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"Big Game" Calzones

When I think of Sunday’s big football game, I think of food. Not the game, the players or even the half-time show. For me, it’s all about the food. Last year I made Whole Wheat Pizza Bites that went over like gangbusters the day of the big game. So, this year I decided to do something along the same lines, but this time I turned the whole wheat pizza dough into mini calzones filled with ground beef, onions, mushrooms and cheese. These tasty hand pies can be dipped into warm pizza sauce or marinara or eaten plain – although I think it may be an unwritten rule that all foods related to watching the big game must be dipped.  Read More »


Vanilla-Pear Yeast Bread with Cinnamon-Honey Butter

Begin by pulling together some bread making basics: Hodgson Mill Active Dry Yeast, Hodgson Mill Whole Wheat Flour and Hodgson Mill Naturally White Flour. If you’re still trying to adjust to having whole wheat in your bread, this is a great recipe with which to begin expanding your palate. It includes a full cup of Hodgson Mill Whole Wheat Flour, but also has plenty of white flour to even out the texture. If you’re accustomed to whole wheat breads, by all means, replace a cup of the white flour with more whole wheat.  Read More »


Caramel Apple Cinnamon Rolls

The dough starts off in the usual way with lots of butter, sugar and cinnamon (these are cinnamon rolls after all) and then incorporates some extra ingredients like lemon zest, nutmeg, buttermilk and Hodgson Mill Whole Wheat Flour. Then sliced apples are slowly caramelized in more butter, sugar and cinnamon and are wrapped into the dough with even more cinnamon and sugar. Mouth watering yet? To take these rolls over the top, they’re frosted with a creamy, salted-caramel glaze that will make you weak in the knees after one taste. Altogether, these cinnamon rolls are reminiscent of caramel apples in a warm, gooey cinnamon roll form.  Read More »


Cherry-Chocolate Whole Wheat Bread

This recipe for Cherry-Chocolate Whole Wheat Bread begins with a box of Hodgson Mill Honey Whole Wheat Bread Mix. The lightly sweet, whole wheat dough is the perfect background for the tart, brandy-soaked cherries and milk chocolate chunks. And Hodgson Mill uses all-natural ingredients in all of its products including this bread mix, so my from-scratch mantra is intact – just simplified. I love it when that happens. Read More »


Rustic Rosemary Whole Wheat Garlic Bread

Sometimes you just need to bake. Despite the hot weather, the need to knead just won’t go away. Besides, when you have a pasta dish like Summer Harvest Pasta with Mascarpone Meatballs in the works, a great bread companion just makes sense. This is where Rustic Rosemary Whole Wheat Garlic Bread comes into the picture. It’s filled with Hodgson Mill Whole Wheat Flour, Hodgson Mill Naturally White Flour, Hodgson Mill Active Dry Yeast, fresh rosemary and minced garlic – and it makes two loaves which helps justify heating up the house when it’s hot out.  Read More »


Whole Wheat Monkey Bread

Monkey bread – I’m not sure where the name comes from, but it sure is tasty! I’ve known about Monkey bread for a long time – mostly from friends who make it with a can of biscuit dough, but being a “from scratch” type of girl, I never made it. Once you’re from scratch – it’s hard to go back. I also knew there had to be a way to make the gooey, cinnamon roll-like bread, healthier – in comes Hodgson Mill Whole Wheat Flour to the rescue! I made the dough for this bread with a full cup of whole wheat flour as well as some Hodgson Mill All Natural All Purpose Flour to round things out. Don’t worry – butter and sugar are still a part of this monkey bread. My kids have even asked when we’re making it again, so the homemade, whole grain version passed the little people test in my house. That’s reason enough to give this recipe a try. Who needs a can of biscuits? Not us – let’s get baking!  Read More »


Hot Cross Buns Cream Cheese Braid

We have a winner for the Hodgson Mill “Have A Grain Holiday” baking contest! Barbara at Barbarabakes.com wowed us with a beautiful and delicious Citrus Cranberry Cream Cheese Danish Braid that earned her first place in our food blogger contest. That’s the link to her winning entry along with detailed directions on how she made it all come together.Now that another holiday is upon us, and the seasons are a-changing, I wanted to pay homage to Barbara’s recipe, but tweak it just a little bit for springtime. I wanted to bring my favorite flavors from hot cross buns into the picture—warm spices against fresh citrus zest and golden raisins. I also toned down the sweetness just a tiny bit to reflect a hot cross bun (I left off the citrus sugar, since the finished product is sweet enough for me). I love her recipe, and I also wanted to try out a few other seasonal ideas; I think they’re both pretty terrific. Read More »


English Muffin Bread with Quick Homemade Strawberry Preserves

If you are a fan of the circular English muffins that come from the grocery store, you will love this bread even more. It has all of the same English muffin taste wrapped up into simple, good-for-you, whole wheat yeast bread. One of the best parts about this bread is that it only needs to rise once, so it takes half the time to make than a traditional yeast bread recipe. It also makes two loaves – a total bonus in my book. You can choose to eat one loaf right away and freeze the other for another time, or like in my house, the day after the first loaf is devoured.  Read More »


Cherry-Chocolate Whole Wheat Bread

Nope this is not a dessert. This was my breakfast this morning; a lightly toasted slice of whole wheat bread with chocolate chunks and cherries with a smear of whipped cream cheese and fresh raspberries on top. I ate it all – every last whole wheat crumb. It was delicious and guilt-free since it’s made with Hodgson Mill White Whole Wheat Flour as well as cherries - which fall squarely into the “good for you” category. Read More »


Whole Wheat Pizza Bites

Delicious bites made with a healthy cup of Hodgson Mill Whole Wheat Flour and filled with your favorite pizza toppings! They are easy to make and transport, which makes them perfect for dinner parties! Read More »


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