With the holidays coming around, it seems the right time of year to consider making Moctobabucta, or poppyseed bread. Now, I'm not really sure I'm spelling its name right, or pronouncing its name right. I can't find mention of anything called "moctobabucta" on the internet, anyway. I just know that its a family recipe, and its good!
The key to getting a pretty braid is in portioning out the poppyseed filling evenly, and then securely folding the dough over it. It is so easy to overfill one part, or not seal it properly, and then have poppyseed going everywhere. It still tastes good, its just not as impressive!
And really, with the red icing and pretty braided presentation, the finished loaf is pretty impressive looking. . .
Braided poppyseed bread - pretty, sweet, and perfect for the holidays!
Scald milk, then add butter and stir until melted. Let cool to lukewarm.
Mix together sugar and yeast.
Add milk to yeast mixture, and stir until the yeast is dissolved. Then add eggs, vanilla and stir until blended
Turn onto floured board. Knead to elastic. Place in greased bowl & clover with a slightly damp cloth. Let rise to double (1- 1.5 hours approx.)
Roll into 1 rectangle 12”x18”. Cut into 3 parts. Divine filling equal parts on the 3 dough sections. Roll each section around the filling. Then braid the rolled sections and place on the pan. Let rise to double (around 1.5 hours).
Bake 30 minutes at 350 degrees. Cover with glaze after it comes out of the oven (while its still warm).
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A soul cake, a soul cake, a penny for a soul cake!
In honor of All Souls Day
These sweet biscuity-cakes are a traditional food for Halloween, All Saints Day, and All Souls Day; the cakes were given out to beggars and children who went door to door on All Hallow's Eve. There's not really one "official recipe" for soul cakes; I imagine that people used different combinations of sweet spices and dried fruit over the years. But this recipe is nice!
A slightly sweet and spicey biscuit, traditionally given out on Halloween.
Cut butter into the flour. Do yourself a favor and use a food processor. That way, you won't warm up the butter too much, and it goes faster.
Add sugar, nutmeg, cinnamon, and ginger to the flour mixture. Mix well.
Beat the egg, apple cider vinegar, and milk together in a separate bowl. Add the wet mixture to the dry, and then mix / knead until it forms a stiff dough.
Roll the dough out to about 1/4 of an inch in thickness. Cut out rounds with a glass or cookie cutter. The number of cakes you get will of course depend on how big your glass or cutter is!
Poke your cakes 3-4 times with a fork. This will make them a bit fluffier.
Bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 20-25 minutes. Enjoy!
The original recipe called for Allspice. I bet it tastes great, I just can't ever seem to find it in my cabinets! (or remember to buy it)
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I have always loved pita bread. Gyros were a childhood obsession. Its bready but not overwhelming, and delicious wrapped around a sandwich or dipped in tzatziki sauce (or wrapped around a sandwich WITH tzatziki sauce. . .mmmmm).
Pita bread with just a little whole wheat added in for healthiness!
Heat up your water in the microwave or the stove until its hot to the touch. Pour water into medium sized mixing bowl, and add yeast. Mix the yeast and water until the yeast is dissolved, and then let it sit for 5 minutes.
Add flour, salt, sugar, and olive oil. Mix well! Don't stop stirring until its all clumped together.
Turn out the dough onto a floured surface, and knead for 5-7 minutes. More is better.
Clean out the mixing bowl, and put some more oil in it. Coat the dough and the sides of the bowl with oil, so it won't dry out. Let it rise for one hour. For speedy rising, heat the oven a little, and cover the bowl with a damp towel. Set the dough to rise in the oven.
Remember to turn the oven off before you put the dough in the oven!
Divide dough into about 8 sections (you can get 9 if you just eyeball it). Roll each section out as large as you like. Thinner pita won't bubble as much or be as fluffy.
Heat up a nonstick pan on the stove - at about medium heat - and put a tiny bit of oil in it. Wipe out excess oil, unless you are ok with oily pitas.
Set a pita in the pan to cook. Let it cook for about a minute; it should start to bubble. Flip it over, and cook for a few more seconds on the other side before taking it off the heat to cool. Repeat until you have no more pita!
These scones are the result of several failed attempts at pumpkin bready things - including pancakes (they didn't cook properly), and an overly hard set of biscuits. At last, I think I have found the correct ratio of pumpkin to scone ingredients!
Please note - I always think of scones as sweet due to the "scones" for sale at grocery stores, and some bakeries. These are not particularly sweet.