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Fun to make Irish Brown Bread

It doesn’t have to be St Patty’s day to enjoy a little home-baked Irish goodness!  There is just nothing like the smell of fresh-baked bread in the air. This super easy recipe is full of whole-grain goodness and the kids have so much fun getting their little hands gooey while mixing it.

I LOVE this bread hot from the oven with a little strawberry or mango jam on top! Of course it’s even better while sipping a cup of tea 🙂

I pair this dense bread with soups, stews, roasts and just about any other down home recipe you can

come up with. And it’s really quick to make up, no time waiting for it to rise. I think you could cut down on the cook time by make 2 smaller loaves.

Hope you enjoy!

Ingredients:
2 1/4 cups whole wheat flour
2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 cup rolled oats
1 tsp baking soda
1 tbsp sugar
2 1/2 cups butter milk


1. Heat oven to 400 degrees. Combine all the ingredients except milk in a large bowl. Stir with hands. Make a well in the mixture and pour in 1 1/2 cups of buttermilk.
2. Continue mixing with hands. Add remaining cup of buttermilk as you combine ingredients. The dough will be very wet and sticky….kids love it!
3. Dust hands with flour and shape dough into a ball. Place on a floured cookie sheet or non-stick baking mat. Score a X on the top with a knife.
4. Bake the bread until golden brown about 45-50 minutes. Let cool for 10  minutes before slicing.

 Originally found in Family Fun magazine March 2008

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Chewy Double Chocolate Chip Cookies

I think I’ve mentioned our household fondness for chocolate. It’s been snowy and cold here this early October and it’s sent me back into the kitchen for some baking.  After daddy devoured the peanut butter cookies (with Hershy Kisses on top) I felt a little sad for the boys. Mostly my oldest coming home from school hoping to have a cookie and alas, no cookies. I didn’t feel like making another batch of regular chocolate chip cookies so I gave this one a try. It makes about 4-5 dozen cookies so you could easily cut in half.

Now I’ve mentioned my unusual lack of obsession with chocolate. I think one note should be made here. I LOVE chocolate cookie and brownie and cake dough/batter, mmmm.  However, once baked I generally can take or leave the finished goodies. These cookies are truly delicious!  The dough is rich and chocolatey and the cookies come out soft and chewy, just the way the hubby likes them.  Hope you enjoy them too!

Chewy Double Chocolate Chip Cookies
Ingredients:

1. Cream together the margarine, sugar, then add the eggs and vanilla
2. Blend in the cocoa and add baking soda, salt and blend well.
3. Add the flour into the creamed mixture and fold in the chocolate chips.
4. Bake at 350° for 8-9 minutes.
Pair with some home-made hot cocoa for a deliciously chocolatey treat! https://justcutthescrap.com/2012/10/05/delicious-hot-cocoa

Originally found at http://www.food.com/recipe/chewy-double-chocolate-chip-cookies-53301

Chocolate Birthday Wishes

It just isn’t a birthday without some form of cake…my boys know this as a golden rule. So when it was daddy’s birthday and I was sick they tried hard to understand why there was no cake. Sorry guys. Not wanting to disappoint anyone, least of all my kids, the next day, I dragged my sick little self to the kitchen and with the help of my super “maker” we prepared cupcakes (no not from scratch) but they turned out delicious none the less. It’s a fun activity to do withyour kids since cupcakes are hard to mess up.

 

Ingredients:
Box of cake mix
Oil
Water
Eggs
Chocolate Chips (optional:other things to jazz it up: marshmellows, coconut, marichino cherries, nuts or all the above)
Frosting (from a can for this one)
Frosting applicator
Sprinkles
A dash of patience and a heaping spoonful of fun!

1. Follow cake mix directions adding oil, water and eggs. Mix. Pour batter into cupcake pan with liners in place. Fill each no more than 1/2 full. For this we used chocolate cake mix and then sprinkled chocolate chips on top of the batter before baking.

Note: If you run out of liners as we did, you can cut 5″x5″ squares of parchment paper (the kind intended for baking). Place the parchment squares in the cupcake pan and add the batter.  These parchment cupcakes give a gourmet spin on a very simple dessert.

2. Bake as directed. Be sure to thoroughly clean all items that came into contact with the batter, preferably with your tongue! Mom taught me this little cleaning trick and I’m passing it on to the boys.

When done, remove from oven, let cool completely. Okay who am I kidding, you’ll need to cut into one hot delicious cupcake and eat it right away to make sure they are not aweful 🙂 Mom taught me that baking secret too.

3. Once cupcakes are cool, frost to your hearts content. I used a Wilton Cupcake decorator tube with interchangable decorating tips. Super easy to fill and clean up. Reausable too!

I added a simple little swirl top of frosting and then my little “maker” went to town dousing the tops of the cupcakes with sugary sprinkles.  He later made sure to point out to each of us that he “sprinkled that one” as we each devoured our chocolately goodness and thanked daddy for being born!  Happy birthday love of my life….I love you more than chocolate!