Tuesday, February 9, 2010

A passion for...

Cookbooks. I LOOOOVE COOKBOOKS. I honestly couldn't tell you why. I just love them. Everytime I go into a bookstore, any bookstore, I make a bee line for the cookbooks. Even children's cookbooks *coughDisney'sTiana'scookbookcough*. Of course I can't afford ALL the ones I want! I have a great deal of cookbooks that I am always looking through but here are a few that I am dying to to call my own not the library's!

1) Baking: From My Home to Yours- I want to join the Tuesdays with Dorie. It just sounds fun!

2)Take this Dish and Twist It - He's got some strange but tastey looking stuff

3) Mastering the Art of French Cooking

4)The Dessert Bible

5) Baked: New Frontiers in Baking

6) The Golden Book of Chocolate

7) Pastry: Savory and Sweet

8) Incredibly Easy Entertaining

9)All New Cookie Dough Fun

10) The Rice Krispies Treats Cookbook

11) Baking Artisan Pastries and Breads: Sweet and Savory

12) The Good Housekeeping Illustrated Book of Desserts

13) Sticky, Chewy, Messy, Gooey

14) Pillsbury Kids Cookbook

I'm sure there are more I just cannot remember them. Maybe I should start baking and cooking from the ones I do have before I get more.

By the way, The bread I made a few nights ago...YUM! It was very good. I ate like half myself. The recipe is as follows:

Quick Bread Low Calorie Recipe Ingredients
2 ½ cups of flour + excess flour for kneading
1 Tablespoon of Yeast (1 package)
1 Tablespoon of Sugar
½ Teaspoon of Salt
1 Cup of Hot Water
2 Tablespoons of Oil ( I used canola)

Egg wash
1 Egg + 2 Tablespoons of Skim Milk (or any variety that you have on hand) (I actually did not use an egg wash I used melted margarine to spread on the dough before i put it in the oven)

In a large, deep bowl combine the flour, yeast, sugar and salt. Next, add the hot water and oil. Stir; mixture will be sticky.
Spread a bit of flour onto your kneading surface and begin kneading the dough for five minutes. Add flour as necessary so as dough doesn't stick to surface BUT take care not to add too much or dough will be tough and bulky.
Place kneaded dough back into the mixing bowl and cover with a cloth that has been dampened with cool water. Allow Quick Bread to rise for 30 minutes.
Spray baking pan with cooking spray to prevent sticking. Transfer Quick Bread to loaf pan OR shape into rolls if desired. Before baking, brush surface of bread with egg wash (or melted margarine). Bake in a preheated 400-degree oven until golden brown. approximately 20-25 minutes.

For extra prettiness, brush melted margarine or butter onto the bread while it is still hot

Source: adapted from Diet Bites


  1. Cookbooks are amazing :D I love checking out giant stacks of them from the library!

    If you're getting in to baking bread you should check out Artisan Bread in 5 Minutes a Day. It is the simplest and most amazing bread cookbook ever.

  2. I'll have to check it out!!! It sounds amazing! Thanks!!! *goes to reserve it* awww #26?! Drat.

  3. Yes I should have mentioned the wait time at the library. I waited about a month to get it the first time but I was #52 lol. After checking it out a few times I finally bought it, it is amazing!