Simple Dutch Oven Bread

Dutch Oven Bread - Candy Coated Culinista

Dutch Oven Bread – Candy Coated Culinista

The time has finally come. One of the items on my “to make” list is complete. It took a pandemic for the push; but I got it done.

Yield/Serving: 1 loaf
Prep Time: 5 min.
Cook Time: 45 min.
Overnight Rising – 1 Day
Difficulty level is: Easy

Ingredients
⦁ 3 cups all purpose floue
⦁ 2 tsp active dry yeast
⦁ 1 ½ tsp sea salt
⦁ 1 ½ cups warm water

Assembly
1. Combine flour yeast and salt in a large bowl and combine.
2. Add water and mix until dough forms a ball.
3. Cover bowl and spray the plastic wrap with cooking spray and cover with a damp tea towel.
4. Let dough sit covered at room temperature for 18-24 hours.
5. Preheat oven to 450 degrees F and place Dutch Oven inside until oven is at full temperature.
6. Transfer dough to a floured surface and form into a ball and cover with a tea towel.
7. Pull out Dutch oven and spray with cooking spray, then place dough ball inside.
8. Cover and bake for 30 minutes.
9. Remove lid and continue to bake for 15 more minutes or until loaf is golden brown.
10. Remove from Dutch oven and let cool on a rack.

Please Enjoy

My thoughts
One again I have no idea why I was so afriad. I was beyond happy when this came out od the oven. I looked like bread, it sounded like bread when I tapped it and most of all it tasted like bread. It was crusty like a baguette and the inside was the perfect texture. I tried it with a great smear of butter and on my sandwhiches and enjoyed it. I already want to make another one. I hope you can find yeast as it’s a hot commodity right now.

Dutch Oven Bread - Candy Coated Culinista

Dried Currants, Cranberry, Blueberry and Lemon Hot Cross Loaf

Dried Currants, Cranberry, Blueberry and Lemon Hot Cross Loaf - Candy Coated Culinista

Dried Currants, Cranberry, Blueberry and Lemon Hot Cross Loaf – Candy Coated Culinista

This recipe is one of my bucket list recipes that year after year I let pass me by because I find the recipe intimidating. It’s Good Friday and tis the season to make hot cross buns. Traditionally eaten on Good Friday this sugar spiced bun with the cross on top represents the crucifixion of Jesus. The spices inside signify the spices used to embalm him at his burial. Well the time is now and I decided to use half of the last of the yeast in the house to try this. Good Vibes for my hot cross loaf please …

Yield/Serving: 6
Prep Time: 2 hrs & 30 min.
Cook Time: 25 min.
Difficulty level is: Medium

Ingredients
Loaf

• ½ cup 2% milk
• 2 ¼ tsp instant yeast
• 2 tbsp warm water
• 1 egg
• 2 tbsp granulated sugar
• Lemon zest of one small lemon
• 2 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting
• ½ tsp sea salt
• 1 tsp ground cinnamon
• ½ tsp nutmeg
• 3 tbsp unsalted butter, at room temperature
• 1/3 cup dried currants, cranberries and blueberries, finely chopped
Glaze (Egg Wash)
• 1 egg yolk
• 1 tsp water
Icing
• ½ cup confectioners’ sugar
• 1 tsp 2% milk, more if needed

Assembly
Loaf

1. Using a small saucepan over medium heat, warm milk until it bubbles and set aside to cool down to a lukewarm temperature.
2. In a small bowl add yeast to 2 tbsp of warm water, stir and set aside.
3. Add egg to the lukewarm milk and add in the yeast and set aside.
4. In a stand-up mixer pour sugar and lemon zest in a rub zest into sugar until it turns yellow and fragrant with your hands.
5. Add the flour, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg and butter and again rub together with your hands until the butter is incorporated.
6. Use a dough hook and add the milk mixture until dough is smooth and elastic.
7. Flour a cold marble pastry board or counter and add dried fruits by hand and incorporate.
8. Place dough in a grease bowl and cover with saran wrap and allow to rise until it has double in size, about 90 minutes.
9. Remove dough and place on floured marble pastry board or counter and diving into six equal portions.
10. Form into a ball and place in a loaf pan.
11. Meanwhile preheat oven to 375°F and then cover loaf pan with a tea towel and continue to let proof for another 45 minutes.
12. When dough has risen mix your egg wash in a small bowl and brush over loaf.
13. Bake for 25 minutes or when a cake tester inserted comes out clean.
14. Turn out and remove from loaf pan and let cool.
15. Using a medium sized bowl mix confectioners’ sugar, milk and butter and place in a piping bag and make a cross design.
16. Slice up and serve with a nice smear of butter.

Please Enjoy

My thoughts
I really picked a bad time to be making untested recipes as items are becoming hard to find those basics and I’m not about to line up to do my groceries. My life right now is lots of substitutions and planning meals well ahead or on the fly. I hadn’t seen a bag of flour in four weeks and only saw sugar this week for the first time in three weeks. For a baker it was really tough and I was rationing my baking supplies; but I carried two of the biggest bags of flour on my back home and I’m set for a bit and still rationing my supply very carefully. This recipe came together surprisingly well and I managed to get by only using two eggs and I have some egg whites left back. I had never used my dough hook before and was so happy it did all the work for me. I was expecting the dough to rise more than it did; but it did rise and I’m happy for that. The bread was the perfect texture and spring with little morsels of dried fruit. I will have to work on my icing as the consistency wasn’t up to my standards; but again I am trying to ration confectioners’ sugar also. Next time I will use a bigger pan so these can be a hot cross bun and not a loaf. I will also make the flour cross instead of an icing cross. I am thoroughly happy with how these turned out and will make these again and before another Good Friday comes around. A blessed Good Friday to you and yours.

Everything Drop Biscuits with Cream Cheese

Everything Drop Biscuits with Cream Cheese - Candy Coated Culinista

Who doesn’t love an everything bagel and now to make it in a biscuit form … yes please.

Yield/Serving: 12
Prep Time: 10 min.
Cook Time: 12 min.
Difficulty level is: Easy

From: Smitten Kitchen Everyday

Ingredients
Seed Mix

• 2 tbsp sesame seeds
• 2 tbsp poppy seeds
• 1 tbsp dried minced onion
• 2 tsp minced garlic
• 1 tsp coarse salt
Biscuits
• 2 ½ cups all-purpose flour
• 2 ½ tsp baking powder
• 1 tsp coarse salt
• 4 tbsp cold unsalted butter, cut into cubes
• 115 grams plain cream cheese, cold, cut into cubes
• 1 cup buttermilk

Assembly
1. Preheat oven to 450°F.
2. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
3. Combine seeds into a small bowl.
4. Using a large bowl combine flour, baking powder and salt.
5. Add in cold butter and cream cheese and using fingertips or pastry blender, combine until mixture resembles a sand texture.
6. Add in buttermilk and stir until just combined, with the dough clumping together.
7. Drop 12 equal portion into the seeds mixture.
8. Space evenly on parchment paper and bake for 12 minutes.

Tips
• These are best on the first day.
• You can also freeze the dough in mounds; just let warm slightly from freezer and then roll in seeds and bake.

Please Enjoy

My thoughts
What a great recipe and this was the one recipe that caught my eye immediately. I did find it a tad salty adding extra salt after there already being salt in the seed mixture; but otherwise love love love with the cream cheese in the dough … drool worthy. I also halved the recipe and it was simple enough, if you don’t need all 12 one day or freeze the other half. The cook time was off for me by 10 – 15 minutes; but I am already making these again Saturday morning.

Italian Stuffed Shells

Italian Stuffed Shells – Candy Coated Culinista

A striking Italian meal that is great for a dinner party or a Sunday dinner.

Yield/Serving: 8-10
Prep Time: 1 hour
Cook Time: 45 min.
Difficulty level is: Medium, time consuming

Ingredients
• 36 Jumbo shells
• 1 lbs ground beef
• 1 tsp canola oil
• 1 small onion, diced
• 4 cloves garlic, finely diced
• 1 tsp sea salt
• 1 tsp black pepper
• 1 tsp season salt
• 1 tsp garlic powder
• 1 tsp onion powder
• 1 tsp paprika
• 1 tsp dried oregano
• 1 tsp dried basil
• 1 cup pasta sauce
• 2 cups spinach, stems removed and chopped
• ¾ cups ricotta
• 1 egg
• ½ cup grana padano
• ¼ cup parmesan cheese
• 1 cup mozzarella cheese, shredded

Assembly
1. Over high heat boil shells in batches and cook until al dente draining and setting aside. Ensure not to break or cook a few more just to be safe.
2. In a large skillet over medium heat add canola oil and onion and garlic and cook until softened.
3. Add in ground beef and spices and brown.
4. Add in ¾ cups pasta sauce in ground beef mixture and set aside.
5. Preheat oven to 350°F.
6. Set out two casserole dishes and pour a thin layer of pasta sauce into each casserole dish.
7. In a medium sized bowl add spinach, ricotta, egg, grana Padano, parmesan cheese and mozzarella cheese and combine.
8. Start assembling the shells by adding ground beef first followed by ricotta mixture and place in casserole dishes.
9. Shred a little more grana padano and mozzarella cheese overtop and drizzle more pasta sauce overtop.
10. Bake for 45 minutes covered with aluminum foil and then serve.

Please Enjoy

My thoughts
This recipe was very time consuming more so than a lasagna; but if you make a few batches like I did it is well worth the while. I made two meat filled shells casserole dishes and one vegetarian casserole option and these tasted great all be it a touch messy to eat. The shells were the perfect amount of meat, cheese and veg and very eye catching. I would definitely make this again; just not in the next few months. Also this is not a weekday meal, unless you start as soon as you get home from work as this took me almost 2 hours from beginning to end.

Italian Stuffed Shells (Pre-Oven) – Candy Coated Culinista

Smoky White Cheddar Zucchini Bread

Smokey White Cheddar Zucchini Bread – Candy Coated Culinista

Another year and I am the recipient of a baby sized zucchini from a friends garden; this time around 4 month sized. I had the opportunity to make zucchini bread many years ago for a cooking club; but the idea of zucchini bread never appealed to be. I still feel the same way; but I am willing to give it a try now. Who knows I may just like it right.

Yield/Serving: 8
Prep Time: 20 min.
Cook Time: 30 min.
Difficulty level is: Easy

Ingredients
• 1 medium zucchini, grated
• 1 ½ cups all-purpose flour
• 2 tsp baking powder
• 1 tsp sea salt
• ½ tsp baking soda
• ½ tsp nutmeg
• 1/2 cup granulated sugar
• 2 cups smoky white cheddar cheese, grated
• 2 eggs
• 1/3 cup vegetable oil

Assembly
1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
2. Spray mini loaf pan with a non-stick spray.
3. Grate unpeeled zucchini, squeeze out any excess water with your hands, and then pat dry using a clean kitchen towel. Zucchini should come to about 1 cup.
4. In a large bowl, pour flour, baking powder, sea salt, baking soda and nutmeg and combine with a whisk.
5. Add in the sugar, zucchini and 1 ½ cups of the cheese.
6. In a small bowl whisk eggs and oil together and then pour over flour mixture and combine until mixed.
7. Pour batter into the prepared pan and smooth down the tops and sprinkle with the remaining ½ cup of cheese.
8. Bake for 30 minutes or until a cake tester inserted comes out clean.
9. Let loafs remain in pan for 10 minutes and then transfer to cooling rack.

Please Enjoy

My thoughts
The one thing I like about this recipe is I don’t have to be pre-planning getting butter to room temperature. This tasted much better than I expected and this vegetable loaf was loved by my taste testers.

Asparagus & String Beans with Smoky Romesco

Asparagus & String Beans with Smoky Romesco – Candy Coated Culinista

Having a BBQ? Try this interesting grilled appetizer for your guests.

Yield/Serving: 4
Prep Time: 10 min.
Cook Time: 20 min.
Difficulty level is: Easy

From: Food 52 Any Night Grilling

Ingredients
• 2 bunches asparagus
• 1 pound, green, purple or yellow wax beans (preferably a combination)
• 1 thick slice country style bread
• 2 large red bell peppers, halved, cored and seeded
• 2 fresno chilies
• ½ red onion, cut into thick wedges
• ½ cup extra virgin olive oil, plus more for drizzling
• 2 plum tomatoes, halved
• ¼ cup skinned roasted hazelnuts or almonds
• 1 tsp sherry vinegar, plus more as desired
• 2 tbsp freshly chopped thyme or marjoram leaves
• 1 tsp smoked paprika
• 1 clove garlic or 1 tsp smoked garlic (from book)
• Kosher salt, to taste
• Ground black pepper, to taste

Assembly
1. Prepare charcoal grill to medium-high heat and coat the gill pan with extra virgin olive oil over high heat using a paper towel. If you are using a grill basket allow to heat for 10 minutes prior to use.
2. Snap ends of asparagus and trim beans and set aside.
3. Grill the bread over direct heat until grill marks appear, about one minute per side.
4. In a bowl lightly toss bell peppers, chilies and onions in olive oil.
5. Place over grill on in grill basket turning and rotating for 6 to 7 minutes for the onions and continue to char the red peppers.
6. Cover peppers in a kitchen towel (to make it easier to remove the skin)
7. Grill tomatoes and when cooled enough remove skin also.
8. Using a food processor add peppers, chilies, onion, tomato along with nuts, thyme and paprika and salt into a thick puree. Drizzle in olive oil as you go.
9. Grill asparagus and beans and serve warm or at room temperature with romesco.

Tips
• Sprinkle some flaky finishing salt and serve.

Please Enjoy

My thoughts
This recipes was super simple and very easy to complete. The only thing here is you have to be a fan of romesco. I had heard of romesco before; but never had tried or made it. It reminds me of a salsa or pesto of sorts. Typically it is served with meat or fish; but today it’s served with grilled veggies and totally works. I added some finishing salt and it really rounded out the taste of the veggies.

Zucchini Lasagna

Zucchini Lasagna – Candy Coated Culinista

I got a special request to make my lasagna and of course since I don’t make the exact same recipe twice I had to put a new twist into my lasagna. This recipe however took a very unexpected turn when it caused my third kitchen injury and this one was the worst yet; and had me almost contemplating going to the ER. To make zucchini lasagna there are two options using a knife to make thin strips or the easier way using a mandolin. I used my mandolin and was slicing the zucchini with no issue without the guard on (yes I know bad idea right) I was slicing away and then I noticed there was blood on the cutting board and I still didn’t feel anything mind you. I look to see where it’s coming from and I’ve sliced off a chunk of my finger and fingernail. Sighhh. Surprisingly it didn’t hurt and after an hour of getting the bleeding to stop and a quick google search of when to go to the ER regarding deep cuts. Not to forget I also checked how to glue a cut together if necessary as I had crazy glue in my tool box it finally stopped and I went back to the business of slicing zucchini and using that guard. Never again will I not use the guard.

Yield/Serving: 6
Prep Time: 1hr
Cook Time: 45 min.
Difficulty level is: Medium, time consuming

Ingredients
• 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
• 1 large red onion, diced
• 4 cloves of garlic, peeled and minced
• sea salt, to taste
• black pepper, to taste
• paprika, to taste
• season salt, to taste
• 1 pound ground turkey
• 1 tbsp dried basil
• 3 tbsp fresh oregano
• 3 tbsp fresh rosemary
• 3 tbsp fresh thyme
• 3 tbsp fresh parsley
• 3 tbsp fresh dill
• 1 – 250 ml container, ricotta
• 1 eggs
• 4 zucchini cut lengthwise to resemble noodles
• 1 cup spinach
• Pasta sauce
• 1/2 cup parmesan cheese
• 1 cup mozzarella cheese, grated
• Fresh herbs to sprinkle on top

Assembly
1. Pre-heat oven to 350°F.
2. In a large saucepan sauté onion and garlic in a tablespoon of olive oil over medium heat until softened.
3. Add ground turkey and spices and cook.
4. In a small bowl mix together the fresh herbs, ricotta cheese and egg and set aside.
5. Using a mandolin slice the zucchini lengthwise.
6. Place a layer zucchini in a baking dish followed by ricotta cheese, spinach, pasta sauce, parmesan cheese and mozzarella cheese.
7. Repeat step 4 until all the ingredients are finished.
8. Add the finale layer of zucchini and then sprinkle with mozzarella and parmesan cheese and sprinkle with fresh herbs.
9. Bake for 45 minutes and serve.

Please Enjoy

My thoughts
Wow another recipe I enjoyed with no carbs and it was very satisfying. I didn’t miss the pasta and it tasted wonderful. I’m not sure if I could get any guests to enjoy this if I actually mentioned first that there is no pasta; but ever morsel was consumed. Also I’m very happy I didn’t bleed on any ingredients and if I had to cut myself I did it at the best time possible.

Zucchini Lasagna – Candy Coated Culinista

U is for … Udon Noodle Soup

U is for … Udon Noodle Soup – Candy Coated Culinista

Yield/Serving: 4
Prep Time: 20 min.
Cook Time: min.
Difficulty level is: Easy

Ingredients
• 6 cups beef broth
• 2 celery stalks, chopped
• 1 medium onion, diced
• Handful of Italian parsley, rough chop
• 2 green onions, chopped
• 7 cloves of garlic, finely diced
• 2 carrots, peeled and chopped
• One knob of ginger, minced
• ½ cup sugar snap peas, halved
• 2 tbsp, mint leaves
• 200g, 1 package of pre-cooked udon noodles
• 1 baby bok choy, halved down the length of the leaf
• 6 dashes, fish sauce
• 1 tsp apple cider vinegar

Assembly
1. Cook the udon noodles according the package then drain and set aside.
2. Using a large saucepan pour in the beef broth and bring to a boil.
3. Add in celery, onion, parsley, green onions, garlic, carrots, ginger, snap peas, mint leaves and let cook for five minutes.
4. Add in the udon noodles along with fish sauce and apple cider vinegar and cook for five more minutes.
5. Turn down the temperature to simmer and add in the bok choy and let cook for 10 more minutes.
6. Serve

Tips
• Use vegetable broth to make this a vegetarian, vegan dish.

Please Enjoy

My thoughts
I usually love the soup I make; but so far the Asian inspired soups I haven’t really been a fan of. It tasted fine, but just not to my style.

Chicken Alfredo

Chicken Alfredo – Candy Coated Culinista

How can something that looks so simple and uncomplicated taste so divine and complex. That was my reaction to this recipe after asking the question “do you have any requests” and then I said to myself I guess it’s time to learn how to make chicken Alfredo.

Yield/Serving: 4 servings
Prep Time: 15 min.
Cook Time: 45 min.
Difficulty level is: Medium, a little time consuming

Ingredients
• 2 handfuls linguine pasta
• 4 boneless chicken breast
• Sea salt, to taste
• Black pepper, to taste
• Dried Oregano, to taste
• Dried Basil, to taste
• Dried parsley, to taste
• 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
• 2 tbsp margarine
• 1 head of broccoli, cut into florets and stems chopped
• 3 pieces of bacon, fried and crumbled
• 2 handfuls button mushrooms, sliced
• 2 tbsp margarine
• ¾ cup chicken broth
• ¾ cup 2% milk
• ¼ cup heavy cream
• 2 cloves garlic, minced
• 2 anchovies, finely chopped
• 1/3 cup parmesan cheese
• ½ cup cream cheese
• ¼ cup mozzarella, shredded
• Fresh basil, chiffonade
• Fresh chives, finely diced
• Parsley, to garnish

Assembly
1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
2. Boil a large saucepan with salt and canola oil.
3. Season chicken breasts with sea salt, pepper, oregano, basil and parsley.
4. Using a cast iron skillet over medium-high heat and add extra virgin olive oil and margarine and sear all sides of the chicken for 2 minutes
5. Then place in oven and continue to cook for 20 minutes covered in aluminum foil and let rest.
6. Meanwhile a saucepan steam broccoli.
7. Using a medium frying pan fry mushrooms in a little extra virgin olive oil and set aside.
8. Using the same frying pan cook three slices of bacon, drain on a paper towel, crumble and put into the same large bowl.
9. Add linguine into pot and cook until aldente and drain well.
10. Using a small saucepan over medium-high heat melt the margarine and Gradually add in the chicken broth, 2% milk and whisk constantly.
11. Add in the minced garlic, anchovies, parmesan cheese and mozzarella cheese and whisk until sauce has Gently broccoli, mushrooms, bacon, chives, basil and alfredo sauce into the pot with the pasta.
12. Serve immediately and garnish with parsley if desired.

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My thoughts
I’m in love with this recipe, now it’s not the traditional recipe as I just can’t help myself but it still has the flavours and it tasted divine. The addition of the mozzarella cheese, bacon and anchovies was a great idea and I think the recipe would have felt like it was missing something without out these. This is definitely a rich dish; but still so satisfying. This is one of my recipes that was talked about days after so I know I did a great. I even patted myself on the back for a job well done and I made it again the following week.

S is for … Soba Noodle Salad

S is for … Soba Noodle Salad – Candy Coated Culinista

Buckwheat noodles I wonder how these taste? This cold Soba noodle salad is a vegans or vegetarian heaven; but for me I was looking for the protein.

Yield/Serving: 2
Prep Time: 10 min.
Cook Time: 7 min.
Difficulty level is: Easy

Ingredients
Salad

• 2 bundles of soba noodles (buckwheat noodles)
• Half a small red onion, thinly sliced
• 2 medium carrots, shredded
• ½ English cucumber, julienned
• Handful of spinach
Dressing
• 4 tbsp hoisin sauce
• 1 tbsp honey
• 3 tbsp anchovy or fish sauce
Garnish
• 1 sprig green onion, chopped
• Handful of peanuts, chopped

Assembly
1. Using a medium saucepan bring water to a boil and widely spread one bunch of soba noodles in water.
2. Cook in the boiling water for seven minutes, stirring occasionally.
3. Meanwhile prepare the red onion, carrots, English cucumber and spinach and set aside in a bowl.
4. In a small bowl whisk the dressing ingredients together.
5. Once the soba noodles are cooked, drain and rinse in cold water three times and plate.
6. Place the vegetables on top and then drizzle with dressing.

Please Enjoy

My thoughts
My first thoughts were, this is so tasty but near the end I was thinking, this is in need of some protein like chicken. The flavours were there, but for a meat lover like me I still wanted some protein.

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