Pumpkin Ginger Bread w/ Maple Glaze

Pumpkin Bread

I baked you this lovely pumpkin bread infused with the zingy flavor of ground ginger and topped with a maple syrup glaze. A task for my monthly Baking Partners Group to celebrate October and all things pumpkin.

Pumpkin loves ginger and ginger loves it right back. A happy marriage. I couldn’t help but add a little cinnamon and vanilla extract to the mix. It’s just enough to enhance the ginger and not take away from its starring role…. 

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No-Knead Olive Bread with Whipped Feta Cream Cheese

No-Knead Olive Bread

Rustic peasant bread generously polka-dotted with green and black olive slices. It’s holey texture is held together by a crispy crust that is simply irresistible.

One of the best things about it is how easy and fast it comes together with no kneading at all! With 10 minutes of hands on time making homemade bread is a snap. The only hard thing about it is the wait. 8-12 hours of rise time. Don’t fret. It’s a small price to pay for not kneading.

Whipped Feta Cream Cheese

I say it’s worth every ticking minute of anticipation because springing forth from your oven will be one of the best homemade breads you ever met. In your entire life.

There’s nothing more warm and welcoming than freshly baked bread. The heady scent of yeast makes you feel all warm and fuzzy inside. I  know of no better comfort.

No-Knead Overnight Olive Bread

You can’t have a wonderful bread like this without something equally delicious to slather over it. How about fluffy cream cheese whipped up with feta? I’ll just let that sink in.

Let the feeding frenzy begin.

No-Knead Olive Bread

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 40 minutes

No-Knead Olive Bread

Rustic peasant bread generously polka-dotted with green and black olive slices. It's holey texture is held together by a crispy crust that is simply irresistible.

INGREDIENTS:

3 cups + 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour or bread flour (or a mix of the two)
1/4 teaspoon instant yeast or 1/3 teaspoon active dry yeast
1 teaspoon salt
1 + 1/2 cups lukewarm water
1 + 1/2 cups sliced olives (I use a mix of black and green)

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. To a large bowl add the flour, yeast and salt. Whisk together. Blot dry the olives with paper towels and add them to the flour mixture tossing to coat them.
  2. Pour the water into the bowl and stir until well combined. Cover the bowl with saran wrap and let it sit on your counter 8 - 12 hours.
  3. Lightly flour a piece of parchment or aluminum foil and turn the dough out onto it. Fold the dough over on itself a few times. It will be soft and sticky.
  4. Cover with plastic and let sit 1 hour. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F. for 20 minutes and put a Dutch oven or other large oven safe pot with a lid into the oven to heat up.
  5. Shape the dough into a circle that will fit the bottom of your pan and lift it with the parchment carefully placing it into the bottom of the hot pot. Cover with the lid.
  6. Bake 30 minutes with the lid on then remove the lid and bake 10 minutes longer. Let cool in the pan 15 minutes then remove to a cutting board.
  7. Store tightly covered in a cool, dry place up to 4 days.

Notes:

Adapted from white Cheddar No-Knead Bread

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Whipped Feta Cream Cheese

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 10 minutes

 Whipped Feta Cream Cheese

Fluffy cream cheese whipped up with feta makes a delicious spread for home baked bread, sandwiches, crackers, toast and bagels.

INGREDIENTS:

4 ounces feta cheese
4 ounces cream cheese, bar or whipped, at room temperature
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Add the feta and cream cheese to a food processor and pulse until combined. Drizzle in the olive oil with the machine running and process until smooth, creamy and fluffy.

Notes:

Copyright ©2013 Cinnamon Spice and Everything Nice by Reeni Pisano All Rights Reserved

http://www.cinnamonspiceandeverythingnice.com/no-knead-olive-bread-with-whipped-feta-cream-cheese/

Olive Bread with Whipped Feta Cream Cheese

Easy Puff Pastry Garlic Knots

Easy Garlic Knots

Flaky, golden-brown, garlic-laden, buttery knots of joy.

I love you.

These are so much easier than the traditional yeast-risen garlic knots and every bit, if not more, delicious!

You can throw them together in less than 20 minutes and after the first time they promise to become a habit. If you’re anything like me, and I bet you are, you will find yourself craving them at crazy hours of the day and night…. 

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French Cheese Puffs (Gougères)

French Laundry Gougeres

Gougères are classic French cheese puffs made from pâte à choux. Think cream puffs. Only savory with cheese in the batter. Light and eggy with rounded, crackly tops and hollow centers that are perfect for filling.

These are stuffed with cream cheese, tomato and fresh thyme. Insanely and crazily delicious. Two-bites per puff will leave you wanting more…. 

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