Fantastic ~ Bake ~ Along – Apples!

Hello my lovely friendsย ย ๐Ÿ’• It’s that time again…Time for the ‘Fantastic Bake Along’ hosted by our lovely friend Tracy over at It’s a T-Sweets Day Every month Tracy inspires a long list of friends to do some baking. Usually we all bake one thing….but this month she just gave us a theme: Applesย ย ย ๐Ÿ˜ƒย  ~ inspired by Connie’s @ Connie’s Creations Applesauce Cake. I decided to follow Connie’s recipe for the Applesauce cake…and I strongly advise you to do the same. That cake is absolutely fabulous! We had some for dessert last night, and right after hubby was already planning the size of the slice for breakfast! ๐Ÿ˜‚

Doesn’t it look amazing?

image Oh…btw…I didn’t put icing on…I was a little too generous with the flour when I prepared the pan. ๐Ÿ˜

Throughout the weekend I saw a lot of mouthwatering Apple Recipes…Tracy’s Award winning Apple Pie, Apple Waffles, Apple Scones, Apple/Prosciutto/Parmesan Wraps…just to name a few.

Take a look…

Brenna’s Apple/Proscuitto/Parmesan Wraps Kathy’s Apple Waffles Kate’s Apple Scones AJ’s Gluten- and Dairy Free Applesauce Cake Abbey’s Apple Coffee Cake *There are more wonderful bakers – but thanks to the Shenanigans of either WordPress or my Laptop – or maybe it’s a combined effort –ย  the links show up as weird letter combos and hieroglyphs. Pfft…
y and Brenna have the full list posted if you wanna check out and enjoy the whole Apple deliciousness of this month.

Everything looks so delicious that I will definitely bake my way down the list. Meanwhile,ย this cake will definitely be a staple in this house, and once you make it (just follow the ‘Applesauce Cake’ link up thereย ย โฌ†๏ธ ) you will feel the same. I promise!

Now I’m off to the kitchen…got some more baking to do. See – it’s Lorelai’s Birthday – and every year I spoilย  her with her favorite peanutbuttery Doggy-licious cookies๐Ÿ˜

Happy Birthday, Lorelai!

She keeps looking at me – I think she knows what’s coming! ๐Ÿ˜

Thank you for stopping by today! ๐Ÿ’•

I wish all of my US friends a happy, joyful, peaceful Thanksgiving Celebration! ๐Ÿ˜

Sending Smilesย ๐Ÿ™‚ Hugsย ย ๐Ÿค— and Loveย ๐Ÿ’œ your way! ๐Ÿ˜˜

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Fantastic Bake-Along – Chili/Chocolate Bread ๐Ÿ˜

Hello my lovely friends ๐Ÿ’•

It’s that time of the month again ๐Ÿ˜ Time for our ‘Fantastic Bake-Along’

The lovely Tracy, host of the baking weekends and the fabulous quilter/writer of the awesome It’s a T-Sweets Day blog, picked one of my bread recipes to be the ๐ŸŒŸStar๐ŸŒŸ of this month’s event. ๐Ÿ˜Š
If you missed my post on Tuesday…you can find it and the recipe here ๐Ÿ˜Š

Tracy already posted her baking result…and even her recipe for hand-mixing/oven baking ๐Ÿ˜Thank you for that, Tracy! ๐Ÿค—

I just saw that Emma from Emma Crafts Design is already done baking ๐Ÿ˜Š and it looks like she loves it! ๐Ÿ˜

Hold on….Lucia is done too ๐Ÿ˜ƒ You have to see what her little helper did when Mom wasn’t watching ๐Ÿ˜…

If you like to join the fun next month….just visit Tracy’s blog, and let her know. Go ahead – you know you want to. ๐Ÿ˜

Let me know if you baked/liked this bread  ๐Ÿ™‚ 

I’ll be back later with the ‘Weekend Chuckle’ ๐Ÿ™ƒ

Until then ๐Ÿ’•

Attention Chocolate Lovers ๐Ÿ’• Chili/Chocolate Bread Aheadย 

Hello my lovely friends ๐Ÿ’• Are you ready for some baking? ๐Ÿ˜Š Then I have a treat for you! 

No tricks, just some deliciousness ๐Ÿ‘ป

I love to experiment in the kitchen. So when I was ready for a new breakfast bread – the Raisin Bread got a bit boring – and came across a Chocolate/Chili bar at a store…it all came together.๐Ÿ˜I picked up some chocolate chips (Ghirardelli Bittersweet) – that’s all I needed, everything else is always in the house. ๐Ÿ˜

That was a few weeks ago. I mentioned it in a post here, and the lovely Tracy – awesome quilter, fabulous blogger, and all around a wonderful person – asked if I would like this bread to be the ๐Ÿ’ซStar๐Ÿ’ซ of this month’s ‘Fantastic Bake-Along’. ๐Ÿ˜Š Needless to say, I was thrilled to say ‘Yes!’ 

If you don’t just wanna bake this bread, but also share it with the rest of the ‘Fantastic Bakers’, please let Tracy know, and she’ll include you in the list. ๐Ÿ˜ƒ She will even send you a reminder every month – like I said…a wonderful person! ๐Ÿ˜ All you have to do is head over to her blog It’s a T-Sweets Day and let her know. ๐Ÿ˜€ I hope you decide to join us, and share your beautiful baking results with us. ๐Ÿค—

Alrighty…now to the recipe for the 

Chocolate/Chili Bread 

I made it in my bread machine. If you do the same, place all the ingredients, in this order, in the bread pan fitted with the kneading paddle 

For a small loaf (1 lb.)

Milk, room temperature  –   3/4 cup

Unsalted Butter, room temperature, 1/2″ pieces  –    1/4 cup 

1 egg

Salt.  –  1/2 tsp.

Granulated Sugar  –  2 Tbsp.

Bread Flour   –  2-1/4 cups

Chili Powder   –  1-1/2 tsp. 

Yeast, active dry, instant, or bread machine   – 1-1/2 tsp.

Select the ‘Basic/White’ program, 1 lb., and your desired crust color, and start the machine. When the mix-in tone sounds, add 1 cup chocolate chips. 

Note: The Ghirardelli chips have a very intense chocolate taste. The Chili therefore is just an aftertaste…a mild ‘burn’. To intensify the Chili flavor you might wanna use Milk Chocolate Chips. ๐Ÿ˜Š

Cool completely on a wire rack before slicing. 

I wish I could give you Hand Mixing Instructions here, but I have no experience in yeast-bread baking outside my bread machine ๐Ÿ˜Œ I looked through all my cookbooks…none of the recipes has the needed ingredients listed. 

So…fellow bakers…if you have a trusted recipe that can be used here, please let me know. I will gladly include it. โ˜บ๏ธ

Happy baking! I’m looking forward to seeing your bread, and can’t wait to hear what you think of this concoction  creation ๐Ÿ˜

Now head over to Tracy’s blog, and tell her you wanna join us! ๐Ÿ˜˜

Sending Love โค๏ธ, Smiles ๐Ÿ™‚, and Hugs ๐Ÿค— 

The Fantastic Bake ~Alongย 

Hello my lovely friends ๐Ÿ’• Today you’re in for a real treat! A delicious bread is on the menu for this weekend’s ‘Fantastic Bake~Along’ ๐Ÿ˜


 Don’t you just love baking your own bread? The fantastic smells coming out of the kitchen spell love and comfort ๐Ÿ’œ I love how everyone gathers around aiming for that first slice. ๐Ÿค—

Doesn’t that look delicious? I bet you can’t wait to get started! ๐Ÿ˜‹

Here is the recipe:
Whole Grain Bread โ€“ makes 1 loaf

Recipe by Kathy Reeves @ Sewing Etc.

Bread Machine Instructionsโ€“ Use the dough setting. Add the ingredients in this order

8 oz. tepid water

1 teaspoon salt
2 Tablespoons butter  ~ I used Sunflower Butter 

2 Tablespoons honey

2 Tablespoons wheat bran  ~ I used steelcut oats 

2 Tablespoons wheat germ

2 teaspoons flax seed  

ยผ cup whole wheat flour

2 ยผ cup white flour

1 package or 2 ยฝ teaspoons yeast

Optional: Raisins or chopped nuts (This is not part of the original recipe…it’s just what I do ๐Ÿ˜)

Punch down the dough, roll into a rectangle, and roll up from the short end like a jelly roll, pinching the ends and edge to seal. Place, seams side down in a greased loaf pan. Cover; let rise in warm, draft free place until doubled in size, about 45-60 minutes.
Bake at 400 degrees F for 30 minutes or until done. Remove from pans; cool on wire rack.

Hand Mixing Instructions-
In a large bowl mix very warm water (105 degrees), butter, honey and salt until dissolved. Add yeast, set aside for 5 minutes to proof.

Stir in wheat bran, wheat germ, flax seed and whole wheat flour.
Stir in enough white flour to make a soft dough, then turn out and knead on a lightly floured surface until smooth and elastic. You will probably use all of the white flour as you knead for 8-10 minutes. Place in a lightly greased bowl, cover and let rise about one hour.

Punch down the dough, roll into a rectangle, and roll up from the short end like a jelly roll, pinching the ends and edge to seal. Place, seams side down in a greased loaf pan. Cover; let rise in warm, draft free place until doubled in size, about 45-60 minutes.
Bake at 400 degrees F for 30 minutes or until done. Remove from pans; cool on wire rack.
**How do you know when the bread is done? Knock on the loaf, and if it sounds hollow, it is done or nearly there! 

This time I added the raisins, and the yeast worked some of them to the top…and, I guess, the moisture turned them back into grapes ๐Ÿ˜‚

I had to pick them off – they tasted a bit burned ๐Ÿ˜

But the rest of the wonderful loaf was in fantastic shape ๐Ÿ˜†

If there’s any left we’ll have it with a layer of honey for breakfast tomorrow. ๐Ÿ˜

If you wanna join us next month, visit Tracy’s Blog to sign up. We’re looking forward to having you! ๐Ÿ˜
Here’s her invite…


Alright…..clean-up time ๐Ÿ˜ฃ Then I’ll get your ‘Weekend Chuckles’ posted ๐Ÿ˜† I hope you can make time and stop by again later. ๐Ÿ˜€

Until then ๐Ÿ’•