Category Archives: Quick & Yeast Breads

Homemade Tortillas

*Vegan*

I experimented with this recipe one day when I was in the mood for a burrito/enchilada but did not want to take a trip to the store to buy tortillas.  They came out quite nicely and tasted better than store bought! I will not be buying these from the store (unless I get lazy =P )

Ingredients:

2 cups whole wheat flour
(or white whole wheat flour–you can also mix regular and whole wheat flour if you or your children are not partial to the taste of whole wheat–however, it is better health wise.)

1 1/2 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp salt

2 1/2 tsp olive oil

3/4 lukewarm cup water
(or as needed to make elastic dough)

Directions:

Whisk flour, baking powder, in salt in bowl-combine water and oil in separate bowl.  Slowly add water and oil mixture to flour mixture a little at a time.  Stir dough until it holds together and becomes sticky.  Flour the surface that you will be using to knead the dough.  Knead dough about 4-6 min, adding flour as needed to keep dough from sticking to surface.  Knead until dough is smooth and somewhat elastic.  Return dough to bowl, and cover with towel or damp cloth.  Set aside, and allow to rest about 15-20 min.   Once dough has rested, uncover and pinch off small golf sized balls–smaller or larger sizes can be used if larger or smaller sized tortillas are desired.  Set aside, allow dough to rest again, about 5 min.   Preheat cast iron pan/skillet.  Again, flour surface to roll out dough, and roll each ball into flat, circular disc, about 7-8 inches in diameter.  Roll dough from center out–tortillas should be quite thin and elastic but not too thin.  Place tortillas on preheated skillet (no oil is needed–these are not fried).  Cook each tortilla about 30-45 seconds on each side or until lightly browned and small bubbles start to appear on surface.  Be careful not to overcook tortilla (they should be soft and flexible, not hard or crunchy).  They are best served warm and can be easily stored or frozen.  Enjoy!

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Indian Chapati bread

*Vegan*

Ingredients:

2 1/2 cups whole wheat flour

1 tsp salt

1 1/2 tsp cumin seed (or ground)

2 1/2 tsp olive oil

3/4 cup (or as needed) water

2  1/2 tbsp coconut oil

3 tsp garlic powder

Directions:

In a large bowl, whisk together flour, salt, and cumin.  Add olive oil, then slowly add water, and mix.  The mixture should begin to form a dough that is not too sticky.  Knead dough for 5 min.  Cover, and set aside about 10 min.  Separate dough into six even-sized balls, and flatten into discs.  On a floured surface, roll out each disc until thin, and set aside.  Lightly oil pan with half of coconut oil over medium heat.  Add chapatis, one at a time, to heated pan.  Lightly brown on each side, about 1 min or until small bubbles begin to appear on surface.  Remove from pan.  While still warm, lightly brush each chapati with remaining coconut oil, and sprinkle garlic powder.  Serve warm.  Enjoy!

Homemade Sandwich Buns

Ingredients:

1/3 cup melted butter

2 cups milk, warmed

1/4 cup warm water

1/4 cup honey

1 (.25 oz.) pkg instant yeast

1 1/2 tsp. salt

5 1/2 cups white whole wheat flour

1 tbsp melted butter

3 tsp. garlic powder

Directions:

Stir together butter, milk, water, honey, and yeast in large bowl.  Let stand for 5-10 min.  Whisk together salt w/ flour, and gradually stir into wet mixture until it forms a soft dough.  Divide into 15-20 sections, and roll into balls.  Place on buttered baking sheet, inches apart from one another.  Cover and let rise for about 30 min.  Preheat oven to 375 degrees.  Brush tops of buns with remaining tsbp of butter, and lightly sprinkle w/ garlic powder.  Bake in preheated oven for about 15 min.  Allow to cool once removing from over.  With knife, split buns horizontally, and fill with filling of your choice.  Enjoy!

Spiced Apple Bread

Ingredients:

1 1/4 cups applesauce

1 1/4 cup brown sugar

1/2 cup butter

2 eggs

3 tbsp milk

2 cups white whole wheat flour

1 tsp baking soda

1/2 tsp baking powder

1 1/2 tsp cinnamon

1/4 tsp nutmeg

1/4 tsp cloves

1/4 tsp salt

1 tsp vanilla extract

1 small apple, chopped

1/4 cup brown sugar (for sprinkling)

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees, and grease loaf pan.

In bowl, mix together applesauce, butter, sugar, eggs, and milk.

In a separate bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder & soda, spices, and salt.

Sift into wet mixture, and stir thoroughly.  Fold the chopped apples into the batter, and pour into loaf pan.

Sprinkle the  top of batter with extra brown sugar and extra cinnamon.  Bake in preheated oven for 1 hr-1 hr 15 min. or until toothpick inserted comes out clean.  Allow to cool once removed from oven, remove from loaf pan, and transfer to platter.