New Baps

My Quiet Child did not think the last baps I made were soft enough. And since she and her husband are the ones who supply me with their homemade English bacon, I wanted to accommodate her. I found this new Bap recipe and thought it was much better. I buttered one bap and gave everyone tastes. The Pickiest Eater I know said it was the best homemade bread she’s ever had and Someone named me ‘Star Baker’ (too many episodes of the Great British Baking Show lately). It was kind of nice that it uses a bread machine since mine gets little use when I am on a diet!


So it will be Bacon Butties for dinner and for lunch I am having German Roulade from the freezer. (I am going to finish the cake tomorrow.)

Panettone French Toast

Every year, I buy a panettone at Ross, Dress For Less. The children always like the one with streaks of cream filling. This year it was a vanilla cream. We usually toast it and spread with butter but this year I made French toast with it, using that King’s Hawaiian recipe. It was perfect and they all loved it. It was pretty high in calories, but I will probably skip lunch as we are all going to the movies. I will probably make Honey Walnut Shrimp so Megaman can taste it. My Quiet Child will go home before dinner, but she is the one most likely to make it herself. I hope everyone is enjoying the holidays and that my British friends have a lovely Boxing Day. Sorry I forgot to take even one picture.

It is Jan 3rd and I was given more panettone, so I made it again (this time it is not cream filled) and wanted to post this picture.


Monkey Bread French Dips


Arby’s French Dips with Swiss used to be a go-to diet fast food choice. You wouldn’t believe it has 540 calories, it is so big and tasty. But, I am off the fast food for a while. I came up with this when I was trying to figure what to do with all the shredded beef left over from the Taquitos. My Quiet Child loves One Rise Monkey Bread. She insists that it appear at every holiday. It seemed like such a fun way to satisfy my French Dip craving. So, I rolled the dough into a large rectangle and cut it into 24 squares. In the center of each square, I placed 1/2 ounce shredded beef and 4 grams shredded low-fat Swiss cheese. Then I wrapped the dough around the filling and pinched it into a ball. I then dipped each ball in canola oil and placed it in the greased bundt pan. (I sprinkled sesame seeds in the bottom for a pretty finish.) I decided not to sprinkle with dill.



I let the bread rise for an hour, then stuck it in the fridge until 25 minutes before dinner time. Each piece is about 125 calories, not including the au jus that I will make from a mix. So that would be 6 500-calorie servings.


These were very tasty.  But next time I would bake them in a single layer in a baking pan or muffin pans. The inner pieces didn’t quite get baked and the crusty outer shell is very desirable.


Honey Wheat Bread

In his book Top Secret Restaurant Recipes 2,Todd Wilbur gave a recipe for Outback Steak House’s signature loaves. You can buy just this recipe here. I used 3 tablespoons of agave syrup instead of honey.

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You may find different versions of this recipe on the internet that use coffee and 1 1/2 cups warm/hot water…look for one that calls for 1 1/4 and no coffee if you want to find one like in the book. I brought this bread to a special lunch where they served prime rib. I worried about going off my diet so I stuck to what I could estimate the calories for. I had 34 grams prime rib( 140 calories), 10 spears of asparagus (33 calories), 1/2 a small red potato with the skin removed (60 calories) and then a small slice of sugar-free cherry pie (210 calories). So I did alright, but didn’t eat any bread, come back to see how I eat it tonight.


German Ham and Cheese Brotchen

I lived on these rolls in my younger days. I even tried to bring some back on a visit to Germany, but no matter what you wrap them in, they are not the same the next day. They either dry out and become hard or they soften and lose that cracker-like crust. (That was the same trip where I had to open my suitcase and there were two bags of Spätzle in it and the inspector asked, “don’t they have noodles where you live?”) It has been so hard to find a good recipe. I have tried to make these many times but this recipe finally produced the crisp outer shell filled with soft bread inside. I should have gone to the deli and got some Black Forest Ham for this but at least I am using Butterkäse. The recipe stated that they can be frozen, thawed and then baked but I didn’t find that to be true when I tried it.

The only change I made was to cut the recipe in half and add 1 cup whole wheat flour instead of 1 of the cups of white. I did wonder about whipping egg whites to stiff peaks and then adding flour and kneading the heck out of them. How does that work? I know I am not a trained chef, but what is the point? I did it anyway and the rolls are magnificent! I got 8 rolls at about 225 calories each.


The sandwiches are just ham slices and käse, but those who wish can add lettuce and tomato and slather with mayo and mustard. And that is what I had for breakfast from a bakery along the walk to work in the old days.


For lunch I had Italian Chicken with steamed veggies from the freezer.

English Muffin Loaf

I have had this recipe for years. I don’t know where I found it, maybe a woman’s magazine. You can find it here. I have made it a few times, I don’t know why I stopped using it. The reason it came to mind again was that my mother-in-law gave me a Rehrücken pan and I thought it would be perfect for this loaf. I made half the recipe and replaced one cup of the flour with whole wheat pastry flour and reduced the salt by half. This made 16 100-calorie slices.


I am so pleased with how this turned out! One day I will have to make a cake in this pan. For lunch I am having apple pie and ham slice from the freezer as well as the last of the Brussels sprouts salad.

Flour Tortillas

I’ve had a tortilla maker for years. We have made everything from flour and corn tortillas to cheese crackers on it. The really great thing is you don’t have to roll the dough, just put a ball on the maker, close the lid and press the handle to flatten the dough into a prefect round. I also have a great recipe for flour tortillas. It was in the recipe book that came with the maker but is also here. But I had to go and mess with perfection. I decided to use I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter and to replace 1/2 cup of the flour with 40 grams of psyllium husks. The result was a tortilla with 120 calories and over 4 grams of fiber. They taste great and I will use them for soft tacos, tomorrow maybe. The problem was, the dough was too tough to smash in the press. So, after the first one, I had to roll them out by hand. Good news to those of you without a press who might want to try my recipe. Or you might want to skip the nutrition and go for the tastiness of the original recipe. (They are great!)


I had part of the ham, cheese and refried bean soft taco in the following picture. Until I tasted moldiness, the beans had gone bad. So I made another just without beans. Very tasty, good texture and strong enough to hold the taco insides.



Today as I was returning blog visits, I came across this recipe and had to try it. Her bread looks so much like you get at the store and the recipes I’ve tried before do not. I made a couple of small changes, I used only plain sugar and used 200 grams whole wheat pastry flour for 200 grams of flour. So now I have to cook Indian food for dinner tonight. But for lunch today I am having a ham and cheese salad crepe with the remains of the Chef Salad Crepes.


Notice how much better than this her naan looked? Maybe my broiler doesn’t get as hot as her grill. Ah well, I’ll let you know how nice they taste tonight.