Saturday, April 21, 2012

Baking Day

Bagels, Burger Buns, Apple Cake, Pizza Dough, Granola Bars and more!

Kenny and I were both off on the same day and we had no where to be, and it was such a blessing!! We decided that we would get a lot of baking done so that the freezer would be stocked for when the baby arrives and we wouldn't have to compromise some of the food choices we've recently made.  We didn't start off taking pictures of everything, but about halfway through we did, so there are no pictures of making peanut butter, or granola bars, but we have lots of pictures of making burger buns, bagels, apple "cake", and pizza dough. Kenny loves our camera and tried lots of angles so you'll have lots of pictures to check out! :) I hope you enjoy!


We made Tammy's Bagels but we changed the recipe a bit and did half whole wheat flour and half white flour, and substituted honey for the sugar. We made two batches. One was Sun Dried Tomato and Herb, which we used this recipe for the mix ins.  We also added a small chopped white onion to the dough.
The other batch was Everything bagels. I didn't follow a recipe for the seasoning, just mixed sesame seeds, poppy seeds, onion powder, granulated garlic, minced garlic, caraway seeds and I think that's it!
There are no pictures of the dough making process, but here are the sun dried tomato dough balls after rising, before being shaped into bagels.

Here are the everything bagels waiting to go into the oven.

Here's a picture Kenny is proud of, the action shot of seasoning going onto the bagels. :)

 Here is the finished peanut butter waiting to be used for Chewy Granola Bars

And now to start the bagel shaping process. Poking a hole in the middle

Stretching it to a 2 inch hole

Resting on a cookie sheet until they get boiled

A close up of the seasonings! YUM!

 Boiling away!


Another close up of seasoning, this time post baking.

With some cream cheese, DELICIOUS! :)
In fact, so delicous that they're almost gone and none of them made it to the freezer! Oh well, we'll have to make more.


We also made a Homemade Bisquick Mix.  We love Impossible Pies, and i wanted to make a Whole Wheat version of Bisquick that didn't have any extra ingredients.  We made the mix, but haven't tried it in any recipes yet. I'll have to do an update post about that! But here is a picture of the mix:

Burger Buns:

Here is the dough for  Whole Wheat Hamburger Buns rising:

Chef Kenny rolling out the dough and cutting it into bun shapes:

 On the pan, waiting to rise:

After baking:


Our double batch somehow produced almost 60 buns instead of 38. So we have LOTS in the freezer, and we ate lots, tuna sandwiches for lunch one day, and peanut butter and honey sandwiches another day. They're delicious!

Apple Cake:

Next we made Jimmy's Wooden Spoon Apple Cake. Except we completely changed the recipe. Here is the original recipe with the changes noted:

Jimmy's Wooden Spoon Apple Cake:
2 cups sugar (we did 1 cup applesauce and 1 cup agave nectar)
3 cups flour (we did half whole wheat flour)
1 tsp baking powder
1 cup oil (we did 1/2 cup applesauce and 1/2 cup melted butter)
2 eggs
3 cups chopped apples (we were trying to to use up some apples so it was more like 4 or 5 cups)
1 cup chopped walnuts
1/2 tsp cinnamon
Combing all ingredients in a bowl. Stir with a wooden spoon. Grease and flour a pan (VERY important not to forget...see photo below!!) Bake at 350 for 50-60 minutes.
Here is my helper chopping apples:

Measuring out agave nectar:

Pouring it in:

Snapshot of my cutie :)

Dumping the batter in the pan:

 Looking yummy after baking.

The reason you shouldn't forget to grease AND FLOUR your pan!

trying to piece it back together:

Kenny really likes it, I think it still needs some tweaking, so we'll try again when we have a surplus of apples around.

 Pizza Dough

A quadrupled batch of pizza dough rising. We had one for dinner that night, then froze the other 3 batches.

Up close bubbles, thank you kenny. ;)

And there is your picture overload for the day!! Hope your day is blessed!

The Rhoades


  1. This is the greatest blog. Your pictures made me so hungry and your blog made me so warm inside, thinking about your wonderful family. Please keep this going and please share some recipes. Have you given any thought to cooking classes?

    1. Thank you for stopping by and reading it, as well as commenting! :) I plan to keep blogging and sharing recipes. I never think to take pictures of things, but Kenny does, and so hopefully we'll And no, I've never thought about cooking classes. It would probably be a lot of fun though!

  2. Loved this post! I can smell the good baking stuff! Thanks for sharing. You guys are great.