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A plate of sliced poppy seed bread

BEST Poppy Seed Bread

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A plate of sliced poppy seed bread

Easy Quick Bread

There are ssooo many recipes for Poppy Seed bread, but THIS is really the BEST Poppy Seed bread!

It’s time-tested and proven to be AMAZING!

The glaze on top is perfect and soaks into the bread just enough for an added bit of tenderness.  

Lemon, orange and other ingredients combine to make this Poppy Seed Bread the one I have stayed with and baked for years and years…which is the sign of a good quick bread, because I will try something new if I even think there could be room for improvement. 

Since it doesn’t have to rise, it’s simply mix, pour in the pan and bake.  

A great dessert, brunch, perfect to serve at a baby or bridal shower, a welcome treat anytime, and take-along gift to say thanks or thinking of you.

Make up a batch of this BEST Poppy Seed Bread today.

 

BEST Poppy Seed Bread

Ingredients:

Bread:

3 cups flour

1  ½ tsp. salt

1  ½ tsp. baking powder

2 cups sugar

1  ½ cups milk, whole adds richness, 2% is good

1  1/8 cups vegetable oil – your preference, but use one that will not interfere with the delicate taste of the bread.  I prefer vegetable oil here

1  Tbl. poppy seeds

3 eggs

1  ½ tsp. vanilla

1  ½ tsp. almond extract

 

Glaze:

1 Tbl. butter, use the real thing here

2 tsp. milk

3/4  cup sugar

1/4  cup orange juice – made up from concentrate is fine

1/2  tsp. vanilla

1/2  tsp. almond extract

 

1 large bread pan, 2 medium loaf pans, or 4 small pans

 

Directions:

Bread:

Preheat oven to 325 degrees

 

Line the bottom of the 2 loaf pans with parchment; optional, but it makes it much easier to get the bread out of the pan; and also coat with spray release.

Combine all bread ingredients and mix well for 2 minutes. 

Pour the mixture into prepared baking pans. 

Bake for 15-30 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean  as the cooking time will depend on the size of pan you used. 

Take the pan(s) out of oven, and allow to sit for 5 minutes. *While the bread is sitting, make the glaze.

Pour on *glaze, evenly, spooning on to make sure it’s covering all areas of the pan(s) you are using.

 

*Glaze:

Heat the glaze ingredients in a saucepan just until barely warm and the sugar is dissolved. 

Pour evenly over the bread. 

Let the bread soak in the glaze and cool 10 minutes. 

Cover with saran wrap and let sit 30-45 minutes. 

Take the bread out of pan(s) and wrap in plastic wrap or slice and put in an airtight container. This step keeps the bread very tender and moist.  DELISH!

Copyright Carrie Groneman, A Mother’s Shadow, 2018

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White chocolate with halloween sprinkles and a surprise when you eat it

Mysterious Halloween Candy Confection

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White chocolate with halloween sprinkles and a surprise when you eat it

Chocolate with a bit of sweet, some pop and a little heat

 My friend Dorthy told me about a candy she had some time back and I just had replicate what I call Mysterious Halloween Candy Confection with sweet and heat.

This seemingly innocent chocolate candy is not what it appears to be.

Put a piece of this Mysterious Halloween Candy Confection in your mouth…..wait for it…and in a few seconds you begin to feel the popping on your tongue and the inside of your cheeks.

Wait for it….then a moment or so after that…the heat from the chipotle hits the back of your throat and warms it nicely. 

It’s fun, groovy and a perfect treat with a little trick. I’ll show you how to make this SIMPLE candy for not only Halloween, but it’s great for an April Fools trick too – just change the sprinkles!

Mysterious Halloween Candy Confection

Ingredients:

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12 oz. white or chocolate melting chocolate:  such as Wilton candy melts OR chocolate chips

3  .333 oz packages or one  .75 oz package of any flavor of Pop Rocks candy

1/8 – 1/4  tsp. chipotle chili powder (1/8 tsp. gives a little heat in the back of the throat)

Halloween candy sprinkles  OR THESE for April Fools

Directions:

Line a cookie sheet or jelly roll pan with parchment paper, or lay a large piece out on your table or counter about 3 feet long.

Place the chocolate in a microwavable proof bowl

Mysterious Halloween Candy Confection

Mysterious Halloween Candy Confection

Heat in the microwave for 30 seconds.

Stir. 

Mysterious Halloween Candy Confection

Mysterious Halloween Candy Confection

Microwave another 30 seconds and stir.

Mysterious Halloween Candy Confection

Mysterious Halloween Candy Confection

Repeat this process until the chocolate is melted and completely smooth.Mysterious Candy 5 Mix in the pop rocks.Mysterious Candy 6Mix in the chipotle powder.Mysterious Candy 7

Spread out the chocolate mixture evenly on the prepared parchment to about 1/8″ thick.

Mysterious Halloween Candy Confection

Mysterious Halloween Candy Confection

Cover evenly with the sprinkles.

Mysterious Halloween Candy Confection

Mysterious Halloween Candy Confection

Allow chocolate to set up in the fridge, or on the counter if it is cool enough.

When the chocolate is firm, break into pieces.

IMPORTANT TIP: Eat within 2 days for best effect from the Pop Rock candy because the effect diminishes the longer it sits.

Carrie Groneman’s recipe Copyright Carrie Groneman, A Mother’s Shadow, 2014, 2018

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