August 9, 2013
Here is the recipe for the cinnamon bread pictured in my Bread of Life post. I just ate two slices with butter for my supper. Yum!
½ cup butter, softened
1 cup sugar
1 cup buttermilk or 1 cup milk plus 1 tablespoon lemon juice
2 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/3 cups sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon
Cream together butter, sugar, and egg. Add butter milk or milk and lemon juice, flour, and baking soda. Put 1/2 of batter (or a little less) into greased loaf pan
Mix in separate bowl the 1/3 c sugar and cinnamon. Sprinkle 3/4 of cinnamon mixture on top of the 1/2 batter in loaf pan. Add remaining batter to pan; sprinkle with last of cinnamon topping. Swirl with a knife. Bake at 350 degrees for 45-50 min or until toothpick tester comes clean.
Cool in pan for 20 minutes before removing from pan.
Note: we drink only skim milk or 1% milk. I used 1% milk and lemon juice in lieu of buttermilk and it came out great.
Almost too pretty to eat!
February 8, 2013
Bread Dough Pretzels
Note: I began the process with my bread machine and recommend adding ingredients in the order your machine suggests.
6-7 ounces of water
¼ teaspoon salt
2 cups bread flour
½ teaspoon sugar
1 ½ teaspoons yeast
1 egg, beaten
I placed all ingredients EXCEPT the beaten egg and coarse salt into my bread machine on the dough setting and did so in the order my machine instructs. (The order written here)
When the dough setting was complete, I removed the dough onto the counter (piece of parchment paper) and divided it into 12 equal pieces, then shaped it into the desired “pretzel” shape i.e. twists or sticks.
Preheat oven to 450 and place pretzels onto a greased baking sheet. Brush each with beaten egg, and then sprinkle with coarse salt as desired – I prefer light on the salt. Bake for 12-15 minutes.
Can be frozen. Thaw in oven in about 5 minutes.
EXPLANATION OF DOUGH SETTING:
Knead for 7 minutes
Rise for 5 minutes
Knead for 18 minutes
Rise for 50 minutes
I used parchment paper on my counter (waxed paper would be fine) and put flour on it before dividing dough. I also floured my hands before handling the dough. It made life pleasant. I chose to make pretzel sticks – 12 of them, rather than twisting it.
I used cooking spray to grease the baking sheet.
If using more than one baking sheet be certain to rotate them. Place the second oven rack close to the first.
I ate one fresh from the oven without brushing melted butter on it, simply my preference. At the mall places I have often found them too greasy and wiped them off a bit with a napkin to remove excess butter and salt. They come out of the oven lightly browned, though that doesn’t show well in this photograph.
January 8, 2013
Okay, that title could mean anything and given the title to this blog, one might assume I am speaking of being cleansed from sin and born again. Well, that is very important to me, but the Bible speaks of washing in other ways as well and also of being good stewards of what we have.
That being said, and having just secured a job after a LONG TIME of looking, He has been teaching me all sorts of approaches to making what I have last and so on. I just found a recipe for a non-food item and so for those of you who watch my Recipe page on this blog, I added a category for “other” recipes related to green living, budget stretching and more. The first two (related) entries are links to a recommended type of home-made liquid laundry soap and since one of the ingredients is washing soda, revealed as hard to find in some geographic areas, I also included a simple way to make your own washing soda.
If you have recipes either for simpler living or food, just put a link to your own in the comment section of my RECIPE page here and I’ll add it to the appropriate category on the page so folks can easily find it.