no-knead english muffin bread with slice

No-knead English Muffin Bread

As the weather cools, my kitchen shifts into baking mode. I often make bread at home, and an easy no-knead English muffin bread is a family favorite. It takes just 2 hours from start to finish, which means I can have the idea for a soup-and-bread supper at lunchtime, and

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Irish Brown bread

Irish Brown Bread (Small Batch)

As I’ve mentioned elsewhere in this blog, I’m downsizing in my kitchen. As much as possible, I’ll make a small batch of something, because most of the time I’m cooking for only two people. This Irish brown bread (small batch) is perfect for us. It has become my go-to bread!

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Leftover Oatmeal Bread 1200

Leftover Oatmeal Bread

Do you love oatmeal? Do you love bread? Try this leftover oatmeal bread, which is the best way I know of to use up the last bits of oatmeal from a cold-weather family breakfast. This is actually a very flexible recipe – use whatever amount of oatmeal you have, and

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best ever Cheese Muffins 1200

Best Ever Cheese Muffins

Best-ever cheese muffins? Really? Yes, really. I don’t use the term “Best Ever” lightly. These are, truly, the best cheese muffins I’ve ever made. They’re quick, dependable, and gloriously cheesy. They go well with soups or stews, work as a standalone snack, or make an irresistible breakfast. I usually make these muffins with a bowl,

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Muffins with Dried Cherries

This past weekend, I indulged myself with a lazy Sunday morning brunch, including a pot of tea and a batch of freshly-baked muffins. Great muffins with dried cherries, that I want to share with you. They’re both easy and delicious, and I expect they’ll become a standard around here. Don’t have dried cherries? Use

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english muffins cooling

Overnight English Muffins

Why did “pantry cooking” ever become associated with deprivation? There are lots of wonderful foods you can make from simple pantry ingredients: these overnight English muffins are a fine example. They are not only easy (stir, let rise, stir, cook) but they use only flour, yeast, salt, water, and a bit

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quick and easy blueberry muffins

Quick and Easy Blueberry Muffins

This week, I found blueberries in the grocery store. Plump, glossy, beautiful blueberries, on sale! Of course I bought them. Without any hesitation at all, I pulled out butter, eggs, and flour, to make quick and easy blueberry muffins. When you live in an area that has distinct seasons, as I do, there

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overnight cinnamon rolls

Overnight Cinnamon Rolls

Brunch is a lot easier at my house since I’ve been making overnight cinnamon rolls. Everybody loves them, and you can’t beat the convenience. Who wants to get up early and fuss a lot? They’re perfect as the weather turns cooler, or for any day when you might expect a

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no knead dinner rolls in slow cooker

No-Knead Slow Cooker Dinner Rolls

My idea of a perfect summer meal is a great salad and home-baked bread. But who wants to turn on the oven on the hottest days of the year? Relief is at hand! Use what you might think of as cold weather equipment: bake in your slow cooker (crock pot).

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Lazy Pain au Chocolat

Lazy Pain au Chocolat

I adore chocolate croissants but don’t have a good bakery nearby. I have a wonderful little trick, though, which lets me produce these tasty pastries quickly and painlessly. Here’s my recipe for a lazy pain au chocolat, i.e. choco-croissants. My secret? Frozen puff pastry! There are two brands commonly available

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no-knead bread

No-knead Bread from Fresh-milled Wheat

We’ve been home from vacation for a few weeks, now. I’ve been making a LOT of bread from the wheat we brought back from Montana, including this no-knead bread. I’ve marked this particular post “Local Harvest” – while the wheat wasn’t grown in Michigan, we were 20 miles from the farm when

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I’m Maurita Plouff, and I write about cooking and preserving the local harvest in Southeast Michigan. Any recipe you find here is something I have cooked myself, and enjoyed, and think you might like too. I invite you to try the recipes, and leave comments.

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