Dolley Madison’s Cheese Straws

The following recipe is credited to First Lady Dolley Madison.

First Lady Dolley Madison

First Lady Dolley Madison

Dolley Payne Todd Madison (May 20, 1768 – July 12, 1849) was the wife of James Madison, President of the United States from 1809 to 1817.

According to Wikipedia, she was noted for her social gifts, which boosted her husband’s popularity as President. In this way, she did much to define the role of the President’s spouse, known only much later by the title First Lady – a function she had sometimes performed earlier for the widowed Thomas Jefferson.

Dolley Madison also helped to furnish the newly constructed White House. When the British set fire to it in 1814, she was credited with saving the classic portrait of George Washington.

In widowhood, she often lived in poverty, partially relieved by the sale of her late husband’s papers.”

Ingredients: 

  • 4 c. sharp Cheddar cheese, finely grated, room temperature
  • 1 c. butter, room temperature
  • 3 c. flour
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1 1/2 tsp. paprika
  • 1/2 tsp. oregano
  • 1/2 tsp. dried parsley
  • 1 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1/4 tsp. white pepper

Directions: In a bowl, cream cheese and butter together. Add remaining ingredients and mix thoroughly to form dough.

Roll out dough on a floured board to 1/4″ thickness.  Using a sharp knife, cut into strips about 1/2″ x 4″ wide.  Place strips on an un-greased baking sheet.

Bake 400°F for 8 minutes until golden brown.

Yield: 6 dozen

Calories:  70 calories per serving

Source: Famous White House Recipes, The American Collection Cookbooks, Volume 1

Rachael Ray’s Chocolate Chip Banana Bread

By Emily Wyckoff for Rachael Ray

This is a classic banana bread – moist and full of chocolate chips! This recipe is one of my family’s favorites that I make on a sometimes weekly basis. I am the only regular banana eater in the house (besides my dog – he can hear me peeling a banana from the opposite end of the house and comes running) but keep buying them every week because my kids request the banana bread. A great way to use your overripe bananas, this loaf makes a great hostess gift plus it freezes well tightly wrapped in foil the freezer for up to 3 months.

Yield: 1 loaf

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 3 bananas, mashed (1 cup mashed banana)
  • 1 cup chocolate chips

Directions: 

  1. Pre-heat the oven to 350°F .
  2. Grease and flour a 8 1/2-inch x 4 1/2-inch loaf pan (or use baking spray, such as Baker’s Joy brand).
  3. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, baking soda and salt. Mix in the oil, bananas and eggs. Stir in the chocolate chips (do not overmix!) and pour into the prepared pan. Bake until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, about 60-80 minutes. Cool the loaf in the pan for 10 minutes, then turn out and cool completely, right side up.

Easy Challah Bread

Recipe by copetenn for All Recipes.com

Yield: 10 Servings

Easy Challah Bread

Photo by copetenn

Ingredients:

  • 1 (.25 ounce) package active dry yeast
  • 1 cup warm water (100 degreesF/40 degrees C)
  • 2 Tbsp. honey
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 3 beaten eggs
  • 3 1/2 c. all-purpose flour, plus more for kneading
  • 1 beaten egg yoke, or more if needed
  • 1 Tbsp. melted butter (optional)

Directions: 

  1. In a large bowl, stir the yeast into the water, and let the mixture stand until a creamy layer forms on top, about 10 minutes. Stir in honey and salt until dissolved, and add the beaten eggs. Mix in the flour, a cupful at a time, until the dough is sticky. Sprinkle the dough with flour, and knead until smooth and elastic, about 5 minutes.
  2. Form the dough into a compact round shape, and place in an oiled bowl. Turn the dough over several times in the bowl to oil the surface of the dough, cover the bowl with a damp cloth, and let rise in a warm area until doubled in size, 45 minutes to 1 hour.
  3. Punch down the dough, and cut it into 3 equal-sized pieces. Working on a floured surface, roll the small dough pieces into ropes about the thickness of your thumb and about 12 inches long. Ropes should be fatter in the middle and thinner at the ends. Pinch 3 ropes together at the top and braid them. Starting with the strand to the right, move it to the left over the middle strand (that strand becomes the new middle strand.) Take the strand farthest to the left, and move it over the new middle strand. Continue braiding, alternating sides each time, until the loaf is braided, and pinch the ends together and fold them underneath for a neat look.
  4. Place the braided loaf on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper, and brush the top with beaten egg yolk. (For a softer crust, brush with melted butter instead.)
  5. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
  6. Bake the challah in the preheated oven until the top browns to a rich golden color and the loaf sounds hollow when you tap it with a spoon, 30 to 35 minutes. Cool on a wire rack before slicing.

Passover Bread Recipe from Abigail’s Bakery, Inc.

Ingredients:

  • 2 ½ cups all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 cup water, at room temperature
  • 1/4 cup olive oil

Directions:

  1. Place a baking stone or a large baking sheet in the oven and preheat at 450°F with the rack on the middle shelf.
  2. Combine all of the ingredients in the bowl of a mixer and stir until the dough comes together in a ragged ball. Fit the mixer with the dough hook attachment and knead on medium speed until the dough pulls away from the edges of the bowl. If the dough seems sticky, add a tiny bit of flour as necessary.
  3. Place the dough in a well-oiled container and let rest for at least 30 minutes or overnight. Remove the dough to a lightly floured surface and divide into 6 equal pieces. Flatten the pieces into discs and cover. Let rest 5 to 10 minutes to relax.
  4. Working with one piece at a time, roll the dough out until roughly 1 foot in diameter, making sure to dust with flour underneath to keep the dough from sticking. Poke the flattened dough a few times with a fork. Using a paddle or a floured baking sheet, slide the dough directly onto the bread stone or hot baking sheet. Bake for 3 minutes then flip and bake for 3 more. The bread should be lightly browned on both sides.
  5. Remove the bread from the oven and cool on a wire rack. Repeat with the remaining pieces of dough. If the bread is not crisp after the first bake, or if it goes stale, it can always be refreshed in a hot oven. Store in an airtight container at room temperature.

Click here to learn more about Abigail’s Bakery.

Braided Bread – Very Rich Challah Bread Recipe

May 21st, 2014. Bread, Very Rich Challah Bread Recipe.

by Khozam Julia

Very Rich Challah Bread Recipe

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Ingredients:

  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 1 1/4 cups warm water
  • 2 1/4 teaspoons: active dry yeast
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons: salt
  • 2/3 cup olive oil
  • 2 eggs
  • 5 c. unbleached flour and add more if necessary
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 egg white
  • 1 tablespoon white sugar

Keep in mind that you can use 20 minutes for preparation and 30 minutes for cooking.

Directions:

  1. Use large mixing bowl to dissolve the honey in water and stir in yeast. Set it aside so the yeast is creamy on the top for about 15 minutes. Stir in 2/3 cup of olive oil, salt and also beaten eggs before adding 1 cup of flour at the time so the dough is not sticky.
  2. Place the dough to floured surface and until smooth yet elastic you have to knead and it will need10 minutes to do. Oil a bowl to place the dough in and turn it for few times to the oil. Let it rise so doubled in draft free place but warm enough for 90 minutes.
  3. Make loaves: punch the dough down and cut to equal size. Cut the first to 4 equal parts and set the second under the cloth to avoid drying out when you make the first loaf.
  4. Roll 4 dough pieces to braid the first 4-strand loaf in thin rope with the length 14 inches. Pinch the top for 4 ropes together. Make under-2 over-1 braid and take left-most ropes. Move to the right underneath the 2 ropes and move to left cross back over the strand directly to the left. It should be in far right strand and then move to left and cross for under the two strands. Move right to cross back through the strand and directly go to the right. Repeat doing the strands so it is braided together. Allow the braided loaves to rise in 1 hour.
  5. Preheat to oven for 350 degrees F and take parchment paper to line the baking sheets.
  6. Whisk together with milk to make glaze, add 2 tablespoons olive oil, sugar and egg white in bowl. Use glaze to brush the braided loaves. Spend 30 minutes to bake the loaves for challah bread recipe.

Braided Bread – Bread Machine recipe

Ingredients: 

Braided Bread

Photo by Dine and Dash

  • 1 cup warm water
  • 4 tablespoons oil
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 4 1/2 cups of flour
  • 2/3 cups sugar
  • 2 1/4 teaspoons yeast

Directions:
1. Place all ingredients in order into the basket of the machine. Make a well in the dry ingredients before putting in the yeast.
2. Close the bread machine door, set it on the dough setting and walk away for around 1 ½ hours.
3. When the dough is ready, mold it at least 2 loaves. For a traditional look, divide each loaf info 3 parts and braid. Place on greased cookie sheets. Cover loosely with towel. Let it rise for 2-3 hours.
4. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
5. Brush the top of the challah gently with an egg yolk. If desired, sesame or poppy seeds can be sprinkled on top of the egg wash.
6. Bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for approximately 30 minutes.

TIPS:

To check if the bread is done baking, gently knock on the bottom of it. A hollow sound means the bread is ready.

Hot Cross Buns

Recipe courtesy Levain Bakery

Hot Cross Buns

Make your Easter holiday dinner special. 

Hot cross buns are now traditionally served during the Christian Easter season, on Fridays during Lent and on Palm Sunday and Easter Sunday. However, their roots are rumored to have come from pagan spring festivals. Easter and the spring equinox all represent the season of renewal of nature in different traditions. What we now consider a cross symbol on top of hot cross buns was also originally a cross in honor of the moon for Egyptians and Greeks, a representation of a full moon and its four quarters to Romans.

Yield: 12 buns

Ingredients:

Buns:

  • 2 ounces fresh yeast
  • 2 cups lukewarm milk
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, diced
  • 3 eggs
  • 4 1/2 cups high-gluten flour
  • Spice mix, recipe follows
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 cup dark raisins
  • 1/2 cup golden raisins

Glaze, recipe follows
Spice Mix:

  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground nutmeg
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground ginger

Glaze:

  • 2 cups confectioners’ sugar
  • 1/4 cup milk, plus more as needed
  1. Directions:
    Buns:
    Crumble the yeast into a large mixing bowl and add 1 cup of the warm milk (the milk should feel just warm to the touch but not hot). Using the dough hook attachment, gently mix together.
  2. Add the honey, butter, 2 eggs, flour, spice mix, salt, and raisins. Start the mixer and gently pour in the remaining 1 cup of milk while mixing. The dough should come together as a soft ball after a few minutes of mixing. If it is too sticky add a few sprinkles of additional flour; if it is too hard add a few more drops of cold milk.
  3. Turn this soft dough out directly onto a sheet pan and cover with plastic wrap. Let it rise until about doubled in size.
  4. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  5. When it has double in size, turn the dough out onto a floured surface. Cut the dough in half and each half in half, etc. until you have a dozen pieces. Shape these pieces into rounds with your hands. Place these rounds equally spaced apart on a floured piece of parchment on a sheet pan. Cover with plastic wrap and allow to rise until almost doubled in size. (If you press gently with your finger on a bun it should bounce back but your fingerprint should remain a bit.)
  6. Beat the remaining egg with a fork in a small bowl. Very gently brush this mixture on each of the buns. Using a sharp knife cut a cross shape in the top of each bun. Besides being decorative this allows the bread to rise nicely as it bakes.
  7. Bake in for about 15 minutes or until browned. Let cool.
  8. When cool, ice each bun with the glaze in a cross shape, following your cuts and using your spatula to drizzle icing on.
  9. Spice Mix:
    Mix together all the ingredients.

Glaze:
Put the sugar in a large bowl with the milk. Work the sugar and milk together until combined, adding additional milk 1 teaspoon at a time, until you have a nice smooth thick glaze.