Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Quick Honey Beer Bread

I found this deliciously looking recipe on pinterest and couldn't wait to try it out! Two out of my three kids, my husband and myself all loved it! I have made it twice in the last week- we just can't get enough of it! It is really tasty and what is important to me too- extremely easy and super quick to make! No kneading required!
When I first made the bread, it seemed like the 4 tablespoons of butter the recipe calls for were way too much, but when the bread was done baking and I took it out of the oven to taste it, I could see the butter made a world of difference! The crust was so full of flavor, we couldn't stop eating it! :)))

Ingredients (for one loaf):

3 cups all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
2 tablespoons sugar
1 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons honey or agave nectar
1 can beer (12 oz)- any kind you like
1/4 cup unsalted butter, melted


Preheat over to 350F. Grease a 9″x5″x3″ loaf pan. (You could also line the bottom of the pan with parchment paper.) Set aside.

In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt.

Using a wooden spoon, stir the beer and honey into the dry ingredients until just mixed. (You can microwave the honey for 5 to 10 seconds beforehand to make it easier to stir in.)

Pour half the melted butter into the loaf pan. Transfer the batter into the pan, and pour the rest of the butter on top of the batter. Slide a baking sheet onto a lower rack to catch any butter that might overflow from the loaf pan (it happened to me the first time I made it and I wasn't prepared- we ended up with a smoky, smoky kitchen...)

Bake for 50 to 60 minutes, until top is golden brown and a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean.Serve immediately- it is really good right out of the oven!

If you’re a big fan of beer-cheese bread, you can also add a cup or so of cheddar (or your favorite cheese) into the batter to give it the queso-kick.  :)

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Sunday, February 12, 2012

No-Bake Chocolate, Peanut Butter and Oatmeal Cookies

I recently stumbled upon a no-bake cookie recipe that sounded too enticing not to try... I made them once. My 7-year-old daughter helped me. Between home and work, the cookies were gone in literally one day! I was also asked for the recipe right away. A couple of days later, while I was at work, my daughter made these cookies again- this time all on her own- they are that easy to make! No kidding. The only thing I changed from the original recipe was to reduce the sugar from 2 cups to 1 1/2 cups. I just thought the 2 cups made the cookies too sweet for my taste (though my kids definitely didn't mind!).


½ cup (1 stick) unsalted butter
1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
½ cup milk, I use 2%
4 tablespoons cocoa powder
½ cup peanut butter, I generally only have crunchy
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
3 cups quick-cooking oats


1. Add the first four ingredients (through the cocoa powder) to a medium-size saucepan.
2. Bring to a rolling boil and let boil for exactly 1 minute.
3. Remove from heat.
4. Stir in the peanut butter and vanilla until smooth, then stir in the oats.
5. Using an ice-cream scoop, drop onto wax paper-lined baking sheets.
6. Let cool until set.

Yields about 3 dozen cookies ( depending on your scoop size of course :)


They are truly delicious! And nobody will believe that it took you only 10 minutes to prepare them! :)

Thanks for this recipe go to:

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