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Breakfasts

Luly’s Banana Bread

Did you ever grow up thinking what you knew to be something was completely different than what the rest of the world considered to be something? Was that too deep for a Monday? I’m talking about banana bread.  Could you tell?  No? My grandmother Luly, has made this banana bread for as long as I can remember.  It’s unlike any other banana bread I’ve ever had.  Ever. The outside develops a dark brown, sticky exterior and the inside is more like a moist cake than a quick bread.  The smell of it in the oven is something I recognize instantly and brings me right back to being a little girl; licking my little fingers while watching Saturday morning cartoons at her house. I thought everyone’s grandmother made banana bread the same way.  I can remember trying banana bread at bakeries and friend’s houses and being utterly confused.  I learned no two banana breads are alike.  I’m firmly in Luly’s camp. This bread is really more of a dense, moist cake in the shape of traditional …






Thanksgiving Side: Corn Pudding

Every Friday leading up to Thanksgiving, I’m posting a new side dish recipe.  If you’d like to see my recipe for what I consider the BEST way to make turkey, click here. Thanksgiving isn’t Thanksgiving to me unless I’ve got corn pudding on my plate. If someone made me choose between turkey and corn pudding, I’d kiss that bird goodbye. Ever since I was little, corn pudding has always been synonymous with turkey day and I wouldn’t have it any other way. It’s so synonymous that even though it’s EVERYONE’S favorite side, nobody makes it except for on Thanksgiving day.  That’s 364 days without this buttery, creamy good stuff. We’re weird but it also means the pan of corn pudding is coveted, treasured, and even hoarded. Our family spends Thanksgiving together at our lodge in Northern Wisconsin and because this pudding becomes our familial currency after the big meal, people (myself included) have been known to discreetly wrap up our own portions and hide them in the fridge. Woe to the person who used clear plastic …






Golden Raisin Pecan Bread (No Knead!)//Peanut Butter & Dill Pickles Blog

Rustic Golden Raisin Pecan Bread

One of the most popular recipes on my blog by far is Easy Peasy Rustic Bread.  It has professional bread bakery results with little to no effort.  If you haven’t checked it out yet, click here.  All you need are some basic bread ingredients (flour, yeast, water, etc.) and a cast iron enameled dutch oven.  People will think you work for Panera when this bread comes out of the oven. I wanted to come up with a new loaf to celebrate fall flavors (without pumpkin!) and golden raisins and pecans sure did the trick. To add some spice, I mixed pumpkin pie spice into the flour.  I love spice blends that include flavors that work so well together.  I’d much rather get out one spice jar than five! To add some crunch, I topped the bread with melted butter and demerara sugar just before it was done baking.  The result…a topping that makes the loaf glisten in sugary sweetness. Easy peasy. PrintRustic Golden Raisin Pecan Bread Ingredients3 c. flour 1 3/4 tsp. salt 1/2 tsp. …






Easy Peasy Rustic Bread//Peanut Butter & Dill Pickles Blog

Easy Peasy Rustic Bread

 Growing up my mom had an electric bread-making machine that sat on our counter and it spit out decent bread, yet in the form of a perfect cube. Outside of that machine, I’d never made homemade bread before. Why had I never made homemade bread before?  Well, generally you come across one or all of the following terms in a bread recipe: benching, proofing, punching down, etc. All of those things send me running for the hills.  I’m a much more “feel as I go” cook.  I use recipes as guidelines and breadmaking isn’t exactly the niche to do that in.  Also, I feel like if the water isn’t the EXACT temperature or ingredients aren’t measured perfectly you’ll end up with a brick.  I don’t like bricks and butter. But then the skies opened up and a ray of bread-based light shown down. I stumbled across a glorious image of a crusty, artisanal loaf on Pinterest and the caption heavily emphasized how easy the bread was to make.  That led me to the blog, Simply …






Caramelized Pear & Walnut Bread with Apple Cider Glaze//Peanut Butter & Dill Pickles Blog

Caramelized Pear & Walnut Bread with Apple Cider Glaze

Because I love bread… Because I love pears… Because I love walnuts… Because I love saving butter wrappers to make greasing pans easier… Because it’s Sunday… Because the Green Bay Packers won… Because technically it’s still the weekend… I give to you, this yummy recipe! PrintCaramelized Pear & Walnut Bread with Apple Cider Glaze 1 loaf Ingredients2 eggs 1 c. unsweetened apple sauce 1/3 c. canola oil 1/4 c. skim milk 1/4 c. apple cider 3/4 c. all purpose flour 3/4 c. white whole wheat flour, such as King Arthur 1/2 c. sugar 1/4 c. brown sugar 1 1/2 tsp. baking powder 1/2 tsp. cinnamon 1/2 tsp. salt Pinch of cloves 1/2 c. chopped walnuts 1/2 c. caramelized pears (recipe below) Apple Cider Glaze (recipe below) InstructionsPreheat oven to 350°. Butter and flour a 9×5″ loaf pan. Set pan aside. In a medium bowl, whisk eggs, applesauce, oil, milk, and cider until thoroughly mixed. In a large bowl, sift flours, both sugars, baking powder, cinnamon, salt, and cloves. Push any clumps through sifter. Slowly fold …






Blue Cheese Bread with Honey & Thyme

Most people I’ve encountered have a love/hate relationship with blue cheese–either they love it or they hate it. I’ve never met anyone that gave the “so-so” hand gesture when asked how they feel about blue cheese.  You either get people emoting how delicious it is melted over a steak or paired with fruit on a cheese platter–or you get those who crinkle up their nose and shake their head at the thought. I used to be a head shaker but then discovered more mild versions (like gorgonzola) and really came to love it.  My first exposure to gorgonzola was crumbled over a grilled steak (for you non-blue cheese lovers that have read this far…thank you.  Click here for a non-blue cheese steak reward). My husband was the same way until he had blue cheese served on a steak too (I’m noticing a trend here).  Now he loves it and can’t get enough; on a burger, in dressing for dipping buffalo wings, stuffed in chicken breasts, and now smeared with butter inside a crusty loaf of …






Luly’s Banana Bread

Good Morning! Super happy I can squeak in another post before the wedding and it is all thanks to my mom!  She was in town this past weekend and was a huge help on tackling the to do list.  We had a really relaxing Sunday and that afternoon I was able to make some awesome banana bread. The recipe comes from my grandmother, Luly, and in my opinion is the best hands down.  We had a bunch of bananas that had gotten overly ripe (sometimes I swear Mike purposely doesn’t eat them so I have to make banana bread) and those really are necessary, especially for this recipe. The bread is super moist and instead of a hard crust, the outside of the bread develops this sweet, sticky outer layer that is really too good for words! It’s great plain and cold just out of the fridge or she serves it warmed up in the microwave with a bit of butter–either way its legendary in our family and I’ve got Mike hooked on it too …