When You Want To Be Courageous
Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord our God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Deuteronomy 31:6
Be strong and courageous, because you will lead these people to inherit the land I swore to their forefathers to give them. Joshua 1:6
It’s time for our Third cookbook giveaway! Just head to the comment section and leave any comment to be automatically entered! What is your “must have” recipe for the holidays? Please comment and share with us that one tasty something you won’t go through the holidays without. Mine … Peppermint ice cream! What is yours? Drawing to be held Monday, December 19 at 7:00 p.m. central time.
I love giving the gift of bread. There is something about the aroma of fresh homemade bread that just brings everything into perspective for me. If you are still wanting to do something special for a neighbor or friend, giving the gift of a quick bread may be just the thing! If you don’t have the time or inclination to make yeast bread, quick breads can be sweet or savory loaves. The convenience of quick breads comes from the fact that they are leavened with baking powder and/or baking soda, not yeast. So you can mix, bake and enjoy these baked goods in less time than traditional yeast breads. Quick breads also make for a fantastic addition to Christmas morning breakfast, Christmas eve soup supper, or Christmas dinner! Click HERE for some timely information about baking soda and baking powder! Be sure and check for freshness in your baking powder and baking soda. When I did, my baking powder actually has lost its leavening ability although it isn’t expired. My baking soda expired in 2005, but hasn’t lost its ability to leaven. Check this FACT SHEET to see how you can test your soda and powder.
I recently adapted a cinnamon raisin bread recipe to come up with this absolutely fantastic Cinnamon Mocha Bread. My two culinary consultants agree with me that cinnamon, cocoa and coffee flavors are a big hit when combined in this sweet bread. As a matter of fact, it is so good you will think you are eating cake! (Recipe posted below)
The second quick bread I made was this Date Pecan Tea Bread. I add some Craisins (exchanged for 1/2 cup of dates) to give the bread a little coloring. This dense bread recipe comes with a cream cheese spread, although we found it delicious with no added butter or spread. (Recipe posted below).
My last of the quick bread recipes for today is one of the best known of quick breads – and one of everyone’s favorite – Zucchini Bread!
One of the best gifts anyone receives during the Christmas holidays has got to be “something lovin’ coming from the oven!” Zucchini bread can be made in small loaves for gift gifting or the larger loaf pictured in this post. This bread was a gift to us from my sister-in-law, Donna. We enjoyed it to the last drop! Thank you Donna!
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