This is a quick bread that does not require any yeast. Instead, all of its leavening comes from baking soda and buttermilk. It is dense, yet soft and has the most incredible crusty exterior, plus it is really easy and quick to make.
Ingredients 1 and 3/4 cups (420ml) buttermilk* 1 large egg (optional, see note) 4 and 1/4 cups (515g) all-purpose flour (spoon & leveled), plus more for your hands and counter 3 Tablespoons (38g) granulated sugar 1 teaspoon baking soda 1 teaspoon salt 5 Tablespoons (70g) unsalted butter, cold and cubed* optional: 1 cup (150g) raisins
Directions Preheat oven & pan options: Preheat oven to 400°F (204°C). There are options for the baking pan. Use a regular baking sheet and line with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat (bread spreads a bit more on a baking sheet), or use a seasoned 10-12 inch cast iron skillet, or grease a 9-10 inch cake pan or pie dish. You can also use a 5 quart (or higher) dutch oven. Grease or line with parchment paper. If using a dutch oven, bake the bread with the lid off. Whisk the buttermilk and egg together. Set aside. Whisk the flour, granulated sugar, baking soda, and salt together in a large bowl. Cut in the butter using a pastry cutter, a fork, or your fingers. Mixture is very heavy on the flour, but do your best to cut in the butter until the butter is pea-sized crumbs. Stir in the raisins. Pour in the buttermilk/egg mixture. Gently fold the dough together until dough it is too stiff to stir. Pour crumbly dough onto a lightly floured work surface. With floured hands, work the dough into a ball as best you can, then knead for about 30 seconds or until all the flour is moistened. If the dough is too sticky, add a little more flour. Transfer the dough to the prepared skillet/pan. Using a very sharp knife, score an X into the top. Bake until the bread is golden brown and center appears cooked through, about 45 minutes. Loosely cover the bread with aluminum foil if you notice heavy browning on top. I usually place foil on top halfway through bake time. Remove from the oven and allow bread to cool for 10 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack. Serve warm, at room temperature, or toasted with desired toppings/spreads. Cover and store leftover bread at room temperature for up to 2 days or in the refrigerator for up to 1 week. We usually wrap it tightly in aluminum foil for storing. Notes Freezing Instructions: Baked and cooled bread freezes well up to 3 months. Freeze the whole loaf or individual slices. Thaw in the refrigerator or at room temperature, then reheat as desired. Baking Pan: There are options for the baking pan. You can use a lined large baking sheet (with or without a rim), a seasoned 10-12 inch cast iron skillet, or a greased or lined 9-10 inch cake pan or pie dish. I don’t recommend a loaf pan because the loaf may not bake evenly inside. This dough is best as a flatter loaf. Buttermilk: Using cold buttermilk is best. Buttermilk is key to the bread’s flavor, texture, and rise. The bread will not rise without it. If you don’t have any buttermilk on hand, you can make a homemade “DIY” version. Whole milk or 2% milk is best, though lower fat or nondairy milks work in a pinch. Add 1 Tablespoon of lemon juice or white vinegar to a liquid measuring cup. Add enough cold milk to make 1 and 3/4 cups. Whisk together, then let sit for 5 minutes before using in the recipe. Egg: 1 egg adds richness and density. Feel free to skip it to make a slightly lighter loaf. No other changes necessary, simply leave out the egg. Cold Butter: The colder the butter, the less sticky the dough will be. Make sure it’s very cold, even frozen cubed butter is great.
2 cups drained canned tomatoes in thick puree, chopped (from one 28-ounce can)
1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
1/4 teaspoon dried red-pepper flakes
4 pounds mussels, scrubbed and debearded
1/8 teaspoon fresh-ground black pepper
Salt, if needed
Step 1In a large pot, heat the oil over moderately low heat. Add the onion and garlic and cook, stirring occasionally, until the onion is translucent, about 5 minutes. Stir in the parsley, tomatoes, thyme, and red-pepper flakes. Reduce the heat and simmer, partially covered, for 25 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Step 2Discard any mussels that have broken shells or that don’t clamp shut when tapped. Add the mussels to the pot. Cover; bring to a boil. Cook, shaking the pot occasionally, just until the mussels open, about 3 minutes. Remove the open mussels. Continue to boil, uncovering the pot as necessary to remove the mussels as soon as their shells open. Discard any that do not open.
Step 3Stir the black pepper into the broth. Taste the broth and, if needed, add salt. Ladle the broth over the mussels and serve with the garlic toast.
Every Mediterranean country has its version of shellfish in a tomato-based broth, and the wine of choice for each is an earthy, full-bodied pink wine. Here, seek out a Lacryma Christi rosé.
2 tablespoons unsalted butter, plus softened butter for the ramekins
1/2 cup freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese
3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 cup milk
Pinch of salt
Pinch of cayenne pepper
2 ounces Roquefort cheese
5 large eggs, separated
2 tablespoons snipped chives
Preheat the oven to 375°. Butter four 1-cup ramekins and coat each one with 1 tablespoon of the grated Parmigiano.
In a medium saucepan, melt the 2 tablespoons of butter. Add the flour and cook over moderate heat for 1 minute, whisking constantly. Add the milk, salt and cayenne and cook, whisking, until very thick and bubbling, about 2 minutes. Scrape the mixture into a large bowl and whisk in the Roquefort and the remaining 1/4 cup of grated Parmigiano. Whisk in the egg yolks and chives.
Step 3 In another bowl, using an electric mixer, beat the egg whites until firm peaks form. Fold the beaten whites into the cheese mixture until no streaks remain. Pour the mixture into the ramekins, filling them three-fourths of the way; set the ramekins on a baking sheet. Bake the soufflés for about 20 minutes, until puffed and golden. Place the soufflés on plates and serve immediately
1. In a Dutch oven, brown roast in hot oil. Combine water, beer, tomato sauce, onion, sugar, vinegar, salt, cinnamon, bay leaf, pepper and ginger. Pour over meat and bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer until meat is tender, 2-1/2-3 hours.
2. Remove meat. Discard bay leaf. If desired, thicken juices with cornstarch and water. Freeze option: Place sliced pot roast in freezer containers; top with cooking juices. Cool and freeze. To use, partially thaw in refrigerator overnight. Microwave, covered, on high in a microwave-safe dish until heated through, gently stirring and adding a little broth if necessary.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease a 9×5 inch loaf pan.
In a large bowl, mix together the butter and sugar. Add the eggs, vanilla and lemon juice. Mix well. In a separate bowl, combine the flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt. Once fully combined, pour into the butter mixture. Mix until smooth.
Mash the bananas with a fork or a potato masher. Fold in the sour cream, walnuts and mashed bananas. Spread the mixture evenly into the greased 9×5 inch loaf pan.
Bake at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) for 60 minutes (or until a toothpick comes out clean from the center of the loaf).
Remove from oven and allow the bread to cool in the pan for 10 minutes. Then remove and place on a wire rack to cool completely.
How to Make Moist Banana Bread
Here are some tips & tricks for making the best banana bread.
The bananas have to be over-ripe. When it comes to banana bread, the blacker the peel, the better. These mushy bananas give off a much sweeter flavor, making them perfect for baking banana bread. Previously frozen ripe bananas work great as well!
Mash the bananas thoroughly. To do so, you can use a fork, a potato masher or hand mixer. This is particularly important for those who do not like munching on slimy and mushy banana bits.
When combining dry and wet ingredients, fold them very gently with a spatula. This will result in extra tender bread.
I know this recipe calls for 60 minutes of cook time, but check it as early as 55 minutes in. You’ll know it’s done when you see some moist bread sticking to your tester toothpick. Remove from the oven right away!
Pecans are great, but walnuts also go really well with banana bread. The hint of bitterness in these nuts gives a nice balance to the sweetness of the banana.
Make sure to take the banana bread out of the loaf pan as soon as possible, about 10 minutes after it’s out of the oven. Don’t leave it in there for too long – doing so will result in a soggy bottom.
How to Store Banana Bread
Even when you follow all the recipe tips mentioned above, banana bread tends to dry out when storing it overnight.
Here are some storage tips to keep your banana bread moist and delicious:
Allow your bread to cool on a wire rack or a plate before refrigerating it.
Slice your bread in thick and even slices. Eat to your heart’s content.
In the unlikely event of leftovers, pack the remaining slices in plastic wrap while it’s still a little warm. This will prevent it from going dry. Tin foils and airtight containers also work well at preserving the quality of the bread. Make sure that it is wrapped nice and tightly.
Place the wrapped slices inside a freezer bag. Press the bag to get rid of excess air, and gently close the seal completely.
Heat the olive oil in a large pot over medium-high heat.
Place the ground beef in the pot. Press down the beef to form one large patty. Let the bottom brown for 8 to 10 minutes. Use a spatula to break up the beef into bite-size crumbles. Cook until no longer pink. About 5 more minutes.
Stir in the celery, onion, and green bell pepper and cook until onion is translucent. Should take around 5 minutes.
Pour in stewed tomatoes, diced tomatoes with green chiles, tomato sauce, and water. Break up any large pieces of stewed tomatoes. (You can also run the stewed tomatoes through a food processor before adding if you like.) Stir in chili seasoning.
Add in the kidney beans and pinto beans. Salt and pepper to your desired taste. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low and simmer for 1 hour. Mix vinegar into chili.
6 to 8 ounces cooked steak or raw sirloin tips, trimmed and sliced 1/8-inch thick
Salt to taste
2 tablespoons butter (or more if using raw beef)
8 ounces cremini or white button mushrooms, washed and quartered
1 large shallot or half a small onion, sliced thinly; about 1/4 cup
2.5 tablespoons flour
1 cup beef stock or broth
3 tablespoons sour cream
1 tablespoon minced fresh dill or parsley
Remove the leftover cooked steak from the refrigerator and let it come to room temperature. Pile the mushrooms into a small saute pan. Sprinkle with about 1/4 teaspoon of salt and add 2 tablespoons butter. Add enough water to cover the mushrooms so they will float. Set the pan over high heat and bring to a boil. When the butter melts, stir it in. Adjust the heat so that the water remains at a low boil. Cook until the water evaporates completely. Continue to cook and don’t forget stirring. Sprinkle the mushrooms with the flour and cook, stirring, for a few minutes until flour is browned. Add the stock and bring to a boil. Cook until thickened to the desired texture. Reduce heat to very low—the liquid should almost stop simmering before the next step. Stir in the sour cream, then the beef. Heat for a few minutes, just until sour cream is mixed in and the beef is warm.