Tag: bread

english banana bread

english banana bread

To crunch or not to crunch. That is your choice with this amazingly easy and tasty English banana bread! When I say crunch, I’m talking about the topping that is optional that you can put on top when baking. It’s a simple step that uses a little more butter, brown […]

pumpkin fig date nut bread

pumpkin fig date nut bread

I have several friends who are gluten intolerant. And, I have a handful of friends with Celiac’s Disease. Then I have friends and family who want to cut out some of the gluten in their diets. That’s why I created this pumpkin fig date nut bread. It’s something that I […]

peach caprese

peach caprese

Thanks to Dole Sunshine for partnering with me for this peach caprese post! All the opinions and creativity are solely mine. Full disclosure, click here! I know you’ve had ‘puzzle gut’. Yes, that’s the situation you’re in when you want something to eat, but you don’t know what you want to eat. Recently […]

appalachian white bread

appalachian white bread

Funny how siblings that grow up in the same family have their own unique memories and perspectives on childhood, life, family, friends and other things as they get into their adult lives. Each of us remembers things differently. Each of us was impacted by things differently. We’re all affected by […]

Applesauce Currant Walnut Bread

applesauce currant walnut bread

This is really a nutty bread!  I used not only chopped walnuts but almond flour, so it’s quite nutty and tasty!  While I don’t specialize in gluten-free, nor practice it in my eating lifestyle,  it never hurts cut back a littler here and there when I can. Besides I love […]

grilled flatbread

grilled flatbread

There’s nothing like fresh hot bread right out of the oven or right off the grill! What makes this bread totally the best is when you eat it HOT! Yes, get ready to toss it back in forth in your hands trying to cool it down just a bit, then […]

Pumpkin Pomegranate Walnut Bread

pumpkin walnut bread

When do you know you’ve created something that’s off the charts boholicious?  When your 2 1/2 year old grandson, who’s my #1 Sous Chef, chants, ‘Mooore Mama Allllweee…mooowrre!’  That’s precisely what happened when I made this ‘Pumpkin Walnut Bread’! He was like glued to the prep table sitting on his […]

skillet cinnamon rolls

skillet cinnamon rolls

One of the most special days of the week for me growing up was Thursday. No it was anything like #tbt. In my wild wonderful West Virginia small town nestled in the mountains, after walking home from school I’d run to my Grandma’s house because that was the day she […]

Spicy Italian Genoa Salami Red Onion & Veggie Sauce Sandwich Folds

spicy salami & red onion folds

Creating tasty food should be un-complicated, and sometimes it helps to use convenience items that simplify the process, save time, and don’t compromise on flavor.  It’s even more fun to take pre-packaged ingredients and re-fashion them into something that’s totally different.  Such is the case here with the flatbread used […]

chunkie banana nut brown sugar bread

chunkie banana nut brown sugar bread

Seeing the bananas and not just tasting them is what this chunkie banana nut brown sugar bread’s all about. Since I knew I’d be traveling and couldn’t eat them nor wait for the nanners to ripen to the good ol’ mushy blackened stage, I decided to preserve their beauty in […]

buttermilk biscuit waffles

buttermilk biscuit waffles

The reason I don’t use a waffle iron for making these biscuit waffles is that I don’t want them smooshed…I want them puffy and biscuity. So in order to accomplish this, I used a waffle ‘skillet’ (i.e., Nordic Ware)…it’s a handy little gizmo that you can get at big box […]

~Peach Blueberry Yogurt Rum Nut PoundCake~

peach blueberry yogurt rum nut poundcake

You know that something’s reeeeeally good when you hear moans and groans. I mean moans and groans of ecstasy and happiness.  These are sounds that I heard when Ben, my hubster, went to the kitchen to make a cup of coffee after dinner~~it was as if he was sprouting wings, […]

Lemon Olive Oil & Sea Salt/Pepper Toastees

Sometimes the bread I make is hit or miss…for some reason, my last few loaves were very dense and ‘heavy’, so instead of tossing in the trash, I decided to slice the bread thin and make ‘toastees’ using various toppings.  These are kind of like ‘bagel crisps’ not quite as […]

salmon confit & corn medley

And you thought pre-packaged refrigerated canned biscuits were just canned biscuits? Au contraire, these nifty convenience items can be fashioned into a lot of other cool things, and whomever’s eating the dish will probably never know you started with canned biscuits! That’s the fun part of cooking~~it’s like artistry~~the ingredients can create a new canvas. So become a biscuit sculptor in your own kitchen…come up with fun new ways to design and use them…that’s what makes being a chef an artist!

dan gourmet flatbread

Why in the world do I call this ‘Dan Gourmet Flatbread’…well, because that’s where I learned to make this flatbread~~in Tel Aviv at the Dan Gourmet Culinary School…I’m not sure I paid enough attention because my dough didn’t raise like my fabulous Chef instructor’s did, but the end product was […]

~foodie mistress warm spiced skillet bread~

foodie mistress warm spiced skillet bread

I know it’s a strange name for this bread. But, there’s a story behind it. See I have these wonderful friends on Facebook who follow my cooking adventures—Bob and Laura—well, early on, Bob, who has a wicked sense of humor, deemed me his ‘foodie mistress’!  Now, Bob and Laura share […]

healthy fruit french toast

healthy fruit french toast

I love making my own healthy bread. You know the peasant earthy artisan kind that’s full of great grains like ground flax, whole wheat, oats, and more. There’s something connective with the earth and my spirit when I make bread. Stick with me, no, I’m not getting whacked out.  Any […]

Applesauce Coconut Cranberry Walnut Bread

This ‘Applesauce Cocnut Cranberry Walnut Bread’ is a pure form of enjoying the delicious coconut, cranberries, nuts and sweet bread without being distracted by too many competing spices…in fact, I didn’t put one spice in here, unless you consider the vanilla a spice.  You can vary the dried fruit you […]

~chocolate banana buttermilk bread~

chocolate banana buttermilk bread

I call this houdini batter~~the better batter than can become just about anything you want it to be.  Need brownies?  Well, then put this batter in a square or rectangular baking pan.  Need a bundt cake?  Pull out the bundt pan and bake it. In the mood for muffins?  How […]

~date & chia grilled bread with bacon & chives~

date & chia grilled bread with bacon & chives

This is a fabulous recipe from my gal, Alice Lau, from Sydney, Australia~~it’s a slight adaptation and version of her Shanghai Spring Onion Pancakes—a popular street food in China! Alice is one of the most creative and talented foodies out there—we met on Google+, never in person—I was basically drawn […]

Crunchy Yeast Buttermilk White Bread

Crunchy Yeast Buttermilk White Bread

What I’m finding about bread-making is that it’s not as hard as you think!  Now, I do mine the ol’ fashioned way~~knead with my hands~~don’t even own a bread-making machine!  There’s just something tactile and luscious about getting your hands into the sticky dough, flicking on more flour, pushing and […]

Italian Yeast Peasant Bread

Italian Yeast Peasant Bread

When Ben usually eats something I’ve made, he’ll say, ‘This is the best thing I’ve ever eaten!’  Well, I’m like Ben on this one~~this is the best bread I’ve every made!  Moist, tender, dense, yet light, a heavenly yeasteee aroma cooking and pull apart fluffy and soft!  It reminded me […]

Gluten-Free Golden Flax Seed Bread

I’m a bread lover.  Most all of my breads are made from wheat products, so when one of my most treasured foodie friend, Lauren Kelly, sent me her cookbook, which is  ‘The Everything Wheat-Free Diet Cookbook,’  I was opened to a whole new world of ideas for cooking gluten-free.  Lauren’s cookbook […]

a west virginia cornbread

The amazing thing about food is that a lot of people have a passion for it~~while they may not be bloggers, have a website, FB fan page, run a restaurant, etc., their zest for creating good food, sharing recipes, and giving their love through food is there loud and clear. […]

Whole Wheat Dark Amber Pepper Jelly Peasant Bread

Baking  ‘close-to-the-earth’ as in rustic and primitive breads is a specialty, of sorts, of mine.  And, baking at high altitude levels when I’m at our Colorado home makes it a tad more challenging, but that’s alright because you might not have the bread that raises beautifully, but I always seem […]

Gluten Free Banana Bread

gluten free banana bread

***Tap Tap Tap***  This is a test, only a test!  I decided to use the rice flour in my pantry in this morning’s banana bread, which, by the way, was not planned, like a lot of little chillins in families!  The four black bananas on my kitchen counter were either […]

Applesauce Cranberry Walnut Bread

This ‘Applesauce Cranberry Walnut Bread’ is a pure form of enjoying the delicious cranberries, nuts and sweet bread without being distracted by too many competing spices…in fact, I didn’t put one spice in here, unless you consider the vanilla a spice.  You can vary the dried fruit you use or […]

Scallion & Watercress Rustic Peasant Bread

Scallion & Watercress Rustic Peasant Bread

What do you do when you have a hankerin’ for homemade bread, but you don’t want to wait hours for it…you don’t want to have to knead and knead…you don’t want to pull out a bread making machine…but, you WANT fresh hot yummmy bread?  Well, you simply follow this recipe […]

Pomegranate Tangerine Rustic Peasant Bread

I’ve been on a pomegranate rage!  These things require some work to get to the seeds…well, there are techniques for cleaning them out that are easy, involved water, and the videos can be found on You Tube, but I decided that I wanted the full experience~~the squirting, the tearing, the […]

Skillet Cinnamon Bread

Making a bread with just a few ingredients is what I call smart.  This bread works so well because it doesn’t need to raise a long time, doesn’t have to be kneaded, and you just pour the batter in the skillet like a cake.  This technique makes for an uneven […]

White Rustic Peasant Bread

White Rustic Peasant Bread~~three ingredients plus water…how much easier can it get!  Sometimes it’s just really good to have hot white bread come out of the oven, tear it off with your hands, and slather it with butter, dip in olive oil, heap jam, jelly or honey on it, sop […]

Peasant Sourdough French Bread

This would be ‘my’ version of sourdough bread or ‘Peasant Sourdough French Bread’!  It didn’t require a starter, lots of time nor even a bread machine.  Of course, I don’t even own a bread-making machine.  I do my bread like my Grandma Cook, who was full of piss and vinegar, […]

Peasant Sourdough French Bread

Want an adventure?  Then head to your kitchen and create something without a recipe…wing it, fly by the seat of your pants…with a smidgen of knowledge about food, you can enter the world of risk and adventure by coming up with your own dish!  This ‘Peasant Sourdough French Bread’ was […]

Vanilla Sugar & Cinnamon French Toast Sticks

Vanilla Sugar & Cinnamon French Toast Sticks~~easy to make, even more delicious when you make your own bread, and perfect to just keep out and munch on throughout the day! Servings:  About 18 3-4″ long sticks What you need: Leftover ‘Vanilla Sugar’ peasant bread that you can cut into sticks–trim […]

Vanilla Sugar Applesauce Peasant Bread

Vanilla’s used very much in baking, but with baking bread you probably don’t hear much about adding vanilla.  When you have a luscious all-natural vanilla paste with a touch of pure bourbon it though it’s your American duty to put some in your bread! I not only did that but […]

Skillet Biscuit Bread

In Southern West Virginia it’s called a ‘pone’ …in the South it’s called a ‘hoecake’, and it’s typically made in a cast iron skillet   There’s a version of this in the Caribbean called ‘Bake.’  And, my sweet Algerian darling shares with me that growing up her Mama made a similar big […]

Almond Spice Crusted French Toast

Making your own bread is not hard and what you can do with it the next day and the next is just endless.  Plus, each time I make bread there’s something just a tad bit different about the same bread made with the same recipe…I like that.   When I […]

crusty yogurt french bread

This recipe is distinctive!  If you see it on any other blogs, and it hasn’t been credit to me, then here’s the link to Ally’s Kitchen!  We foodie bloggers work too hard not to have our work credited~~we love to have things shared, but share the love back our way! […]

Brown Sugar Cranberry Whole Wheat Peasant Bread

I am a bread goddess.  My kingdom of different kinds of breads grows.  Though my breads maybe be somewhat deformed, misshapen, or odd looking, once you tear off a hunk or slice a piece that no longer matters.  What intoxicates you is the taste! As a Bohemian bread goddess, my […]

Pistachio Fig Peasant Bread

Pistachio Fig Peasant Bread

Dense, moist, rustic. Don’t expect this to raise and be big bread!   This Pistachio Fig Peasant Bread isn’t your typical light airy bread.  When you bite into it, preferably warm from the oven or toasted later, you’ll immediately taste the pistachio and fig flavors.  The whole wheat flour creates […]

Cowboy Crusty White Bread

My Grandma Cook…yes, my maiden name was Cook, so I was destined to be a cook, made THE most amazing white  yeast bread, white yeast rolls, and cinnamon rolls!  Every Thursday, you’d know Grandma, not standing taller than 5 feet and full of ‘piss n’ vinegar’ was making bread, rolls […]

Rosemary EVOO White Wine & Walnut Bread/Muffins

I’ve been blessed to have met so many incredible and irresistible foodies on Facebook since launching Ally’s Kitchen.  Foodies are a passionate bunch who love to share with other fiidues and who get super excited over little things like creating a new recipe from something they’ve found elsewhere. Such is the case […]

“White Dough: Tin Loaf” or Baquette Buttermilk Bread

Nanou Bip Bip—you may ask, who is this?  Odd name…’bip bip!’  Well, Nanou is a delicious foodie friend on Facebook I have grown to adore and love.   Nanou lives in London, is Algerian, and has shared with me many of her family’s incredible recipes, which I have made and received rave […]

Meyer Lemon & Mint Peasant Bread

  Caution:  Your house will smell so darn good when you’re baking peasant bread, strangers may come knocking!         Makes:  One large peasant loaf PreHeat oven to 375   What you need:  2 pkg yeast ½ cup water (110-120 degrees) 1 ½ cup plain yogurt (microwave 10”) […]

Mascarpone Flax Banana Nut Bread

The ol’ standby ‘Banana Bread’ gets a Boho Ally transformation using healthier ingredients like ground milled flax.  This banana bread is exceptionally moist and creamy because of the mascarpone.  It’s not real sweet because there’s only three-quarters’ cup of dark brown sugar in it. That means if you want to put […]

Fig Blueberry Dates & Nut Peasant Bread

My quick and easy version for making ‘peasant’ breads, or breads that look like they came from a Medieval kitchen, maybe a rancher’s log cabin kitchen, or, better yet, something from the Old World kitchens of Europe!  The steps are easy…the variations abound…and the flavor and tastes are just as […]

Whole Wheat Pepper & Truffle Salt Peasant Bread

Whole Wheat Pepper & Truffle Salt Peasant Bread

For almost a month now, I’ve been in a bread-making mode.  I’ve discovered that I it’s not hard, and I can do it!  Of course  my breads are all the ‘peasant’ type, which means they’re not prissy and perfect, they’re really crusty on the outside, and they’re dense and moist on […]

buttermilk cranberry walnut peasant bread

buttermilk cranberry walnut peasant bread

Baking is not one of my skilled virtues. I think that’s because I’m such a free spirit and adhering to a recipe puts huge boundaries on me when cooking…but, I love to bake! Oh, yes, I can follow a recipe, under great duress and with someone standing over me with […]

Wheat-Flax Sour Cherry Medjool Date Nut Bread

Some things in life just ‘scare’ me.  I don’t mean like blood curdling screaming scared.  I don’t mean like you just have a ‘felling’ that there’s a burglar in your house scared.   I mean when I’m cooking.  The idea of French cooking ‘scares’ me.  The idea of making certain soufflés, […]

Holiday eCookbook 'Sides': A Proper Popover

a proper popover

Raise your hand if you like or love Alton Brown…I admit when I did this batter, I was skeptical about the popovers turning out like the picture, but shut my mouth, they did! OK, here’s the scientific scoop on popovers per Alton Brown of the Food Network. Perfect popovers are […]