#BrunchWeek: English Muffins

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I think every foodie, blogger or not, has a culinary bucket list. Those dishes they hope to master or those that seem too difficult to possibly be made at home.

For me, a lot of those items happen to involve yeast.

So what better push did I have than when Red Star Yeast signed up as a #BrunchWeek sponsor?! I narrowed my #BrunchWeek menu item down to bagels or English muffins.

English muffins won out, simply because I’d just finished my last store bought muffin and I have 3 bags of store bought bagels in the freezer (not because I keep forgetting they’re in there or anything…).

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Luckily, I have a friend who is a whiz at working with yeast. Karen of Karen’s Kitchen Stories. She had a few options of English muffins on her blog and I sent her a message with a couple of questions and reassurance.

You guys. I don’t know why I was so afraid of making English muffins! They were simple! It is important to note that the process is made easier if you own a griddle and a kitchen scale. And let me tell you, they were fantastically delicious. The dozen or so muffins didn’t last more than 3 days in my house. They’re particularly tasty with some peach jam from the farmer’s market.

English Muffins



  1. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, combine all the ingredients, except the cornmeal. Beat the dough at medium-high speed for five minutes, until the dough releases from the bowl and is smooth and shiny.
  2. Scrape the sides of the bowl and cover. Place in a warm corner of the kitchen (I use my microwave) for 1-2 hours, until the dough rises and is very puffy.
  3. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  4. Sprinkle griddle with cornmeal.
  5. Turn dough out onto a large cutting board or smooth counter top. Have a bowl of water nearby.
  6. Divide dough into 16 balls, using a wet bench scraper and wet hands. Flatten the balls a little bit until they resemble English muffins. Place on the prepared griddle one inch apart. Sprinkle the tops with more cornmeal. Cover with parchment paper and let the dough rise for 20 minutes.
  7. Turn on the griddle to 325 degrees F. Cook 7-15 minutes on each side. Place a baking sheet on top of the muffins if they puff too much.
  8. Place the muffins on a baking sheet and bake 10 minutes, until an internal temperature of 200 degrees F is reached. Cool muffins on a cooling rack.

*This recipe is adapted from Karen at http://www.karenskitchenstories.com/2013/05/english-muffins-avid-bakers-challenge.html*

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Don’t forget to enter our giveaway and be sure to check out these other great brunch recipes:

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BrunchWeek Beverages:

Apple Berry Smoothie from The Nifty Foodie
Apple Brunch Punch from Cooking With Carlee

BrunchWeek Breads, Grains and Pastries:

Apple Danish Braid from The Redhead Baker
Berry & Cream Cheese Stuffed French Toast with Citrus-Apple-Berry Compote from Sweet Beginnings
Breakfast Empanadas from Jane’s Adventures in Dinner
Buckwheat and Pepper Jack Waffles from A Kitchen Hoor’s Adventures
Cinnamon Apple Dutch Baby from Palatable Pastime
Cinnamon Apple Oatmeal Bake from The Chef Next Door
English Muffins from Sew You Think You Can Cook
Iced Berry Breakfast Braid from Hezzi-D’s Books and Cooks
Raspberry Sweet Rolls from Cookaholic Wife
The Best Yeasted Wafffles from The Barbee Housewife

BrunchWeek Main Dishes:

Asparagus Pizza from Feeding Big
Asparagus, Egg & Prosciutto Brunch Pizza from Love and Confections
Seriously Sharp Grilled Cheese with Gazpacho Shooters from Culinary Adventures with Camilla

BrunchWeek Fruits, Vegetables and Sides:

Green Bean and Potato Salad from A Day in the Life on the Farm
Individual Swiss and Asparagus Tarts from Family Around the Table
Mesclun Salad with Grilled Asparagus & Raspberries from Hardly A Goddess
Sweet Potato Hash from Brunch-n-Bites

BrunchWeek Desserts:

Mini Rustic Apple Pies from Forking Up

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#BundtBakers: Yeasted Bundts

4ae7b-bundtbakerspostFor this month’s theme of Yeasted Bundts, we have two bloggers working together to make sure reveal day goes smoothly, Felice of All That’s Left are the Crumbs and Wendy of A Day in the Life on the Farm.

#BundtBakers is a group of bundt loving bakers who get together once a month to bake bundts with a common ingredient or theme. We take turns hosting each month and choosing the theme or ingredient.

I have been attending a Moms bible study this year and it was my turn to bring the snack on February 28th. I originally planned to make a Cocoa Carrot Cake (you’ll see that recipe leading up to Easter). And then I realized that Febraury 28th was Mardis Gras! I changed gears and decided to make a King’s Cake. Remembering March’s Bundt Bakers theme I opted to do a bundt cake version of a King’s Cake. With walnuts instead of pecans, since I’d already bought the giant bag of walnuts for the previously mentioned carrot cake. Conveniently I had the appropriately colored sprinkles and/or sugar for decorating!

Colored Sugar

And then my boys were too sick to make it to bible study. I felt (feel) terrible letting everyone down. I’ve now missed 3 weeks in a row due to fevers and colds that won’t quit. As I mentioned earlier this week, the boys both have ear infections. Now that they’re on antibiotics everyone is feeling better and I’m pumped to leave the house today for story time at a nearby light house.

The silver lining of not sharing that cake with my friends was that I ate nearly the entire thing for breakfast all week. Seriously, this cake was insanely good. I loved it! Sure, it got a little stale by Saturday, but that’s nothing 10-15 seconds in the microwave couldn’t fix. The boys had a slice for breakfast on Mardi Gras. My husband had a couple of slices over the course of the week and I gave a couple of slices to a friend. Other than that, seriously, I ate it all.

The kids had fun with the Mardi Gras beads all week, too!

Beads and Bites

King’s Bundt Cake

Ingredients for cake:

  • 3 eggs
  • 1 C milk
  • 1 stick butter, melted
  • 4 1/2 C flour
  • 1/2 C sugar
  • 1 pkt (2 1/4 tsp) instant yeast
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 1/4 C walnuts, finely ground
  • 3/4 C brown sugar
  • 2 tsp cinnamon

Ingredients for glaze:

  • 2 C powdered sugar
  • 3 tbsp milk
  • decorating sugar or sprinkles in yellow, green, and purple


  1. In the bowl of a stand mixer, whisk together the eggs, milk, and butter. Stir in the flour, sugar, yeast, and salt.
  2. Place the bowl on the stand mixer fitted with the dough hook. Mix on medium-low speed for 10 minutes until smooth. Transfer the dough to a lightly greased bowl, cover, and allow to rise until doubled in size 1 1/2 – 2 hours.
  3. In a bowl, combine the walnuts, brown sugar, and cinnamon. Set aside.
  4. Grease a bundt pan.
  5. Turn dough out onto a lightly floured work surface. Roll dough into a rectangle measuring 18″ x 14″. Brush the dough with a little bit of water. Sprinkle the walnut mixture onto the dough. Roll the dough up lengthwise like making a cinnamon roll. Pinch the edge to seal. Form the dough into a ring and place in the prepared bundt pan, seam side up. Cover and allow dough to rise another hour.
  6. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  7. Bake 30-35 minutes, until an internal temperature of 190 degrees F is reached. Allow the cake to cool 10 minutes before removing to a cooling rack.
  8. Make the glaze: Whisk together the sugar and milk. Pour over the cooled cake. Decorate with the colored sugar/sprinkles.

*This recipe is adapted from Michelle at http://www.browneyedbaker.com/king-bundt-cake/*

King's Bundt Cake for #BundtBakers from Sew You Think You Can Cook

You can see all our of lovely Bundts by following our Pinterest board. Updated links for all of our past events and more information about #BundtBakers, can be found on our home page.

And don’t forget to take a peek at what other talented bakers have baked this month:

Bica Bundt Cake by Patty’s Cake

Coconut Spice Mini Yeasted Bundts by Passion Kneaded

Cornish Saffron Cake by Food Lust People Love

Czech Poppyseed Crown Coffee Cake by The Queen of Scones

Guinness Bread Bundt Cake by I Love Bundt Cakes

Healthy Vegan Bundt Cake by Bizcocheando

Hot Cross Bundts by All That’s Left Are The Crumbs

Irish Butter Cheesy Bread Bundt by Faith, Hope, Love, & Luck Survive Despite A Whiskered Accomplice

Jasmine Tea Savarin by Sneha’s Recipe

King’s Bundt Cake by Sew You Think You Can Cook

Lemon and Blackberry Savarin by A Day in the Life on the Farm

Poppy-Seed Cake (Makowiec)

Today’s recipe comes from Rose Petal Jam: Recipes and Stories from a Summer in Poland. I received this beautiful cookbook for Christmas last year.

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We were invited to a party for the Opening Ceremonies of the Summer Olympics with the request to bring a cultural dish. Unfotunatley, we weren’t able to make it due to a long day at work for my husband.

Yea, remember the Games? Did you forget that happened this year?! Not going to lie, I kinda did, too. But I wasn’t able to watch much of them due to my current time zone combined with those little children of mine.


I knew I wanted to bring a Polish dish and decided on trying this Poppy-Seed Cake.

This cake uses a LOT of poppy seeds.

It’s probably a good thing I ended up not sharing this cake at the party because with my luck one of the guys would’ve been randomly drug tested the next day. I was seriously nervous about the poppy seed concentration when I thought my 2 year old was acting a little loopy. If you’re concerned about your intake of poppy seeds, check out this article, which provides a guideline to poppy seed consumption limits.

I had some dilemmas with the recipe, though. And actually, the photographs I’m sharing with you today are from my second attempt. Attempt number 1 is in my freezer, as it’s still quite edible, just far from beautiful.

The recipe called for a pound of poppy seeds. Do you have any idea how many poppy seeds make up a pound!?! I’m still finding stray poppy seeds in the corners of my kitchen!

My food processor couldn’t break down the tiny seeds into a paste, so I recommend getting a spice grinder and working in batches. Because my poppy seed texture wasn’t quite right, I had a lot of extra liquid which caused seepage out of the cake roll.

I had so much left over filling that I decided to simply try again! The second time I (sorta) followed a different method for the cake I found on YouTube.

I would honestly suggest halving (or quartering!) the filling recipe, but I’m leaving it as written.

Poppy-Seed Cake (Makowiec)

Ingredients for the filling:

  • 1 lb poppy seeds
  • 3 C milk
  • 1/2 stick butter, melted
  • 1 C superfine sugar
  • 1 C chopped walnuts
  • 1 C slivered almonds
  • zest of 1/2 lemon
  • 1/2 tsp almond extract
  • 2 egg whites, beaten

Ingredients for the cake:

  • 1 stick butter, softened
  • 2/3 C superfine sugar
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 1 C whole milk, warmed to 105-110 deg F
  • 2 1/4 tsp active dry yeast
  • 4 C bread flour
  • 2/3 C golden raisins
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • Ingredients for the glaze:
  • 3/4 C powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp almond extract
  • milk, as needed


  1. Heat poppy seeds and milk in a pot over medium low heat for 10 minutes. Cover and let sit over night.
  2. Drain the seeds, place in a food processor, and pulse until they form a paste. Add the sugar, nuts, zest, and extract, and pulse a few seconds. Remove to a bowl and fold in the egg whites.
  3. Allow yeast to proof in the warm milk, 10 minutes.
  4. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream the butter and sugar. Mix in the egg yolks, stirring until combined. Add the milk and yeast. Add some of the flour and mix. Switch to the dough hook and slowly add the remaining flour and the raisins. Knead until the dough forms around the hook.
  5. Roll out the dough on a floured surface into a large rectangle. Spread the filling over the dough and roll lengthwise. Place cake on a parchment lined, rimmed baking sheet. Cover and let rise an hour.
  6. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  7. Brush cake with the egg. Bake 45 minutes.
  8. Meanwhile, make the glaze: Whisk together the powdered sugar, almond extract, and milk until smooth and runny. Pour over cake while still warm.

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Sugar-Free White Sandwich Bread

My husband was gone on another business trip this week. So naturally it’s a great time for the battery in the carbon monoxide detector to die. At 5:15 in the morning. When my boys were amazingly sleeping through the night. I desperately worked as quickly as possible to remove the battery cover to see what kind it needed. That battery cover is screwed on. While I was unscrewing the cover it started beeping even louder – clearly it didn’t like my hot hands covering up the sensor. The single beep that finally emitted from the detector was almost literally ear splitting. An hour later, my ear is still ringing and in pain. How the boys slept through that baffles me beyond words. I rushed the thing outside to continue working as quietly as I could.

No use trying to go back to sleep for only an hour. Might as well write a blog post about bread!

We had a “heat wave” this week. Meaning it wasn’t quite the opportune time to have scheduled that soup!

I actually didn’t find it to be too hot this week, though. The low humidity levels really don’t make the almost-90 degree weather unbearable. I’m too used to the humidity of Florida and Alabama. A little extra sunscreen and water kept us going to the playground!

That being said, we don’t have air conditioning. It hasn’t been an issue because we just leave the windows and doors open to let in the ocean breezes. But those breezes that are usually chilling me too much in the early afternoons have been missing and the sunshine has been pouring in making our living room quite warm.

Running the oven makes my tiny kitchen a sauna! So, I started this bread at 6 am. My bread rose much more quickly here in warm California than anything ever had back in Ohio!

It’s been hard to find Sugar-Free bread so I decided to follow through on our unprocessed challenge. Making this bread was actually really quick and easy to do. I simply followed the recipe on the back of the bag of bread flour, omitting the sugar. There really isn’t any excuse not to bake bread at home with the technology of the stand mixer! The real test will be to see if Firecracker will eat his PB&J off of homemade bread.

This recipe makes 1 loaf.

Sugar-Free White Sandwich Bread


  • 1 C water
  • 1/3 C milk
  • 1 1/2 tsp active yeast
  • 3 3/4 C bread flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp salt


  1. Combine the milk and water in a glass measuring cup. Microwave in 10 second intervals until it reaches a temperature between 105-110 degrees F.
  2. Add the yeast to the warm liquid and let proof, about 10 minutes.
  3. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the dough hook, stir the flour and salt. Mix in the yeast and knead until the dough comes together around the hook.
  4. Transfer the dough to a lightly greased bowl. Cover with a towel and let rise until doubled in size.
  5. Punch down the dough, form into a loaf and set in a 9″ x 5″ loaf pan. Cover again and let rise until it domes above the edge of the pan.
  6. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  7. Bake bread 45-50 minutes, until an internal temperature of 190 degrees F is reached.

Sugar-Free White Sandwich Bread  Sew You Think You Can Cook


Potato Bread

Am I the only one who really likes grocery store commercials? I think they must hire Hallmark admen to help out, especially during the holidays!

Publix takes the cake for most touching commericals – ever. It makes me feel like a huge nerd to admit that I miss Publix commercials. (Along with certain Publix products. And Publix subs.) Winn-Dixie does a decent job at tugging at the heartstrings too, again, during the holiday season. I don’t have Winn-Dixie up here either. Now, I shop at Kroger. I haven’t caught myself crying at a Kroger ad but I do enjoy their commercials nonetheless. They’ve really been pushing their generic brands lately, in particular their organic one (Simply Truth). Their most current commercial shows the wide variety of products they have covered in the Kroger brands. And at the end of the commercial they announce a promotional price on potatoes. A 5lb bag of Kroger Idaho Potatoes for 99 cents! Again, nerd-alert, I got really excited.

I feel like I need to stop a moment and tell you that I was not asked to promote any grocery stores or products! Sometimes I just get on a roll…

I put potatoes on my grocery list and found ways to use them up! I got brave and decided to try my hand at baking bread. (Without the help of my mom.) I was introduced to potato bread from my good friend Kate; it’s her bread of choice. It’s sweeter than white bread and a little heartier. And good news, it’s not too difficult to make! Case in point, I made four loaves in three days! One loaf was given to the neighbors as a thank you for clearing the snow off our drive way, one was devoured immediately, one put in the freezer with the destination of becoming French Toast, and the last is sitting on my counter almost gone.

As with all yeast work, the most difficult part is making sure the yeast proofs. The key to that is not killing it by putting it in too hot or too cold liquid. The perfect temperature is between 105-115 degrees F; there’ll be instructions on your yeast containter, too. Don’t go off of “feel”, unless you’re a bread baking pro, use a thermometer to check your liquid temperature.

This recipe calls for mashed potatoes, you can use leftover mashed potatoes if you have them. Any flavorings you put in it will add uniqueness to your bread. I cooked and mashed potatoes for the purpose of bread making so I didn’t add anything to them. I mashed them up and used some of the cooking liquid to get a smooth mixture, no added salt or pepper. The amount of flour you need for the bread will depend on how moist your potatoes are.

If your oven has a warming setting, feel free to turn that on for a little bit before baking so your bread will rise more quickly. See the original recipe on how to do that. My little, old oven doesn’t have a warming setting so I let my dough rise in the microwave where it wouldn’t get a draft and could be slightly protected from the cold. It took well past two hours for my dough to double in size but I’m glad I didn’t rush the process – this bread is worth the wait.

This recipe makes two loaves of bread.

Potato Bread


  • 1/2 C warm milk, at 110 degrees F
  • 1 pkg active dry yeast
  • 1 C mashed potatoes
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1/2 C butter, at room temperature
  • 1/2 C sugar
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 3 – 3 1/2 C bread flour


  1. Sprinkle yeast into warm milk. Let sit 10 minutes, until it gets foamy.
  2. In the bowl of a stand mixer, beat the mashed potatoes, butter, and eggs. Mix in the sugar and salt. Add in the yeast mixture.
  3. Fit your stand mixer with the dough hook and add the flour, 1 C at a time. After three cups have been added, add remaining flour 1 tbsp at a time, if needed. (The first batch I used 3 C + 2 tbsp, the second batch I only needed 3 C.) Kneed the dough until it comes together around the dough hook and is no longer sticky.
  4. Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface and form into a ball. Place in a lightly greased bowl, turning to coat. Cover and set in a warm location for 1-3 hours, or until the dough has doubled in size.
  5. Punch the dough and turn it onto a lighly floured surface. Divide dough evently in half. Roll each half to the width of your loaf pan. Roll dough along the short end and place in a lightly greased loaf pan. Repeat with the second half of the dough. Cover and set in a warm location for 1-3 hours, or until the dough has risen 1″ above the edge of the pan.
  6. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
  7. Bake break for 25-35 minutes, or until it reaches in internal temperature of 190 degrees F.

*This recipe is adapted from Emily at http://www.goldilockskitchen.com/2014/02/the-best-potato-bread.html*

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I’m entering a new stage in the world of mommy food blogger. Here’s a little behind the scenes fact: We don’t have a dining table set up in this house. IMG_4217We did, but it was taken down to make way for our Christmas tree and it was never resurrected. I like having the open space for my son to play. And honestly, we eat on the couch anyway. Unfortunately, not having a table makes taking photos of food difficult, especially when there’s only one space in my home that gets natural light. Almost every photo this year has been taken on the floor. Now that my little guy is a skilled and fast crawler I have to work quickly to take advantage of the daylight – I can’t always wait for naptime.