bread

sundried tomato & herb buttermilk bread

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I had a bit of buttermilk left over from a different recipe and decided to try making a buttermilk quick bread. I was going to aim for something sweet and delicious, but as I listed the 10 options on this Kitchn article, my boyfriend got super excited when I mentioned the savory sundried tomato option.

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I honestly have to say that yeast-based breads are still my preference, but when fresh out of the oven, this bread was good, and very crumbly and soft.

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It dries out pretty quickly if left unwrapped, so wrap it up in plastic or tupperware to keep it soft and fresh. I was cavalier as usual and just left it out unwrapped overnight, which made it a little dry – totally my fault. But warmed up and with a little butter it could be saved!

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Sundried Tomato and Herb Buttermilk Bread
from The Kitchn

Makes one loaf

2 cups (10 oz) all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon white sugar
1/2 cup grated cheese (I used cheddar and parmesan)
2 tablespoons minced sundried tomatoes
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon oregano
1/2 teaspoon thyme
1 cup (8 oz) buttermilk
1 large egg
1/4 cup (2 oz) unsalted butter, olive oil, or vegetable oil

Heat the oven to 350°F. Grease or spray with nonstick cooking spray a standard 9×5 loaf pan.

Whisk together the flour, sugar, cheese, sundried tomatoes, baking powder, baking soda, oregano, thyme, and salt in a medium mixing bowl. Melt the butter, if using. Whisk it in a separate bowl with the buttermilk and the egg.

Pour the liquid ingredients over the dry ingredients. Gently stir and fold the ingredients until all the flour has been incorporated and a shaggy, wet batter is formed. Be careful not to over-mix.

Scrape the batter into the prepared pan and pat it into the corners. Bake for 45-50 minutes. When finished, the loaf should be domed and golden, and a toothpick inserted into the center should come out clean. Let the loaf cool in the pan for 15 minutes before removing and slicing.

Wrap baked loaves tightly in plastic wrap and store at room temperature. Baked loaves can also be wrapped in plastic and aluminum foil and frozen for up to three months.

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lemon pull-apart bread

I first found this bread as just a pretty picture on Tumblr. A reallllly pretty picture.  There was no source for the photo (like most things on Tumblr), no recipe, nothing but a photo, and I felt like I absolutely needed to know how to make it because it looked like the most delicious bread in existence.

So I saved the image and then uploaded it to Google’s Reverse Image Lookup, and luckily found the website it had originally come from- a beautiful blog called Clockwork Lemon. The recipe was there! And when I finally got time I made the bread.

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It involved making a dough, letting it rise, cutting it into a bunch of layers, rubbing orange-lemon-sugar zest mix on them, letting it rise again, and finally baking it.

lemon pull apart bread

It really was exactly what I dreamed it would be, lemony, sweet, really soft with a crunchy top, and the layers pulled apart easily. The recipe includes a frosting for this bread but I knew it wouldn’t need it and I was right. It is way good enough on its own.

lemon pull apart bread

It takes a little time to make this but it’s really not hard at all, and so delicious. The butter does drip out of the pan when the bread expands upward, and this made my smoke detector go off about a million times, so I put a pan in the oven underneath the bread pan.

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Pull Apart Lemon Coffee Cake (Bread)

from Clockwork Lemon & 17 and Baking

Sweet Yeast Dough
2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour (You might not use all of this)
1/4 cup granulated sugar
2 1/4 teaspoons (1 envelope) instant yeast
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/3 cup whole milk
2 ounces unsalted butter
1/4 cup (2 fluid ounces) water
1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
2 large eggs, at room temperature

Lemon Sugar Filling
1/2 cup granulated sugar
Zest of three lemons
1 tablespoon finely grated orange zest
2 ounces unsalted butter, melted

Tangy Cream Cheese Icing (I did not use this)
3 ounces cream cheese, softened
1/3 cup powdered sugar
1 tablespoon whole milk
1 1/2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice

Make the dough:

1. In the microwave heat the butter and the milk together until the butter melts. Set aside to cool slightly. While it is cooling Mix two cups of the flour with the yeast and the sugar in the bowl of a mixer. Then add the water to the milk mixture and stir in the vanilla extract

2. Pour the milk mixture over the flour mixer and stir until combined. Turn the mixer on low speed and add the eggs one at a time, mixing each egg until it is combined. Add another 1/2 of the flour and the salt and mix till combined.

3. Sprinkle the dough with 2 tbsp of flour and knead it with the dough hook for 3 minutes. The dough will be sticky but should become soft and smooth from the kneading. Place the dough in a large bowl, cover it with plastic wrap, and let it rise in a warm place 45-60 minutes or until doubled in size.

Make Ahead Tip: If you want to make the dough the night before you bake it just gently deflate the dough after its first rise, place back in the bowl and cover it with plastic. Stick it in the fridge overnight (it will continue to rise, but at a much slower rate. Plus you get added flavor in the bread from the benefit of a slow, cold rise) The next day take the dough out and bring it to room temperature before proceeding with the next steps. I like to cover my dough with a damp piece of paper towel and stick it in my oven at the lowest temperature until it is room temp.

4. Mix the sugar, lemon zest, and orange zest. It will draw out the citrus oils and make the sugar sandy and fragrant.

5. Preheat the oven to 350°F (175°C). Grease a 9″x5″ loaf pan or spray it will baking spray

6. Forming the loaf: Deflate the dough with your hand. Flour a work surface and roll the dough into a 20″ by 12″ rectangle. This part is a lot easier with a ruler on hand! Use a pastry brush to thickly coat the dough with the melted butter

7. Use a pizza cutter, pastry cutter, or a sharp knife to cut the dough crosswise in five strips, each about 12″ by 4″ (it might not be this exact size, but try to make the five strips be equal sizes). Sprinkle 1 1/2 tablespoons of the lemon sugar over the first buttered rectangle and gently press the sugar in. Top it with a second rectangle, sprinkling that one with 1 1/2 tablespoons of lemon sugar as well. Continue to top with rectangles and sprinkle, so you have a stack of five 12″ by 4″ rectangles, all buttered and topped with lemon sugar.

8. Slice this new stack crosswise, through all five layers, into 6 equal rectangles (each should be 4″ by 2″.) Carefully transfer these strips of dough into the loaf pan, cut edges up, side by side. it might be a little roomy, but the bread will rise and expand after baking. Loosely cover the pan with plastic wrap and let the dough rise in a warm place until puffy and almost doubled in size, 30 to 50 minutes.

9.Bake the loaf for 20 minutes and then check to make sure that top isn’t browning too quickly. If it is, just cover the top of the loaf with tinfoil and continue baking. My loaf took a little over 40 minutes to bake completely. When done, transfer to a wire rack and let cool in the pan for 10 to 15 minutes.

10. Meanwhile, make the cream cheese icing. Beat the cream cheese and powdered sugar in a medium bowl with a wooden spoon until smooth, then add the milk and lemon juice. Stir until creamy and smooth. Spread over the warm bread (you might want to put some plastic wrap or parchment paper under the bread to catch the drips)

11. Eat!