Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Cranberry-Oatmeal-Walnut Cake (THB)

It' s my turn to host  the 26th bake for The Home Bakers event  organized by Joyce of Kitchen Flavours . We are currently baking from Lou Seibert Pappas 's cookbook- Coffee Cake . Well, I've chosen this recipe just because I love cranberries .  I've used dried cranberries for this recipe as I can't find fresh or frozen ones .  I've made the full recipe & baked  12 huge muffins .   They turned out nice but a little too dense  .  I like the fact is they're not overly sweet & great for breakfast  with a cup of cappuccino . For more of this bake from all the members of THB... HERE .

Cranberry-Oatmeal-Walnut Cake (THB)
Adapted from Lou Sheibert Pappas - Coffee Cake

Ingredients for 12 large muffins
1-1/2  quick-cooking or old fashioned rolled oats
2 eggs
1/2  cup firmed packed light or dark brown sugar
1/2 cup canola oil
1-1/2 cups buttermilk or low fat yogurt (I've used yogurt)
1/4 cup dark molasses
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup unbleached all-purpose flour
1 cup whole-wheat flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
2 cups fresh or frozen cranberries ( I've used dried cranberries)
1/2 cup chopped walnuts, pecans or toasted & skinned hazelnuts


1) Preheat oven to 180°C & flour muffin pan .

2) Spread oats in a rimmed baking sheet & bake for 8 to 10 minutes or till lightly toasted . Let cool .

3) In a large bowl , beat eggs, sugar & oil till blended . Stir in buttermilk or yogurt, molasses & vanilla extract .

4) In anothet bowl , combine flour, toasted oats, baking powder, baking soda , salt & 1 teaspoon of cainnamon . Stir to blend & add the dry ingredients to buttermilk mixture . Beat for 1 minute till smooth . Stir in cranberries & scoop out mounds of batter using an ice-cream scoop into muffin pan or cups . Toss the nuts & remaining 1 teaspoon cinnamon together & sprinkle evenly over the top . Bake for 20 minutes till a cake tester inserted in the center of the a muffin comes out clean .

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Italian Cheese & Herb Pinwheel (THB)

This is another delicious  savoury  loaf selected  by Zoe of Bake For Happy Kids for our 25th THB(The Home Bakers) bake .  This event is hosted by Joyce of  Kitchen Flavours & we’re currently baking from Lou Sheibert Pappas’s Coffee Cake cookbook .  I’ve made the full recipe & since I do not have fresh oregano , I’ve used dried oregano instead & I’ve divided the dough into 4  .  Well, as you can see my loaves  turned out to be kind of rustic ! LOL  Nevertheless they’re very tasty .  I was quite worried when they doubled in size into 4 huge loaves  during the 2nd proofing  !  LOL   This is indeed a hearty loaf  with amazing flavours , great with salad  ! I’m certainly baking this loaf again . Please   hop over to Zoe  for the recipe & a better idea of this loaf as she has baked it  beautifully  .  For more of this delicious bake of all the members of THB ... HERE