Saturday, March 27, 2010

Oatmeal Bread

This recipe is from my mother-in-law and it is a family favorite. It is sweet and cinnamony (that should be a word!) It's always moist and delicious. Of course it's delicious with butter on it too but it's also wonderful all by itself! It does tend to fall apart a little when you eat it and that's normal. It's just the kind of bread it is :)

1 cup quick oatmeal
1 1/4 cup boiling water
1/2 cup butter
1 cup white sugar
1 cup brown sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
2 eggs
1/4 tsp. salt
1 tsp. cinnamon
1 1/2 cups flour
1 tsp. soda

Combine oatmeal and boiling water - mix and allow to cool.
Combine remaining ingredients with oatmeal mixture - mix well.
Bake at 350 degrees for 50-60 minutes. I like to use slightly smaller loaf pans (3 1/2 x 7 1/2) and make 2 loaves. This also works to make one large one.

Monday, March 8, 2010

Glazed Apple Cookies

These cookies are especially wonderful because they make me think of my Grandma Ann whenever I make them. They are a family favorite and we eat a batch so quickly I have to promise to make more as soon as they're gone.

Glazed Apple Cookies

1/2 cup butter
1 1/2 cup brown sugar
1 egg
2 1/2 cups flour
1 tsp. soda
1/2 tsp. salt
1 tsp. cinnamon
1 tsp. cloves
1/2 tsp. nutmeg
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
1 cup chopped apple
1 cup chopped raisins
1/4 cup milk

Cream butter, brown sugar and egg, add 1/2 of dry ingredients, nuts and raisins. Blend in milk and add remaining dry ingredients and apples.
Drop by teaspoonful on greased cookie sheet (I use a silpat)
Bake at 350 for 10-12 minutes.

Vanilla Glaze

1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
2 Tbsp. light cream or milk
1/2 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. vanilla
1 Tbsp. butter

Mix together and drizzle over cookies. I like to wait till the cookies cool off to glaze and the best way to do it is to mix it all in a quart size baggie and cut off the corner to control how much and where the glaze goes. My Grandma used margarine but I only use butter when I bake. This recipe makes about 52 cookies