Quick and Easy Garlic Toast

Quick and Easy Garlic Toast

I recently received an email with an article on ways you can top toast. It reminded me of my garlic toast I’ve been addicted to making as of late. Of course, it’s because I love just about all things garlic. From adding extra in various recipes, like stir frys to even being on toast. So I figured, why not make a simple garlic toast? It tastes great with my homemade chicken zoodle soup which works perfectly when one is feeling unwell or needing warm meals during the colder months of the year.

I used my friend’s bread recipe and it tastes amazing! Yet it’s so simple and easy to make! I usually use my toaster oven to toast my bread but you can use a regular oven as well and set it to broil for about 5 minutes or until it’s toasted. You just need to keep a good eye on it so it doesn’t burn.

Some alternatives to add additional flavor would be to add shredded cheese of your choice on top or even add your favorite salsa. You can even turn it into a bruschetta-like my quick and easy recipe you can find here! Or you can even add mashed avocado with salt and pepper and some deli meat of choice like prosciutto too.

Quick and Easy Garlic Toast

Ingredients:

  • Bread slices
  • garlic powder
  • about 1 tsp of oil of choice per slice

Directions:

  1. Take your sliced bread and spread your oil on one side.
  2. After spreading out the oil, take your garlic powder and sprinkle over the oiled bread.
  3. Place your bread slices in your toaster oven and set it to toast for about 5 minutes or until desired toasty brown goodness. If using a regular oven, set to broil and broil until the desired toastiness.
  4. Remove from oven and enjoy! Just be careful as it’s hot!
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Almost-Vegan Cinnamon Rolls

Who doesn’t love cinnamon rolls on a cold morning? Add a cup of tea or coffee and it’s a nice breakfast before heading out of the house. It’s also great as an evening snack.

These cinnamon rolls are mouth-watering, bouncing around the house for joy deliciousness that will have you craving more. (Trust me, I keep wishing I make more than one batch) You can also add anything inside them too like cut apples, chocolate chips, etc. The imaginations are endless for these yummy goodness that melt in your mouth.

I used my friend, Kitty’s, recipes for bread dough and icing to make them. It is beyond epic. Seriously.

Cinnamon Rolls

Ingredients:

For the bread:

  • 2 and 1/2 cups warm water
  • 1 Tbsp yeast
  • 1/4 cup of sugar to a half cup depending on how sweet you want your bread to be.
  • 2 tsp Salt
  • 5-6 Cups of Flour

For the Icing:

  • Powdered sugar 2 Cups
  • Vanilla 1 Tbsp
  • Soy milk your choice about 1/3 of a cup, adding in not enough is much better than too much trust me. (Also wonderful with unsweetened almond milk for less calories!)
  • Coconut oil raw unrefined organic virgin 1/4 cup

For the filling:

  • 1/3 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/3 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup butter or margarine, softened (To make it vegan or vegetarian, using vegan butter such as from here: Vegan Butter)
  • 1 tsp of ground cinnamon
  • Optional: Few handfulls of Chocolate chips (Or carob chips works too!)

Directions:

To make the dough, follow Kitty’s Bread Dough recipe. This will have the possibility of making up to three batches of rolls. Near the end of the two hour rising time, take a small bowl and add the filling into it. Mi it all together till the cinnamon is of a thick but wet consistency. After removing the dough from the bowl, cut off about 1/3 of the dough. Take your rolling pin and roll it out in a rectangle as much as possible. Use extra flour if necessary as the dough will be a bit sticky still.

Once the dough is rolled out, take your filling and spread it over the top side of the dough. It might be a bit thin but that is okay. Then if you like, you can add apple pieces or chocolate/carob chips on top of the filling. Also, pre-heat the oven to 375 degrees.

Then take the far side of the dough and begin rolling it towards you. It might be a bit messy but that makes it more fun. Once the dough is rolled up, take out a pan (square or circular, your choice) and spray it with non-stick spray. Take a sharp knife and start cutting the dough roll about 1/2 inch to an inch wide and set the roll in the pan. Once all the rolls are in the pan, you can add more chocolate chips or apple pieces to the top area an pushing them in with your finger.

When your oven is fully pre-heated, put the rolls in the oven for about 20 minutes (give or take a few minutes depending on how good your oven is at cooking. I had to add a couple minutes). After it cooking till the top has a light brownness to it, remove from the oven and set on the stove to cool for about 10 minutes if you can wait that long. I know I had trouble as the smell was so good, it made my mouth water.

While waiting, begin making the icing such as Kitty’s Icing recipe. Once your rolls have cooled down, drizzle the icing on top before serving. It comes out amazing!

Kitty’s Bread Recipe

Hi everyone! I know it has been awhile but things have been pretty busy here. I do have a few recipes for you all. My friend, Kitty, gave me permission to post these up as these are from her. You can check out her facebook group, Vegan Beginners, where she has even more vegan recipes!

Kitty’s Bread Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 2 and 1/2 cups warm water
  • 1 Tbsp yeast
  • 1/4 cup of sugar to a half cup depending on how sweet you want your bread to be.
  • 2 tsp Salt
  • 5-6 Cups of Flour

Directions:

Have two bowls ready first of all. Then bring out your ingredients. I find it makes the recipe go a bit smoother if I just bring everything that I need out. Then as I go along I run less of a risk of forgetting some key ingredient. Measure out your flour first in your other bowl first. Then you have no great rush to measure when your yeast activates.

I then grab my measuring cups and take one bowl and put the two and a half cups of warm water into the bowl. Then I measure out the yeast and the sugar and add them to the warm water and stir. Wait until your yeast activates. If you leave it alone it begins to make this strange formation in the bowl. If that grows then your yeast should be active and I normally wait until it has covered the top of the water in the bowl. Then I add the salt.

Once at this point I then add in almost all of the flour save for what might be seen as about a cups worth in the bowl. Stir in the flour with the sugary water until a soft dough forms. It is sticky and this is why you leave about a cup worth of flour at the bottom of the other bowl. Keep adding and kneading gently until it is mostly absorbed the loose flour and has a nice smooth texture. It doesn’t have to be perfect.

Once you have this ball of dough put it back into a bowl and cover it and wait two hours until it doubles in size. Somewhere warm. Once it has doubled then you take it out of the bowl and cut it into two halves and taking one half begin to roll it out with a rolling pin. Do this gently and once you have a semi rectangular shape roll it onto itself and tuck in the ends. Before you put the dough onto the sheet make sure you have covered the surface with some hemp oil or an oil of your choice. Then place them each on a separate baking sheet. Allow to rise another two hours in a warm room.

Heat your oven to 350 degrees or 180 Celsius works as well. Bake for twenty minutes or until the loaves sound hollow. The loaves in the picture i made a bit more special. I added in green olives in sunflower oil with sundried tomato fillings. Added Pine nuts and basil and baked it inside. I hope you try this and I hope you find it as easy as i do.

Note for electric mixers (Like kitchenaid/etc): Add the water, sugar and yeast into the bowl of your mixer. Attach the dough hook. Once the yeast makes it’s formation in the sugary water, add the salt and then the flour. Stir at number 2 or another low speed. Once dough forms and is “kneaded”, can let it rest for the two hours and continue following the instructions.

 

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I usually use my electric mixer to mix all the ingredients and let it rise in the bowl for the two hours. It rises a lot! I usually have enough for either two long loafs of bread or if I use bread pans, two small loafs and some dough for cinnamon rolls!

Either way, this bread is delicious!