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Laurie Colwin’s Gingerbread

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Recipe Source: Home Cooking by Laurie Colwin, care of Marisa McClellan of Slashfood.com

Directions: (all parenthetical notes belong to Colwin)

1. Cream one stick of sweet butter with 1/2 cup of light or dark brown sugar. Beat until fluffy and add 1/2 cup of molasses.
2. Beat in two eggs.
3. Add 1 1/2 cups of flour, 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda and one very generous tablespoon of ground ginger (this can be adjusted to taste, but I like it very gingery). Add one teaspoon of cinnamon, 1/4 teaspoon of ground cloves and 1/4 teaspoon of ground allspice.
4. Add two teaspoons of lemon brandy. If you don’t have any, use plain vanilla extract. Lemon extract will not do. Then add 1/2 cup of buttermilk (or milk with a little yogurt beaten into it) and turn batter into a buttered tin.
5. Bake at 350 degrees for between twenty and thirty minutes (check after twenty minutes have passed). Test with a broom straw and cool on a rack.

Marisa’s notes:

I used a fairly shallow 9 inch round cake pan and had a mess all over my oven. I think next time, I will use a deeper, square 9 x 9 pan. Also, in my oven, which runs fairly true to temperature, this cake took nearly an hour to bake. I don’t know if that had something to do with my choice in baking vessel, but don’t be discouraged if it takes far longer than her instructions indicate.

Bran Muffins

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Recipe Source: Betty Meyer / Delaware, OH

Ingredients:

2 cups boiling water
2 cups raisins
5 teaspoons baking soda

Combine above ingredients in a small bowl and set aside.

1 cup margarine or butter (2 sticks or 16 tablespoons)
2 cups sugar
1 quart buttermilk
5 and 1/2 cups flour, sifted
1 cup chopped nuts
4 cups all-bran cereal
2 cups 40-percent bran flakes
4 eggs, beaten
1 teaspoon salt

Directions:

In a large bowl, cream sugar and margarine. Combine beaten eggs with buttermilk in a separate container. Mix together flour, cereals, salt and nuts in another bowl. Alternately add dry and wet ingredients to creamed mixture until just moistened. Stir in raisin mixture last. When ready to bake, fill greased muffin tins three-quarters full and bake at 375 degrees for 20 to 25 minutes.

Yields four dozen muffins.

Tip: For a smaller batch, reduce recipe by half.

Southern-style Cornbread

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Recipe Source: mom

Ingredients:

1 C. self-rising cornmeal
1/2 C. self-rising flour
2 T. sugar
3 T. oil
1 1/4 C. buttermilk
2 eggs lightly beaten

Directions:

Preheat oven to 400°F. Combine in a bowl the cornmeal, flour and sugar. Stir to blend. Add the oil, eggs and buttermilk. Mix well.

Heat a iron skillet on the stove. Add 1 T. oil and cover the bottom of the pan. When the pan is hot, pour the cornbread into it and spread it out to even it.

Bake for about 25 minutes or until brown.

Mary Anne’s Moist and Nutty Carrot Loaf

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Recipe Source: P.Weiss

Prep/Cooking Time: 1 Hr

Ingredients:

3 teaspoons baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
3 cups all-purpose flour
3 carrots
1 (15 ounce) can crushed pineapple
1 1/2 cups vegetable oil
2 cups white sugar
6 eggs
1 cup chopped walnuts
1 1/2 cups raisins

Directions:

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Grease and flour two 9×5 inch loaf pans.

Sift together baking soda, salt, spices, and flour.

In a large bowl, combine ground carrots, pineapple, oil, and sugar. Mix in eggs. Blend flour mixture into carrot mixture. Mix well. Fold nuts and raisins into batter. Pour into prepared pans.

Bake at 375 degrees F (190 degrees C) for 45 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into bread comes out clean.

Chipper Banana Muffins

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Recipe Source: From Weight Watchers Simply the Best. Recipe by Marsha M. Williams, Boise, Idaho

Ingredients:

2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoons double-acting baking powder
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
2 eggs
1/3 cup canola oil
2 very ripe bananas, mashed
1/2 cup skim buttermilk
1/4 cup semisweet chocolate chips

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 350 F. Line eighteen 2 3/4 inch muffin cups with paper liners.

In a medium bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, and baking soda.

In a large bowl, with an electric mixer at medium speed, beat the sugar, applesauce, eggs and oil until frothy. With the mixer at low speed, alternately add the bananas and buttermilk with the flour mixture; stir until just combined (do not overmix). Fold in the chocolate chips.

Spoon the batter into the cups, filling each about two-thirds full. Bake until golden and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, 20-25 minutes. Remove from the cups and cool completely on a rack.

Irish Soda Bread

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Nicki’s note: Just in time for St. Patty’s! This recipe is almost identical to what my grandmother used to make, and hers was an old McDee family recipe. Looks great, Arlene! 🙂

Recipe Source: Arlene Costello, Agnes Walters

Prep/Cooking Time: 1 Hr 10 Min

Ingredients:

4 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup white sugar
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
3 eggs
1 pint sour cream
1 cup raisins

Directions:

Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C). Grease two 8×4 inch loaf pans.

Mix the flour, sugar, baking soda, baking powder and salt. Add the eggs, sour cream and raisins and mix until just combined. Distribute batter evenly between the two pans.

Bake for 1 hour.

Corn Bread Taco Bake

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Recipe Source: Bettie Wedlock

Ingredients:

1 pound ground beef
1 package taco seasoning
1/2 cup water
1 12-ounce can whole kernel corn, drained
1/2 cup chopped green pepper
1 8-ounce can tomato sauce
1 8 1/2-ounce package corn muffin mix
1 2.8-ounce can french fried onions
1/3 cup shredded sharp cheese

Directions:

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Brown beef in a skillet and drain. Stir in taco seasoning, water, corn, pepper, and tomato sauce. Pour into a 7-by-12-inch glass dish or 2-quart casserole dish. In a bowl, mix corn muffin mix according to package directions, then stir in one-half can onions. Spoon corn muffin mixture around outer edge of casserole. Bake uncovered for 20 minutes, take out of oven, and sprinkle cheese and remaining onions on the corn muffin topping. Bake 2 to 3 minutes.

Serves 6.

Tip: Try adding one 12-ounce can of kidney, chili, or black beans to add fiber and more flavor.

Classic Bran Muffins

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Recipe Source: Janet Kalman Villada / allrecipes.com

Prep/Cooking Time: Prep:20 Min / Cook:20 Min

Ingredients:

1 1/2 cups wheat bran
1 cup buttermilk
1/3 cup vegetable oil
1 egg
2/3 cup brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup raisins

Directions:

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Grease muffin cups or line with paper muffin liners.

Mix together wheat bran and buttermilk; let stand for 10 minutes.

Beat together oil, egg, sugar and vanilla and add to buttermilk/bran mixture. Sift together flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt.

Stir flour mixture into buttermilk mixture, until just blended. Fold in raisins and spoon batter into prepared muffin tins.

Bake for 15 to 20 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of a muffin comes out clean. Cool and enjoy!

Cornbread Dressing

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Recipe Source: Chef Bob

Ingredients:

1 recipe cornbread (crumbled)
1 small onion, chopped
4 stalks celery, chopped
6 to 7 cups chicken stock
1 Tbsp rubbed sage
1 1/2 tsp black pepper
1 Tbsp chopped parsley
1 Tbsp butter
5 eggs

Directions:

Saute onions and celery in butter til soft. Add all ingredients together and bake at 350F for 40-50 minutes.

Basic Classic Cornbread

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Recipe Source: S. Le Maire

Prep/Cooking Time: 45 minutes

Ingredients:

1 cup flour
1 cup yellow corn meal
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 cup sugar
4 tsp baking powder
2 eggs
1/3 cup oil
1 cup milk
1/2 can cream corn (optional)

Directions:

In a medium glass bowl, combine all the dry ingredients; then add the eggs, oil and milk. Stir to blend all ingredients. Do not overbeat.

Pour into a greased 10 inch iron skillet or pan. Bake at 425 degrees for 25 minutes.

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