Basic Wholegrain Pancakes

Source: Whole Foods for the Whole Family
Date tried:May 7, 2015
Yield: 16 4” pancakes
Time needed: 10-15 minutes prep.  Cooking time varies with space available to cook pancakes

This is a very basic recipe which can be altered to provide many different flavours. Below are two versions.  The first, topped with apple slices, jaggary and ground cinnamon is the plain basic recipe.  The other with pineapple tidbits and maple syrup is the buttermilk version.

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Maple Walnut Scones

Source: Simply in Season
Date tried: April 26, 2012
Yield: 5-6 servings
Time needed: 25 minutes

 This is simple enough and quick enough to make for breakfast.  Of course, it is in the “Spring” section of the cookbook.

Maple Walnut Scones

Maple Walnut Scones
3 ½ cups (875) ml. flour
1 cup (250 mL) walnuts or other nuts, finely chopped
4 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. salt
2/3 cup (150 mL) chilled butter
1 cup (250 mL) milk
½ cup (125 mL) maple syrup

Preheat oven to 425oF (220oC)
Grease a baking pan.
Combine flour, nuts, baking powder and salt.
Add the butter, cutting it in until the mix is crumbly.
Quickly stir in milk and syrup.
Work mix into a soft dough.
Turn it out onto a board. Knead gently 5-6 times.
Roll out into a circle about ½” (1 cm.) thick and 7” (18 cm) across.
Cut into 10-12 wedges and place on baking pan.
Bake 15-18 minutes until golden.  Serve immediately.

Yorkshire Pudding

Source: Whole Foods for the Whole Family
Date tried: May 1, 2015
Yield: 1 8” x 8” pan or a dozen muffin tin size (6 servings)
Time needed: 2 hours chilling time + 1/2 hour in the oven

Would you believe it is the first time I ever made Yorkshire pudding myself? I can understand why they are so popular. I used the muffin tin technique for baking and they came out quite well.  Loved them!

Yorkshire Pudding with Beef Steak

Yorkshire Pudding with Beef Steak

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Sesame Crisp Crackers

Source: Diet for a Small Planet
Date tried: July 15, 2013
Yield: 3-4 dozen
Time needed: 20 minutes

I do about as well with crackers as I do with pastry, which is not well at all.  However, the method for these is quite simple and quick.  Though I do hate recipes that say “bake until crisp and golden” without giving you any idea of how long that will take.  I guessed at ten minutes, and found 12 minutes did the trick.

I don’t have any cookie cutters, so these are not pretty:  just basic squares.  But they are tasty morsels.

Sesame Crisp Crackers

Sesame Crisp Crackers

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Elisha’s Apple Cinnamon Muffins

Source: The Parkdale Potluck Cookbook
Date tried: August 9/16
Yield: 2 dozen
Time needed: 45 minutes

These are one of the staff-created variations on the basic muffin recipe used by Alternative Grounds, a popular fair-trade coffee roasters in Toronto. Sadly they no longer operate the restaurant where these muffins were served each morning, but the coffee is still available at various local outlets.

This is a very good muffin, moist and tasty. Good call, Elisha!

Elisha's Apple Cinnamon Muffins

Elisha’s Apple Cinnamon Muffins

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Date and Nut Bread

Source: Ecological Cooking
Date tried: April 25, 2012
Yield: 3 loaves
Time needed: 3 hours, but most of the time is for rising and baking, not prepping.

Most dessert breads are quick breads, but this is a yeast bread yet it does not call for any kneading. I think this is an oversight, even though the instructions say the batter will be sticky when put into the loaf pans. In any case, I did skip kneading and I was not pleased with the results. It tasted fine, but it really did not look good at all.

Date & Nut Bread

Date & Nut Bread

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Cheesies

Source: Recipes for a Small Planet
Date tried: April 22, 2014
Yield: 40 cheesies
Time needed: 25-30 minutes

A homemade version of this popular snack. It is very much like a cookie—a sort of baked cheese ball. I will have to give this recipe another try as it did not turn out as well as I hoped.

Cheesies

Cheesies
1 cup grated cheddar cheese
1/2 cup sherry
1/4 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
1 egg
1 tsp salt
1/4 tsp. each onion powder, garlic powder & paprika
2 cups whole wheat flour
2 Tbsp. oil
11/2 cups sesame seeds, ground
walnut or pecan halves for garnish (optional)

In a bowl, mix grated cheese, sherry, Worcestershore sauce, and egg. Be sure the cheese is well separated, not in a limp.
Stir in salt, seasonings and flour. Knead lightly.
Add oil, and knead again.
Knead in the sesame meal 1/2 cup at a time.
Preheat oven to 400oF.
Pinch off pieces of dough and roll into small balls about the size of a large marble.
Place on an unoiled baking sheet.
Flatten them gently with a finger. Press a walnut or pecan half into each, if you wish.
Bake for 10-15 minutes.

Variation: replace seasonings with 1/4 tsp. cayenne for a spicier version.

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