Easy Herb Focaccia Bread Recipe

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Making focaccia bread is easier than you ever could have imagined.

But once you make it at home, it’s very hard to buy it in the grocery store.

Nothing tastes more fresh than warm focaccia bread right out of the oven.

Dip the bread in a mixture of extra virgin olive oil and balsamic reduction.

You never knew what you were missing in life until eating focaccia bread right out of the oven.

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Easy Herb Focaccia Bread Recipe

How to make focaccia bread with olive oil infused with herbs at home in only 2 hours.
Prep Time25 mins
Active Time20 mins
Rising Time1 hr 20 mins
Total Time2 hrs 5 mins
Course: Appetizer, Side Dish, Snack
Keyword: bread, focaccia bread
Yield: 10 slices

Equipment

  • Oven
  • Saucepan
  • 13" x 9" Pan

Materials

  • 1/2 cup olive oil extra virgin
  • 2 garlic cloves minced
  • 1 tsp thyme dried
  • 1 tsp rosemary dried
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 1 cup warm water (100-110 degrees F)
  • 2 1/4 tsp instant yeast
  • 1/4 tsp honey
  • 2 1/2 cups flour
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • pinch finishing salt optional

Instructions

  • In a small saucepan on low heat combine olive oil, garlic, thyme, rosemary and pepper. Cook for 5-10 min until fragrant stirring occasionally.
  • In a large glass bowl combine warm water, yeast, and honey. Let sit for 5 min until frothy.
  • Add the flour, salt and ¼ cup of the herb olive oil to the yeast mixture. Mix only until just combined and knead only 10-15 times. Don’t overwork the dough.
  • Cover the bowl with a towel and let sit for 1 hour to rise.
  • Preheat oven to 450 degrees F.
  • Pour 2 tbsp of the herbed oil into a 9×13’’ pan. Use a paper towel to spread the oil to the entire bottom of the pan, and into the corners. Transfer the risen dough to the baking pan and use your fingers to dimple the dough all over. Pour the remaining oil over the dough. Spread the oil all over using the back of a spoon. 
  • Let rise for 20 min.
  • Add a sprinkle of finishing salt if desired.
  • Bake focaccia bread for 15-20 min. Let cool on a wire rack. Serve immediately or store in an airtight container. Place the container in the fridge to make it last longer. Best served the day of or use within 2 days.
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Coffee Ice Cream Recipe with Ice Cream Maker

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Coffee ice cream is made using a custard base, and then adding your favorite freshly brewed coffee or espresso to flavor the ice cream cream.

Coffee can be a very powerful flavor, therefore we’ll only be adding a couple of ounces of coffee to flavor the ice cream.

If you’re concerned about the flavor, only add 1 fluid ounce at a time, and taste test it. Only add as much as you need to.

If you over flavor the ice cream, you can add a little more vanilla extract to counter act the coffee flavor.

Alternatively, you can add a bit more whole milk to thin out the coffee flavor.

Coffee Ice Cream Recipe with Ice Cream Maker

What can you add to coffee ice cream

In the last 5 minutes of churning coffee ice cream, you can add:

  • mini chocolate chips
  • toffee bits
  • sprinkles
  • raisins
  • caramel sauce (marbled look)
  • gingerbread pieces
  • crushed cookies
  • chocolate sauce (marbled look)
  • mini peanut butter cups
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What can you serve coffee ice cream in

You can make your own chocolate cups to serve your coffee ice cream in for a special treat.

If you don’t have a silicone mold, you can use a cupcake liner and paint the inside of the liner with melted chocolate.

Place the cup in the fridge for a few hours, then remove the outer paper lining.

Serve your coffee ice cream in your delicious chocolate cup.

Coffee Ice Cream Recipe with Ice Cream Maker

How to make coffee ice cream using an ice cream maker.
Prep Time30 mins
Active Time25 mins
Fridge/Freezer time9 hrs
Total Time9 hrs 55 mins
Course: Dessert
Keyword: ice cream
Yield: 10 people

Equipment

  • espresso maker
  • Ice Cream Maker
  • Saucepan
  • mesh sieve

Materials

  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 5 egg yolks
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 4 shots freshly brewed espresso/strong coffee

Instructions

  • In a medium saucepan over low to medium heat add the heavy cream, whole milk, sugar and salt. Whisk to fully dissolve the sugar ~ 4 to 5 minutes.
  • In a large glass bowl place add the egg yolks and whisk the yolks together.
  • Slowly whisk 1 cup of the hot milk mixture into the egg yolks. You do not want to cook the eggs. Only add a couple of tablespoons at a time at the beginning and whisk vigorously to prevent the eggs from cooking. Continue whisking until 1 cup of the hot milk in mixed into the egg yolks.
  • Add the egg yolk mixture to the saucepan. Whisk until it comes to a simmer.
  • Remove the saucepan from the heat source and mix in the vanilla and espresso or hot coffee. 
  • Pour the mixture through a sieve and place in fridge until chilled (about 6 hours, but leave it overnight in the fridge to make it easy).
  • Add mixture to ice cream maker and churn for 20-25 min.
  • Freeze mixture for another 3 hours until fully chilled for ice cream and not just soft serve.

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Best Broccoli Cheddar Soup

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The best broccoli and cheddar soup is hearty, chunky, and savory.

Broccoli cheddar soup does not need to be blended, therefore you’ll have chunks of vegetables to enjoy in your soup, without it being grainy.

Can you blend broccoli and cheddar soup

If you enjoy your broccoli and cheddar soup blended, you can do so.

Blend your soup using an immersion blender.

If you’re using a regular blender, blend the soup in batches, and only have the lid closed while blending.

The lid should only be on for a couple of seconds.

Blending hot soup can be dangerous, therefore if you don’t feel comfortable.

The steam can build up in the blender and explode if the lid is on for too long.

What goes well with broccoli and cheddar soup

Cheddar buns go well with broccoli and cheddar soup.

Cheddar buns can be dipped into your broccoli and cheddar soup as the perfect addition to your dinner.

Green salad goes well as a side dish next to your creamy soup. Green salad can balance out the heavy soup for more of a lighter side dish.

How can you make your broccoli and cheddar soup creamier

You can use half and half instead of milk to make your broccoli and cheddar soup more fuller and creamier.

How long does homemade broccoli cheddar soup last

Broccoli cheddar soup lasts up to 3 days in the fridge. Since it’s a cream based soup, it will last much less time than a broth based soup.

Best Broccoli Cheddar Soup

Best Broccoli Cheddar Soup

How to make the best broccoli and cheddar soup for your family
Prep Time15 mins
Active Time25 mins
Total Time40 mins
Course: Main Course, Soup
Keyword: broccoli, cheese, soup
Yield: 8 servings

Equipment

  • Saucepan

Materials

  • 1 crown broccoli cut into bite sized pieces
  • 1 carrot diced
  • 1/2 small onion diced
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • Pinch salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1 cup cheddar cheese grated
  • 2 cups milk
  • 2 cups chicken broth

Instructions

  • Add butter to medium heat frying pan. Saute carrots and broccoli for 3-4 min. Add onions and saute for 1-2 min. Add flour to pan to make a roux.
  • Pour chicken broth into pan and cook vegetables until fork tender ~5 min.
  • Slowly pour milk into pan and cook until gently simmering. 
  • Add grated cheese and whisk until melted.
  • Remove from heat and serve immediately.
  • Store in fridge for up to 3 days.
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Homemade Garlic Breadsticks

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Homemade garlic breadsticks are best served warm right out of the oven. They have a buttery coating, and a fluffy inside, making them irresistible.

After the breadsticks have come out of the oven, they are coated with melted garlic butter and Italian herbs.

A sprinkle of parmesan cheese is added to the homemade garlic breadsticks, and then they can be served.

Homemade breadsticks can be stored in the fridge in an airtight container overnight. Warm up in the microwave for 15-20 seconds prior to serving.

Storing the breadsticks in the fridge slows down the aging process, therefore your breadsticks will be fresher the following day than leaving them at room temperature.

Homemade Garlic Breadsticks

Homemade Garlic Breadsticks

How to bake homemade garlic breadsticks from scratch using yeast.
Prep Time25 mins
Active Time12 mins
Rising time2 hrs 30 mins
Total Time3 hrs 7 mins
Course: Appetizer, Side Dish, Snack
Keyword: bread, breadstick
Yield: 12 Breadsticks

Equipment

  • Oven

Materials

  • 280 mL warm water
  • 1 1/2 tsp instant yeast
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 3 tbsp butter melted
  • 1 3/4 tsp salt
  • 3 cups bread flour

Topping

  • 3 tbsp butter melted
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp Italian Seasoning
  • 1/4 cup Parmesan grated

Instructions

  • Combine water, yeast, sugar, 3 tbsp butter and salt into a large glass bowl. Slowly add bread flour until fully combined. Knead dough until smooth ~5-7 min.
  • Cover with a towel and let rise for 1 ½ hours.
  • Separate dough into 12 equal portions. Roll each piece to approximately 7’’ long.
  • Let rise for 1 hour on a baking pan lined with parchment paper.
  • Bake for 12 min at 400 degrees F.
  • Mix together melted butter, salt, garlic powder, and Italian seasoning in a bowl.
  • Brush mixture onto the homemade garlic breadsticks when they come out of the oven and top with Parmesan cheese. Serve immediately. Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 2 days.
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Bread Maker Pizza Pretzels Recipe

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Bread machines can do much more than just bake loaves of bread.

You can use you bread machine to make pretzel bread dough, and then top your pretzels how you like them.

If you’re making regular pretzels, give them an egg wash with a bit of salt before baking them.

For our bread machine pretzel bread we’ll be making pizza pretzels.

Pizza pretzels are topped with pizza sauce and mozzarella cheese. Yum! You can also add a sprinkle of Parmesan cheese to the top of them as well if desired.

The key to making a delicious pizza pretzel is making sure to completely cover the pretzel in pizza sauce.

Cover the pizza pretzel right until the very edges of the pretzel, even let some of the sauce seep on to the parchment paper lined pan.

The pizza sauce helps retain the moisture of the pretzel, ensuring they are tasty, and not dry.

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Bread Maker Pizza Pretzels Recipe

How to use your bread maker to make pizza pretzel dough. Bake your pizza pretzels in the oven with pizza sauce and mozzarella cheese.
Prep Time30 mins
Active Time15 mins
Bread Maker Time1 hr 30 mins
Total Time2 hrs 15 mins
Course: Snack
Keyword: pretzel
Yield: 8 Pretzels

Equipment

  • bread maker
  • Oven

Materials

  • 2 cups bread flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp active dry yeast
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 7/8 cup water

Topping

  • 1/3 cup pizza sauce
  • 1/2 cup mozzarella cheese grated

Instructions

  • Pour water into bread pan.
  • Place flour into bread pan covering all the water.
  • Add salt and sugar to bread pan.
  • Make a well in the center of the flour and put yeast into the well.
  • Select dough setting on bread machine.
  • Once dough is finished, preheat oven to 450˚F.
  • Separate dough into 8 even pieces.
  • Roll each dough into a long rope shape ~6” long.
  • Twist each dough into a knot shape. Place knots onto a baking sheet.
  • Brush each knot with pizza sauce. Cover the entire knot in pizza sauce, bringing the sauce right down to the bottom of each knot. If you don’t fully cover the knot this will result in a dry pizza pretzel.
  • Sprinkle grated mozzarella cheese onto each knot.
  • Bake at 450˚F for 12 to 15 minutes. Serve immediately. Store in an airtight container for up to 3 days.
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Roasted Cherry Tomato Bruschetta Recipe

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Step by step guide how to make roasted cherry tomato bruschetta recipe in about 30 minutes.

Roast your tomatoes in the oven with drizzled olive oil.

Mix with fresh basil when it comes out of the oven.

Make your own crostini breads by brushing your baguette with olive oil and toasting them on high heat.

When they come out of the oven, rub the breads with garlic to give them a hint of garlic flavor that won’t be overpowering.

Our roasted cherry tomato bruschetta recipe is a restaurant style bruschetta that is to die for!

Roasted Cherry Tomato Bruschetta Recipe

How to make roasted tomato bruschetta with fresh basil, restaurant style
Prep Time30 mins
Active Time22 mins
Total Time52 mins
Course: Appetizer
Keyword: appetizer, bread, bruschetta
Yield: 2 people

Materials

  • 1 pkg cherry tomatoes
  • 1/4 cup olive oil extra virgin
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • Pinch pepper
  • 1/2 cup fresh basil cut into strips
  • 1/2 baguette sliced
  • 1/4 cup olive oil for brushing bread
  • 1 garlic clove cut in half
  • 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese grated

Instructions

  • Place cherry tomatoes into a small bowl and drizzle olive oil on top. Add salt and pepper. Mix gently with a spoon until all the tomatoes are covered in oil.
  • On a baking sheet lined with parchment paper, place tomatoes evenly dispersed on the pan.
  • Bake at 400 degrees F for 20 min.
  • While the tomatoes are baking, slice half of the baguette. Brush each piece of baguette with olive oil on one side.
  • Once the tomatoes are finished baking, preheat the oven to broil on high.
  • Broil the bread for 1-2 min, watch carefully. Only toast them until your desired doneness.
  • Place the tomatoes into a small bowl and add fresh cut basil. Mix them together with a spoon.
  • After the bread has finished toasting, rub each piece of bread with the cut side of the garlic. This gives it just a hint of garlic flavor, without being overpowering.
  • Add tomato mixture onto the bread pieces.
  • Top with freshly grated parmesan cheese. Serve immediately.

Notes

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