Saturday, April 28, 2012

Sourdough English Muffins




I am back to baking !!! Test stress over for a least a week or two.  I needed to feed my sourdough starter, so I decided to make some english muffins.

I have made muffins before using the bread machine to mix everything up, but this recipe you have to start the night before.  So I used the good old method of mixing it up and AACK kneading it by hand.

I think I could have used my kitchen aid mixer with the dough hook and I think I will next time.

The recipe I used was from Taste of Home, Sourdough English Muffins, please click on the link for the recipe.  I chose this one because it used less flour and made enough for the hubby and I to enjoy.  All the other recipes made two dozen or so muffins depending on the size you cut them out.

All I can say is the muffins are tangy with sourdough flavor and full of nooks and crannies to fill up with butter and homemade jam !!!  I got eight good sized muffins from this recipe.

This is the sponge I made the night before with the starter flour and water, before add the rest of the ingredients the next morning.



The next few are of the finishing touches cut out and risen for an hour ...




And lastly the muffins cooking in the skillet !! My tip is to put the lid on while they cook up, then you are assured that they are done in the middle.  Oh and preheat your griddle or electric skillet at least 5 minutes before you start ..




We enjoyed these alot and I will be making them again. 

I hope everyone will give these a try if you happen to have some sourdough starter that needs to be used or fed !!!

Have a great week !!!

Denise

The Bread Fairy




Sunday, April 15, 2012

Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies

I hope everyone had a great Easter, I have spent some of my time studying for a certification test I have coming up in EEEK two weeks.

I have had this recipe printed for over a year, and when I was organizing all of my recipes over the last week I found it.  We have a carry in to go to on Monday so I decided to make these cookies. 

This recipe is from a great blog Jenns Food JourneyI like this recipe, because I had everything in the house and did not have to run to the store.
The only thing I did differently was to use M & M's instead of the chocolate chips, because I had about a third of a bag that said use me up so you don't eat me !!!!

To see the recipe please click on the link above.


So here you have them !!! They are kinda healthy, they have oatmeal in them !! I'm going with that, its my story.


Here are a few more of my pictures as I baked them up !!





See all the yummy M & M's .............



So if you need a great cookie to make and you happen to have a box of devils food cake mix around this is one I highly recommend !!!

Hope you enjoy and have a great week !!!

Denise

The Bread Fairy


Sunday, April 1, 2012

Sourdough Pretzels

The sourdough journey continues......

This week I decided to go outside of my comfort zone again and try to make something that has intimidated me since I was a child.  Pretzels, while I love eating them, shaping them has been a different thing.

When I was about 10 or 11 my parents took us on one of those lovely family driving vacations to Lancaster County Pennsylvania.  Where in one of the lovely little towns is the world oldest pretzel factory.  They had tours where you could shape your own pretzel and then buy it.

Well all I can say is mine didn't look like a pretzel and I was scarred for life.  Until I tried to make my own.


I used a great reliable recipe Sourdough Pretzel by King Arthur Flour, I chose this recipe because it could be mixed up in the bread machine then shaped and baked.

It was not has hard as I remembered at the age of 11.  They came out soft and chewy and delicious.  These are just the last few that made it to the plate for a picture.  Please feel free to click on the link above to get you to the recipe.

Since starting my sourdough adventure, I have started another batch and have named them.  The older starter is Wilma and the younger is Betty.


As you can see I took this picture before I stirred up the starter.

I hope everyone will try something new this week and have a very Happy Easter !!!


Denise

The Bread Fairy