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6 Healthier Ice Cream Recipes That Won’t Weigh You Down

6 Healthier Ice Cream Recipes That Won’t Weigh You Down 0

Summer's heat calls for cool treats, and what better way to satisfy your sweet tooth than with homemade ice cream that's both healthier and delightful? These six no-churn ice cream recipes are perfect for any ice cream lover looking to enjoy a creamy, frozen treat without the guilt. From dairy-free options like Mango Ice Cream to unique flavors like Peanut Butter Banana and refreshing Red Grape Sorbet, these recipes use less sugar and healthier ingredients to create delicious alternatives to traditional ice cream.
9 Best Waffle Recipes, From Breakfast to Dessert

9 Best Waffle Recipes, From Breakfast to Dessert 0

Waffles are the ultimate versatile breakfast treat that can be sweet, savory, or anywhere in between. Easy to make and delightful to eat, they're perfect for National Waffle Iron Day on June 29th. Whether you're looking for a quick breakfast, a cozy dinner, or a delightful dessert, these nine waffle recipes cover all the bases from oatmeal chocolate chip waffles for a hearty start to the day to inventive dinner options like chicken, broccoli, & cheddar waffles, and dessert delights like double chocolate banana waffles.
10 Vegetarian Recipes That Even Meat Eaters Will Enjoy

10 Vegetarian Recipes That Even Meat Eaters Will Enjoy 0

Discover the joys of plant-based eating with these ten exceptional vegetarian recipes, perfect for celebrating Eat Your Vegetables Day or any day you're exploring meatless options. From breakfast to dinner, these dishes prove that vegetarian meals can be just as satisfying and flavor-packed as their meaty counterparts. Enjoy everything from banana chocolate chip pancakes for a sweet start to your day, to a hearty lentil Bolognese for dinner, proving that vegetarian food can excite even the staunchest carnivores.

6 Must-Try French Toast Recipes for an Excellent Brunch 0

French Toast Recipes
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Is there just one way of making French toast? Definitely not. November 28th is the National French Toast Day. Are you wondering how the French toast recipe come about? This delicacy that originated from Rome has graced many breakfast tables for centuries. If the recipe didn't originate from France, why was it named "French Toast"?

Joseph French created the recipe in 1724. He advertised the recipe as "French Toast" because he forgot the apostrophe. However, we cannot give all the credit to Joseph. The recipe existed from the early 5th century AD as early as the age of the Roman Empire. The Romans would dip bread in a milk and egg mixture and then fry it with oil or butter.

Other people believe that the French toast recipe was created by medieval European cooks who had to use every bit of food they found to feed their families. They knew they could revive a day old bread if moistened by adding eggs and heated.

Follow these French toast recipes to find out the various ways you can make this delicious treat.

Although you can make French Toast with any bread, the sandwich bread would suffice. You can choose to use heavy cream as opposed to regular milk, as well. French toast goes well with any sweetener, such as honey, sugar, maple syrup, or coconut sugar. Have fun with assorted fruits, fresh or freeze-dried, to make your French toast more delicious.

1. Vanilla French Toast

Time – 30 minutes

Ingredients

  • Five slices of Bread
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1 cup of milk
  • A pinch of salt
  • Sweetener
  • Vanilla extract
  • Butter
  • Maple syrup

Method

  1. In a shallow dish, whisk together the eggs, milk, sweetener, and vanilla extract.
  2. Place the bread slice in on one side and then quickly flip it over to the other side. Ensure that it doesn't stay dipped for too long as it will get soggy.
  3. Place the bread slices in a skillet with melted butter set over medium heat. Let them cook for about 2 to 3 minutes on each side.
  4. Serve them hot. Top with maple syrup or honey.

2. French Toast with Cinnamon

Time – 10 minutes

Sometimes, you want a little more flavor and aroma in your French toast

Ingredients

  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 4 eggs
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 8 slices challah, brioche, or white bread
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup, warmed

Method

  1. In a small bowl, mix cinnamon, nutmeg, and sugar and set aside
  2. Melt the butter over medium heat in a large skillet.
  3. Whisk the cinnamon mixture, eggs, and milk.
  4. Pour the cinnamon mixture into a shallow container, such as a pie plate.
  5. Dip bread in the egg mixture and then put them on the pan.
  6. Fry the bread slices until golden brown, then flip to cook the other side. Serve with syrup.

3. Mixed Berry French Toast

If you need some extra sweetness in your French toast recipe, this one is for you.

Time – 10 minutes

Ingredients

  • 4 slices of bread
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 cup milk (240 mL)
  • 2 cups mixed frozen berries,
  • Freeze-dried blueberries, raspberries, and blackberries
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • ⅓ cup granulated sugar (65 g)
  • Confectioner's sugar, optional

Method

  1. Whisk the eggs and milk together in a medium-large bowl to create an egg wash.
  2. Dunk bread in the egg wash.
  3. On medium-low heat, melt butter in a skillet and cook bread for 3 minutes.
  4. Mix the berries, sugar, and lemon juice in a medium pan over low heat.
  5. Crush and stir the berries until they form a thick sauce.
  6. Lay out the slices and spread compote in between each slice then on top.
  7. Garnish with confectioners' sugar if you desire.

4. Cream Cheese Stuffed French Toast

Time – 25 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 cup cream cheese one package, softened
  • cups of sugar 
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 12 slices of Texas Toast (one loaf)
  • 2 eggs
  • ¾ cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon granulated sugar

Method

  1. In a medium bowl, beat together the cream cheese, powdered sugar, vanilla until you have a spreadable consistency.
  2. Spread a thick layer of cream cheese filling on one side of half of the Texas Toast.
  3. Top with the second piece of toast, forming a sandwich with cream cheese filling in the middle
  4. In a small bowl, whisk eggs, milk, granulated sugar, and cinnamon together.
  5. Then dip the sandwiches in the egg mixture to coat completely
  6. Melt butter on a griddle or skillet over medium heat. Cook the sandwiches until they are golden brown on both sides. Top with freeze-dried strawberries, syrup, and whipped cream.

5. Patriotic French Toast

The only thing that's better than French toast is French toast with freeze-dried berries. This French toast recipe shows you how to make it.

Time

Preparation – 15 minutes

Making – 20 minutes

Ingredients

  • 8 oz package cream cheese, softened
  • 2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 2 cups of milk
  • Two large eggs, beaten
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 8 thick slices of bread

Method

  1. Preheat an oven to 200 degrees F (120 degrees C).
  2. Mix the rehydrated strawberries and blueberries in a bowl and set them aside.
  3. Beat the softened cream cheese and confectioner's sugar until smooth and then set it aside.
  4. Whip the milk, eggs, and vanilla, in a shallow bowl.
  5. Melt the butter over medium heat in a large pan
  6. Dip bread into the egg mixture, and make sure it's fully coated
  7. Cook the bread for five minutes or until it's browned on both sides
  8. Place cooked slices on the baking sheet and place in the oven to keep warm until ready to serve.
  9. Spread the cream cheese mixture over each slice of French toast, then top with two tablespoons of the fruit. Serve them hot

6. French Toast Broccoli Cheddar

This savory French toast recipe is great for leftover toast bread.

Time

Preparation – 5 minutes

Making – 5 minutes

Ingredients

  • ½ cup of silken tofu
  • ½ cup of coconut milk
  • A pinch of salt
  • Six pieces of broccoli cheddar bread

Instructions

  1. Mix the tofu, milk, and salt in a blender. Add more milk to make it thinner if it's too thick
  2. Pour the mixture into a shallow bowl or plate
  3. Dip the bread slices into the batter
  4. Cook on a skillet over medium heat for 2 minutes
  5. Turn it and cook both sides, ensuring they have turned golden brown on each side
  6. Drizzle some honey on it and serve

Conclusion

French toast recipes can vary depending on your preferred milk and fruits. If you're allergic to cow's milk or someone in the family is, use rice milk or nut milk, such as almond milk.

Use the fruits in season or one that may be out of season but have been freeze-dried to add flavor and color to your French toast. If you need to, you can make lots of bread pieces and freeze them to increase the shelf life.

Which French toast recipe will you try out today?

References

  1. https://thebreakfastshoppe.com/history-french-toast/
  2. https://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/robert-irvine/french-toast-recipe-1951408
  3. https://www.yellowblissroad.com/creamcheesestuffedfrenchtoast/
  4. https://www.allrecipes.com/recipe/214699/patriotic-french-toast/
  5. https://www.spabettie.com/savory-french-toast-broccoli-cheddar/

4 Bread Recipes That You Will Love 0

Banana Bread Recipes
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Bread is one of the most common foods in every home. It’s a versatile confectionary that can be eaten for any meal. Bread doesn’t have to be all about wheat and yeast; you can add other ingredients such as freeze-dried fruits, nuts, or your favorite frozen or freeze-dried vegetables to make it more nutritious and delicious.

November 17th is the National Bread Day. Whether you want to get bread for breakfast or as a side for lunch or dinner, here are four amazing bread recipes to keep your family yearning for more.

1. Strawberry Bread

A strawberry bread recipe is a delicious indulgence for any time of day. If you need to step out of the box with your bread recipe, try this one.

Time

Preparation – 30 minutes

Cooking – 45 minutes

Cooling 10 minutes

Total Time – 1 hour, 25 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 cups freeze-dried strawberries
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups white sugar
  • 1 tbsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 cup of vegetable oil
  • 4 eggs, beaten
  • 1 cups chopped pecans

Method

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
  2. Thinly butter and dust two 9 x 5-inch loaf pan with flour. Shake out excess flour.
  3. Rehydrate the freeze-dried strawberries and place them in a medium-sized bowl. With a sieve, lightly sprinkle some sugar and set them aside.
  4. Put the flour, sugar, cinnamon, salt, and baking soda in a large bowl and mix them thoroughly.
  5. Whisk the oil and the eggs into the strawberries.
  6. Pour the strawberry mixture into the flour mixture and mix until the dry ingredients are moistened.
  7. Stir in the pecans and divide the batter into two.
  8. Put each portion of the batter into the greased pans, put in the oven, and bake for about 45 minutes. To test if it’s ready, insert a tester. If it comes out clean, the bread is cooked.
  9. Leave it on the pans for about 10 minutes to on the wire rack for 10 minutes. When it’s cooled, remove from the baking pans and slice as desired.
  10. Serve with a side of your choice. You can butter or eat it plain.

2. Whole Wheat Beer Bread

This bread recipe is simple to make, and it gives you a very healthy option for your bread recipe.

Time

Preparation – 10 minutes

Cooking – 50 minutes

Cooling – 10 minutes

Total Time – 1 hour, 10 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 ½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 ½ cups whole wheat flour
  • 4 ½ tsp baking powder
  • 1 ½ tsp salt   
  • ⅓ cup packed brown sugar
  • One can or bottle of beer

Method

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
  2. Use a 9x5 inch loaf pan and lightly grease it with butter. Dust it with flour and shake out the excess.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, put the all-purpose flour, whole wheat flour, baking powder, salt, and brown sugar.
  4. Pour in the beer and mix with your hands until it forms into a stiff batter. Knead with your hands. Put enough dough and put it onto the prepared loaf pan.
  5. Put it in the oven and bake for 50 minutes. Insert a toothpick to check if it’s cooked; if the toothpick comes out clean, it’s ready.
  6. Let it cool and then slice it and serve.

3. Banana Bread

Banana bread is one of the revered banana recipes. Anyone can make banana bread, but it takes a special bread recipe to make perfect banana bread. Try this, and you’ll be the banana bread expert.

Time

Preparation – 15 minutes

Cooking – 1 hour, 5 minutes

Cooling – 10 minutes

Total Time – 1 hour, 30 minutes.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups freeze-dried bananas
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ½ cup butter
  • ¾ cup brown sugar
  • Two eggs

Method

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
  2. Use butter to grease a loaf pan and dust it with flour. Shake the pan to get rid of excess flour.
  3. In a large bowl, mix the flour, baking soda, and salt.
  4. Cream the butter and brown sugar in a separate bowl.
  5. Beat the eggs until they are fluffy.
  6. Rehydrate the freeze dried bananas. Mash them until they are smooth with no lumps.
  7. Pour the beaten egg into the mashed bananas and blend.
  8. Pour the banana mixture into the flour mixture and stir. Drain the batter into the prepared loaf pan. Put it into the oven and bake for about 60 minutes.
  9. Check if it’s ready by inserting a toothpick into the center of the loaf. If it comes out clean, the loaf is ready.
  10. Leave it to cool on the pan for 10 minutes and then turn out onto a wire rack. Slice and serve with your preferred accompaniment.

4. Zucchini Bread

Zucchini is a healthy vegetable that can be used in stews and bread. Follow this Zucchini bread recipe for a moist and delicious treat.

Time

Preparation – 10 minutes

Cooking – 1 hour

Cooling – 10 minutes

Total Time – 1 hour, 20 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 cups dried zucchini
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tbsp ground cinnamon
  • 3 large eggs
  • 3 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 cup of vegetable oil
  • 2 ¼ cups white sugar
  • 3 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup chopped walnuts

Method

  1. Using butter, grease, and flour, two loaf pans.
  2. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C).
  3. Sift the flour, salt, baking powder, soda, and cinnamon in a bowl.
  4. Whisk the eggs, oil, vanilla, and sugar in a large bowl. Add in the sifted dry ingredients to the creamed mix, and beat well.
  5. Pour in the dried zucchini and the almond nuts until they are well combined with no lumps.
  6. Pour the batter into greased pans. Put the batter in the oven and bake for 60 minutes.
  7. Test with a toothpick if the bread is cooked; if the toothpick comes out clean, remove the bread from the oven.
  8. Cool it on the rack for 10 minutes, slice, and serve.

Conclusion

These four bread recipes are easy to make and can be made for many people if you desire. Add or reduce the ingredients, especially sugar and salt, to suit your preferences. Do share your favorite bread recipe in the comment section below.

References

  1. https://www.allrecipes.com/recipe/9353/strawberry-bread/
  2. https://www.allrecipes.com/recipe/24932/whole-wheat-beer-bread/
  3. https://www.allrecipes.com/recipe/20144/banana-banana-bread/
  4. https://www.allrecipes.com/recipe/6698/moms-zucchini-bread/
6 Refreshing Drinks You Can Enjoy With Your Barbecue

6 Refreshing Drinks You Can Enjoy With Your Barbecue 0

Summer barbecues are a great chance to indulge in the festivities with your loved ones, and the best part is that it is summer. Whether you'll be spending it on the beach or on the grill, you will need ice cold refreshments. Here are a few cold drinks you can combine with your barbecues that you and your guests will enjoy.