My baby’s breakfast v.2

My baby is probably teething again, the last 4 teeth, and we are done! He doesn’t sleep for a week now, none during the day and very little during the night! I love coffee, but as a beverage, not as a necessity. So A variation, of the previous snack/ breakfast for my baby is a whole peach (since they are in season), a banana, half cups of puffed oats, couple of dried blueberries and2 tbsp of Greek yogurt!
A quick blend, and voila!

A very unappealing but delicious bowl of fruits and yogurt for toddlers!


No knead bread

My gift for Christmas was a dutch oven! I wanted one for years, but I couldn’t decide which one, then I thought they are expensive. But ok, I got one cheap-iss.
I kept looking at no knead breads on pinterest and since I got the medium (dutch oven), it was the first thing I did!
3 1/2 cups of flour
1 1/2 cups of warm water
1/4 tsp yeast
1 tsp salt

Basically, mix all the ingredients in a bowl and let it sit in your kitchen for 12-18 hours. Next day, it will be frothy and a bit liquid. So, cut a parchment paper and sprinkle a dose of flour and dump the mixture. Cover in with a towel and let it rest for like 2 hours. Place the dutch oven in the oven 30 minutes before the end of the rising. Open the top and now, take the mixture with the paper and throw it straight in the dutch oven. Place the lid and bake for 45′ minutes. Then take the lid off and bake for 20 more to gain color. And it’s ready!

Nut Butters

So, I made a simple and honest mistake during Christmas time! I don’t drive, so I have to depend on others to get somewhere or even get my groceries! So, I texted a small list with various nuts to my father, to get for me. I was cheap, not going to lie, so I send him minimum instructions. I wanted to be a little more “healthy” so I told him at the end of the text, all the above are raw and unsalted. I simply meant unsalted, for nibbling reasons! Guess what, they were horrible! I got like 1 pound of peanuts that were bitter and inedible, for me at least!. So, i just thought, I’ll bake them and make peanut butter. So, I roasted them, I cleaned them from their peel (one by one, I may add). I had no idea because of the peel if they were done, so of course I overcooked them a bit. Not much, a bit! So, I put them on my blender and simply add some salt. Not much, a pinch. I made a full big jar. It’s a nice full-taste peanut butter.
Again,the next day i thought, hum, I have 2 cups of pistachio. I looked it up and guess again! You can make butter from all nuts! I found a recipe stating to simply add 2 tsp lemon juice and 2 tsp oil to the pistachio. I didn’t noticed the part about the oil, until after I stored the pistachio butter… Ops!
So I decided to do exactly the same with the pistachio as my peanuts. They were roasted, didn’t smell as roasted peanuts did and i couldn’t for the life of me get them to peel. So I said, who cares! I had a real hard time to grind them (because of the lack of oil) but in the end, I had a really small jar of this butter! Not smooth though. My “good butter” because it’s very expensive (check the prices)!


Soft pretzels

In my house, when it rains, it pours! Either I won’t bake anything for 5 days or I will do everything ib a matter of hours!
My latest obsession is this recipe I found for soft pretzels!
I have made so often the last month, that I learned it by heart! For such a new recipe, it took me no time to learn it! It has to do though that my husband is eating them almost 6 pieces in a day!
What you will need is:
2 packs of dry yeast
2 cups of warm full fat milk
6 tbsp light brown sugar
4 tbsp room temperature butter
5 cups all purpose flour
2 tsp salt

As you have imagined by now, dissolve the yeast in the warm milk, not hot, it will kill the yeast and will not become frothy!
Add the sugar and wait for 5-10 minutes until the yeast is ready! Add the butter and one cup of sifted flour to create a doughy mixture! Add the salt and the the rest of the flour!
The dough must be a bit firm, not very sticky! You can add bit by bit extra flour until you fill the dough silky and firm in your fingers!
Let it rest for an hour, if you poke it, and your fingers imprint stays, then it is ready! Punch down and the divide the dough in 12 parts!My oven in very small and I can cook only 6 pretzels at a time, so put in a pan water and 1/3 cup baking soda and bring it to a boil.
On the same time, give shape to the pretzels, I almost never get the thin pretzels that I supposedly will get as the ones in the pretty pictures, but at least at they are tasty!
Dive the pretzel one at a time for less than a minute to the water and place them on the tray. Leave enough space for it will raise still! sprinkle coarse salt on top if you like! I don’t think it is necessary for this recipe, but try it!
Proceed with 6 at a tray and bake them for 17-18 minutes in high oven! Let them cool and please enjoy!
They are fluffy even the next day for some reason! Fill free to make them also different shapes and use them as buns for sandwich or rolls for dinner!

IMAG0471My pretzels with some cupcakes, I will upload the recipe next! One is missing because I had no patience and I had to eat it! They smell that good!

Apple Butter

I can’t remember where I first read about apple butter, probably somewhere about slow cooker recipes. It looked so pretty! Also, it looked so interesting and complicated at first and I decided I had to try it!
Of course when I did it, I had to explain to other people what it was and end up telling them is like a jam! I don’t think anyone is going to eat it, I gave them away anyway!
At the end it’s supper easy and not time consuming at all!I used 2 kilos of red apples. Normally, it says to use different varieties to get different kind of sweetness for the different apples! Do not use green apples, I used the ones I found at the market!
I found it idiotic to use any kind of sugar become the apples are going to get caramelized and become sweeter than ever! I didn’t use any kind of liquid as well, although I was afraid that the apples were going to stick at the bottom of the slow cooker but they didn’t!
I just used my thingy from IKEA to slice the apples from the core, I didn’t peel them I just washed them before hand. I let them cooking for 9 hours. When it was morning, I used my hand blender and make them a mush! I used 2 tsp of ground cinnamon, 1/2 tsp of ground clove and 1/4 tsp of nutmeg! I let them simmer for 45 minutes, or until a wooden spoon can stay standing!
If you leave it more, the apple will reduce and become thicker, if you prefer it! From 2 kilos of apples, I got 5 jars, which I now have none!
Very nice gift idea, I don’t know a lot of people that have tried it but it’s a classic taste! Apple and cinnamon are best friends always!