Fantastic Bake Along – Chili/Chocolate Bread!

Hello fellow bakers!  It is Fantastic Bake Along time:). Yea!  I am so excited for this month’s Bake.   We are going to be baking Chili/Chocolate Bread by this month’s star baker, Tina from Kristabella’s Hodgepodge .  

We hope YOU will join us!  Here is how:

Tina’s  recipe of Chili/Chocolate Bread is so much like Tina herself.  She is so fun!  She crochets beautiful shawls and scarves, and shares a Sunday chuckle each week.  Head over and check out her blog.  I’m sure you will love it!❤️

I’m ready to Bake, how about you?  So… drum roll please!

Chili/Chocolate Bread -Picture By Tina @Kristabella’s Hodgepodge

Chili/Chocolate Bread Recipe by Tina @ Kristabella’s Hodgepodge 

For a small loaf (1 lb.)

  • 3/4 c Milk, room temperature 
  • 1/4c Unsalted Butter, room temperature, 1/2″ pieces 
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 2tbs Granulated Sugar 
  • 2 1/4c Bread Flour   
  • 1 1/2tsp Chili Powder 
  • 1 1/2tsp Yeast, active dry, instant, or bread machine  
  • 1c Chocolate Chips

Select the ‘Basic/White’ program, 1 lb., and your desired crust color, and start the machine. When the mix-in tone sounds, add 1 cup chocolate chips.   

Note: The Ghirardelli chips have a very intense chocolate taste. The Chili therefore is just an aftertaste…a mild ‘burn’. To intensify the Chili flavor you might wanna use Milk Chocolate Chips. 😊

Cool completely on a wire rack before slicing.

There you have it!  — Doesn’t it sound delicious?  This recipe is for a bread machine, but I will be doubling the recipe, using my Kitchenaid, and oven.   

Here are the links to bakers who have joined along in past Bake alongs and who have said they want to join in this week’s Bake Along:)

I am so excited to baking with you again, and try this SWEET Bread! Thank you Tina for the recipe:). See you Saturday as I eat a slice of this spicy bread!

Fantastic Bake Along – Grandma’s Oatmeal Cookies

I have enjoyed this month’s Bake Along so much. Kate @ Life, Tea, and Everything was our star baker and she chose her Grandma Thompson’s oatmeal chocolate chip cookies.  You can get the recipe on her website here.

I thought of my grandma as I was making my batch of cookies. I am so grateful for her love of me.  I wish I could see her again and give her a hug and kiss.  

I couldn’t think of a better accessory to these cookies than this grateful wood cut out.  It is exactly how I am feeling today.


This recipe was quite different from many other cookie recipes.  I felt like a bit of a chemist as I boiled water and added the baking soda to dissolve.  I also liked the fork marks that were similar to a peanut butter cookie.


And the taste, mmm….yum!  They were so delicious!  I doubled the recipe and made the cookies a bit larger.  Bigger is always better in my book:)


It has been a fun Bake Along.  I’m excited to head over to see how the other bakers fared with their cookies this week.

Here is the list of those who said they would joining in:

Thank you for dropping by today.  I hope you will join in the fun next month. You can read about how to join in here.

Have a super SWEET day!

Fantastic Bake Along – Grandma’s Cookies!

Get out the mixer and warm up the oven because it’s going to be a yummy, yum, yummy Bake Along this month!   We would love to have YOU join in the fun with us.  Here is how:


This month’s star baker is Kate @ Life, Tea,and Everything.  Kate is a Crocheter and has also just learned to Quilt!  She is AMAZING:). But her weight loss journey this year has been truly inspiring.  Way to go Kate!  Luckily she still finds a few calories to share with us each month though.  I’m so glad.  It is always fun to Bake Along with her:)

For this month’s recipe, she has chosen to share her grandma’s oatmeal cookies.  Now we’re talking!  A tried and true family recipe.  Yum!  I can’t wait to make up a batch or two!  

Kate’s Picture of her delicious cookies!

Here is the recipe, but be sure to head over to Kate’s fantastic blog to hear about the sweet story behind these cookies.

Grandma Thompson’s Oatmeal Chocolate Chip Cookies

Recipe by Kate @Life, Tea, and Everything

  • 1 cup shortening
  • 3/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup white sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 cup boiling water
  • 2 cups rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup chopped nuts
  • 6 oz chocolate chips

Important: Follow recipe closely as results depend greatly on order of addition of ingredients!

Preheat oven to 350 F. 

Beat shortening, sugars, and vanilla until light and fluffy. Add flour and salt. Mix well. Dissolve baking soda in boiling water. Add to flour mixture. Stir in rolled oats, nuts, and chocolate chips.

Drop from teaspoon onto ungreased cookie sheet, 2 inches apart. Flatten with fork dipped in cold water.

Bake 10-12 minutes. Makes approximately 7 dozen.

Don’t those sound yummy?!  I hope you will make a batch and join in the fun!

Here are the links to bakers who have joined along in past Bake alongs and who have said they want to join in this week’s Bake Along:)

I am so excited to try one of these SWEET cookies!   Once again, thank you Kate for the recipe:). See you Saturday as I eat one of Grandma’s Cookies!

Fantastic Bake Along- Whole Grain Bread!

Don’t you just love the smell of homemade bread baking in the oven?  It makes a house smell so homey and full of love.   This is how my house felt this week, full of homemade bread and love❤️


I just love Baking Along each month with all of you, my online friends.  This month Kathy over at Sewing Etc. gave us the recipe for this delicious bread.  If you would like to make some yourself, it can be found here.

The dough was easy to make.  I doubled the recipe so I could have an extra loaf to give to my son and his pretty wife.

But I think the recipe really needs to be doubled for  the size of loaves that my family likes.  So… darn it, I had to make more! Lol:). 


This time I  doubled the recipe twice to make four loaves!  (I am having a lot of company this weekend and will be needing the bread)  These loaves came out just the way we like our bread with the top peaking over the edge about an inch or so:)


My daughter in law was over and grabbed her loaf right away, but I still had plenty left to snap a few photos of.  

I sliced into a nice hot loaf and slathered it with SWEET butter.  I was patient and took this yummy photo, but then that slice disappeared into my belly as quick as I could put my camera down! 

It has been a wonderful Bake Along.  I am excited to see and hear about how the other bakers did with their bread this week.  

I hope you feel inspired to make your own delicious bread at home this week. We would love to have you join along next month for our next baking adventure;)

Fantastic Bake Along – Whole Grain Bread


Hello hello!  It is Bake Along Time!   Isnt this just the best week of the month?  If you have never joined in one of our Bake Alongs , I hope you will heat up the oven, put on your apron, and join in the fun!


This month’s star baker is Kathy @Sewing Etc.  Kathy is a real from scratch type cook.  She grows her own fresh ingredients in her garden and uses eggs from her own chickens.  She is a Wonder Woman!!

Kathy would like us to make Whole Grain Bread this month.   Oh yum!  I love how the house smells as bread is cooking❤️!  


Here is the recipe:

Whole Grain Bread –  makes 1 loaf

Recipe by Kathy Reeves @Sewing Etc

Bread Machine Instructions–   Use the dough setting. Add the ingredients in this order

  • 8 oz. tepid water
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 Tablespoons butter
  • 2 Tablespoons honey
  • 2 Tablespoons wheat bran
  • 2 Tablespoons wheat germ
  • 2 teaspoons flax seed
  • ¼ cup whole wheat flour
  • 2 ¼ cup white flour
  • 1 package or 2 ½ teaspoons yeast

Punch down the dough, roll into a rectangle, and roll up from the short end like a jelly roll, pinching the ends and edge to seal. Place, seams side down in a greased loaf pan. Cover; let rise in war, draft free place until doubled in size, about 45-60 minutes.

Bake at 400 degrees F for 30 minutes or until done. Remove from pans; cool on wire rack.

Hand Mixing Instructions-

In a large bowl mix very warm water (105 degrees), butter, honey and salt until dissolved. Add yeast, set aside for 5 minutes to proof.
Stir in wheat bran, wheat germ, flax seed and whole wheat flour.

Stir in enough white flour to make a soft dough, then turn out and knead on a lightly floured surface until smooth and elastic. You will probably use all of the white flour as you knead for 8-10 minutes. Place in a lightly greased bowl, cover and let rise about one hour.
Punch down the dough, roll into a rectangle, and roll up from the short end like a jelly roll, pinching the ends and edge to seal. Place, seams side down in a greased loaf pan. Cover; let rise in war, draft free place until doubled in size, about 45-60 minutes.

Bake at 400 degrees F for 30 minutes or until done. Remove from pans; cool on wire rack.

**How do you know when the bread is done? Knock on the loaf, and if it sounds hollow, it is done or nearly there! 


Doesn’t that sound delicious?!   It’s going to be a Fantastic Bake Along for sure:)

Here are the links to bakers who have joined along in past Bake alongs and who have said they want to join in this week’s Bake Along:)

I am so excited to taste a piece of this SWEET, warm, whole wheat bread! I hope you will join along:)

Fantastic Bake Along -Quiche!

This has been an Egg-straordinary bake along!  Emma from Emma Crafts Design was this month’s star baker and asked us to make her husbands favorite Quiche.  

I must admit that I have never made Quiche before.  I have eaten it at restaurants, but for some reason I have never given it a try.  I can’t believe I have waited so long.  It was DELICIOUS!!

I started with the crust.  Emma rolls hers out on parchment paper, but I am very accustomed to rolling my dough out on a tea towel that I use only for this purpose.


I roll out my dough and then use the tea towel to help me roll the dough up and over the rolling pin.  Then I can easily transfer the dough to my pie plate.


I cooked my bacon and chopped it fine.  I layered the entire shell with the bacon and then poured in my egg, cheese and milk mixture.  I had a large pan so I doubled the recipe.


I used pepper jack cheese.  Yum yum!  It had just the right amount of spice for my Arizona family:)


I mean really, look at how beautiful it turned out!  It was ALMOST too prettyto eat!  But we did eat it:)


I added some chopped spinach to the top and asked myself why I didn’t add it to the eggs?  Next time I will!  I even think some sautéed mushrooms and fresh tomatoes would taste divine as well.

Thank you, thank you for such a delicious recipe and Bake Along Emma!!   

If any of you are interested in making your own delicious Quiche, you can get the recipe  here.  Why don’t you link up and join us?

I am so excited to see how the other bakers fared with their Quiche adventures. Here are the links:

I am off to check them out!  SWEET!

 Fantastic Bake Along – Quiche!

It’s that yum, yum, yummy time of the month again.  It’s  Fantastic Bake Along Time:)   Yea!!  This month’s star baker is Emma over @ Emma Crafts Design.  

This month’s recipe is Emma’s delicious quiche.  She says it is her husband’s favorite.  Doesn’t it look so delicious?  I can’t wait to give it a try!

Emma’s picture of the quiche looks so yummy!

Here is the recipe:

Preheat your oven to 180°C (356°F).

You will need for the pastry:

  • 75 g butter (you can also use margarine)
  • 150 g plain flour
  • 50 g water (50 mL)
  • salt for seasoning

For those of us using cup measurements, you can convert measurements on Google or a close approximate conversion is– 50ml = 1/4c

Mix all your ingredients together until well combined. Roll your pastry out and place in a quiche tin (I roll my pastry on a sheet of baking paper and use it to line the tin, it makes it easier to clean!). Trim your pastry and pick the bottom of the pastry with a fork to prevent it from raising once in the oven.

You will need for the filling:
150-200 g of bacon bits

  • 4 eggs
  • 100 g of thickened cream
  • 50 g of milk (50 mL)
  • block cheese (you can use gruyere or Swiss cheese too)
  • salt and pepper for seasoning

Cook your bacon bits in a pan for 3-5 minutes, then lay them evenly on your pastry. In a bowl, whisk the eggs, cream and milk together, adding salt and pepper to taste. Pour the mixture over the bacon bits, straight on top of your pastry. Grate about 50 g of your block cheese on top of your quiche.

Bake for 30-35 minutes or until the cheese is golden brown.

Be sure to head over to Emma’s blog for more great pictures and helpful hints:


Here are the links to bakers who have joined along in past Bake alongs:

I am so excited to taste this SWEET quiche!  I hope you will join along:)

Fantastic Bake Along – Pizza Party Results!

I don’t know about you, but my family LOVED our Fantastic Pizza Party:)!   Brenna@crochet539 and her family chose the theme and the recipe this month.  Yum!  Thank you Brenna:)! 

You can find the details and the recipe here.

For my pizza, I decided on an Arizona themed version.  Mine is a type of Navajo Taco or Navajo Pizza!   It was really quick and easy, not to mention DELICIOUS!!


The dough was easy to make, but I did have to add a few tablespoons of olive oil to it to get it to this lovely ball stage.   

I covered it and left it on the counter while I ran to the store.  It definitely over proofed, but thankfully, it didn’t affect the end result:)


I rolled it back into a ball and cut the ball into 10 or so smaller balls.  My daughter in law took the job of rolling out the dough into small mini pizzas about 1/4″ thick.


My son took the job of frying the dough into these beautiful discs of fry bread.  Mmmmm!  I can’t wait!  Here is another shot just to make your mouth water:) 

I was in charge of the Navajo Toppings.  

I browned some meat and onions.  I added a large can of beans, green chiles, and salt and pepper.  It is kind of a quick type of chile beans.

I put the crust on a round pan, and spooned about 1.5 c of the chile beans onto the crust and sprinkled cheese over the top.  I then placed the pizza under the broiler to get the cheese all melted and gooey.  Broiling also added a delicious char to the crust as well:)


Here are a few of my family’s Navajo Pizzas.  Oh my oh my were they yummy!!  We topped them with sliced cabbage and tomatoes.


It really was a party at my house.  Just look at the smile on my son’s friend’s face!!

And a Navajo Pizza Party wouldn’t be complete without SWEET fried bread.  

This is the classic way to serve Navajo fried bread, with honey.  I added a sprinkle of powdered sugar as well.


I am so excited to hear how all of your pizza parties turned out.  I am off to go read about them.  Here are the links:

If you didn’t join in the fun this month, I hope you will hop in next month. We bake the second week of the month and would LOVE to Bake along with you!

Fantastic Bake Along – Pizza Party!!


It’s time to heat up the oven and get out the aprons.  It’s Fantastic Bake Along Time!!  Come and join in the fun:).   You have to eat something anyway, right?   This month Brenna@crochet539 is our baking host.  Yea, Brenna!!

Brenna talked to her family about choosing this month’s recipe.  They all decided that a pizza party would be fun. I agree!   She would like us all to use the same crust recipe, but put whatever toppings on it that you think are fun and maybe a little bit different from the norm.

The crust recipe is from The Chef in Training.  You can head on over to her blog for pictures and a nice description of the dough.

The Perfect Pizza Dough

Recipe from Nikki @ Thechefintrainng.com

TOTAL TIME 43 MINS
Ingredients

  • 2 cups warm water
  • 1 Tablespoon yeast
  • 1 Tablespoon salt
  • 5 cups flour, divided
  • 4 Tablespoons olive oil (2 Tablespoons per pan)

Instructions

Mix warm water and yeast and let sit 5 minutes until yeast proofs.

Add 2 ½ cups flour with proofed yeast and mix well in Kitchen Aid or with a dough hook.

Add additional 2 ½ cups flour and salt, knead until smooth. Cover bowl with saran wrap. Let dough rest in a ball for 10 to 20 minutes.

Pour 2 tablespoons of olive oil onto baking sheet or pizza pan and evenly coat bottom of baking sheet or pizza pan.

Remove dough from bowl and add more flour as needed (a little at a time) to alleviate the stickiness of the dough if needed. I add a few Tablespoons usually.

Split dough in half and roll each ball of dough very thin and place on greased pan.

Preheat oven to 400 F

Top your pizza dough however you would like. If you have a favorite pizza recipe or breadstick recipe, have at it! Be sure and leave a ¾-inch space on the edge for crust.

Bake each pizza separately at 400 degrees F for 18-20 minutes for pizza and 15 minutes for bread sticks or cinnamon sticks.

Ok now for how this Fantastic Bake Along works:

  • Just comment below if you want to join in. I will add your blog link to the BAL on Saturday’s post
  • Make the recipe sometime this week.
  • On Saturday, post your pictures and results of the recipe. Success or accidents in the kitchen, it doesn’t matter. It’s all fun and real:)
  • Link your post here with the Fantastic Bake-Along 
  • Be sure to visit the other bloggers posts
  • It is also super a-ok if you don’t want to blog post but just want to join us as we bake/cook. You can just comment with your results or post a picture on Instagram #fantasticbakealong

Only one rule–Be polite and nice!!  

Here are the links to bakers who have joined along in past past Bake alongs:

I’m excited to Bake Along with you this week. It’s going to be SWEET!!  I can’t wait for Saturday to see all of the delicious pizzas!



Nikki, The Chef in Training, has asked that if you make this recipe, snap a photo and hashtag it #chefintraining She would love to see how these recipes take shape in your kitchens. Don’t forget #fantasticbakealong as well:)!

Fantastic Bake Along – Blueberry Muffins!

Good Morning, Good Blueberry Morning!  I have been looking forward to today all week:)  It’s the first ever Fantastic Bake Along Day!  Yea!! Yea!!

This week’s recipe was Tami’s To Die for Blueberry Muffins and man, oh man was she  not kidding!  I mean really, just look at these beauties:)

Here is how the baking went—

I doubled the recipe because I wanted the extra large type of muffins.  Go big or go home, right?  As I was finished with all of the additions I felt a little worried that maybe I had forgotten some milk or eggs or something because the batter was so thick and sticky.  I kept going though.

I took Tami’s advice and made sure to use only fresh blueberries, not the frozen ones.  I agree, that they made all of the difference.

I scooped the sticky dough into the pans filling the cup all the way to the top.  I covered the muffins  with an extra amount of the super wonderful crumble mixture.

Being that I filled the cups all the way to the top, I was a little worried that they might overflow, so I placed a cookie sheet under them, just in case.

No need to worry though,  they puffed up beautifully with no leakage at all:)

Because I had greased AND floured my pan, they took very little coaxing to get out of the pan in one piece

Now that’s what I’m talking about!!

My Dear hubby was waiting by the oven and promptly cut one up, slathered it in butter and started inhaling it amongst moans of delight!

  I tried to grab it and say that I hadn’t had the photo shoot yet, but he said he would put his own picture of these on the blog.  Here it is–lol:)

I gathered the remainders and lined up a blueberry photo photo shoot.  I was going to use my china and some fresh napkins with daisies on them, but then this little rooster just called my name and said, ‘Tracy, please, oh please, let me be by those beautiful muffins… I want to be in your photo shoot!”

What could I do?  I snatched him up and changed the shoot completely 

What a fun morning:). These To Die for Blueberry Muffins are SWEET!   You can get the recipe here on my blog, or here on Tami’s blog if you want to try it out in the future.

Here are the links to the bloggers who said they would like to participate.  Please go check out how they fared in the kitchen today.  I’m on my way to read about them right now:)!
Tracy@It’s a T-Sweets Day!

Tami@Tanglewood Knots

Kathy@Sewing Etc.

Brenna@Crochet539

Nana Cathy dot com (Cathy will be posting next week)

Melissa@Thread and Scissors

And any of you who would like to comment here and tell us how your Blueberry Muffin adventure went. We all would love to hear about it!
Thanks for dropping by.  I hope you will join us the second week of next month for another FANTASTIC BAKE ALONG!