March, 2016

Mar 26, 2016

Easy Whole Wheat Rolls

IMG_8320 copyCan you use my Simple Whole Wheat Bread recipe to make rolls? YES! I finally tried it today and that quick & easy bread recipe that everybody loves makes fabulous rolls. I used the exact same recipe but after the 10-minute rest, instead of shaping the dough into a loaf, I cut it into 18 pieces, shaped them into balls, and placed them in a greased 9 x 13-inch baking pan and covered the pan with plastic wrap, like this…
IMG_8309 copyThen I put it in a warm spot to double in size. After 45 minutes, it looked like this…

IMG_8312 copyThen I baked my rolls in a preheated oven at 350 degrees F. for about 16 minutes (I would suggest 15 to 17 minutes). And they were delicious. I sampled one (I was beautifully soft) and then I brushed some melted butter on some of them, and they looked like this…

IMG_8344 copyThey are delicious either way and super easy to make. The whole thing took less than two hours. Click here for the recipe, and Happy Easter! – Jenny Jones

Mar 25, 2016

Easter Eggs

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Mar 24, 2016

Loving my Fruit & Nut Bread

Fruit & Nut Bread1200_8285I absolutely love my no knead fruit & nut bread. I made it again today and added just a touch more sugar (4 Tbsp total) and that little extra sweetness is perfect for me. With sugar in this recipe, the bread can burn due to the high oven temperature. That’s why I say to reduce to temperature to 400° F when it bakes. But I found another solution to keep the bread from burning.

I raised up my oven rack one slot and it keeps the bottom of the Dutch oven a little farther away from the heat. I used my 3-quart Dutch oven and it easily fit on the raised up oven rack. I still reduced the temperature to 400 per the recipe and I was thrilled with the result – no blackened crust and a perfect loaf of sweet breakfast bread. If your try this whole wheat fruit & nut bread with lots of sweet raisins and walnuts, and if your Dutch oven still fits, try it with the oven rack raised up a notch. This could be a good Easter recipe.

Click here for the recipe. – Jenny Jones

Mar 19, 2016

Bunny Buns for Easter

Easter Bunny Buns2_1200_8114_EditYou can turn my easy one-rise dinner rolls into bunny buns for Easter. Kids will love them and grown ups will enjoy the tasty bread rolls. This recipe is super easy but it will take a little time to put the faces together. This is almost the exact same recipe as my easy dinner rolls but you’ll need a couple of extra tools.

I use two cookie/biscuit cutters that are 2 1/2 inches and 4 inches across. The small circle is for the faces and the bigger one for the ears. To cut out the little noses I use the top of a lipstick tube. You’ll also need raisins and it helps to put together matching pairs or raisins in advance that are the same size and color. You might not notice but a box of raisins has many different sizes and shades.

Now for my photo tutorial. First, you roll the half of the dough into a 6 x 12-inch oval and this is how you cut the circles. The smaller ones are the faces and the bigger ones will be for the ears:

IMG_8161Put the small circles on your baking sheet (I make 4 faces per sheet) and then this is how you cut the ears from the two large circles:

IMG_8164You cut the nose using the top of a lipstick – it’s about 1/2-inch wide:

IMG_8175You tuck the ears slightly under the top of the head, place the nose, and push in the raisins for eyes. This is how they look before baking (four per sheet):

IMG_8179Once you make four bunny faces you cover the baking sheet with a towel and let it rise in a warm spot until doubled. That takes anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour. While they rise you put together the other four bunny buns. They bake at 375° F for about 10 minutes. For the leftover dough, I roll it into a few 2-inch balls, rise and bake the same way.  I hope someone sends a photo!  Click here for the recipe. – Jenny Jones

Mar 3, 2016

No Knead Whole Wheat Olive Bread

OliveBread1200_7904No knead bread is the easiest method there is for bread making. I’ve made it plain, multi-grain, fruit & nut, whole wheat, and now I’m sharing my whole wheat Greek olive bread recipe. I use the overnight method where you take 5 minutes the night before to mix together the batter with cool water, let it stand on the counter top overnight, and the next day, you bake the bread.

Here’s how easy it is. You just combine the flour(s), salt, yeast, and olives in a big bowl. Greek kalamata olives come in a jar, already pitted, so I just coarsely chopped and patted them dry with paper towels to add to the mixture. Then you add the water, mix it together, cover and let it stand overnight. Five minutes of work! By the way, olives are a good source of heart-healthy fats. The next day, you bake it in a Dutch oven. My Dutch oven is enameled cast iron. Actually, I have two, a 3-quart and a 5-quart, and I have made no knead breads in both of them.

I made this hearty bread yesterday and had it with a big bowl of soup and today for lunch I used it to make a grilled cheese sandwich with my reduced fat cheddar. Here’s lunch:

Grilled Cheese1200_7915I’ll be working on even more variations of easy no knead breads because I am such as bread person so the more variety the better. If you try the olive bread, keep in mind it needs less salt than other breads because the olives are salty. Click here for the recipe. And if you’re Greek…. “Opa!” – Jenny Jones

Mar 1, 2016

Send Me Your Photos (March)

I truly appreciate when someone takes time to send me a photo of one of my recipes. And it’s always fun to know where you are from. Please send your picture to: YourPhotos@JennyCanCook.com …or… Share it on INSTAGRAM or TWITTER and hashtag it #JennyCanCook

EDDIE MADE MY EASTER BUNNY BUNS
“Thank you for your Easter bunny bun recipe.”

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KATHY MADE MY SIMPLE WHITE BREAD (with egg)
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MARIJA MADE MY POPPY SEED ROLL (MAKOWIEC)
“Dear Jenny, Happy Easter!”

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KEITH MADE MY SIMPLE WHOLE WHEAT BREAD
“Loaf #1! Wonderful! Many thanks!”

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EBTISAM MADE MY EASTER BUNNY BUNS
“Thank you jenny those bunnies are awsome.”

(Great job! They look wonderful. Thanks for the photo. – jenny)

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CHERYL MADE MY NO KNEAD BREAD
“I followed your recipe, and it’s fantastic Jenny thank you. Cheryl, Taiwan.”

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MARIJA MADE MY NO KNEAD CRUSTY ROLLS
“Hi Jenny! I’ve made your crusty rolls many times. They always turns out great and disappear before I take a photo. This morning I did it. Thank you for your recipes, advices and humor. Greetings from Zagreb, Croatia”

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CRAIG MADE MY CHICKEN POT PIE
“Jenny, Made you chicken pot pie today and it was awesome. So easy, i never made a pie crust in my life and it couldn’t have come out better. Love your site it inspires me to try new things. Thanks for what you do. Craig Mandel, Peoria Az”

Mail Attachment4(Craig, thanks for the great photos. If you send any more pictures, please be sure to send each one separately. I’m glad you liked the pie! – jenny)

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FRANCES MADE MY GRANOLA BARS
“Dear Jenny, the granola bars are so easy to make and they taste great too.  I have made cherrie-almond and pumpkin-pie spice with pecans and white raisins for last holiday’s gifts and treats.  Everyone liked them.  Thank your for sharing the healthy recipes.”

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PAULINE MADE MY FRUIT & NUT BREAD
“I used golden raisins and cranberries with toasted walnuts. Yummo!”

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ROBERT MADE MY NO KNEAD BREAD
“Hi Jenny! Greetings from Lawton, Oklahoma! I care for a disabled spouse and work odd hours. Your recipes are terrific because they’re healthy, quick, budget minded and easy! I love your quicker no knead bread. Here’s a pic! Thanks so much!”

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VICTORIA MADE MY BUTTERMILK BISCUITS
“Hello Jenny. I made Buttermilk Biscuits using your recipe and it was fantastic and delicious. Thanks for the recipe. Greetings from California!”

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EDWARD MADE MY APPLE PIE
“Hey, Made this for my 30th birthday yesterday. Was absolutely amazing. Used 1/4 cup of sugar instead and tapioca that is in bead form. Made my birthday one to remember. My first apple pie ever and 1st pie served as a birthday cake. Fantastic! Thanks Jenny.”

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JEAN MADE MY COCONUT-DIPPED MACAROONS
“On a rainy day in New Jersey there’s nothing like a quick, easy to make, delicious sweet. Today I made your Chocolate-Dipped Coconut Macaroons. Rain or shine these cookies are wonderful.”

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LORI MADE MY CINNAMON ROLLS, NO KNEAD & WHOLE WHEAT BREADS
“I made your cinnamon roll recipe today!! They turned out great! Thanks Jenny for the easy to follow recipes! So, I have to admit I’ve been busy making several of your recipes! Not only the cinnamon rolls, but whole wheat bread and the crunchy round loaf too!! They turn out great everytime!! Thanks again Jenny for the amazing recipes!! Next I’m trying the Pierogis!!”cinnrolls.jpg

DARYN MADE MY PAN PIZZA
“Some pan pizza action. Thanks Jenny. Great crunchy crust.”

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EBTISAM MADE MY CHRISTMAS WREATH
“Thank you jenny i made this christmas wreath yesterday. It was great