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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 »


Simple Maple Blueberry Loaf Cake with Maple Glaze

As soon as I saw this recipe I knew it would be perfect for Easter Sunday brunch. It combines two great flavors, blueberries and maple (think pancakes) with a healthy serving of Hodgson Mill Whole Wheat Flour and Hodgson Mill All Natural All Purpose Flour along with some other easy to come-by ingredients all together in a lovely loaf cake. This recipe is also simple to make. I had everything mixed and the cake in the oven in about 10 minutes – perfect for a hectic Easter morning with egg hunts and excited children bouncing around. Read More »


My Irish Granny’s Whole Grain Wheaten Bread

Despite being named Erin, I don’t actually have an Irish granny. But if I did, I would hope she would bake bread like this–slightly sweet and nutty with toasted Hodgson Mill Steel Cut Oats, with a crisp browned crust hiding a tender buttery biscuit crumb. (For any word nerds out there, ‘Wheaten’ is an old English word that means just what it says, and it’s the name of this type of loaf.) To me, this fun clover-shaped loaf is whole grain baking at its best—taste, texture, and looks (a triple threat!). And since it’s a soda bread, made with buttermilk and baking soda instead of yeast, it’s ready in just about an hour. It’s perfect for breakfast, toasted, with butter and jam, but it easily holds up next to a savory soup or stew. The smell of this, fresh from the oven, drew everyone in my house straight to the kitchen. . . I just love when that happens. Read More »


Double Chocolate Whole Wheat Whoopie Pies

I can’t begin to tell you how much my children love these whoopie pies. The attraction began with the chocolate cookie layers (they are my kids after all) and the pink frosting and sprinkles sealed the deal. Several sticky mouthfuls later, and a new cookie relationship was born. I can’t say I blame my kids – I think these taste great, too. And the cute cookies have been a requested afternoon snack for the past few days. I’m pretty sure I heard a “whoopie” or two as they were being eaten. I didn’t even bother to tell the kids that I had mixed some wholesome Hodgson Mill Whole Wheat Flour into these tasty little treats. The bumped-up nutrition they’re getting in each bite is my happy little secret. 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 »


Homemade Graham Crackers

’ve always thought graham crackers were something you got out of a box. Period. Not that I thought they would be so difficult that they were beyond my skill level, or that they required some kind of strange ingredients, but I really just never thought about it. Let’s face it, they’re pretty readily available already made. And to be honest, I’ve always thought that they were more of a vehicle–a handy, edible way to get toasty, sticky marshmallows from a campfire fork to my mouth with a minimum of mess. Mmmm. S’mores. Read More »


Whole Wheat Chocolate Chip Skillet Cookie

Cookies. Cookies. Cookies. We can never have enough cookies. Once the jar is empty there is more baking to be done. Chocolate chip cookies are a big favorite around my house. If I make them when the girls are home, help is never in short supply. Chairs are dragged to the counter and hands are washed before I even get things set up. Sneaking stray chips is a specialty that all three have perfected. Not sure who they learned that from. Makes baking things with chocolate chips very popular. Read More »


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