King Arthur Flour Whole Grain Baking: Delicious Recipes Using Nutritious Whole Grains by King Arthur FlourI know Im the only weirdo among my friends who likes cookbooks as well as any novel... but I have to post a review of this book.
I LOVE IT. This is the best new cookbook Ive got for a very long time. I got it for Christmas, and with a new baby and all, I really hadnt had time to start trying recipes until now (the price of wheat and other groceries helped kick me into gear, too!). Anyway, Ive tried probably around 20-25 of the recipes in this book, and all of them have been outstanding. We only had one that the family didnt care for, but I think it was just a flavor combination that we didnt like. It was the Cheddar Scallion Rolls, and the bread turned out amazingly soft and light for whole wheat, we just didnt like the onions and dill in them.
Anyway, this is not a health food book by any stretch of the imagination. The cookies, for example, still have a ton of fat and sugar in them, just like any cookies. But I figure if youre going to make cookies anyway, might as well sneak some of that food storage wheat in there to make them more healthy and economical. And you wont be settling at all. These recipes are fantastic. All of the cookies Ive tried are nearly 100% whole grain and the whole family has loved all of them.
One bit of advice-- Its very helpful to have a grain mill if you plan on using this book to its fullest potential. There are several whole grain flours used that would be kind of hard to find, I think. But you can get the whole seeds (grains?) in the bulk bins at WinCo or at the Preparedness Store, (for those in I.F.), and grind them yourself.
A side note-- As I was typing up this review, Kelly asked what I was doing. I told her I was writing a review of a cookbook. She asked which one, so I showed her the picture at the top of this page. She said, and I quote, OH!! I love that book! That has the best recipes ever in it!! So there ya go. From the mouth of a 6 year old picky child.
How to make Whole-Grain Banana Bread - King Arthur Flour
Banana Bread: Award Winning Recipe from King Arthur
Banana bread is oh-so-simple A hint of spice, honey for sweetness and moist texture, and one final touch—a few spoonfuls of jam—distinguish this tasty bread from run-of-the-mill versions. Our guarantee: This moist, dense banana bread is a deep golden brown, with mild-to-medium banana flavor and a light touch of spice. Lightly grease a 9" x 5" loaf pan; or a 12" x 4" tea loaf pan. In a large bowl, combine the butter, sugar, vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg, baking soda, baking powder, and salt, beating until smooth.
Like any competition, the winner needs to stand out from the crowd. So how could we possibly choose just one banana bread recipe — Whole-Grain Banana Bread — as our recipe of the year? A full pound of bananas gives this bread assertive banana flavor — which is just as it should be. Some banana bread is dry. Some is so moist it practically oozes. And the loaf is perfectly balanced between light and heavy — nicely dense, with just the right amount of heft. Perhaps counterintuitively, the simplicity of this bread is exactly what lends it such versatility.
This one-bowl banana bread — our Recipe of the Year — uses the simplest ingredients, but is incredibly moist and flavorful. No one can tell, it's that good! And not only is this bread delicious — it's versatile. Weigh your flours; or measure them by gently spooning into a cup, then sweeping off any excess. Mix the flours, baking soda, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, and chopped walnuts into the banana mixture.
That is particularly true for me because I was so in love with their lemon bliss bundt cake winner for last year.
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Who doesn't love banana bread? This moist, tender, richly flavored loaf features whole wheat flour, making this a super and tasty! Using honey as some of the sweetener adds both moistness, and the merest hint of honey flavor. In a large bowl, beat together the butter and sugar until smooth. Add the vanilla, baking soda, salt, and bananas, beating until well combined. Beat in the honey and eggs. Spoon the batter into the prepared pan, smoothing the top.