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Recipe Box: Rustic Sourdough Bread

A few weeks ago I shared my Amazing Sourdough Biscuit recipe, another favorite way to use my sourdough starter is making bread.

Sourdough Starter

Sourdough Starter

This recipe is very simple and you can add all sorts of things to the batter to change the taste. The recipe is adapted from a recipe I found on the King Arthur website.

Rustic Sourdough Bread

1 cup of fed sourdough starter
1 ½ cups of lukewarm water
2 tsp instant yeast
1 Tbsp sugar
2 ½ tsp salt
5 cups all purpose flour
2-3 Tbsp Tuscan Sunset seasoning from Penzey Spices

Combine all the ingredients and knead to form a smooth dough. I used my Kitchen Aid mixer. Place the dough in a bowl, cover the bowl and allow the dough to double in size, about 90 minutes.

Place dough in a bowl to rise.

Place dough in a bowl to rise.

Gently shape the dough into two logs about 10 inches long.

Shape the dough into two loaves.

Shape the dough into two loaves.

Place on a lightly greased parchment-lined baking sheet. I used my baguette pan.

Place loaves in your pan or baking sheet and allow to rise.

Place loaves in your pan or baking sheet and allow to rise.

Cover and let rise until very puffy, about one hour. Toward the end of the rising time, preheat the oven to 425. Spray the loaves with lukewarm water. Make two fairly deep diagonal slashes in each loaf. I made several slashes in the long loaves using a serrated bread knife.

Bake the bread for 25-30 minutes; until it’s a very deep golden brown. Remove from the oven and cool on a rack.

Let cool on a baking rack.

Let cool on a baking rack.

Couldn’t wait, while it was still warm I enjoyed a slice with some butter! (Well perhaps too much butter!) Yum!

Rustic Sourdough Bread

Rustic Sourdough Bread

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Recipe Box: Chicken Masala

The majority of the time I cook from scratch. However, some of my recipes use some pre-made ingredients. Like my chicken masala recipe. For those nights when I don’t have a lot of time and want to have a quick dinner on the table I use curry sauce from a jar! Never fear I make a few additions and the end result is very much like a dinner made from scratch and just as tasty.

Chicken Masala and Vegetables

1 pound of boneless chicken –cut into chunks, raw or can use leftover chicken
1 cup Zucchini – sliced
1 cup Carrots – peeled and sliced
Jar of Masala Sauce

Take a large pan and sauté the chicken chunks until done. Remove from pan and set aside.

Take sliced carrots and sauté in the same pan.

Saute carrots in a large pan.

Saute carrots in a large pan.

When almost done add the zucchini and continue cooking until vegetables are crisp tender.

Add zucchini and continue to sauté vegetables.

Add zucchini and continue to sauté vegetables.

Add the chicken to the pan and pour in the jar of sauce.

Tikka Masala Sauce

Tikka Masala Sauce

Use enough sauce to your liking. Heat through and serve immediately. Excellent served on rice.

Chicken Marsala

Chicken Masala

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Recipe Box: Homemade Graham Crackers

Recently our oldest daughter was visiting us. While she was staying with us she made the most delicious batch of homemade graham crackers. They were so much better than store bought graham crackers. She found the recipe on the Weelicious.com website. They are so easy to make in just a short amount of time you can be enjoying a batch!

Homemade Graham Crackers
Adapted from weelicious.com

1 cup whole wheat flour
1 ½ cups all-purpose flour
½ cup dark brown sugar
½ tsp salt
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp baking soda
½ cup butter, chilled and cubed
¼ cup honey
¼ cup water

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.

In your food processor or mixer combine the first six ingredients. Add the cubed and chilled butter to the mix and pulse/mix until it resembles coarse meal. Add the honey and water and continue to mix until it is well combined.

Dough ready to be rolled out.

Dough ready to be rolled out.

Remove and shape the dough by rolling it out until ¼ inch thick. Cut into crackers or shapes.

Cut dough into crackers or shapes.

Cut dough into crackers or shapes.

Place dough on a parchment lined baking sheet and bake for 15 minutes. Cool and serve.

Cool on a wire rack.

Cool on a wire rack.

Store in an airtight container.

Homemade graham crackers ready to enjoy!

Homemade graham crackers ready to enjoy!

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Surprise Recipe Swap: Spiced Pumpkin Loaf with Cinnamon Brown Sugar Glaze

SRS LogoThis is my second month participating in the recipe swap. Each month I am pared up with another blogger who writes about cooking. My task is to pick a recipe off of her site, make it and then write a post about my outcome. For me it’s a win-win situation. I learn about a new blog and a new recipe and someone else learns about my blog! Last month I made Muffin Meat Loaf. This month I was pared up with a blog called Dessert Now, Dinner Later written by Amber. Amber is a young stay at home mom busy raising her darling children, a girl and a boy. She has all sorts of delicious sounding recipes on her blog, not only desserts but dinner ideas as well. It was hard to pick just one.

However since I’ve been participating in Spring Pantry Challenge and trying to use up items from my pantry and freezer I decided to make her Spiced Pumpkin Loaf with Cinnamon Brown Sugar. I love pumpkin bread and this sounded like an amazing recipe. I had some frozen pumpkin on hand in our freezer, which I put to good use. I was not disappointed; the bread came out moist and delicious. If you are a fan of pumpkin bread give this recipe a try!

Ingredients for the pumpkin bread.

Ingredients for the pumpkin bread.

Spiced Pumpkin Loaf with Cinnamon Brown Sugar Glaze

1 3/4 cup flour
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp baking powder
1 Tbsp Pumpkin Pie Spice
4 Tbsp butter (NOT margarine)
1/4 cup canola oil
1 cup sugar
1 cup pumpkin puree
2 eggs
2/3 cup water

Cinnamon Brown Sugar Glaze:

1 Tbsp butter
1/4 cup brown sugar
2 Tbsp milk
1/2 cup powdered sugar
Dash(es) Cinnamon

Combine flour, salt, baking soda, baking powder, & pumpkin pie spice in a bowl. Using a stand mixer, beat butter, oil, and sugar until light and fluffy.  Scrape bowl  Add pumpkin puree and 2 eggs.  Blend until combined. Slowly add flour mixture.  Scrape bowl.  Add 2/3 cup water until just incorporated.

Grease a 9-inch bread pan lined with parchment on the bottom, & pour mixture inside. Bake at 350 F for roughly 1 hour until done in the center.

Cook until done.

Cook until done.

Allow to cool in pan on a rack.

Prepare glaze by melting butter, brown sugar and milk in a bowl in the microwave for 30 seconds (cover bowl, in case it splatters.)  Once butter is melted, whisk until sugar dissolves.  Add 1/2 cup powered sugar & cinnamon to taste and allow to cool to room temperature.

Prepare the glaze.

Prepare the glaze.

Pour glaze over pumpkin loaf once it has cooled down a bit.

Pour glaze over cooled pumpkin bead.

Pour glaze over cooled pumpkin bead.

Remove bread from pan once the glaze has solidified and the bread is completely cool.  Peel off parchment paper from the bottom.  Slice and serve.

Slice and serve.

Slice and serve.

Makes 12-14 slices.

Spiced Pumpkin Loaf with Cinnamon Brown Sugar Glaze

Spiced Pumpkin Loaf with Cinnamon Brown Sugar Glaze

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Recipe Box: Amazing Sourdough Biscuits

I love biscuits, especially flaky homemade biscuits. We’ve been challenging ourselves to eat from the abundance we have on hand which includes homemade biscuits. I have a sourdough starter going all the time. It doesn’t take much time to maintain and I love sourdough biscuits.

Sourdough Starter for biscuits.

Sourdough Starter for biscuits.

This recipe makes about a dozen and I will usually keep four out for my husband and I and freeze the rest. That way I always have them on hand. This week I had to make a new batch. So despite the fact that we are eating from the freezer  I am actually going to be putting a few biscuits back in the freezer!

Amazing Sourdough Biscuits

2 cups flour
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
½ tsp baking soda
½ cup cold butter
1 cup Sourdough Starter
½ cup buttermilk

In a large bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, salt and baking soda.

Combine dry ingredients.

Combine dry ingredients.

Cut in butter until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Combine Sourdough Starter and buttermilk, str into crumb mixture with a fork until the dough forms a ball.

Turn the dough onto a floured surface and knead 10-12 times. Roll to ½ inch thickness. Cut with a floured 2 ½ inch biscuit cutter.

Roll out and cut biscuits.

Roll out and cut biscuits.

Place 2 inches apart on a greased baking sheet.

Place biscuits on a baking sheet.

Place biscuits on a baking sheet.

Bake at 425 for 12-15 minutes, or until golden brown.

Remove from the oven.

Remove from the oven.

If desired you can brush them with melted butter at this point. Remove from the baking pan to a wire rack to cool.

Nothing is better on a hot biscuit than homemade jam.

Nothing is better on a hot biscuit than homemade jam.

Makes 1 dozen.

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Recipe Box: Maple Glazed Snack Mix

As you may know I am completing week three of our Spring Pantry Challenge. The freezer has a lot more room in it now that it did three weeks ago!  Not only was I interested I using up food from the freezer but I was also using up food from our well-stocked pantry. I found this recipe online, made a few changes and was able to use up some cereal that had been sitting in our cupboard since our college age sons were last home!

I will share the original recipe and indicate the few changes I made. I wasn’t about to purchase any items so I made do with what we had on hand.

Maple Glazed Snack Mix

2 cups Corn Chex Cereal
2 cups Rice Chex Cereal
2 cups Honey Nut Cheerios (I used plain)
1 cup miniature pretzels (omitted used an extra cup of Rice Chex)
½ cup pecan halves, coarsely chopped
1/3 cup maple syrup
1 Tbsp butter
1 tsp vanilla extract

In a large bowl, combine the cereals, pretzels and pecans.

Combine cereals, pretzels and nuts in a bowl.

Combine cereals, pretzels and nuts in a bowl.

In a small microwaves safe dish, combine maple syrup and butter. Cover and microwaves on high for 45 seconds or until the butter is melted. Stir in vanilla.

Combine maple syrup, butter and vanilla.

Combine maple syrup, butter and vanilla.

Pour over the cereal mixture and stir to coat. Transfer the mixture to a 15x10x1 inch-baking pan coated with cooking spray. Bake at 250 degree for 45 minutes stirring every 15 minutes. Cool on a wire rack. Store in an airtight container.

Makes  7 1/2 cups.

Maple Glazed Snack Mix

Maple Glazed Snack Mix

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