Homemade Bread, Pizza and Rolls

April 6, 2011 · Posted in Breads · View Comments 

I try to share this “secret” with everyone who loves to cook; baking bread is fun and easy: Time-Consuming, yes, Messy, definitely, Kneading, while mentally relaxing, will tire your muscles. But difficult? No. Bread dough can be patient, flexible, and tolerant of mistakes. The rewards of fresh-baked bread are wonderful-the fragrance, the texture, the taste alone of fresh-baked bread is unbeatable.

If you have a bread machine, baking bread becomes one of the easiest tasks in the kitchen, yet it produces spectacular results. I’ve been testing out a few different recipes with different ingredients to make Homemade Bread, Pizza, Calzones and Rolls. I have finally have a recipe that doesn’t require a whole lot of ingredients and requires very little work to make all four types. Some recipes I’ve tried taste too salty but this one has just the right amount of every ingredient so they come out nice in texture and taste. Enjoy!

Homemade Bread, Pizza and Rolls


1 1/2 cups water (105° F. to 115° F)
1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil (can also use OliveExtra Plus; which is a Canola Oil and Extra Virgin Olive Oil-it’s an excellent source of Omega-3 DHA)
4 1/2 cups all-purpose flour (can also use bread flour)
2 Tablespoons sugar
1 Tablespoon Kosher salt
1 Teaspoon honey
1 Tablespoon Bread Machine Yeast or Active Dry Yeast (I tried 2 batches with both types)
1 egg, lightly beaten with 1 teaspoon water


  • Put ingredients in bread machine in order listed.
  • Turn bread machine on dough cycle.
  • Once dough has finished cycle, remove from machine and place on a lightly floured surface. Punch down and roll into a log.
  • Cut equal portions of dough and form each piece into a roll like you would a hamburger patty.
  • Place on lightly greased baking sheet and let rise 30 minutes.
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly brush rolls with egg wash.
  • Bake in pre-heated oven for 30 minutes or until lightly brown.

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Cinnamon Swirl Bread

March 29, 2011 · Posted in Breads, Recipes · View Comments 

Summary: Imagine an easy breakfast bread that tastes like cinnamon rolls. It is delicious warm and doesn’t need butter. The bread can be assembled the night before, then left to rise in the refrigerator overnight.

Recipe: Cinnamon Swirl Bread


1 1/4 cups milk
1 1/2 Tablespoons butter
4 1/2 Tablespoons sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
3 cups bread flour or all-purpose flour
1 Tablespoon bread machine yeast
2 Tablespoons very soft butter
6 Tablespoons brown sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
6 Tablespoons raisins (optional)
4 Tablespoons chopped walnuts or pecans (optional)


  • Put first six ingredients in bread pan in order listed. Set bread machine to dough cycle. Press Start.
  • Remove butter from refrigerator to soften it. Mix brown sugar and cinnamon together. Butter a 9 1/2 inch loaf pan.
  • Remove dough from bread machine and punch down. Let it rest for 5 minutes.
  • Roll dough out on a lightly floured surface to form a rectangle about 8 inches wide and about 16 inches long. Spread the butter with a silicone basting brush, then sprinkle the brown sugar mixture over the surface of the dough. Roll it into a fat 8-inch-long cylinder.
  • Loosely cover and put in a warm place to rise for 1 hour.
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Bake the loaf until the top is golden and a skewer  inserted in the bread  comes out clean, 20 to 30 minutes.
  • Remove the bread from the pan and put it on a wire rack. Let it cool at least 30 minutes so the hot sugar does not burn you.

Noel’s Notes: The bread can be assembled the night before, then left to rise in the refrigerator overnight.

Variations: Raisins, Chopped Nuts or Diced Fruit can be added after the first kneading or when beep sounds ( first resting period of dough cycle.) Drizzle warm cream cheese frosting over the top for an extra special taste.

Makes: 1 1/2 pound loaf

Cooking Time: 25 to 30 minutes

Prep Time: 1 hour 30 minutes dough cycle (includes first rising time); 1 hour second rising time or overnight in refrigerator.

Total Cooking Time: 2 hours, 30 minutes

Meal Type: Breakfast, Brunch

My Family Rating: 4




Homemade Bagels

March 27, 2011 · Posted in Breads · View Comments 

The Bread Machine makes baking bread for busy moms one of the easiest taks in the kitchen, yet it produces spectacular results.

Summary: Dense and chewy, bagels are a delight when they are split and toasted and served with butter, cream cheese or your favorite jam. They also make a delicious sandwich. You can experiment by adding chopped sauteed onions, sliced jalapenos, shredded cheese or raisins and cinnamon, to the dough.

Recipe: Homemade Bagels


1 egg
1 cup milk
1 1/2 Tablespoons vegetable oil
1 Tablespoon sugar
3/4 teaspoon salt
3 cups bread flour or all-purpose flour
1 Tablespoon Bread Machine Yeast
I Tablespoon sugar
1 egg white


  • Put all but the last two ingredients in bread machine in order listed. Set bread machine for dough stage. Press start.
  • When dough is ready, remove from bread machine and punch down. Cut dough into equal pieces (8-10 for small), (12 to 15 for large).
  • Roll each piece into a ball. Using your thumb press middle of ball all the way through to form an open circle in the dough, allowing the dough to stay together.

  • Set the bagels in a warm place to rise and cover them loosely. This takes approximately 15 minutes.
  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees. While the bagels are rising, bring about 2 quarts of water to a boil in a stockpot.
  • Add 1 Tablespoon sugar to water. When the bagels have risen, drop one or two at a time into boiling water, handling as gentle as possible so they do not deflate. (They will rise to surface of the water and swell up.) Let them cook 1 minute, then turn them over and let them cook 3 minutes longer.
  • Remove bagels, let drain over the water, and place them onto an ungreased baking sheet. Beat egg white and brush over bagels.
  • Bake until golden, 20 to 25 minutes.

Noel’s Quick Notes: Prior to baking, sprinkle with seasame or poppy seeds or coarse salt if desired.

Variations: Recipe variations are listed above in summary of recipe. Use this recipe as a base and add your favorite toppings of choice. Whole Wheat bread flour also works well in this recipe.

Makes: 12-15 bagels

Cooking Time: Approximately 30 minutes (4 minutes boiling time, 20-25 minutes baking time)

Prep Time: 1 hour 30 minutes in Bread Machine on dough cycle. (Some bread machine times vary) 15 minutes rising time.

Total Cooking Time: 2 hours, 15 minutes

Meal Type: Breakfast, Lunch or Dinner

My Family Rating: 5 stars

What are some of your favorite bagels?


Easy Holiday Recipes:How To Make Delicious Bread Rolls

November 15, 2010 · Posted in Breads · View Comments 

Over the weekend, I worked on a bread roll recipe using my bread machine so that I could free up some of my time in the kitchen to continue working on making casseroles for the week. After testing the recipe twice, this will be the one I use for Thanksgiving dinner. This recipe is easy to follow and makes delicious homemade bread rolls for you to serve this Thanksgiving dinner.

How To Make Delicious Bread Rolls

Before you start, assemble all your ingredients. Be sure that the yeast is fresh. Cold liquids and butter can be heated in the microwave (I usually add the butter to the liquid and heat them together). Eggs are best added at room temperature. Try holding the egg in your hand for 5 minutes while you’re reading over the recipe, or put it in a bowl of water no hotter than 80 degrees F. Yeast that has been stored in the refrigerator will come to room temperature quickly enough without special treatment. Never put yeast in the microwave.

Easy Holiday Recipes:

Delicious Bread Rolls


1 cup warm water (105° F. to 115° F)
1 Tablespoon Bread Machine Yeast
½ cup butter, melted
½ cup granulated sugar
3 large eggs
3/4 teaspoon salt
4 to 5 cups all-purpose flour
additional melted butter


Place bread machine on dough cycle. Combine the warm water and yeast in bread machine. Let the mixture stand until yeast is foamy, about 5 minutes.

Add in butter, sugar, eggs and salt. Start bread machine and add in flour, 1 cup at a time, until dough is too stiff to mix (some flour may not be needed). The dough should no longer be sticky. Once dough cycle is complete, place dough into a new bowl that has been sprayed with nonstick spray. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate 2 hours.

Grease a 13×9″ rectangular baking pan. Turn the chilled dough out onto a lightly floured board. Divide dough into 24 equal-size pieces. Roll each piece into a smooth round ball; place balls in even rows  in the prepared baking pan. Cover with a dish towel and let dough balls rise until doubled in volume for one hour.

Preheat oven to 375° F.  Brush tops of rolls generously with melted butter. Bake until rolls are golden brown and cooked through, 15-20 minutes. If they are browning too quickly on top, tent foil over the rolls until finished baking. Serve warm with plenty of butter. ( I pour melted butter on top of the rolls right when the come out of the oven.)  Break rolls apart to serve.

Servings: 24



Garlic Herb Monkey Bread:Oven-Baked Breads

November 9, 2010 · Posted in Breads · View Comments 

This savory pull-apart bread is a variation on the traditional sweet monkey bread. Small balls of garlic-flavored dough are dipped in melted butter seasoned with garlic and herbs, and layered in a Silicone Crown Cake Pan.

Oven-Baked Breads

There is noting like the fragrance, texture, and taste of freshly baked bread. Served with a nice hot bowl of Minestone Soup, this bread was a huge hit with the family.

Garlic Herb Monkey Bread


1 1/2 cups milk

3 Tablespoons vegetable oil

1 1/2 teaspoons sugar

1 1/2 teaspoons salt

3 cups bread flour,  reserve 1/4 cup for bread board and to add if dough is too sticky at the end of dough cycle.

2 1/4 teaspoons bread machine yeast

6 Tablespoons butter

3 garlic cloves, pressed

1/4 teaspoon dried sage

1/4 teaspoon dried rosemary

3/4 teaspoon dried basil


Put first eight ingredients in bread machine in order. Set for dough cycle. Press start.

A few minutes before dough is ready, melt butter in a saute pan. Add garlic and herbs. Saute for 2 minutes. Recipe Note: If the garlic or herbs start to brown too quickly, remove saute pan from heat and let the mixture continue cooking in its own heat.

Lightly oil Silicone Crown Cake Pan.  Remove the dough from the bread machine and punch down. Roll dough into a thick log and cut 20-24 pieces . Roll pieces of dough into balls, (they do not need to be perfectly round). Dip each ball into butter-herb mixture and layer into Silicone Crown Cake Pan. The pieces in the first layer should be close but not touching to give them room to rise. On each suceeeding layer, place balls so they overlap empty spaces on the layer beneath. Drizzle remaining butter-herb mixture over the dough.

Cover loosely and put in a warm place to rise. When bread has doubled in volume, approximately 30-40 minutes, put in a preheated 350 degree oven. Bake until bread is lightly browned and a toothpick inserted comes out clean, about 25 to 30 minutes. Invert bread on serving plate, remove Silicone Crown Cake Pan, and serve.

Monkey Bread is traditionally baked in a tube pan, but I like using my Silicone Crown Cake Pan as it adds a little more detail to the appearance and bread can be decorated.


My First Attempt At Focaccia Bread

September 20, 2010 · Posted in Breads · View Comments 

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We experienced our first signs of autumn weather yesterday so it was a perfect day for a bowl of hot soup. To go along with the Bean and Sausage Soup I made two loaves of Foccacia bread.  This was my first attempt at making this recipe and I think it will take a couple more adjustments to get it perfect. Although this time the bread was nice and moist. I made one loaf Jalapeno and Cheese and the other Rosemary Garlic.

Focaccia Bread


1 ½ cups warm water (110-115 degrees)

1 Tablespoon Bread Machine Yeast

1 Tablespoon sugar

¼ cup extra virgin olive oil, plus more for brushing loaves

1 ½ teaspoons salt

4 ½ cups flour


Jalapenos, sliced

Cheddar Jack Cheese, shredded

4 cloves garlic, pressed

1 Tablespoon Rosemary


Place bread machine on dough setting. Place ingredients into bread machine in order listed. Turn bread machine on. This process usually takes approximately 1 hour 40 minutes.

Once dough has risen in machine and timer go off, pull dough out of machine and place on a lightly floured surface. At this stage, you can cut dough in half to make two loaves or cut into four mini loaves.

Shape dough into a nice round ball and stretch to an 8-inch disk. Place on a cookie sheet lined with foil or parchment paper. Brush loaves with the olive oil. Cover loosely with a cloth and place in a draft free area. Let rise for 1 hour.

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Once loaves have risen, top with toppings.  Bake in a pre-heated oven for 20-25 minutes, rotating halfway through. Remove from oven and let cool on a wire rack. Serve warm or cold.

This is actually a very easy recipe. What are some of your Foccacia favorites?


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