Banana Bread

04 May 2015

Banana Bread

INGREDIENTS

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Lightly grease a 9x5 inch loaf pan.
  2. In a large bowl, combine flour, baking soda and salt. In a separate bowl, cream together butter and brown sugar. Stir in eggs, ginger and mashed bananas until well blended. Stir banana mixture into flour mixture; stir just to moisten. Fold in walnuts. Pour batter into prepared loaf pan.
  3. Bake in preheated oven for 60 to 65 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into center of the loaf comes out clean. Let bread cool in pan for 10 minutes, then turn out onto a wire rack.

Serve warm with whipped butter.

Homemade Biscuits

05 February 2015

Homemade Biscuits

Ingredients:

Directions:

Combine all dry ingredient and blend well with whisk. Cut in butter until resembles coarse bread crumbs. Stir in milk until all comes together to form a dough ball. Turn out dough ball onto a heavily floured surface. Let set for a couple of minutes and then knead for about a minute and then re-flour surface and pat out to about 1/2" thick. Cut biscuits with floured biscuit cutter or thick drinking glass or a cup and place into ungreased baking pan. Form remaining dough into ball and repeat until all dough made into biscuits. Bake in 425-450 degree oven for 12-15 minutes.

This recipe will make approximately 12 biscuits and will freeze well too. Just place your cut biscuits onto a cookie sheet lined with wax paper or parchment paper and place cookie sheet into freeze making sure to keep level. Once frozen remove and place into a freezer bag and place into freezer. When ready to use just follow baking directions and bake only the amount that you need, you do not have to bake all of them at one time.

Happy New Year

08 January 2015

Happy New Year world! I have completed an epic move to our own place here out in the jungle in lower Puna, Hawaii. This blog is coming to you via satellite uplink so pls go gentle on my poor, poor server. I am wishing everyone a Happy New Year and that 2015 will hold many good things for everyone.

Big Ben's Buttermilk Biscuits

19 December 2014

Big Ben's Buttermilk Biscuits

Everyone's got a traditional biscuit recipe these days. The ingredients aren't nearly as important as the handling of them. A laundry list of ingredients won't keep them from being tough if the dough's overworked. Stick with the basics, and learn how to get your hands dirty in the kitchen if you want decent biscuits.

Set buttermilk out to warm up a bit. Mix together dry ingredients. Cut in shortening. Stir in buttermilk. Do not over mix or knead too much or biscuits will toughen. Roll out to 1/2 inch thickness and cut biscuits. Set in 12" dutch oven or other pan and bake at 450 degrees for 10 to 12 minutes. Want an even fluffier, lighter biscuit? Substitute 1/4 cup rice flour for an equivalent amount of the all purpose flour.

Dutch Oven Lasagna

18 December 2014

Dutch Oven Lasagna

All of these ingredients may be made fresh or dehydrated/freeze dried, and both will be delicious.

If making from dehydrated/freeze dried, reconstitute per package instructions.

Ingredients:

Directions:

  1. Prepare hamburger and then combine with Spaghetti sauce, tomato sauce, and tomatoes.

  2. In a large bowl, mix all cheeses, then add Italian seasonings, salt, and pepper. Reserve 1 cup of cheese mixture for the top.

  3. In your Dutch Oven (DO), which has been lined with heavy foil or a liner up to and over the rim, place a layer of lasagna noodles. The noodles will of course have spaces around the edges since the DO is round and the noodles are hard and rectangle, but just break pieces to fit the edges. Remember this is not rocket science; it is much better. On top of the lasagna noodles put a thin layer of the cheese mixture. (You can add it in very small dollops using your hands, if you want to.) Pour some of the sauce mixture over the cheese. Add another layer of noodles and press down to help ensure that the sauce and cheese have no air pockets. Continue to layer cheese mixture, sauce, and noodles until you reach the end of your sauce. Add the reserved cheese to the top.

  4. Wrap a layer of heavy foil over inside of the lid and back over the top of the lid to hold it onto the lid of the DO, so that the inside of the DO is completely lined with foil when the lid is in place. Prepare the coals for cooking, and then cook lasagna at 350 degrees for 1 hour. (For a 12-inch DO, that would be 24 coals total, with eight on the bottom around the outside edge and 16 on the top around the outer edge.) Check for doneness. Remember to turn the DO 1/4 turn clockwise and the lid 1/4 turn counter clockwise every 15 minutes. I prefer to serve this with fresh garlic cheese bread, which I made in a DO, of course. For a great dessert, I would recommend a nice chocolate/raspberry/white chocolate DO cobbler, with grape juice to drink. This will keep the heart and body warm and well fueled.

NOTE: You don't have to line the DO with foil, but this dish is acidic as well as having flavors that will definitely remain in the seasoning. Unless you have separate DO's each for for Savory, Sweet, Breads, and other categories of foods, I would use the foil for this one. You will want to be sure to clean, oil, and heat the DO again afterwards to ensure the seasoning is intact, if you don't use foil. Foil will prove to be a force multiplier in reducing your clean up time, however.

Nutrition information:

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