Fresh Bread with Dipping Oil

Today was a beautiful day. A little cold in Georgia but nothing to complain about.  I woke up very motivated and wanted to make something great. So I started early (like 8 am don’t judge me ūüôā ) Started my dough and let it rest and took my time with it.

 So after yet another productive day and several movies( Secret Life of Pets, Trolls and Moana). I was able perfect my bread and really enjoy it.  And nothing smells better then fresh bread especially since I have been limiting my carbohydrate intake.

Tools Needed

Kitchen Aid Mixer

1 tablespoon 

1 cup 

Oven at 350 degrees 

Small pot that can go in the oven

11 x 17 Pan (add like 1 teaspoon or so of oil to the bottom or spray with a non stick spray. )


4 cups of AP flour ( bread flour would be better but I have always used All Purpose) 

3 Tablespoons of Granulared Sugar

2 Tablespoons of Vegetable Oil

1 Packet of Yeast 

1 cup of warm water (115-130 degrees f) 

1-1/2 Tablespoons of Vegetable Shortening 


1. In a bowl add the warm water and add sugar and stir. Add yeast to the mixture and let sit for 5 minutes. 

When you first add the yeast

After 5 minutes

2. Take the shortening and put in the microwave for like 20 seconds to let it soften and then stir until it smooths and add to the yeast mixture. 

3. Add oil. Add flour and salt to the yeast mix. Start mixing slow so the flour doesn’t go every where. 

4. It will start forming into a ball. 

5. Once formed, check by grabbing the dough, your fingers will leave an indent. 

6. Smooth out into a ball. This took about 4 minutes on 3.

7. Let sit in the bowl covered with a towel and place in the microwave. Let sit for 2-3 hours. 

8. Punch down. It will maintain your imprint.

9. Form it back into a ball. And let it sit for another hour in the microwave. 

10. Punch down and remove and cut it into two pieces.

11. Form into two loaves. 

12. Cut slices into the top of the bread.

13. Let rest while the oven warms up. Add the pot with about 2 cups of water warm up in the oven as well.  When the oven beeps, put it in the oven . 

14. Bake in oven for 30-35 minutes or until golden brown and rolling over and hitting the bottom sounds hollow. Let sit for at least 10 minutes before cutting …. it should be an hour but I couldn’t resist. 

For the Dipping Oil


3/4 -1 cup of olive oil 

1/2 teaspoon of Italian seasoning 

1/2 teaspoon of Garlic powder 

1/4 teaspoon of Salt 

Pinch of Oregano 


Mix all together and let sit while bread is cooking .

End result !!!!

Enjoy !!!



Breakfast Banana Bread

Have you ever had bananas you were ready to throw away?

I personally try to use everything I can and try not to be wasteful.

So when I had four overripe bananas, my thought was banana bread!

This the recipe I follow.

Tools Needed:

Hand Mixer or Kitchenaid

9X4 Pan

Cooking Spray

1  and 3/4 measuring cup

1/2, 1/4 and 1 teaspoon

1 tablespoon

Your preheated oven at 350 degrees f


4 Overripe Bananas

3/4 cup of Light Brown Sugar

3/4 cup of White Sugar

2 Eggs

2 tsp of Vanilla

2 table spoons of Country Crock Spread

1/2 tsp baking powder

1 tsp of Baking Soda

1 tsp of Cinnamon

1/4 tsp of Nutmeg

2 Cups of All Purpose Flour

1/2 tsp of Salt



Put the bananas and sugars in a bowl and mix until sugar is incorporated ( I usually do not put the speed higher than 6 or medium). Add the 2 eggs, cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla mix together, stop mixer and add 2 tablespoons Country Crock Spread and mix again. Once all incorporated add 1 cup of flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt mix together until almost smooth, add the remaining cup of flour and finish mixing together, this will way it will not get over mixed.

Spray your pan with cooling spray and add mixture

Heat your oven to 350 degree f and place in oven for about an hour, if you stick in a toothpick it will be moist not clean. At that point I will take it out and let it rest and the bread will finish cooking. After about an hour, I serve it with maple syrup.




Nothing Like Fresh Bread

I love to cook. Anyone close to me has no doubt about it. Expanding my cooking abilities is always something I love to do ( and doing make up but that will be for another post :))

One thing I have recently learned and mastered to do is make wheat bread. Having a Kitchen Aid mixer makes it so much easier but if you don’t make sure you have good hands and wrist it will take a while to knead it properly.

This is what I do and I will link the recipe I used to give them proper credit.

I got my base recipe from here :

Tools Needed: Kitchen Aid w/ a dough hook attachment ( or your hands and a hand mixer) 2 Bread Pans, 2- 2 cup measuring Cups, cutting board or counter top to knead the bread, Pam or butter to grease the pans, Large Mixing Bowl

I use:

2 3/4 cups of White Unbleached Flour ( I have used the Shoprite Brand, Pillsbury and BJs no difference just what comes out of of your wallet)

2 3/4 cups of Whole Wheat Flour ( Shoprite brand mainly it is about $2 cheaper than other wheat flours)

4 tablespoons of Vital Gluten ( which is necessary for Wheat Breads since there is less gluten in Wheat.)

1 Packet of Red Star Quick Rise Yeast or 2 teaspoons from the jar

1 Cup of Warm Water

1 Cup of Milk

1/3 Cup of Honey

2 Tablespoons of Canola Oil ( or any flavorless oil) 

1 tablespoon of  White Granulated Sugar ( sometimes I do 2)

1 tablespoon of Salt 

With the kitchen Aid mixer I use the dough hook I add the salt, Vital Gluten and flours. I let the dough hook spin a few times to get it mixed. * Note put this on low if you go to high you will have it all over your kitchen flour isn’t fun to clean up.*

In a 2 Cup Measuring cup add the warm water and sugar together. The sugar will not dissolve necessarily but will sweeten the water for the yeast. Add the yeast and mix a little so it gets wet with a wooden or plastic spoon. ( It is best to avoid using metal so it doesn’t disturb the yeast.

Take the milk and heat it for a 1 minute in the microwave, not to make it hot but warm it up. And after that add the honey to it and mix together.

In about 5 minutes you will see that the yeast is coming alive and foaming a bit ( not all of it has too ) but it should look alive other wise you may have a dud batch. Once you checked it add the 2 tablespoons of oil in the yeast, water and sugar.

Add the milk and honey and the yeast mix to the flour mixture and put on low ( number 2) for a few minutes until combined. This may require you to stop it and scrap the sides and continue. If it doesn’t all combine with what you have added tablespoon by table spoon add a water until mixed fully into a dough ball.

The dough may be a little sticky but that is ok. Put in a mixing bowl that is about 3 times the size of the dough ball to give it room to grow. I like to put it in my microwave so nothing bothers it. I leave it for an hour. I look at it and then punch it down and roll it a little bit and let it rise again for like 1/2 an hr. I think that makes it less dense and fluffy.

Once it rises again take it out and separate into two balls. Take one of it them and knead it on a floured surface¬†¬†¬†¬†for about 5 minutes or so and form into the pan size ( Should be a 8.5″ x 4 x4 or so pan) that has been greased with butter or Pam. Repeat for the second one


Let them rise again in the pan for at least an hour. If it doesn’t look big enough leave a little longer.

Once they have risen enough put them in the oven at 375 degrees.

Let them cook for 30 minutes or until they are golden brown all around and you can turn it over from the pan and knock on it and it sound hollow. And they don’t have to look perfect..

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Take them out of the pans onto a cooling rack and wait at least and hour before attacking… er…. I mean sliced and slather butter and drink your coffee…. or whatever you like … and think about the simple life that didnt include cell phones, computers or tv and bask in the moment until your kids or husband smell it and ask for a piece ….