Peppermint Bread

Today I made Peppermint Bread!

3 envelopes dry yeast, 1/4C water, 2C skim milk, 2/3C sugar, 2C powdered sugar, 2T peppermint extract, 8 oz lowfat sour cream, 4 eggs, 7-8C flour, 4T skim milk

Pour warm water (105 to 115 degrees Fahrenheit) on yeast in an extra-large bowl.

Peppermint Bread

Stir until yeast is dissolved.

Peppermint Bread

Mix in about 1C flour.

Peppermint Bread

Mix in 1C milk.

Peppermint Bread

Peppermint Bread

Mix in sugar. Blend well.

Peppermint Bread

Add eggs.

Peppermint Bread

Mix in sour cream and another 1C flour. Mix in 1C milk.

Peppermint Bread

Peppermint Bread

Add remaining flour to form a dough.

Peppermint Bread

Peppermint Bread

Divide dough in two. Knead a few minutes. Roll each into a ball. Place in two large, greased bowls. (For a little extra flavor, grease bowls with peanut butter instead of butter or oil.) Turn over once. Cover bowls with plastic wrap. Let rise two hours.

Peppermint Bread

Punch down dough to make two large loaves or three medium loaves. Roll out each ball on a flat, floured surface, into two or three rectangles. In medium bowl, stir powdered sugar with extract and 4T milk until barely pourable.

Peppermint Bread

Peppermint Bread

Peppermint Bread

Spread on rolled-out doughs.

Peppermint Bread

Peppermint Bread

Roll up and pinch to seal the edge.

Peppermint Bread

Place in two or three large greased loaf pans. Let rise at least 6 hours in the refrigerator. Preheat oven to 325F. Bake loaves 40-50 minutes or until golden brown and inside is baked through.

Peppermint Bread

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.

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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

Banana Mint Almond Cake

Today I made Banana Mint Almond Cake!

2T butter, 4 oz slivered almonds, 1/2C sugar, 3 medium bananas, mashed,
8 oz chocolate-covered mints
(Junior Mints or coarsley chopped After Eight or chopped Andes Candies or chopped Peppermint Patties or the like),
2 eggs, 1 1/4C flour, 3/4t baking soda, 1/4t salt

Preheat oven to 350F.

Banana Mint Almond Cake

Sift together flour and baking soda. Stir in salt. In separate bowl, cream together butter and sugar.

Banana Mint Almond Cake

Banana Mint Almond Cake

Banana Mint Almond Cake

Stir in eggs. Blend well.

Banana Mint Almond Cake

Alternately add dry and bananas to butter mixture, beginning and ending with dry, until just blended.

Banana Mint Almond Cake

Banana Mint Almond Cake

Banana Mint Almond Cake

Banana Mint Almond Cake

Banana Mint Almond Cake

In separate bowl, stir together mints and almonds. Stir into batter.

Banana Mint Almond Cake

Turn into greased 9″ round cake pan.

Banana Mint Almond Cake

Banana Mint Almond Cake

Bake 30-35 minutes or until lightly browned and cake slightly recedes from edges of pan. Cool 20 minutes in pan.

Banana Mint Almond Cake

Banana Mint Almond Cake

Strawberry Mint Scones

Today I made Strawberry Mint Scones!

3C flour, 1C sugar, 4t baking powder, 1t salt, 8oz cold reduced-fat cream cheese, 2t mint extract, 1C skim milk, 1 pint strawberries, hulled and chopped into 1/4″ pieces

Preheat oven to 350F.

Strawb Scones

Sift dry ingredients. Stir in sugar. Cut in cream cheese with fork. Do not overwork.

Strawb Scones

In separate bowl, mix chopped strawberries with extract and milk. Blend well.

Strawb Scones

Strawb Scones

Strawb Scones

Make a “well” in the dry mixture.

Strawb Scones

Pour in wet.

Strawb Scones

Stir just until combined. Turn into non-stick or lined muffin tins.

Strawb Scones

Bake 30-35 minutes or until golden.

Strawb Scones

Cinnamon Mint Biscotti

Today I made Cinnamon Mint Biscotti!

8T butter, 3/4C sugar, 2 eggs, 1t mint extract, 2 1/2 C flour, 1t baking powder, 2t cinnamon, 1t ground cloves, 1/4C sugar

Preheat oven to 350F.

Cinn Mint Bisc

Sift together dry ingredients. In separate bowl, cream 6T butter and 3/4C sugar.

Cinn Mint Bisc

Beat in eggs. Blend well.

Cinn Mint Bisc

Cinn Mint Bisc

Stir in mint extract.

Cinn Mint Bisc

Add dry ingredients and combine until mixture forms a sticky dough.

Cinn Mint Bisc

Cinn Mint Bisc

Cinn Mint Bisc

Shape into 2 loaves and place on greased cookie sheet. Flatten to about 1/2″ high. Melt 2T butter.

Cinn Mint Bisc

Mix in 1/4C sugar. Spread in straight line on center of loaves.

Cinn Mint Bisc

Bake 25-30 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool 20 minutes. Slice with sharp knife into long, thin sticks.

Cinn Mint Bisc

Remove excess butter/sugar mixture. Place on cut side on baking sheet. Bake 20 minutes longer or until dry and crunchy.

Cinn Mint Bisc

Mint Brownie Swirl Cheesecake

Today I made Mint Brownie Swirl Cheesecake!

The brownie portion is the recipe from the Baker’s unsweetened chocolate box, using peppermint extract instead of vanilla extract.

Brownies: 4 oz unsweetened chocolate, 3/4C butter, 2C sugar, 3 eggs, 1t peppermint extract, 1C flour

Cheesecake: 16 oz fat-free cream cheese, 4 eggs, 1C sugar, 1T peppermint extract

Preheat oven to 350F.

Mint Brownie Cheesecake

Brownies: Melt chocolate and butter.

Cheesecake: Meanwhile, mix cream cheese and sugar. Blend well. Add eggs. Blend well. Add peppermint extract.

Brownies: Stir melted mixture until smooth. Stir in sugar. Add eggs. Blend well. Add peppermint extract. Add flour. Blend well. Turn brownie batter into greased jelly roll pan.

Pour cheese batter on top. Swirl batters with about 5 strokes of a rubber spatula. Do not over-swirl. Bake 30-35 minutes, or until cheese portion is lightly browned. Cool before cutting.

Mint Brownie Cheesecake

Mint Brownie Cheesecake

Minty Melon Soup

Today I made Minty Melon Soup!

This recipe is from Didi Emmons’ book, “Vegetarian Planet” published in 1997.

flesh of 1 large cantaloupe or one small honeydew or crenshaw melon, 1/2C white wine, 1t ground cumin seeds, toasted, 4C plain low-fat yogurt, 1/2C minced onion, 3T chopped fresh mint, salt and fresh ground pepper to taste, 6 tiny mint sprigs

I omitted the cumin seeds, and used nonfat yogurt.

In blender, puree chopped melon with wine.

Minty Melon Soup

Transfer to a large bowl. Whisk in yogurt, onion, cumin and mint. Whisk in salt and pepper. Add water if soup is too thick for you. Chill thoroughly. Serve garnished with mint sprigs.

Minty Melon Soup

Peppermint White Cake

Today I made Peppermint White Cake (aka Classic White Cake) !

The URL for the recipe is: http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/cooking-live/classic-white-cake-recipe/index.html

I used peppermint extract instead of vanilla.