food processor bread

UPDATED Jan 2017: With new instructions if you are using the Cuisinart Steam + Convection Oven (Model CSO-300N). See bottom of recipe page.

UPDATED July 2016: With new measurements for the white bread recipe and more detailed method.

This is my go-to method and recipe to whip up quick loaves of bread. The only pain about this recipe is washing the food processor after use. As such, I usually make at least 3 batches (3 loaves) at a time. I have blogged about this method in the past and to this day, still make bread this way if I need to make a plain white or whole-grain loaf.

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BLW: Banana Bread (with honey/agave)

banana bread with honey/agave

I love banana bread but usually find it too sweet. This recipe is adapted from a banana chocolate chip muffin recipe. I tried making the muffins (sans chips) but they didn’t turn out as well and the muffins were hard to remove from the muffin liners. Why not make it into a loaf then? It took a couple of tries before I got the bake time right, but basically you make the batter and bake it at the same temperature and time as you would for a loaf of banana bread.

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hot cross buns

hot cross buns

I love hot cross buns, but for some weird reason, only make them during Easter. Maybe I just use Easter as an excuse to make them, but I shouldn’t need an excuse to make these delectably spiced, fluffy buns. The past few years I’ve used Pioneer Woman’s recipe which served me well but didn’t quite hit the spot. I wanted a hot cross bun (or HXB as the hubs has termed it) that was soft, moist and fluffy. As such, I decided to try a new recipe this year. I found this recipe after searching for “fluffy hot cross buns”. This recipe was titled “Guaranteed Fluffy Hot Cross Buns” so I decided to give it a shot.

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yorkshire puddings (or popovers)

yorkshire puddings or popovers

The Yorkshire pudding and popover are essentially the same thing. The hubs believes the use of animal fat (usually from the drippings of a prime rib roasting in the oven) in the batter makes it a Yorkshire pudding whereas the use of plain ole’ oil renders it a popover. I read up a little about the two and well, essentially there isn’t much of a difference. Popovers are more an “Americanized” version of Yorkshire puddings. There might be some difference in the batter amounts of flour, eggs and milk, but I think those variations are probably just different recipes. So whatever you call them, they are essentially similar – a hollow roll that “pops over” the top of the muffin/custard/popover pan. I love the crisp outside and soft and hollow inside. When made using a good recipe, they shouldn’t be eggy in taste as well. Some recipes call for way too many eggs – be warned!

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melonpan

melonpan

Melonpan is an Asian-style bun (i.e., soft and fluffy white bread) with a crisp, cookie-like top sprinkled with sugar. I haven’t looked much into the origins of the bun but the hubs and I speculate it’s called melonpan because the top part of the bun makes it look somewhat like a melon. It’s very similar to bo-lo buns or pineapple buns (no pineapple in these buns) that are popular in Hong Kong and Singapore. However, there isn’t a tonne of butter in this bun, unlike bo-lo buns which are served with a slab of butter in the middle. To read more about the differences between the buns, click here.

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100% whole-wheat pitas (no sugar added)

pitas, no sugar added

The hubs and I had embarked on the Mayo Clinic diet a few months ago. However, it had to be cut short because of some unforeseen circumstances. However, we decided to get on it again at the start of this new year. This time round we are more prepared for the two-week no sugar (except from fruits and veggies) phase. The last time round, the hubs really missed his bread so I started looking for a 100% whole-wheat bread recipe that had no added sugar. That proved to be quite challenging. Most 100% whole-wheat recipes have at least some form of sugar, honey or otherwise to give it some flavor. I have posted in the past another 100% whole-wheat naan recipe, but that recipe had honey in it.

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