Wednesday, April 25, 2018

DIY Herb Blend for Homemade Herb Bread

The Recipe: The twelve spices I mix for making herb bread. If you want to turn good homemade bread into great homemade bread, especially for burger buns, sandwich rolls and excellent toast, just add this DIY herb blend to your favorite bread dough – or use my recipe, the wonderful bread I call ""Our Daily Bread". It's the easy, European-style bread I make every few days.

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You'll Like My DIY Herb Blend for Herb Bread If ...

... herbs and spices are your jam
... DIY is your middle name
... avocado toast is a favorite treat


DIY Herb Blend for Herb Bread

Hands-on time: 5 minutes
Time to bread: 5 minutes
Makes a generous 4 tablespoons, enough for about two pounds of bread dough, I make Our Daily Bread: My Easy Everyday Bread Recipe

  • 4 teaspoons onion powder
  • 4 teaspoons dried parsley
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground anise
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground caraway
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried dill (whole or ground)
  • 1/2 teaspoon marjoram
  • 1/2 teaspoon rosemary
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground sage
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried savory
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme (whole or ground)
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper

Stir together all the spices. That's it! Stir into bread dough along with the flour.

MAKE-AHEAD TIPS I always make a double or triple batch. With a triple batch, I use one right away, then what's left fits perfectly into a spice jar for future loaves of My Herb Bread.

ALANNA's TIPS With so many spices, if you don't have one or two, no problem, just look for something else in your spice cupboard or bump up the quantity of one you do have and especially like. With substitutions, do stick with the savory spices, though, not the cinnamons and nutmegs. The two essentials are the onion powder and dried parsley.

HOW TO USE HERB BREAD Morning toast, Fried Bread (that's just skillet-toasted bread) or sliced thin and toasted for crostini. Burger buns and sandwich rolls. Sliced or toasted for smoked salmon, cream cheese spreads and open-faced veggie sandwiches. Mini rolls filled with thin-sliced rare beef with a little horseradish sauce and a few leaves of arugula. So much herby goodness!

NUTRITION INFORMATION Per Serving, assumes 24 slices bread from two pounds (900g) of My Daily Bread: 2 Calories; 0g Tot Fat; 0g Sat Fat; 0mg Cholesterol; 0mg Sodium; 1g Carb; 0g Fiber; 0g Sugar; 0g Protein. WEIGHT WATCHERS Old Points 0 & PointsPlus 0 & SmartPoints 0 What a great reminder that liberal use of herbs and spices can add so much flavor (and enjoyment!) to our food with virtually no calorie implications!

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Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Easy-Easy Chocolate Coconut Pudding

The Recipe: A vegan, plant-based chocolate pudding, a healthy (and delicious!) solution to a chocolate craving or a late-night snack attack.

The Conversation: Warm pudding in ten minutes? You can relax, you're here, this is it. Or what about, you know, Pudding Prep for the week?

Easy-Easy Chocolate Coconut Pudding ♥ KitchenParade.com, just five pantry ingredients and ten minutes. Pudding Prep, anyone?

It Happens.

I'll make this quick because, well, you've got pudding to make.

At least around here, I might as well call pudding – any pudding – "Pavlov's Pudding" because the minute a bowl hits the table, whatever supper's still on the table gets pushed aside in favor of creamy-smooth sweetness.

Everybody loves simple pudding! Lemon (recipe coming soon!), chocolate, banana, coffee, even a fruity peach.

Easy-Easy Chocolate Coconut Pudding ♥ KitchenParade.com, just five pantry ingredients and ten minutes. Pudding Prep, anyone?

Ten Minutes to Warm Pudding.

Now if you want cold pudding, you'll have to plan ahead a bit.

But warm pudding is a mere ten minutes away.

Easy-Easy Chocolate Coconut Pudding ♥ KitchenParade.com, just five pantry ingredients and ten minutes. Pudding Prep, anyone?

Pudding Prep!

I know ultra-organized cooks do "meal prep" for the week on Sundays. Why not Pudding Prep?!

I often pour the pudding into small cups and keep them in the fridge, ready for another day.

If ten minutes to pudding is too slow for you? Pudding Prep means pudding in ten seconds!


You'll Like My Easy-Easy Chocolate Coconut Pudding If You ...

... adore ultra-chocolatey, barely sweet pudding, more chocolate than sweet
... aim for a plant-based (you know, the millennial-savvy way to say vegan) diet
... supper's a little skimpy, leaving room for a sweet ending


EASY-EASY CHOCOLATE COCONUT PUDDING

Hands-on time: 10 minutes
Time to table: 10 minutes for warm pudding, longer for chilled pudding
Makes 2 cups pudding, about 4 servings

  • 3 tablespoons Hersheys Special Dark Cocoa
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 3 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1 13.5-ounce can coconut milk, full fat or lower-fat, stirred to re-constitute
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1/4 teaspoon almond extract, optional

In a medium-size saucepan, collect the cocoa and cornstarch, with the back of a spoon, combine the two, really working out and smashing even small lumps. Stir in the maple syrup and coconut milk.

Turn the heat to medium and bring the mixture to a boil, stirring continuously.

Turn off the heat and stir in vanilla and almond extract.

TOASTED COCONUT! I love to toast a little coconut to scatter across Easy-Easy Chocolate Coconut Pudding, especially the larger, harder-to-find but worth-seeking-out unsweetened coconut chips. Just put a single layer of coconut in the oven at 350F/180C for a few minutes. Watch the time, once the coconut begins to turn color, it goes from white to toasted to, um, well, burnt toast, in a matter of seconds. This works for regular sweetened and unsweetened coconut flakes as well but be extra cautious about watching the time.

ALANNA's TIPS Hersheys Special Dark Cocoa (here's a picture of the container, it's also available on Amazon, especially through its Prime Pantry program). It's worth seek out, it's the only unsweetened cocoa powder I buy anymore because I really love the intense chocolate flavor. (For the record, this is not a sponsored post, just me, recommending a product I really love.) For coconut milk, selectivity pays! In 2017, Cook's Illustrated named Aroy-D coconut milk as best and also recommended Chaokoh coconut milk and Goya coconut milk. I love Trader Joe's but definitely do not recommend their coconut milk. My Disclosure Promise

NUTRITION INFORMATION Per Half Cup, with light/regular coconut milk: 140/168 Calories; 7/11g Tot Fat; 6/10g Sat Fat; 0mg Cholesterol; 80/43mg Sodium; 18/17g Carb; 1g Fiber; 9/10g Sugar; 0/1g Protein. WEIGHT WATCHERS Old Points 3/4 & PointsPlus 4/5 & SmartPoints 7/9 CALORIE COUNTERS 100-calorie serving = 1/3 cup (1/0g protein). This recipe has been "Alanna-sized". Want to save some calories? Portion out 1/4 cup of pudding, then add fruit, strawberries and blueberries would be great.
Adapted from my Light 'n' Easy Chocolate Pudding, a long-time favorite here.


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