Bacon in the Oven

Ina Garten

Preheat oven to 400. Put strips of bacon on sheet pan.

Bake 15 to 20 minutes until crisp. Drain on paper towels.

You can also put foil or parchment paper underneath the bacon to help with cleanup when baking, if preferred.


Buttermilk Bread

From Taste of Home website (Michele Surgeon, Medford, Oregon)
2 t. yeast
¼ cup warm water
1 cup warm buttermilk
¼ cup butter, melted and cooled
1 ½ T. honey
1 t. salt
¼ t. baking soda
¼ cup toasted wheat germ
3 – 3 ½ cups flour

• 6 teaspoons active dry yeast
• 3/4 cup warm water (110° to 115°)
• 3 cups warm buttermilk (110° to 115°)
• 3/4 cup butter, melted and cooled
• 1/4 cup honey
• 3 teaspoons salt
• 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
• 3/4 cup toasted wheat germ
• 9 to 10 cups all-purpose flour
• In a large bowl, dissolve yeast in warm water. Add the buttermilk, butter, honey, salt, baking soda, wheat germ and half the flour. Beat until smooth. Gradually stir in enough remaining flour to make a soft dough.
• Turn onto a heavily floured surface; knead until smooth and elastic, about 6-8 minutes. Place in a greased bowl, turning once to grease top. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 1 hour.
• Punch dough down. Turn onto a floured surface; divide into thirds. (If making more than one loaf, separate dough and continue with next step)
• Shape each into a 12-in. rope. Braid three ropes; pinch ends to seal and tuck under. Place in a greased 9-in. x 5-in. loaf pan. Repeat with remaining dough. Cover and let rise until doubled, about 45 minutes.
• Bake at 350° for 40-45 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from pans to wire racks. Yield: 3 loaves (12 slices each).
Editor’s Note: Warmed buttermilk will appear curdled.

Spoon Rolls

Good quick bread when you want something different. Not a biscuit, not a roll, not cornbread…ah! Spoon Rolls!

2 cups self-rising flour
1/4 cup self-rising cornmeal (optional)
2 tsp or 1 pkt yeast
1 cup warm milk
1/4 cup butter – either melted or cup up in small pieces
1/8 cup sugar, honey or molasses
1 egg, beaten

Mix. Will keep in fridge a couple of days after mixed.

To bake: Pour in greased muffin tins. Bake @ 375 for 15 – 20 minutes, or until golden brown. Makes 12 muffins

TO MAKE 6 Muffins
1 cup self-rising flour
3 T self-rising corn meal (optional)
1 tsp. yeast
1/2 cup warm milk
2T. Melted butter
2 T. Sugar, honey or molasses
1/2 egg, beaten (beat and guesstimate 1/2)