Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Perfect for Easter Brunch or an Afternoon Tea

" If I had a world of my own, everything would be nonsense. Nothing would be what it is because everything would be what it isn't. And contrary-wise; what it is it wouldn't be, and what it wouldn't be, it would. You see? " Alice in Wonderland

Things kept getting "curiouser and curiouser" as I began building on
Dried Apricots Baked with Vanilla Bean
recipe shared on facebook by Indu Kline post via Feeding People With Love.

The recipe is easy enough

INGREDIENTS:dried apricots vanilla bean
METHOD:Soak the apricots - 1 cup fruit to 1 cup water

Split the vanilla bean and scrape the seeds into the bottom of a pie dish
Add the soaking water to the bottom of the pie dish
Add the fruit Cover with foil and bake at 350 for 1 hour.

The apricots soften into a rather flavorful, thick, soft, chunky puree into which I stirred a handful of dried; cranberries, cherries, blueberries and strawberries without returning the mixture to the oven. The hot, moist apricots coaxed the flavors out of the dried berries while restoring their colors and textures creating the perfect accompaniment for Wegman's Marathon Bread.


Served here with fresh strawberries and cream cheese; this will definitely be on my Easter Brunch Menu also perfect for a Afternoon Tea with clotted cream.
Here is one persons second attempt to make the Marathon Bread at home
Here's my second attempt - it's getting closer!

Marathon Energy Bread Attempt 2

1 5/8 c water
2 Tbls honey
1 Tbls molasses
¼ c shredded carrots
¼ c applesauce
2 ½ c bread flour
3/4 c rye flour
3/4 c white whole wheat flour
1/3 c flax seed (1/2 half ground – ½ whole)
1/3 c sunflower seeds
1/3 c pumpkin seeds
2 Tbls wheat germ
2 Tbls rolled oats
2 Tbls sesame seeds
2 Tbls lecithin
2 Tbls banana chips chopped
1 Tbls wheat gluten
1 tsp diastolic malt powder
½ tsp salt
1/8 tsp ascorbic acid
1 ½ tsp instant yeast
Place all ingredients in bread machine pan. Use the dough cycle only. Remove dough and shape into loaf. Place in greased 9 x 5 pan. Let rise until doubled ~40 min. Bake at 375degrees for 40-45 minutes. Remove from pan and cool.
Next time I am going to try 2 8 x 4 pans and bake for 30

I'll post pics after making this recipe. Your comments and results are most welcome also ;~)

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