Chocolate Peppermint Bread

Today I made Chocolate Peppermint Bread!

1C skim milk, 4T butter, 1/2C white granulated sugar, 1 envelope yeast, 1/4 C water, 5-6C flour, 2 eggs, 8 oz fat-free cream cheese, 6 oz chocolate chips (mini or regular size), 3T powdered sugar, 3T skim milk, 1T peppermint extract

Pour warm water (105 to 115 degrees Fahrenheit) on yeast.

Choc Peppermint Bread

Stir until yeast is dissolved. Stir in 1C flour.

Choc Peppermint Bread

Mix in white granulated sugar.

Choc Peppermint Bread

Mix in milk.

Choc Peppermint Bread

Add more flour.

Choc Peppermint Bread

Work in butter. Chop into small chunks, which need not be fully blended in.

Choc Peppermint Bread

Work in eggs.

Choc Peppermint Bread

Stir in cream cheese.

Choc Peppermint Bread

Add enough flour to form a dough that is elastic and still a little tacky. Place in greased bowl. Cover bowl with plastic wrap and chill overnight. Punch down dough, knead two minutes or until smooth, adding more flour if necessary. On large, flat surface, stretch dough into one or two large rectangles (for one or two loaves). In saucepan, melt chocolate chips with powdered sugar over low heat, stirring constantly.

Choc Peppermint Bread

Choc Peppermint Bread

Add peppermint extract. Blend well.

Choc Peppermint Bread

Add milk and stir until smooth. Remove from heat. Spread evenly on dough rectangles. Roll up.

Choc Peppermint Bread

Place on greased cookie sheet.

Choc Peppermint Bread

Let rise 1 1/2 hours. Preheat oven to 350F.

Choc Peppermint Bread

Bake loaf or loaves 20-30 minutes or until browned.

Choc Peppermint Bread

Cool before slicing.

Choc Peppermint Bread

Mango Cupcakes

Today I made Mango Cupcakes!

scant 1 1/2C flour, 1 3/4t baking soda, 1t salt, 1/2C butter, 3/4C sugar, 2 eggs, 1t vanilla, 1/4C skim milk, 1/2C mango puree

Preheat oven to 350F.

Mango Cupcakes

Sift dry ingredients. In separate bowl, cream butter with sugar.

Mango Cupcakes

Mango Cupcakes

Mango Cupcakes

Add eggs. Blend well.

Mango Cupcakes

Mango Cupcakes

Stir in vanilla.

Mango Cupcakes

Add dry ingredients alternately with milk and mango puree beginning and ending with dry, until just blended.

Mango Cupcakes

Mango Cupcakes

Mango Cupcakes

Mango Cupcakes

Mango Cupcakes

Mango Cupcakes

Turn into lined, nonstick or greased cupcake tin.

Mango Cupcakes

Bake 17-20 minutes or until toothpick inserted into center of center cupcake comes out clean. Frost if desired.

Mango Cupcakes

Coconut Candy

Today I made Coconut Candy!

4C grated coconut, 14 oz sweetened condensed milk, 1C skim milk, 1C sugar, 1T vanilla, pinch salt, 2T butter, melted

Dry-roast the coconut (without oil) in a nonstick skillet for a few minutes. Add milks.

Coconut Candy

Coconut Candy

Stir in sugar, vanilla and salt.

Coconut Candy

Coconut Candy

Coconut Candy

Stir on low-medium heat until mixture stops sticking to pan and forms a ball, 30-40 minutes. Add the melted butter.

Coconut Candy

Coconut Candy

Spread into greased pan.

Coconut Candy

Press down evenly with a heat-resistant spatula. Chill before breaking into pieces.

Coconut Candy