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Easy Bread Machine Cinnamon Raisin Bread


This morning my one year old decided to wake me up and be fussy at 4:30 am. By the time he was settled down, I was wide awake and decided to try out a bread machine recipe for my family’s breakfast. I found one for Cinnamon Raisin bread that sounded good. I got started pulling out the ingredients and discovered that I didn’t have one of them (powdered milk) so quickly googled substitutions. It turns out you can use regular milk in place of the water that the recipe calls for. You are supposed to scald the milk to change its chemical properties but (ain’t nobody got time for that), I just warmed it in the mic for one minute and it worked just fine! Since there is nothing but a piece of crust left, I believe it was well enjoyed and thought I would share the recipe.

1 1/4 cup of water
3 cups bread flour
2 t butter
2 1/2 t powdered milk
3 t brown sugar
1 1/2 t salt
2 t cinnamon
2 1/2 t yeast
3/4 cup raisins

(As noted above I used warm milk in place of water, I also used 1 1/2 t cinnamon & 1/2 t cardamom as my family likes cardamom breads).

Add all ingredients in order except raisins.
Bake on sweet-bread setting or regular bread setting.
Add raisins at the ‘add in beep’ that your machine makes.
Check 10 minutes before timer runs out and remove if well browned already. You can do a ‘skewer test’ if you aren’t sure if it is done. Relish your morning bread with coffee or tea. Enjoy!



Bread Machine Banana Bread

Bread Machine Banana Bread

Another easy recipe for y’all! I made this today with my little 7-year-old baker. This one is for a bread machine but could easily be modified for a regular oven. We had fun and the house smells yummy. The man will be happy when he gets home 😊

2 C flour
2 eggs
2 bananas (we used frozen & thawed brown bananas, just cut off tip and squeeze into bread machine)
2 T oil
3/4 C white sugar
1 t baking powder
1/2 t baking soda
1 cup chocolate chips (optional)

Add all ingredients to bread maker. Shut lid and select ‘dough’, select ‘start’ and let mix for 5 minutes. When 5 minutes is up, select ‘stop’, open lid and stir any remaining lumps & scrape down sides & smooth top. Shut lid and select ‘bake’. Most machines will bake for 50 minutes to 1 hour. Check at 50 minutes using toothpick method. If not done continue baking until toothpick comes out clean. Remove bread pan and let cool for 10 minutes. After 10 minutes remove loaf to cooling rack. Enjoy!


Corn Bread Waffles & Chili, a fun & easy dinner.


I’ve been making simple dinners for my family lately because of my dieting. I haven’t wanted to put in hours at the stove for dinners that I will not be sharing with them. Selfish? Maybe, but they seem to be enjoying what I’ve been whipping up for them (so it’s win-win). I made the latest test-recipe today with my 7 year old and it was quick, easy & relatively healthy.

Box of Corn Bread Mix
3/4 C milk
2 T oil
2 cans of chili (I used 1 turkey & 1 vegetarian)
Optional garnish/condiments: anything you would normally enjoy with a Mexican meal such as cilantro, sour cream & cheese.

Directions: mix first 4 ingredients & set aside. Pre-Heat waffle-maker. Heat canned chili as directed. Pour a ladle-full of corn bread mix into waffle maker and cook as you would a regular waffle. Place waffle on plate and add a ladle-full of chili. Garnish & Enjoy!


The goal for this recipe was for a quick & easy meal, but this would also be amazing with homemade chili if you had the time!