bust out the stretchy pants.

        Bready or Not: Butternut Squash and Quinoa Salad

        A Bready or Not Original! This salad takes some initial work to assemble, but it creates a big bowl of autumnal deliciousness! Serve as a main dish or side dish for a crowd, or use it as a solo meal over several days. This is gluten-free, healthy, and full of happiness.
        Course: Main Course, Side Dish
        Keyword: cheese, gluten free, vegetable
        Author: Beth Cato

        Ingredients

        • 2 1/2 - 3 1/2 pounds butternut squash
        • olive oil or avocado oil
        • sprinkle pumpkin pie spice
        • 1 cup cooked quinoa
        • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
        • 1/2 cup pecans chopped
        • feta cheese

        Instructions

        • Preheat the oven at 425-F.
        • Line a rimmed cookie sheet with aluminum foil. Spread out the chopped squash and drizzle with oil. Sprinkle spices of choice and some salt. Roast squash for 20 minutes.
        • While the squash is roasting, measure out the cranberries and place in a small bowl. Cover the cranberries with water and let them soak. Measure out the pecans.
        • When the 20 minutes is up, toss the squash in the pan. Drain the water from the cranberries, discarding water. Add the plumped cranberries and pecans to the squash, and season more, if desired. Cook another 10 minutes or so, until butternut squash is fork tender with roasted coloration.
        • Transfer the pan's contents to a large bowl. Gently stir in the quinoa. Serve hot or stash in fridge for later, and heat with microwave. Add sprinkle of feta just before serving.
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