Soup and Bread

Soup and bread

 

Happily Ever After: The Perfect Pairing of Soup and Bread

Nothing is more comforting than a thick soup and warm bread, especially when you’re sitting at the window watching the temperature outside drop lower and lower. Now, some people may think that any old broth and bread will do, but those of us with refined palates know better. Sipping bone broth steeped with herbs has become more ritualistic, like coffee in the morning or tea in the afternoon. Broth has been around for centuries, but usually as a stock for soup. Recently it’s made its way into the spotlight, as a focal point instead of a base ingredient. Partnering the right soup or broth with perfect bread is more than a meal; it’ an art form.

Soup and bread are such a satisfying pair. Together they fill up your belly with warmth and comfort, chasing away the cold from your bones. Delicious apart, they become a filling, savory meal together. Try out a few of these delectable recipes and let us know your favorite!

Roasted Butternut Squash Soup and Focaccia
Your mouth will water just thinking about this dish. It’s a partnership rooted in perfection. The roasting brings out the natural sweet and nutty flavor of the squash, while the warm dough and hint of olive oil brings out the satisfying chewiness in the focaccia.

Roasted Butternut Squash Soup Ingredients:
3 pounds roasted butternut squash
1 pound hot Italian sausage
2 red bell peppers (medium diced)
1 large red onion (julienne)
1/2 cup cold water with 2 tsp. Clabber Girl Cornstarch
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Tomato Soup and Tuscan Bread
Nothing heats up a cold day like tomato soup. The aroma alone can transfer you right back into grandma’s kitchen. Pairing this traditional favorite with a crispy slice of toasted Tuscan bread will warm you up inside and out. This is the perfect soup and bread combo for your next Meatless Monday!

Tomato soup doesn’t have to just be for lunch or dinner. Believe it or not, it’s a delectable ingredient in an unlikely place – cake! Don’t believe us? Try Clabber Girl’s Tomato Soup Cake. This tender, rich cake blends cinnamon, nutmeg and tomato soup to create a moist, spice-cake flavor.

Irish Stew and Mexican Cornbread
Bring the heat of the Southwest right into your living room with this savory soup and bread combo. Marinated steak gives the Irish Stew its hearty flavor, but the Mexican Cornbread really ignites this pairing. Best of all it’s incredibly easy to make. You can bring this dish to your dinner table and still have time to kick your feet up and watch the fire.

Mexican Cornbread Ingredients:
1 1/4 c. all-purpose flour
3/4 c. cornmeal (yellow)
1/4 c. granulated sugar
2 tsp. Clabber Girl Baking Powder
1/2 tsp. salt (optional)
1 c. milk
1/3 c. mild or hot sliced jalapeno peppers (optional)
1/4 c. plus 1 tbsp. vegetable oil
1 egg (beaten)
1 can mexicorn (11 oz.)
1 1/2 c. grated Colby Jack cheese
4 oz. cream cheese
Instructions

Old Fashioned Down Home Potato Soup and Garlic Cheddar Biscuits
This is a cozy in, get under the covers and put on a good movie type of meal. A warm bowl of this rich, cheesy potato and cream concoction is a home-cooked favorite. We don’t know which is better – the way the garlic cheddar biscuits smell or taste. What we do know, is that they are bursting with flavor. The rustic appearance gives them an extra texture that is perfect for dipping in a creamy bowl of potato soup. Serve the soup with bacon and scallions and throw a handful in the biscuits too, to marry the flavors.

Garlic Cheddar Biscuit Ingredients
2 3/4 c. all-purpose flour
1 tbsp. Clabber Girl Baking Powder
3/4 tsp. garlic powder (divided)
1/2 tsp. salt
1 c. shortening
1 c. buttermilk
1 c. shredded cheddar cheese
2 tbsp. melted butter
Instructions

Take “made from scratch” to a whole new level by making your own stock or give your soup an extra boost of flavor with a herb sachet. No matter which soup and bread combo you choose, one thing is for certain—this meal is bound to bring a little extra warmth to your kitchen!

Free Your Chocolate

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All About That…Box? 7 Recipes to Free Your Chocolate

Chocolate Blog RecipesWe’re two weeks into February, and the time has come yet again: Valentine’s Day is upon us. Cupid lets fly his arrows, and meanwhile everyone else lets fly their opinions of the holiday. Discussions of Valentine’s Day are, perhaps appropriately, seething with words of passion—even those who do not “love” or “hate” the day seem to invoke their apathy toward it with an adamant sort of stoicism. Regardless, winter has dragged us to the very precipice of spring madness, and as the days grow longer, we are called to celebrate all the love in our lives. Amid the roses, champagne, pink hearts and stuffed animals, all the kitsch and cliché associated with February 14th, one traditional treat stands head and shoulders above the crowd: chocolate.

What is it about chocolate that feeds the soul? Watch any channel, any time of year, and chances are you’ll encounter at least one commercial featuring a woman nibbling sensuously on a glossy square, a backdrop of red velvet and melted chocolate weaving an ambience of indulgence behind her. Women love chocolate, or so they say, and as such expect that quaint heart-shaped box come Valentine’s Day. The box is nice, but this narrative is too simple. A soul cannot thrive in a box.

Chocolate is so much more than an affectionate gift—it is a global power. One can taste cacao from Peru, Mexico, Brazil, and Indonesia… from tannin-rich and earthy to bright and fruity, chocolate presents a vast spectrum of flavors that open international doors. Let’s take chocolate out of its box for a moment. The entire world is having an affair with chocolate, and on Valentine’s Day, there is even more of an excuse to feel the love, regardless of where you fall on the love-hate scale.

Chocolate is a comfort when sweet, a pick-me-up when dark, a bit of both when spiced. We’ll take any opportunity to become more intimate with chocolate and Valentine’s Day is just one of those opportunities. By all means, enjoy your boxed chocolate, but don’t stop there, for your soul’s sake.

If you’re looking for some inspiration, either to share with a loved one or to hoard, dragon-like, for yourself, here are seven sweet recipes to get you started on the path to freeing your chocolate. Enjoy a piece of chocolate as you read, keeping in mind that these ideas are just a fraction of chocolate’s potential. February 14th, or any other day when you’re feeling the love, know that the options are limitless when it comes to rich chocolate dessert—no box required.

  1. Add a little extra decadence to fudgy brownies with a rich chocolate frosting. Go ahead and lick the spoon, an experience denied you by prepackaged chocolates. No box, no regrets.
  2. Decorate your chocolate layer cake with fancy chocolate swirls and twirls, should you desire to impress. Fancy not in your box of tricks? Simply run a vegetable peeler or paring knife across the thin edge of a bar of your favorite chocolate, at room temperature, to get curls to garnish instead. Go crazy and use flavored chocolate or a combination of light and dark chocolate. If you dare.
  3. Speaking of various chocolates, these cookies are made with both dark chocolate and white chocolate, for a bit of contrast and an extra level of sweetness. Who says you need to limit yourself to one shade, or fifty shades, of chocolate?
  4. It’s possible to provide a classic sort of treat without a box. If you’re feeling adventurous, take your cookie to the next level and make it a whoopie pie. Far better than the purchased version, these match comfort with creativity.
  5. On the other hand, if your passion for chocolate is so great that you can’t wait until dessert to dig in, consider breakfast in bed, instead. Nothing says “good morning” like double chocolate raspberry muffins. Just try to fit these into a box. If you do, ship them to someone who might like a chocolaty breakfast in bed.
  6. And, while we’re on the subject of raspberries, these holiday pancakes from The Baker Chick are equal parts adorable and delicious. Heart-shaped, sans the heart-shaped container.
  7. But if you’re more of a waffles kind of person, we’ve got those for you, too! Top with homemade whipped cream and strawberries for the kind of fresh, irresistible sweetness and warmth you could never get from something pre-packaged.Valentine’s Day is not for all, but chocolate is certainly for most. If these desserts don’t light your fire, open the box even wider. Go sweet and salty and add coarse flakes of sea salt, caramel, or peanut butter to a chocolate recipe. Get cozy with a mug of homemade bittersweet hot chocolate spiced with chilies, perfect to have alongside any of these recipes. Or, go completely savory and make a chocolate mole to slather over corn tortillas and marinated chicken. In the end, Valentine’s Day is exactly what you make it; don’t limit your love, and certainly don’t limit your love of chocolate. Get out of the box, and take your chocolate with you. Your soul deserves it.

Beat the Winter Blues

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Beat the Winter Blues with Baking

When the temperature hits single digits and the snow piles up, where are many people likely to spend their days? Under the covers hibernating, of course!

Here at Clabber Girl we think there are better ways to spend the winter days. Sure the sun sets earlier and the wind chill is absurdly low, but that doesn’t mean you have to hunker down and disappear. There are plenty of warm and cozy ways to enjoy these colder months. Want to beat the winter blues? It’s time to get baking.

Host a Brunch Party
Move over breakfast! Get out of the way lunch! Make way for the newest craze in group dining – brunch! This melding of meals has risen to new and creative heights. Hosting brunch is a fabulous way to stay social during the cold winter months. Invite your friends over for a casual and cozy early afternoon brunch. Let the festivities start by gathering your nearest and dearest around these amazing Banana Crunch Streusel Muffins:

Ingredients:
2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup sugar
2 teaspoons Davis Baking Powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup mashed bananas (about 2-3 bananas)
1 egg, slightly beaten
1/2 cup milk
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup chopped walnuts or pecans

Streusel Topping:
1/2 cup chopped walnuts or pecans
3 tablespoons brown sugar
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
Instructions

Throw a Game Night
Nothing heats up the cold winter nights like the fire of friendly competition. Game nights are a great way to get friends and families together to relax and reconnect. Even though the games take center stage, the menu is just as important. You’ll likely have a variety of tastes and preferences, so to be sure that the pickiest eaters are satisfied will take a little planning. Finger foods are best, as people tend to graze during these kinds of social events. Clabber Girl’s mouth-watering Good Ole Fried Chicken is a guaranteed crowd pleaser. For your vegetarian friends, you can fry up a variety of vegetables with our deep fry batter recipe.

Get the Girls Over
Time flies, especially during the winter months when the days are shorter and our calendars more packed with holidays and family responsibilities. One of the best ways to beat the winter blues is to kick the menfolk out and gather your best girlfriends for a night of cocktails, food and friendship.  Nothing says girls night like sinfully delicious chocolate treats. We recommend Chocolate Lovers Brownies or Chocolate Cherry Cookies.

Okay, so the weather outside may, in fact, be frightful, but that doesn’t mean that life during winter can’t be delightful. With the right attitude, you can build lasting memories surrounded by friends and the savory scents of cozy comfort foods.

Three Twists on Carrot Cake

 Happy National Carrot Cake Day!!

With a food holiday almost every day of the year, there is always a reason to get in the kitchen and bake. Today is no different—happy National Carrot Cake Day!  There are so many variations of carrot cake. Do you add coconut, pineapple or raisins? Or are you a purist that sticks with the classic carrot and spice? Or maybe you’re still trying to decide? If so, here are three of our favorite carrot cake recipes with a twist.

Have you ever tried having cream-cheese filled sandwiches for dessert? Or you can practice your fancy frosting skills and pipe fluffy cream cheese goodness onto these kid-friendly, nut-free cupcakes. And we know you will be the supermom of the basketball team by bringing cake to practice.

There is only one official carrot cake day, but this delicious spiced cake is always in season. For even more carrot cake recipes to last all year long, visit our recipe database.