Friday, September 28, 2007

Breads of Champions

Here are the recipes for the two snowgoose breads that ganged up to trounce the competition in Bake Off 2.

Pumpkin Bread (from All New Joy of Cooking)

Preheat the oven to 350 F and Grease a 9 by 5 inch loaf pan

1. Whisk together:

1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1 1/2 tsps ground cinnamon
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
1 tsp ground ginger
1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
1/4 tsp cloves
1/4 tsp baking powder

2. Combine in another bowl:

1/3 cup soy milk (alternatively, add 1/3 cup water or milk)
1/2 tsp vanilla

3. In a large bowl, beat until creamy, about 30 seconds

6 tsbs unsalted butter

4. Gradually add and beat on high spead until lightened in color and texture, 3-4 minutes

1 cup sugar plus
1/3 cup brown sugar

5. Beat in 1 at a time:

2 large eggs

6. Add and beat on low speed until just blended:

1 cup pumpkin puree

7. Add the flour mixture in 3 parts, alternating with the milk milxture on 2 parts, beating on low speed.

8. Fold in:

1/2 cup coarsely chopped walnuts
1/3 cup raisins

9. Bake for about 1 hour. Let cool in pan for 5-10 minutes before removing to cool on the rack

Super Moist Apple Bread (from Secrets of Fat Free Baking)


2 cups whole wheat pastry flour
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 tsp baking soda
3/4 cup apple juice (I used cherry cider)
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 cups finely chopped apples
1/4 cup raisins

1. Combine flour, sugar, and baking soda, stirring to mix well.

2. Add the juice and vanilla extract, stirring until dry ingredients are moistened

3. Fold in the apples and raisins

4. Spread the mixture evenly in a greased 8 by 4 inch pan and bake at 325 F for 55 minutes or just until a wooden toothpick inserted in teh center of the loaf comes out clean

These recipes provided some delicious breads and set the stage for the ultimate confrontation. Who is the baking champion? Decide in Bake Off 3: The Reckoning!

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