Posts in the category: Breads

Cinnamon Rolls with Vanilla Buttermilk Glaze

As Thanksgiving approaches here in the US, it’s easy to get caught up in planning the big meal, what to pack if you’re traveling or getting things cleared from your desk during the shortened work week. I read Kasey’s beautiful post and it prompted me to pause and take a moment to think. In my head, I often tell myself that I’m lucky. When orange-red rays from the window forecast a sunny day, I’m grateful. When I wake up next to Marc’s cute, snoozing face, I’m grateful. When I make a friend while picking up a new phone and we… Continue reading

Coconut Oil Zucchini Bread

Coconut Oil Zucchini Bread Recipe // Dula Notes

I had the best weekend, friends. The kind that leaves you with a silly grin. I was in my hometown and I stayed at my brother and sister-in-law’s house for two nights. Friday night we hugged hello, ate tacos and laughed about who overstuffed their taco shells with the most toppings. I woke up early on Saturday to the sun streaming in through the windows. I looked outside to discover light rain falling through the sun’s rays. It was one of the prettiest mornings I’ve ever experienced. My sister-in-law and I went to the farmer’s market with rain coats that… Continue reading

Poppy Seed Strudel

Poppy Seed Strudel Recipe // Dula Notes

I made this strudel for my Mom for Mother’s Day. She has shared stories of poppy seed strudel with me before and I wanted to try to make it for her. She says it brings back memories of an old family friend that used to make this before I was born. My Mom fondly remembers the petite woman stirring the pot of thick poppy seed filling on her stovetop. Without a reference point, I hoped the filling and pastry were similar and Mom confirms that it tastes just the same. On Sunday there was hardly any left and therefore, I… Continue reading

Wilted Brussels Sprouts and Applewood Smoked Bacon Pizza

Wilted Brussels Sprouts and Applewood Smoked Bacon Pizza // Dula Notes

It doesn’t get much better than the satisfaction of making and enjoying your very own homemade pizza. It takes a little time and some pre-planning, but the results are worth it. The directions look long, but don’t be overwhelmed. The crust seriously comes together in a few minutes and then sits in the refrigerator until you’re ready. It is a very friendly and happy dough. I saw this topping combination over at Shutterbean and it has since become a favorite. I up the ante and use the bacon drippings with balsamic vinegar to wilt the shredded brussels sprouts resulting in… Continue reading

Rosemary Grape Focaccia

Every New Year’s Eve we go to a good friends’ house in my hometown. A bunch of people are invited and everyone brings an appetizer. Last year, my sister-in-law Bethany and I started our own little tradition of getting our appetizers ready before the New Year’s Eve party. When our appetizers were finished last year, we sat by the fireplace, leisurely painted our nails and watched Christmas movies. This year, I wasted the morning away watching a Rachel Zoe Project marathon (why?!?), forgoing a shower until later. I grabbed a sweatshirt, put my hair into a ponytail and was off… Continue reading

Pumpkin Ginger Bread

I wanted to send a friend a little care package for her help with a big project of mine. She’s a talented artist, upbeat, funny and lots of other great adjectives. I purchased a couple of things for the care package, but I wanted to include something cozy and homemade. She had expressed her regret for missing fall in Michigan as an ex-Michigander and spiced pumpkin bread seemed like the right thing to make. After sending the care package, I was overjoyed to find an e-mail from her with little camera pics her husband took of her opening each item.… Continue reading

Fresh Corn Buttermilk Biscuits

I was surprised by how much the weather had changed when we returned from California. The day we landed and the following days were in the 60’s, just creeping toward 70. Wasn’t it only a few weeks ago I was refusing to turn on the oven? Yes, yes it was. The good news is that now I can bake with my favorite seasonal produce and use my blowdryer, too. I had a few ears of fresh corn left from our CSA and buttery biscuits with corn sounded wonderful to me. I made up a big pot of bean soup and… Continue reading

Summer Squash Olive Oil Bread with Lemon Crunch Glaze

We have reached that special time in our CSA where we have received a ton of┬ásummer squash and I have to start getting creative. I personally love steamed squash and sometimes I add a touch of mayonnaise. I realize I just grossed out a few of you, but my Dad always loved it this way and I do, too. Marc is less fond of this vegetable and has not had one complaint about our CSA vegetables, but I am trying to avoid this by using our share in unique ways. There are many recipes for zucchini bread out there, but… Continue reading

Crispy Kale, Garlic Scape and Grape Tomato Pizza

When I looked at the ingredients from my CSA this week, all I could think of was pizza. I think it was just meant to be. Marc purchased a Lodge Logic pizza pan for me and I have been experimenting with crust, sauce, cheese and topping ratios. This, my friends, was a great success and I could hardly wait to share it with you. If you like crispy kale chips, you will love them on pizza. The high heat required for the pizza works beautifully to crisp the kale. After experimenting with three pizza crust recipes, I am ready to… Continue reading

Almond Pound Cake

Raise your hand if you’ve had dry pound cake? I know, me too. In fact, I thought I didn’t like pound cake. I thought to myself, good, a caloric treat that I can cross off the list. Well, not so fast. This recipe caught my eye because my love for all things almond overwhelmed my suspicion of pound cake. The cookbook is The Craft of Baking from Karen DeMasco and I have wanted it since a sick day in November 2009. I was lying on the couch, sick and pitiful and watching Martha Stewart. The whole episode was devoted to… Continue reading