Molly Yeh’s Dark Chocolate Marzipan Scone Loaf

Servings: 1 8X4 loaf Pan
Preheat: 400
Prep Time:
Source: Food 52

This charming loaf may look like a pound cake, and act like a pound cake—and travel well and make sweet gifts like a pound cake. But it’s quite a different little number, and thanks to a slew of hidden perks—it’s better.

Ingredients: 

7 to 8 ounces (200 to 225 grams) marzipan, chopped into 1/2-inch pieces
1 tablespoon powdered sugar
1/2 cup dark chocolate chips
2 cups (250 grams) all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
2 tablespoons plus 1 teaspoon granulated sugar
3/4 cup cold unsalted butter, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
2 large eggs
1/2 cup buttermilk or heavy cream
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon almond extract
Jam, for serving

Directions: 

  1. Heat oven to 400° F. Line an 8 x 4-inch loaf pan with parchment paper, allowing 1-inch wings to hang over the edges on the long sides.
  2. In a large bowl, toss together the marzipan and powdered sugar to coat. Add the chocolate chips and set aside.
  3. In a food processor, combine the flour, baking powder, salt, and 2 tablespoons of the sugar and pulse to combine. Add the butter cubes and pulse until the butter is in the size of peas. Add this to the bowl with the marzipan. (Note: If you don’t have a food processor, you can cut the butter in quickly with your hands or a pastry blender.)
  4. In a small bowl, whisk together the eggs, buttermilk or cream, and the extracts and add to the dry ingredients. Use a wooden spoon or spatula to stir until just combined.
  5. Pour the mixture into the prepared loaf pan and spread it out evenly. Sprinkle the top with the remaining 1 teaspoon sugar and bake until deep golden brown on top and firm when you poke it with your finger, with no squishy give (indicating an undercooked middle). Begin checking for doneness at 40 minutes. If you want to be extra sure it’s done, an instant-read thermometer should read 205°F to 212°F (95°C to 100°C) in the middle.
  6. Cool in the pan on a wire rack for 10 minutes. Using the parchment wings, remove to the rack to cool completely. Slice with a serrated knife and serve with jam.

Olive Oil Pumpkin Bread

Servings: 8
Preheat: 350°
Cook Time: 40 min
Source: Fine Cooking 113, pp. 22

Olive oil not only adds an incredible depth of flavor, but used in place of butter or shortening, it makes quick breads better for you by supplying healthy fat and antioxidants. Pumpkin seeds are an optional topping here,

Ingredients
Cooking spray
3-1/4 oz. (3/4 cup) whole wheat flour
3 oz. (2/3 cup) unbleached all-purpose flour
1 tsp. ground cinnamon
1 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. ground nutmeg
1/4 tsp. table salt
2 large eggs
1 cup canned pumpkin purée
1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
1/3 cup olive oil
1/3 cup honey
2 Tbs. unsalted pumpkin seeds (also called pepitas; optional)

Directions

Position a rack in the center of the oven and heat the oven to 350°F. Spray a 9×5-inch loaf pan with cooking spray.

In a medium bowl, whisk both flours, cinnamon, baking soda, baking powder, nutmeg, and salt. In a large bowl, whisk the eggs, pumpkin, sugar, oil, and honey until well combined. Add the dry ingredients to the wet and stir with a large spoon just until evenly incorporated.

Spoon the batter into the prepared pan and smooth the top. Tap the pan on the counter a few times to settle the batter. Sprinkle the top with the pumpkin seeds (if using), pressing them down lightly. Bake until the top is browned and a wooden skewer inserted in the center comes out clean, 40 to 45 minutes. (If the bread begins to brown too much before it’s fully baked, lay a piece of aluminum foil on top.) Cool in the pan for 15 minutes and then transfer the bread to a rack to cool completely before slicing.

Zucchini Walnut Bread- Ruth

Servings: —
Preheat: 350°
Cook Time: 1 hr

Ingredients
3 whole eggs
2 c. sugar
1 c. vegetable oil
2 c. grated zucchini, peeled
3 tsp. vanilla
3 c. flour
1/4 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. baking soda
3 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
1 1/2 c. chopped walnuts

Directions
In a large bowl, beat eggs until very light. Add the sugar, vegetable oil, zucchini and vanilla.

Mix together the flour, baking powder, salt, baking soda, and cinnamon. Add to the zucchini mixture.

When the mixture is well combined, add the chopped walnuts, and pour into two 9×5-inch loaf pans that have been well buttered.

Bake in a preheated 350°F oven for about 1 hour or until done.

Chocolate Apricot Babka

Servings: 2 loaf babkas
Prep Time: 2 hrs
Inactive Prep Time: 5 hrs
Source: “The Art of the Dessert,” by Ann Amernick

Ingredients
FOR THE DOUGH:
2 cup all-purpose flour
3/4 cup cake flour
1/8 tsp salt
1/3 cup sugar
1/4 oz or 2 1/2 tsp active dry yeast, or 1 cake (0.6 oz) fresh yeast
1/2 cup whole milk at room temp
1/2 cup eggs (whole eggs or just yolks)
1 tsp vanilla extract
4 oz (1 stick) unsalted butter, preferably high fat, at room temp, plus
2 Tbsp unsalted butter
Flour for dusting
CHOCOLATE-APRICOT FILLING:
6 oz ( 3/4 cup) apricot preserves
3/4 cup dry poundcake crumbs
2 oz unsalted high-fat butter, melted
4 oz good bittersweet chocolate
STREUSEL TOPPING:
6 Tbsp all-purpose flour
3 Tbsp sugar
2 tsp cinnamon (optional)
3 Tbsp unsalted butter, diced and chilled.

Directions
1. To make dough, combine flours, salt and all but 1 tablespoon sugar in mixer fitted with dough attachment and mix on medium speed. In a small bowl, stir yeast with one tablespoon warm water and reserved tablespoon sugar just until sugar and yeast have dissolved. Reduce mixer speed to low, add yeast mixture, milk, eggs and vanilla. Beat until dough is shiny and elastic, 10 to 15 minutes.

2. Add one stick butter by spoonfuls until thoroughly incorporated, then beat on low speed for about 5 minutes. When finished, dough should be silken and rich like very thick ice cream. Transfer to a large bowl, cover with plastic wrap and set aside. When dough has doubled in size, after 2 hours, flour a cutting board and your hands. Then push dough down on board, cover well with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 1 to 2 hours or overnight.

3. To make filling, purée apricot preserves in a food processor until smooth. In a small bowl, combine cake crumbs, preserves and butter; mix until smooth. Set aside. Grate chocolate by hand in large holes of a box grater or in a food processor. If using a food processor, pulse into large chunks. Set aside.

4. To make streusel topping, in a small bowl mix flour, sugar and cinnamon. Add cold butter and using your fingers, mix together until crumbly. Set aside.

5. To assemble, line one Bundt pan or two 8 1/2 by 4 1/2-inch loaf pans with parchment paper, not letting paper come more than 1 inch above top of pans. Remove dough from refrigerator and divide it in half. On a lightly floured surface, roll one piece of dough into a 12 x 8-inch rectangle.

6. Using a metal spatula, spread half the apricot filling over dough within 1/2 inch of edges. Sprinkle with half the grated chocolate. Beginning with long side, roll dough up tightly and fold in ends. Twist babka lengthwise to create a spiral, holding one end of babka in each hand. Place twisted babka in half the prepared Bundt pan or in a loaf pan, pressing dough firmly into pan. Melt remaining 2 tablespoons butter. Brush babka top with melted butter and sprinkle with half the streusel. Repeat with second half of babka dough. Cover loosely with plastic wrap. Let loaves rise at room temperature until they reach top of pan or about doubled in volume, about 2 hours.

7. Heat oven to 350° and bake for about 45 minutes, or until a cake tester inserted in center comes out clean. Allow babka to cool for 30 minutes before cutting. Slice babka and serve.

Baking Powder Biscuits

Servings: 14
Preheat: 425°
Source: Baking with Julia
recipeNotes: Among bakers, one hears the expression “”She has a good biscuit hand.”” Like pie crusts, biscuits are a measure of a baker’s talents and a pastry in which bakers take particular pride.

To have a good biscuit hand is to have a light touch and restraint-a biscuit dough is so soft that it invites poking and prodding, kneading and mashing, when it should be just barely worked. The golden rule with biscuits is to stop doing whatever you’re doing to them two beats before you have to. So, when you’re rubbing the shortening and flour together and there are still some chubby chunks of shortening-stop. When you’re tossing the flour-and-butter mixture with the milk and the dough looks only just moistened-stop. And when you turn the dough out onto the counter and knead it just to work it into a mass, count each knead, get to ten, and-stop.

Storing Biscuits are best just out of the oven, but they can be kept covered at room temperature for a few hours and warmed for about 5 minutes in a 350°F oven before serving.

Ingredients
2 cup all-purpose flour
1 Tbsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
1/3 cup unsalted butter or solid vegetable shortening
1 cup milk

Directions
See mixing notes below.

Position a rack in the center of the oven and preheat the oven to 425°F. Grease a 9- by 12-inch baking pan and set it aside.

Mixing the Dough. Put the flour, baking powder, and salt into a large bowl and stir with a fork just to mix. Add the shortening, roll it around in ,the flour mix to coat it, and break it into 4 or 5 pieces. Rub the flour and shortening together with the tips of your fingers, making little crumbs and letting the crumbs fall back into the bowl. Keep rubbing the flour and shortening together and tossing the contents of the bowl until most of the shortening is mixed with the flour. Don’t worry if you still have a few largish pieces. Add the milk and stir with a fork to moisten the flour. Again, don’t worry about getting everything thoroughly or evenly mixed. You’ll have a sticky mass of dough.

Kneading the Dough. Flour a work surface and your hands, scoop the dough out of the bowl, and drop it onto the counter. Knead the dough ten times-no more, even if its malleable texture tempts you. Pat the dough into a circle about 9 inches across and, using a 2-inch round biscuit or cookie cutter, cut out the biscuits. (You can, of course, make the biscuits larger or smaller to meet your needs. And you can always press the scraps together into a 1f4-inch-thick circle and cut out additional biscuits.)

Baking the Biscuits. Transfer the biscuits to the baking pan, allowing them to touch each other if you want biscuits with soft sides, and placing them apart if you want crisper sides. (The biscuits can be brushed with melted butter before baking, an optional but nice touch.)

Bake the biscuits for 12 to 15 minutes, or until they are golden on top. Serve them warm.

No-Knead Bread From Nytimes (Sullivan Street Bakery)

Servings: —

Ingredients
3 cups all-purpose or bread flour, more for dusting
¼ teaspoon instant yeast
1¼ teaspoons salt
Cornmeal or wheat bran as needed.

Directions
1. In a large bowl combine flour, yeast and salt. Add 1 5/8 cups water, and stir until blended; dough will be shaggy and sticky. Cover bowl with plastic wrap. Let dough rest at least 12 hours, preferably about 18, at warm room temperature, about 70 degrees.

2. Dough is ready when its surface is dotted with bubbles. Lightly flour a work surface and place dough on it; sprinkle it with a little more flour and fold it over on itself once or twice. Cover loosely with plastic wrap and let rest about 15 minutes.

3. Using just enough flour to keep dough from sticking to work surface or to your fingers, gently and quickly shape dough into a ball. Generously coat a cotton towel (not terry cloth) with flour, wheat bran or cornmeal; put dough seam side down on towel and dust with more flour, bran or cornmeal. Cover with another cotton towel and let rise for about 2 hours. When it is ready, dough will be more than double in size and will not readily spring back when poked with a finger.

4. At least a half-hour before dough is ready, heat oven to 450°. Put a 6- to 8-quart heavy covered pot (cast iron, enamel, Pyrex or ceramic) in oven as it heats. When dough is ready, carefully remove pot from oven. Slide your hand under towel and turn dough over into pot, seam side up; it may look like a mess, but that is O.K. Shake pan once or twice if dough is unevenly distributed; it will straighten out as it bakes. Cover with lid and bake 30 minutes, then remove lid and bake another 15 to 30 minutes, until loaf is beautifully browned. Cool on rack.

No Knead Bread From Cook’s Illustrated

Servings: —

Ingredients
3 cups (15 ounces) unbleached all-purpose flour (or 2 C APF and 1 C WW flour), plus additional for dusting work surface
¼ teaspoon instant yeast
1½ teaspoons table salt
¾ cup plus 2 tablespoons water (7 ounces) at room temperature
¼ cup plus 2 tablespoons (3 ounces) mild-flavored lager
1 tablespoon white vinegar
(2 T honey if opting for the whole wheat version)

Directions
1. Whisk flour, yeast and salt in large bowl. Add water, beer and vinegar. Using rubber spatula, fold mixture, scraping up dry flour from bottom of bowl until shaggy ball forms. Cover bowl with plastic wrap and let sit at room temperature for 8 to 18 hours.

2. Lay 12- to 18-inch sheet of parchment paper inside 10-inch skillet and spray with nonstick cooking spray. Transfer dough to lightly floured work surface and knead 10 to 15 times. Shape dough into ball by pulling edges into middle. Transfer dough, seam-side down, to parchment-lined skillet and spray surface of dough with nonstick cooking spray. Cover loosely with plastic wrap and let rise at room temperature until dough has doubled in size and does not readily spring back when poked with finger, about 2 hours.

3. About 30 minutes before baking, adjust oven rack to lowest position, place 6- to 8-quart heavy-bottomed Dutch oven (with lid) on rack, and heat oven to 500°. Lightly flour top of dough and, using razor blade or sharp knife, make one 6-inch long, 1/2-inch deep slit along top of dough. Carefully remove pot from oven and remove lid. Pick up dough by lifting parchment overhang and lower into pot (let any excess parchment hang over pot edge). Cover pot and place in oven. Reduce oven temperature to 425° and bake covered for 30 minutes. Remove lid and continue to bake until loaf is deep brown and instant-read thermometer inserted into center registers 210°, 20-30 minutes longer. Carefully remove bread from pot; cool on wire rack 2 hours.

Date Nut Bread

Servings: —
Preheat: 325°
double recipe makes 5 pans

Ingredients
1 tbsp. butter
1 egg + 1 cup sugar

11/2 Cups flour
1 tsp baking soda
pinch of salt
sift above 2 ingredients together

1 tsp vanilla
1 cup boiling water
3/4 cup cut up dates
1/2 cup raisins

1 cup chopped walnuts

Directions
Pour boiling water over dates and raisins and cool.
Mix butter, sugar, add egg and beat until creamy

Add dry ingredients alternately with moist mixture
then add vanilla
Add nuts last

Bake 325 degrees for 45 minutes.

Cornbread

Servings: 12
Preheat: 400°
Estimated Times: – 10 min | Cooking – 20 min | Yields – 12 servings

Ingredients
:
1 cup ALBERS® Yellow Corn Meal
¾ cup all-purpose flour
¼ cup granulated sugar
1 Tbsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
1¼ cup milk
1/3 cup vegetable oil
1 lg egg, lightly beaten

Directions
Grease 8-inch-square baking pan.

COMBINE corn meal, flour, sugar, baking powder and salt in medium bowl. Combine milk, oil and egg in small bowl; mix well. Add milk mixture to flour mixture; stir just until blended. Pour into prepared baking pan.

BAKE for 20 to 25 minutes or until wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Serve warm.

NOTE: Recipe may be doubled. Use greased 13 x 9-inch baking pan; bake as above.

HIGH ALTITUDE (3500 to 6000 feet): BAKE for 22 to 24 minutes (8-inch-square and 13 x 9-inch baking pan).

ALBERS® White Corn Meal can also be used.