Avocado Bread/Rolls/Biscuits and Gravy

Thank you for all your birthday wishes for Hannah!  She had an awesome weekend!

She bought her first lottery ticket:

She won her first lottery ticket!

She bought whip cream!  Okay, some of you had questions about why you had to be 18 to buy canned whipped cream.  Apparently you can get high off of the nitrous oxide that makes the whip cream come out of the can!

we will be using it for angel food cake though! 😀

And. . . . she got her nose pierced!  It’s tiny though.  And Tony and I have always discussed with the kids – piercings you can take out but tattoos are forever!

So Hannah wanted biscuits with sausage gravy for breakfast.  This is a breakfast she usually has at my Aunt’s lake house.  I cheated a bit, because I used packaged gravy mix that my mom bought me, but it is so damn good!

it's ready in about 5 minutes!

And the only sausage we buy – we used to buy cheaper sausage but it was so greasy, we stick with good ole Jimmy Dean:

One thing I’ve learned about making biscuits is to not overwork the dough too much.  I also shred my butter too – I put a stick of butter in the freezer the night before – I think it makes for a tender buscuit.

I got 10 biscuits

I baked them on a baking stone

this breakfast was so good!

So Saturday I decided to attempt my first Healthy Bread in Five recipe.  Click on the badge below for more information.

It was avocado bread.  I can’t post the recipe, but I’ll give you what page it is on in the book!

It is interesting because it calls for mashed avocado in the dough!

You mix the mashed avocado with the water and add that to the dry ingredients.

The dough is pretty sticky, but after the two hour rise it was perfect.  I decided first to make rolls for our burgers.

I weighed out 4 ounces of dough for each roll, brushed with water and sprinkled with black sesame seeds.

I love parchment paper - my baking stone heated up in the oven so this was an easy way to get them on the stone - with 5 minutes left of baking, I put them directly on the stone


So it was our first burger grill of 2010!  It was almost dark outside, but that didn’t stop me!

I also made fries with dinner.  These are the best fries – they are baked potatoes, quartered and deep fried – the secret?  Two fries – the first time I just get them slightly brown, then when I am ready to plate, I drop them for another three minutes – so crunchy on the outside, yet tender on the inside.

My plate!

I really liked this bread, although Tony thought it had a weird aftertaste.

So I had a lot of dough leftover, and decided to use the same cooking method as the Best Bread Ever.

I scored the top

I then baked it in my dutch oven for 30 minutes with the lid on.

And then another 15 minutes with the lid off.

I may have waited 5 minutes before slicing a piece!

I love this crunchy crust! I think I'll bake every bread with this technique 😀

I had a great grocery shop – $107!  (Breakfast and Lunch is just for me)


  • Breakfast pizza
  • zucchini egg white omelet
  • crustless broccoli and cheese quiche (I’ll have this twice)
  • oatmeal with craisins and almonds


  • chicken tikka masala with brown rice
  • broccoli cheddar soup
  • beef noodle salad
  • chili baked potato
  • Posole soup with spinach quesadilla


  • Scallop saltimbocca with mashed potatoes
  • dinner at Chinese restaurant to celebrate Hannah’s b-day with my step-son Joe
  • Pork chops with blue cheese dressing
  • Sesame chicken salad with spinach, cucumber and cilantro
  • Party Pizza Friday?  (not sure I can convince Tony, so it may be fish tacos!)

Hope everyone had a great weekend – back to the grind – time to get ready for work! 😀

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  • Jessica @ How Sweet
    March 8, 2010 at 1:54 pm

    Avocado guacamole bread sounds incredible!! You are a bread making machine – I need to bake some!

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  • Anne Marie@New Weigh of Life
    March 8, 2010 at 2:12 pm

    Hannah is adorable!

  • Health Foodie
    March 8, 2010 at 2:18 pm

    Wow, I did not know you had to be 18 in order to buy whip cream!

    I used to love buying little tickets where you could win stuff. It’s all about the excitement. 🙂

    Food sounds so good.

  • thebalancebroad
    March 8, 2010 at 2:20 pm

    Oh my gosh….I had no idea about the whipped cream! I wonder if it’s like that in every state? I’ll have to try and buy it to see. Really, I just want an excuse to get whipped cream. 🙂

    I love Hannah’s piercing! I couldn’t agree more about them, too. I had my belly button pierced in college and now it’s out, so it’s like I never had it. I’d love a tattoo but I am too indecisive – and the “forever” thing scares me!

  • Errign
    March 8, 2010 at 2:21 pm

    I think nose piercings are so cute – especially when it’s just a little diamond or whatever! Happy Birthday to Hannah again!

  • 5 Star Foodie
    March 8, 2010 at 2:24 pm

    Wow an avocado bread sounds fantastic and those burgers rock! Happy belated birthday to your daughter!

  • glidingcalm
    March 8, 2010 at 2:33 pm

    such beautiful rolls and bread!!! that burger looks delicious!

  • suzicate
    March 8, 2010 at 2:54 pm

    So Hannah didn’t waste anytime…and I’ve never won more than a free ticket or one budk ont the lottery…of course, I haven’t bought a ticket in YEARS!!! Thanks for the tip on shredding the butter. I’d never thought to do that!

  • Helen
    March 8, 2010 at 3:02 pm

    Did she keep the money or go buy more tickets is the real question?! Seriously, looks and sounds like you had a great celebration as it should be for such an important birthday.

    You are a grocery shopping wiz – my bill was $175 this week and it’s just the two of us. Sigh.

    • biz319
      March 8, 2010 at 4:34 pm

      She kept the cash, and probably won’t buy another ticket for six months! 😀

  • April H
    March 8, 2010 at 3:50 pm

    Do you have your house at a certian temp. when you rise your dough. OR do you use a certian yeast? My bread never turns out as great as yours looks. Now My mouth is watering and I will have to add make home made bread to my list of to do’s today!!!!!

    • biz319
      March 8, 2010 at 4:34 pm

      I just keep it on the counter or on top of the stove – our house during the day is only at 63 degrees. Let me know how it turns out! 😀

  • homecookedem
    March 8, 2010 at 3:53 pm

    I love Hannah’s piercing!! I’d totally get mine done too if I was 18 again!! 🙂 And she is my kinda girl if her request was for biscuits and gravy!! I LOVE biscuits and gravy!! One of my top favorite breakfasts, for sure!! Your’s looks delicious!!

  • Lara (Thinspired)
    March 8, 2010 at 3:58 pm

    Happy Belated Birthday, Hannah! Wow, had no idea about the whip cream…freaky! Of course she won the lottery ticket…a combination of birthday AND beginner’s luck 🙂

  • Ally @ Sweet & Savory
    March 8, 2010 at 4:27 pm

    Every time I see your bread, it makes me want to make it. I don’t have a dutch oven though!!!! ugh.

    And shredding the frozen butter for biscuits, what a great idea! I never do that, but may try it next time!

  • Leslie
    March 8, 2010 at 6:44 pm

    I love this positive upbeat post! The food all looks fantastic, and your daughter is adorable. I didn’t know that about Redi Whip either. Did you know that Target doesn’t sell Brillo or SOS pads because they can be unrolled and used somehow to make crystal meth! Good heavens – what ‘s the world coming too?

  • Melinda
    March 8, 2010 at 6:50 pm

    I didn’t know they actually made it a law on the whipped cream. Those are called whip-its or other variations, hmmm, why kids think huffing is a good idea I will never know. Same with spray paint and that is definitely locked up in stores. Congrats on her first lotto win.

  • Jenn@slim-shoppin
    March 8, 2010 at 7:00 pm

    Hannah, your piercing looks great!

    Does Nana know yet? Ha!

    Glad you had a great day!!

    Biz, your food looks great too!

    • Daughter
      March 12, 2010 at 2:50 am

      =) Thank you! Nana approves it!

  • DiningAndDishing
    March 8, 2010 at 7:31 pm

    what a great bday! i looove the nose ring! i used to have one before i was forced to take it out for work. tell hannah to enjoy it while she can! 🙂

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  • Penny
    March 8, 2010 at 8:27 pm

    I really like the nose ring!

    That avocado bread looks delicious!

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  • Christina
    March 8, 2010 at 8:43 pm

    Aww congrats to Hannah on her win! I bought a lotto ticket the day I turned 18 too and was CONVINCED I’d win, but nada. The piercing is cute! Suits her well! 🙂

    I lovovovvvveeee biscuits w/ sausage and gravy! Yum! And I agree – unless it’s my dad’s sausage, Jimmy Dean is definitely the way to go!!

    Good job w/ all of the baking! Biscuits, hamburger rolls, AND a big thing of bread!? You’re on a roll! hahaha no pun intended.

  • Mom/Nana
    March 8, 2010 at 9:31 pm

    1. We always use the gravy mix at the Lake – I don’t know any other way to make the sausage gravy!
    2. Yes, I knew about the nose piercing. Looks fine to me, I’m glad it’s little.

  • Shelley B
    March 8, 2010 at 9:59 pm

    When my younger son turned 18, he got his ears pierced, registered for the draft (had to) and joined the ACLU. It is so funny what they do when they are finally legal!

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  • laura
    March 8, 2010 at 10:25 pm

    Oh avocado bread!! Yum. I love the way it looks. Great idea! Thanks for linking up on Just Another Meatless Monday Biz.

  • Erica
    March 8, 2010 at 11:21 pm

    awww! Glad your baby had a nice weekend! Congrats on the win 😉 Avocado bread? Deliciousness! I want some now

  • John
    March 8, 2010 at 11:34 pm

    I’ve heard of kids abusing all sorts of thing but never whip cream?!

  • Mari
    March 9, 2010 at 12:24 am

    hannah is too cute! I am glad to hear that great birthday!

    That is pretty funny about the whipped cream lol, I never heard about that before.

  • Lori (Finding Radiance)
    March 9, 2010 at 1:38 am

    That bread looks amazing!

  • Can You Stay for Dinner
    March 9, 2010 at 2:54 am

    Again- the most gorgeous and gourmet looking bread!! Avocado bread sounds so so good. I bet it’s deliciously moist!
    And the double fry is such a smart way to get them crisper!
    I got my nose pierced when I turned 18 too. Such a fun thing, and I took it out a year and a half later.

  • Pubsgal
    March 9, 2010 at 4:56 am

    Happy belated birthday to Hannah! I’m glad she had a wonderful day! 🙂

  • TheKitchenWitch
    March 9, 2010 at 1:21 pm

    Guacamole bread? How odd! Looks good, though!

  • Beth @ 990 Square
    March 9, 2010 at 1:30 pm

    I can’t believe kids have to be 18 to buy whipped cream! It was one of my favorite things when I was a kid.

    And you are so right on the piercings vs. tatoo thing. My mom has a very personal tatoo in a not so personal space (read ankle) and it always makes me cringe. And lots of people in their 20s have small nose studs that they wear to work and it’s fine.

  • Shannon
    March 9, 2010 at 1:45 pm

    glad hannah had a good bday!! that bread, yum… i need to start making stuff from that book 🙂 and weird fact about whipped cream!

  • Daughter
    March 12, 2010 at 2:52 am

    Thank you everyone for your awesome comments! And thank you, family, for making my birthday even better =) Everything was perfect and the food was incredible! Best birthday 🙂

    Love youu

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  • Michelle
    March 15, 2010 at 4:51 pm

    So sweet that Hannah bought a can of whipped cream!

    Love the idea of the twice fried French Fries and such a great idea too.

    Your buns turned out perfect with such a great shape and rise!

    I bake bread in my clay roaster and it bakes the best bread with a crunchy crust!

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  • Bonnie
    March 15, 2010 at 5:09 pm

    I love your sesame buns. I loved this bread. I am going to try your best bread ever technique.

    • biz319
      March 15, 2010 at 5:20 pm

      So far I’ve used three different doughs and they all came out beautifully!

  • petra
    March 15, 2010 at 7:21 pm

    she will remember her birthday forever and if she doesn’t all she has to do is check your post from today. Great way to memorialize it. Now sine it’s dinner time here I would like a burger with some of that fries please!

  • Cathy (breadexperience)
    March 18, 2010 at 6:58 pm

    Your avocado-guacamole buns look delicious. I love dutch oven bread – so crusty and tasty! Yum!

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