Friday, June 25, 2010

Yummy Comforts

When my sister and her husband traveled back from their honeymoon, they came bearing gifts (to our great joy). They gave me and Camille two handy, cute little cookbooks that they had found in one of the gift shops at the Biltmore Mansion. Mine is a book of bread pudding and dessert recipes (they know me so well!). Camille's book contains recipes that are sweetened solely with honey, maple syrup, or sorghum - definitely the perfect cookbook for her.

The recipe below is from the 'Honey' section of her book. I made it the other day when I was feeling domestic.... and hungry. It was amazing! So, if you have time, and feel inclined, try out this yummy honey loaf.


Honey-Nut Loaf Bread
(Quick Bread)

2 1/2 cups flour
2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
1 egg, beaten
3/4 cup honey
1 cup milk
1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
2 Tbs. butter, melted
1/2 cup chopped nuts

In a large mixing bowl sift together flour, baking powder, soda and salt. Set aside. In a separate bowl beat egg and honey with milk and vanilla. Stir in melted butter. Gradually stir liquid mixture into flour mixture. Fold in nuts. Place dough in a greased 9 x 5-inch loaf pan. Bake in 350 F. oven 35-40 minutes.


Christy Mahoney said...

Thank you, Gretchen, for posting! Maybe all these comments will encourage you to post more often. lol I didn't get my comment in fast enough on the last post. Who knew you would be so speedy in getting up your next post???
You are very good at storytelling, like your mother. I guess it runs in the family. You all could write a book about your day to day life. Have you all read THE STORY OF THE TRAPP FAMILY SINGERS? I think you would really like it. It tells about Maria coming to work for Captain Von Trapp and how he REALLY asked her to marry him. It tells about what happened AFTER they escaped the Nazis in Austria and came to America. They also conducted music camps as well as performed. Maria has some really funny stories to tell.

Briana has the cooking this month and says she will try the bread on Monday. Since your recipe book was so perfect for you, we were wondering why were you baking out of Camille's book. Are you trying to reform ? :)

Hailey Renée said...

Hi, Gretchen. My prayers have been going out to your family as y'all are preparing for FASA! The Biltmore Mansion? That is one of the most beautiful places I have ever seen. I don't know if you have ever been there, but I am glad that Annie and Scott were able to see it together. And that recipe sounds wonderful. Honey is good stuff. :-)


Taylor said...

Oh, that recipe sounds very yummy! My family and I are very fond of any kind of bread recipe, and I'm sure that one would be really good. =) I hope you're having a lovely Sunday!

Jessica said...

Hi Gretchen!
Just to let you know....Valerie saw the recipe on your blog and copied it down and just today, made it for us! It was delicious and it was the first "real" thing Valerie's ever made! Thanks for sharing the recipe!

Gretchen Emily Wolaver said...

Christy - I have not read 'The Story of the Trapp Family Singers', but it sounds great! I've always loved The Sound of Music. To tell the truth, I put up a recipe from Camille's book because, at the time, I hadn't yet done anything from mine, but yesterday Annie and I made a wonderful peach cobbler for dinner. It was awesome too!

Jessica - I'm so happy that Valerie got to make the bread, and that ya'll liked it! I can't wait to see all of you in just a few weeks!

Briana Mahoney said...

Whew! What a week. I didn’t get to make your yummy bread recipe until this morning. It is in the oven and I am hungrily awaiting the finished product. We have enjoyed trying the food/recipes that you all have recommended. We tried frittatas for the first time after we watched your Christmas DVD. Katie now makes us frittatas quite regularly. I would love to have Annie’s recipe for overnight maple French toast. We weren’t able to find any recipes online that had the cream cheese. The frittata on the other hand, was easier to find. We used the recipe that said, “Christmas Morning Frittata”. :) Oh, now the honeyed aroma is coming from the oven. Only nine minutes and thirty seconds left to go.…biiiiinnnkkk the timer! Oh, blast! It’s still not done in the middle. Finally! Slice and slather, with great pats of butter, drizzle with honey, oh, your bread is YUMMY!! Mom just passed by and said that “great pats of butter” sounded unhealthy. Such criticism must have messed up my equilibrium, for my plate with the nice yummy bread flew out of my hand and landed face down on the carpet. It truly did. I’d better clean up and salvage my sweet buttery breakfast. Mom jokingly said that maybe the bread falling on the floor was judgment on my “great pats of butter”. I protested and tried to explain that “great pats of butter” was just for the rhyme. Now she said that I would have to confess that I exaggerated. What a way to start my day. The yummy bread was worth it.

Gretchen Emily Wolaver said...

Hey Briana! I can completely understand using 'great pats of butter' in a rhyme. I thought your poetry exquisite. =D I'm glad you liked the bread! It'll help you stay well fed. If you get bored, just make some more, and eat it till you go to bed! =D

(That was kind of lame... =)