Saturday, February 25, 2012

Sourdough Bread Bowls and Everyday Moms Meals Crockpot Broccoli Cheese Soup

This Monday we are going to a carry in, and I wanted to make some kind of soup and have bread bowls so those who choose can have one.

This recipe for sourdough bread is my favorite one so far, its from a book I got from the library.   It has a section for sourdough made in the bread machine.  So I am going to share it.

Basic Sourdough Bread
from Sourdough Baking by Susan Draudt circa 1994

  • 1 1/2 cups sourdough starter
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 3 tablespoon butter or margarine
  • 3 cups bread flour
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon yeast
Add all ingredients to the bread machine in order suggested by the manufacturer.  I used the dough cycle.  When machine is done either shape into a free form loaf or put in a loaf pan to rise.

I made bread bowls out of this recipe and divided it into 6 rounds shaped like hamburger rolls and let it rise for about an hour.  I baked them in a preheated 350 degree oven for about 25 minutes.

The I let them cool for about ten minutes then made a round cut in the top careful not to go all the way through and took out the bread to made a shell. 

Below is my bread bowl before adding the soup.


I need a soup for my carry in that was crockpot friendly so my friend Krista at Everyday Moms Meals, Crockpot Broccoli Cheese Soup, shared her recipe with me. 

It is so simple and so good.  Please, please click on the link above to see the recipe and her great blog.  I thank her alot for allowing me to blog about her soup.  You must try it if you are looking for a quick and easy crock pot Broccoli Cheese Soup.

Here is a picture of her Broccoli Cheese Soup in my bread bowl.




I hope everyone will go visit her great blog and this great recipe. 

Thanks for stopping by !!!

Denise

The Bread Fairy

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Homemade Flour Tortillas and Tator Crisp Chicken

Well this week I went out of my comfort zone again and made Homemade Flour Tortillas.  As some of you may know if you know me, rolling out any kind of dough is really not my thing.  But I have succeeded lately, I believe thanks to my mother-in-laws rolling pin that I got after she went to heaven. 
I believe shes up there helping me roll my dough out .

So knowing nothing at all about making tortillas, other than what I have read on others fabulous blogs. I went a search in and reading and found a recipe on Pennies on a Platter, Homemade Flour TortillasI have been a follower of this blog for a long time, so I took trust in her recipe, plus it used the mighty food processor to mix it all up.

It turned out well, I love using my kitchen gadgets to get things done faster. 

Here are my completed tortillas, we used them to make some chicken quesidellias for lunch, sorry now picture of them we ate them too fast.


Also I am going to share a recipe that I have made several times and it is great and a few have asked for it on Face Book.

Tator Crisp Chicken
from the Pillsbury Kitchens Family Cookbook circa 1979

1/4 cup margarine or butter
1 cup mashed potato flakes
1 teaspoon salt
2 to 3 pounds of chicken parts ( I used legs and thighs)
Paprika, tarragon, basil, marjoram or thyme may be added to the potato mixture. Onion, garlic or seasoned salt may be substituted for regular salt

Heat oven to 400 degrees. Place margarine or butter in a 13 by 9 baking dish, melt in oven.  In a plastic bag combine potato flakes and salt.  Rinse chicken in cold water, shake in plastic bag.

Place chicken skin side down in melted margarine.  Bake uncovered at 400 degrees for 30 minutes, turn chicken and bake 30 minutes longer.

This gives you a nice crisp crust and you can flavor it any way you would like .

Hope everyone has a great week!!!

Denise


Sunday, February 12, 2012

My Pies are Red !!! I mean Red Velvet Whoopies Pies

In honor of Valentines Day and my new love for whoopie pies, I thought what could be better than Red Velvet Whoopie Pies for Valentines Day.

I went a googling to find a recipe that I had everything in the house and I found one at Better Homes and Gardens Red Velvet Whoopie Pies

This recipe is extremely easy to bring together and bake up.  The filling contains marshmallow creme, so it is still a little sticky even after mixing with the cream cheese and butter, but boy oh boy is it good.



These cookies are very soft and delicious and the filling not too sweet, I think because of the marshmallow creme being the sweetener in the filling.

We shared some of these with our neighbors for Valentines Day.  If you would like to try this recipe please click on the link above.

I would really like to thank everyone for still following the Bread Fairy, I know I only post about once a week, but real life  goes on and so do I.
I just wanted to make sure everyone knew that I do appreciate you coming to read about my cooking and baking adventures !!

Thanks again,

Denise

The Bread Fairy

Sunday, February 5, 2012

Green-Onion Basil Sourdough Bread

More with sourdough this week, I love, love, love the stuff.  I got a great book from the library called Sourdough Baking by Susan Draudt. 

It goes over the conventional way with sourdough and a section using the bread machine, so of course I had see what kind of different recipes I could find. 

The one below is just awesome !!


Green Onion Basil Sourdough Bread


                                                 From Sourdough Baking by Susan Draudt                 



Makes 1 ½ pound loaf



¾ cup sourdough starter

¾ cup water

2 tablespoons olive oil

3 cups bread flour

1/3 cup green onion chopped

1 ½ tablespoons dried basil

2 cloves garlic chopped

2 teaspoon sugar

¾ teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon active dry yeast



Add ingredients to the machine in the order suggested by the manufacturer, choose dough cycle. When cycle is complete shape into desired shape and let rise about 45 minutes, bake in a 350 degree oven for 35 minutes. Or choose light setting on bread machine.







This bread is a great combination of onion and basil and a hint of garlic.  I think it would make great sandwiches, or like we did just eat it with butter or dipped in a good olive oil .

Stay tuned for more adventures in sourdough and other baking adventures !!!


Denise

The Bread Fairy

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