If you want to try a soft, fluffy bread in your bread machine using regular flour and yeast, you HAVE to try this Orange Cranberry Pecan Bread!!
This year, Santa gave me a bread machine, and I am in love!! The only thing that surprised me was that almost all recipes recommend bread flour and bread machine yeast, which are difficult to come by where I live. The bread flour is either sold at health food stores (super expensive), at Costco (50lb bag, yikes!) or online (this is the one I found), and the bread machine yeast is only available online (this is the one I found). Some recipes said you can use all-purpose flour and instant yeast, but they came out too dense for my taste. Still tasty, but not fluffy like I’m used to.
Until I tried this recipe. 😋
I don’t know if it’s because of the orange juice, the butter, or what, but this is the softest, fluffiest bread I have made so far with regular flour and yeast. And it’s so tasty!!! It’s not overly sweet, and the pecans give it a nice crunch.
Sometimes I use dried cranberries, and sometimes dried mixed berries. Also, sometimes I use chopped pecans and sometimes sliced almonds. They are all sooo good!! My favorite way to enjoy it is simply toasted with a bit of butter, although this makes the BEST french toast ever!
Do you have a favorite bread machine recipe? Share it in the comments so I can try!!
Mezcla sandwiches are very traditional in Puerto Rican kitchens. “Mezcla” means “mix”, which is exactly what it is: a puree of ham and cheese for sandwiches. Ok, so “puree of ham and cheese” doesn’t sound very appetizing, but stay with me, I promise it’s worth it!
We make mezcla sandwiches all the time. For family gatherings or holiday parties, we like to buy sweet or colored breads to make them more festive. Growing up, my mom always ordered pinwheel sweet mezcla sandwiches from the local bakery. I still order them every time my husband has a meeting at work that requires breakfast or snacks.
Another popular place for mezcla sandwiches is in lunchboxes. In my opinion, it’s the perfect sandwich filling for when you want to cut them up in fun shapes, because it acts like a glue for both breads, and it doesn’t come undone when transported.
These are just two fun ways I have incorporated mezcla sandwiches in my son’s lunchbox:
I got this recipe from a friend a very long time ago, and even though I have tried other recipes, I think the cream cheese is what takes it over the top, because it makes it creamier. Also, don’t omit the red sweet peppers! It gives it a great taste, and masks the processed cheese and spam taste.
I posted this recipe several years ago on my YoSoyMami blog, and it is my #1 most visited post, which is why I wanted to share it here, because I know you’re going to love it.
This "mix" is perfect for parties, potlucks and lunchboxes.
1 (8 oz.) jar of Cheez Whiz
1 can of Spam (I like to use Lite or low-sodium)
1 small can of red sweet peppers
4 oz. of cream cheese (1/2 package)
Bread (any kind)
Mix all ingredients in your food processor until smooth. When adding the sweet peppers, don't throw away the liquid. Add the peppers first, and gradually add the liquid until you have reached your desired consistency. Remember that the peppers and liquid are what give this a great taste. You want to add the liquid without watering down the mezcla too much. You will not need all of the liquid.
You can use any kind of bread - sandwich bread, sweet bread, colored, etc. You can also use cutters to create fun shapes.