My love for bagels began when I was a little girl and my mom would take us to "Broadway Bagels" in Mobile. Because this bagel heaven is no longer in existence, it is about time for me to make some bagels of my own.
This was a fun, slightly tricky, lessons learned endeavor. I went by this recipe from Tasty Kitchen but adapted it to my own liking. I prepared Cinnamon Oat [Semi] Whole Wheat bagels that were not half bad for my first shot. There are definitely some adjustments I would make for the future, as noted below. If you have some extra time on your hands, give this recipe a try!
|I used 1/2 cup whole wheat flour in place of AP and added cinnamon, also.|
|I tried Hodgson's Mill fast rise yeast for whole wheat recipes.|
|1/2 cup whole wheat flour; ~1 1/2 cups AP flour; ~1/2 cup oats|
|The christening of my dough hook|
|I opened up the toaster oven door to help circulate warm air for the yeast|
|Ready to knead the risen dough (I should have waited and added the oatmeal at this stage)|
|Dividing into equal chunks|
|rolling into snakes|
|free-formed dough bagels!|
|letting them rise a little longer|
|And now the fun part: boiling bagels.|
|a sprinkling of oats and cinnamon before sending them into the oven|
|Finis! Warm and bready|
|Aren't they cute?!|
|That pretty golden-brown look of a toasted bagel|
|Just being a cheeseball.|
|They were tasty but not wonderful. I'm proud of my efforts, at least :)|
Toast and smear with Biscoff Spread (what I did-- so good)
Almond Butter-- especially Jason's
Need I say more?
Me Oh My Vidalia Onion Pie
|All you need is a pinch!|
|image courtesy dadwagon.com|
|Prepping the shortcakes|
|Ready to pop in the oven|
|This was the cookbook used, by the way. |
This is the D.C. Junior League's doing.
|Only the freshest (pre sugar sprinkling)|
|And why not add a chocolate-dipped strawberry on the side?|
|Oki-doki. Let's roll.|
|I used leftover shrimp my Dad had grilled out and|
fresh tomatoes from a local farm
|I added a little milk, salt and pepper to the eggs before beating.|
I also used 3 whole eggs and then only the whites of two others.
|A little butter in the pan before adding the eggs, |
then let them cook.
|Once the eggs were about 75% cooked, I added the tomatoes, |
shrimp, parmesan cheese, feta cheese and more pepper.
|Then managed to fold without causing a series |
of catastrophic events (a first).
|the finished product|
|I also made a "Caprese Omelet"- the same method minus|
the shrimp and with a little dried basil sprinkled in (good!!)
|Joy's website and recipe|
|What you will need.|
The whole wheat flour gives it a little more of a hearty taste.
I did not have flax seeds but added 1/4 cup wheat germ
for added protein and fiber. I also substituted
crunchy pb for creamy and so did not add chopped peanuts.
|Combining the two. This is my nighttime baking at its finest.|
|Like my action shot? Pouring batter into prepared loaf pan.|
|Into the oven you go.|
|And out you come.|
|Ricotta cheese gave this pie its light, creamy texture|
|Shh don't tell...I used a refrigerated pie crust|
|Pre-oven: a little on the blah side|
|That's better! Complete with a buttery, crumbly crust.|
|Even Sadie approved.|
|Lots of fresh veggies-- I thought the mushrooms |
would give it a hearty taste.
|Sauteeing the veggies and canned tomatoes in a |
little olive oil with one clove minced garlic.
|Just until they softened a little bit but still |
had some crunch... this smelled amazing. Wish you could
click a button right here and the aroma of warm garlic
would seep out of your computer speakers. Sorry.
|Into the Mason jar it went!|
|Served with Hint of Lime chips... fabulous!!|
|Lots of lime flavoring gave zing to this meal|
|Sauteeing red onion, green pepper and garlic in a little|
olive oil for the beans. Love the color!!
|I used low-sodium black beans to cut back on the salt. |
Cumin, oregano and red wine
vinegar were also added to the beans. They were by far
the best part of dinner and, high
in fiber and protein, they were also very satisfying!
|I left the skins on the sweet potatoes for reasons I'm not quite sure (I have |
researched but am unable to determine if the skins
of sweet potatoes are as good for you as those of white potatoes).
They were still really good!
|Salad with fresh tomato, cucumber, toasted almonds and honey lime |
vinaigrette (my mom pointed out that homemade salad dressings
really do take the cake; this one took me all of 3 minutes to prepare).
|Finis! I toasted the naan and cooked up some rice |
from the box and ended up with a fun and unique meal.
|Caravella limoncello. |
Buy me a plane ticket to Italy.
|Mascarpone cheese gives this dessert its rich, creamy texture|
|Heating the egg yolks, sugar and limoncello to form a "frothy sponge" (zabaglione)|
|Dad enjoyed showcasing his kitchen talents|
|The frothy sponge|
|Boiling limoncello, sugar, water and lemon juice to make a syrup|
|lemon zest + mascarpone cheese|
|Why yes, I did whip the whites of 5 eggs BY HAND. Just call me Wonderwoman.|
|Folding the egg whites, sponge and cheese together. Not so pretty pic.|
|1st layer: lemony syrup-drenched lady fingers|
|2nd layer: folded mixture|
|3rd layer: repeat the lady fingers only buy an extra pack so you don't run out (see above)|
|4th layer: finish off that mixture. It may not look too special now, but...|
|Serve it in a pretty glass next to a vase of flowers and voila!|
|You've got yourself a delicious dessert, my love.|
|Yum. The end.|
|My lovely new Kitchen Aid mixer!|