Thursday, March 24, 2011

Oatmeal Flax Bread

Oatmeal Flax Bread

I have to admit, when I pulled this loaf from the oven I was skeptical. I’m not sure what about it made me leery. It smelled delicious. The golden wheat color was beautiful, and… I mean, it’s bread! What is there not to love? But still, I was cautious. Perhaps it was the dark seeds that looked a little funky?

Alas, when I cut into this bread and took a bite, all my doubts were vanished immediately. This now is in the top 5 on my list of favorite breads, and believe me that’s not an easy spot to take. Sweet, but not too sweet, wheaty without being too dense or heavy, it was the perfect sandwich bread. Or if we’re being more honest, the perfect Eating-Strait-From-the-Oven-With-Butter bread.

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Oatmeal Flax Bread
printable recipe

1 cup bread flour
1/2 cup warm water
1/4 teaspoon instant yeast

Mix all ingredients together in a medium bowl. Cover loosely with plastic wrap and place in a warm area for 12-16 hours.

Final Dough
The preferment
1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
1 1/4 cups bread flour
1 cup rolled oats
3 tablespoons ground flaxseed
2 1/2 tablespoons honey
1 1/2 cups warm water
1/2 teaspoon instant yeast
1 tablespoon kosher salt

Pour the water into the bowl of an electric mixer. Add in the oats and flax, stir to combine and let soak for 10 minutes.

Add in the remaining ingredients and mix on low speed until well combined. Using the dough hook knead the dough until elastic, but not gooey. Transfer to a lightly oiled bowl, lightly covered with plastic wrap, to let rise for 1 hour.

After 1 hour, fold the dough a few times, re-cover and let rise for another hour.

Shape the dough into either a loaf pan or free-standing loaf placed on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Lightly dust the loaf with flour. Re-cover with plastic wrap and rise for an additional 1 1/2 hours. After the first hour pre-heat the oven to 400.

Using a sharp knife slash the top of the loaf down the center.

Just before placing the loaf in the oven, splash a bit of water on the bottom and sides of oven to create steam. Bake for 30-35 minutes, or until golden brown and the center of the loaf reads 190.

Cool on a wire rack and serve.

Source: Kath Eats Real Food

Submitted to YeastSpotting

Monday, March 21, 2011

Blueberry Sour Cream Ice Cream

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Every summer when my family’s blueberry farm opens for business (and believe me, I am counting the days!) the first thing I look forward to doing is eating those enormous, sweet, delicious berries fresh from the bush. The second is eating a enormous, sweet, delicious cone of home churned blueberry ice cream they make at the farm. It is pure, creamy and wonderful. Smooth save the lone whole berry straggler here and there. This last fall, shortly after I finished the last of the farm-churned ice cream I had a wave of longing for the flavor of summer & family tradition. I started flipping through cookbook after cookbook looking for a recipe that might come close to the wonderful ice cream I was used to. Finally I came across this ice cream recipe. While it’s not a replica of the farm’s ice cream (I’m guessing that’s a closely guarded secret- dang it!) it was enough to tide me over until July when blueberry season rolls around here again. The sour cream gives it just the tiniest bit of tang and the berries give the ice cream that gorgeous purple color.

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Blueberry Sour Cream Ice Creamprintable recipe
makes 1 quart

1 cup blueberries, fresh or frozen (if frozen, thaw and drain before using)
1/3 cup sugar
pinch of salt
grated zest and juice of 1/4 lemon
3/4 cup heavy cream
3/4 cup sour cream

Directions:In a medium sauce pan bring the blueberries, sugar, salt, lemon zest and lemon juice to a boil. When the mixture is boiling and the berries burst, about 3 minutes, remove from heat.

Pour the mixture into a blender and puree until relatively smooth (it will never be completely smooth). Pour the heavy cream and sour cream into the blender and mix until combined.

Transfer the mixture to a bowl and chill completely in the refrigerator.

Pour into the bowl of an ice cream maker and churn according to manufacture instructions.

Freeze in an air tight container.

Source: Baking From My Home to Yours by Dorie Greenspan

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Detroit Coney Dogs

Detroit Coney Dog

I was at work chatting with some co-workers about our dinner plans. I explained that, at my husband’s request, I was going to attempt a Detroit style Coney Dog. “Detroit or Flint style?” one of them asked, while another nodded knowingly. “Ummm… yes?” was my ever-intelligent response. Despite having lived in Michigan for most of my life I have actually never had an authentic Detroit Coney dog (unless you count one from a chain restaurant in the Detroit airport during a layover on our honeymoon. And since it was less than delicious I won’t count it, so neither should you. Glad we settled that.) And I certainly have never had a Flint Coney dog. My one and only foray in to Flint, Michigan involved getting lost in what I can only describe as the ghetto, running out of gas, then my mom driving the wrong way on a one way street. Needless to say we didn’t exactly stop for dinner and chill after all of that.

From what I understand from my Mo-Town friends, this is a pretty authentic replica of a Motor City Coney dog. Apparently to make it even more authentic you can use a bit of ground up beef heart in place of some of the beef. In this case I’m ok with lacking a smidge of authenticity.

What I do know is that this beats the pants off any chili dog, Coney dog or just plain ole hot dog I’ve ever had. Slightly spicy and very hearty, it’s a definite Man-Food that this girl downright loved. Mo-Town rocks again.

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Detroit-Style Coney Dogs
printable recipe
yields enough sauce for about 12 dogs

1 1/2 pounds ground beef
3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 large onion, chopped
1 red bell pepper, chopped
3 cloves garlic, minced
4 teaspoons chili powder
1 teaspoon paprika
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
1 1/2 cups beef broth
4 ounces tomato paste
2 teaspoons cider vinegar
1/2 teaspoon Tabasco

Mix the chili powder, paprika, cumin, cinnamon, oregano, salt & pepper together in a small bowl. Set aside.

In a large skillet, brown the beef, chopping with a spatula to break into very small pieces. Add the onion and red pepper and sauté until the beef is browned and the onions and peppers are softened. Strain the beef mixture retaining 3 tablespoons of the fat, draining the rest.

Whisk the remaining beef fat with the flour to make a roux, stirring until golden. Stir in the beef broth, tomato paste and cider vinegar.

Add the beef back into the pot and stir together. Stir the seasonings into the pan and mix until combined. Let simmer for 15 minutes to an hour.

Serve over a hot dog in a bun. Traditionally served with chopped onion and mustard. Ever better if served with bottle of Vernors ginger ale!