Monday, May 21, 2012

Simple Baked Beans

I love baked beans with cornbread! This version takes quite a bit of cook time but only a few minutes of prep time. The slow bake allows time for the flavors to really sink into the beans.

Baked Beans
4 cups cooked Navy Beans
1 onion
1-2 cups veggies 
2 cups vegetable broth
½ cup molasses
¼ cup maple syrup
1 tsp dry mustard
½ tsp salt
¼ tsp pepper

Chop the onion and the veggies into bit size pieces. In a casserole dish with a lid combine all of the ingredients and mix together. Bake covered at 300ยบ for 2 ½ hours.

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Soaked Pie Crust

I made my first soaked pie crust tonight and it was delicious and very easy. This will be my go to pie crust from now on it is very similar to the crust I was using previously except that you add whey to the crust and let it soak/sit for 8 hrs.

Pie Crust (single crust)
½ cup butter
1 ¼ cups wheat flour
½ tsp salt
1 tbs whey or apple cider vinegar
1-3 tbs ice water

Cut up the butter into small cubes and then freeze it for 15-20 min before continuing with the recipe. Mix the flour and salt together. Cut the butter into the flour mixture until it looks like small crumbs. Mix in the whey and then add water as needed until the mixture just holds together. You do not want the dough to wet you just want it to press together and stick. Store the dough in a small covered dish and let sit for 8 hrs. After the soak time place the dough in the fridge for 1-2 hrs. When ready to roll out the dough take it out of the fridge and let it warm up slightly. On a surface generously dusted with flour roll out the dough to desired size and shape. The crust is now ready to bake or use in any recipe you desire.

Monday, May 14, 2012


This is a basic muffin recipe that does not involve soaking or sourdough.

1 cup all purpose flour
¾ cup whole wheat flour
¼ -⅓ cup sugar
2 tsp baking powder
¼ tsp salt
1 beaten egg
¾ cup milk
¼ cup unsweetened applesauce

Add Ins
¾ cup blueberries
¾ cup mashed bananas (reduce milk to ½ cup)
½ cup chopped walnuts or almonds
½ tsp cinnamon and 1 cup raisins
¼ cup chocolate chips

 Preheat oven to 400°.  Mix together the flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt in a large bowl. Mix together egg, milk, and applause in a separate bowl. Add the egg mixture to flour mixture stir until blended but still a bit lumpy. Mix in any desired add ins. Fill muffin cups or a greased muffin tin with batter to about 3/4 full. Bake for 20 min or until slightly golden and a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean.

Makes 12 muffins