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Monday, September 1, 2014

Southern Holiday Tea Cakes

This is an interesting name for a cookie. I didn't want to change the original name. I've had this recipe  since 2007. It's in my collection of the Best of the Best recipes.

These cookies are great dipped in Chocolate for the Holidays. (recipe to follow)
They can also be drizzled with a Lemon Glaze. (recipe to follow)

Here's what you'll need:
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
Line a Sheet Pan with Parchment Paper.
Waxed Paper

4 C Flour
1 tsp Baking Soda
2 tsp Baking Powder
2 C Granulated Sugar
2 Eggs
1/2 C Buttermilk
16 TBS (2 sticks) Butter, softened
1 tsp Vanilla , Lemon or Almond Extract

In a large mixing bowl:
Baking Soda
Baking Powder
Whisk well.

Mix well to form the dough.

Roll it out onto a floured surface, 1/4" thick.
Use a 2" round cookie cutter.
Place them 2" apart, on the lined Sheet Pan.
Bake 10 - 12 minutes.
I baked mine  11 1/2 minutes.

Remove and cool the pan on a rack for 10 minutes.
Transfer the cookies to the rack and cool completely.

Chocolate Dip:
1 C Semisweet Chocolate Chips
2 TBS Crisco, (shortening)
In a heat proof glass bowl:
Chocolate Chips
Heat in a microwave until melted and smooth, stirring often.
Dip half of each cookie in the chocolate , place on waxed paper until it sets completely.

Lemon Glaze:
2 C Confectioner's Sugar
2 TBS Grated Lemon Zest
1/3 C Fresh Lemon Juice

In a medium bowl, mis all ingredients together and whisk until smooth.
Drizzle over cooled cookies on a rack over a sheet pan.
Allow the glaze to set for 1 hour.
Once dried, they can be stacked and stored in an air tight container.

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Julpepparkakor ( Swedish Christmas Ginger Snaps)

I've had this recipe card for many years. I thought about writing the recipe and posting it on the blog. I decided to photograph the card and post it.
I love Ginger Snaps and there's nothing better than making them yourself. These are perfect for Thanksgiving and Christmas. Dunk them in a mug of my homemade Hot Chocolate for a simply, yet decadent dessert. The recipe is on the blog!


Banana Split Lush from Melissa's Southern Style

I just received this incredible looking recipe from Melissa's Southern Style Kitchen. I looks amazing and would certainly be a great dessert for a crowd!
I know that we will serve this to our crowd!
Thank you Melissa for another delicious recipe!

Melissa's Southern Style Kitchen: Banana Split Lush

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Cabbage Slaw and two recipes for Cole Slaw, reposted

I reposted the Cabbage Slaw recipe and two others for Cole Slaw on the blog, because I just made the Cabbage Slaw and added pictures.
I doubled the recipe and it made a lot. I ended up making three of the dressing recipes for the amount of cabbage I had. I used 2 very large heads of cabbage.

Cabbage Slaw:

This is my favorite Slaw.
I've been making it for 10 years.
I make it often.

It's fairly simple and the end result is tasty.

1 Head of Cabbage,shredded
1 Onion, chopped
3/4 C Sugar

I use an 80 oz. Pickle Jar or a Crock to make this in.

Place the shredded Cabbage in a Jar or a Crock.
Sprinkle the Sugar over the Cabbage

Heat: In a Saucepan
1 C White Vinegar
3/4 C Vegetable Oil
2 tsp Sugar
1 tsp Dry Mustard
1 tsp Celery Salt

Pour this mixture over the Cabbage.
Do not stir it.
Cover it with a top or a plate and leave it stand at room temperature overnight.

I often double this recipe because we love it!

Store refrigerated

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The jar is an 80 Pickle Jar and the Crocks are large.
This made a huge amount of slaw.

This is a Crockery Bread Bowl that's 13" X 6".
This is a lot of slaw.

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Irish Whiskey and recipes using it!

I don't really like Whiskey. However, I like it in baked goods. I like it in Bourbon Balls at Christmas. I can't remember a Christmas that my mother didn't make them. I also like it in other cookie recipes, breads and desserts. I recently bought an expensive bottle of Irish Whiskey just to use in baking.
Here are a few of my favorite recipes using Irish Whiskey.

We recently visited England and had a great time. I've been thinking about Irish and Scotch Whiskey. I'm not really a Whiskey drinker, but I understand that if you get a really good Whiskey, you can sip it slowly, and it's incredible, like an aged Brandy!

 I decided to create a recipe for a Whiskey Cake using the best Irish Whiskey.

I already have my "Best of the Best " recipe for what I call, The Queen's Whiskey Sauce, as if I know whether the Queen drinks Whiskey!
I did get a chance to see her when we were in England..... maybe that was my opportunity to find out!

I didn't want to wait until Christmas to create this, so I thought I'd post it ahead of time so you all can plan to serve it, as I will, for Christmas dinner!

Here's what you'll need:
1 - 10" Bundt pan ( I like the classic Kugelhopf Pan) , brushed well with my Pan Release Mixture that's posted under  Tips, Hints and More. It's fool proof for release!

1 C of Chopped Pecans
1 18.25 box of Yellow Cake Mix
1 5 oz. box of Jello Cheesecake Instant Pudding Mix
1/2 C Water
4 Eggs
1/2 C Vegetable Oil
1/2 C Irish Whiskey, the best that you can afford!  As I researched Irish Whiskey, I discovered that there are some incredibly expensive brands.

The following is a list of some of the best "affordable" Irish Whiskies for this cake:
Jameson 12 yr. Old Blend
Black Bush
Green Spot
Connemara Cask Strength

Sprinkle the Pecans on the bottom of the pan

Mix together in a stand mixer or in a bowl with an electric mixer:
Cake Mix
Pudding Mix
Vegetable Oil
Beat well

Pour the batter into the pan.
Bake at 325 degrees for 1 hour

Place on a cooling rack until completely cooled.
Invert onto a serving platter

Serve with the following recipe for the Queen's Whiskey Sauce:

1 Pint of Heavy Cream
3 Eggs
1/2 C Sugar
1/2 tsp Vanilla
1 C Irish Whiskey ( the same brand of Whiskey you used in the cake batter)

In a Double Boiler over simmering water.
Cook Cream and Eggs , whisking constantly
Add Sugar
Add Vanilla
Whisking constantly for about 10 minutes
Slowly whisk in the Whiskey until fully incorporated

Drizzle it over slices of the Whiskey Cake. ( Be generous, you paid dearly for the Whiskey)

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I've been fortunate enough to travel to many countries and experience the food and culture. My wife and I have friends in France, Switzerland, Morocco, Hong Kong, Sweden .....! We were in Great Britain recently during Christmas and loved everything about it. Our son travels a lot and he and his wife have both been to the British Isles, England, Scotland and Ireland. He came home from a trip once with some really good Whiskey and we sat around and had a tasting. I'm not much of a Whiskey drinker but I eventually bought a bottle of good Irish Whiskey. I decided that I would use it to make a cake. Here's the recipe for an Irish Whiskey Cake and Whiskey Icing. What a great way to enjoy good Irish Whiskey.

1/2 C + 2 C of the best Irish Whiskey you can afford.
6 oz. (70%cocoa) of the best Bittersweet  chocolate you can find, Scharffen Berger, Valhrona, Lindt, etc., chopped.
2 tsp Medaglio D'Oro instant Espresso Coffee, in 6 TBS of water.
1/3 C skinless whole almonds, toasted , approximately 2 oz.
6 TBS flour, divided.
3/4 C (1/1/2 sticks) butter, toom temperature, divided.
7 TBS vanilla sugar, divided.
3 large eggs, separated. ( when baking, it's important to use large eggs if the recipe calls for them)
A pinch of fine sea salt
2 oz. semi sweet chocolate, chopped. Again, buy the best, it makes a difference.

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
Grease a 10" Springform Pan with my Pan Release Recipe. (equal parts of Vegetable Oil, Flour and Crisco), mixed well and applied with a pastry brush.

Boil 1/2 C Whiskey in a saucepan and reduce it to 1/4 C, about 2 minutes.

In a small stainless steel bowl:
bittersweet chocolate
espresso coffee mixture
boiled whiskey
Place the bowl over a saucepan of simmering water and stir until smooth.
Remove the bowl and set aside.

Finely grind the almonds in a food processor with 2 TBS of flour.

In a bowl:
1/2 C butter
6 TBS of vanilla sugar
Beat well with a hand mixer until fluffy.
Add egg yolks, one at a time until incorporated.
Add sea salt.
Fold in the chocolate mixture.
Fold in the almond / flour mixture.

With clean beaters, beat the egg whites to soft peak, gradually add 2 TBS of vanilla sugar and continue beating to stiff peak.
Fold egg whites into the batter alternately with remaining 4 TBS of flour.
Pour batter into the prepared pan.

Bake at 350 degrees for 40 minutes, until a toothpick comes out clean in the center of the cake.
Remove from oven and cool in the  pan for 30 minutes.
Invert onto a cooling rack and cool completely.


In a small stainless steel bowl:
semisweet chocolate.
remaining 2 TBS of Irish Whiskey.

Place over a saucepan of simmering water and stir until smooth.

Remove the bowl and add remaining 1/4 C of butter, 1 small piece at a time until each piece is fully incorporated before adding the next piece.
Place the bowl over a larger bowl of ice water and beat with a an electric hand mixer until smooth, about 1 minute.

Ice the entire cake.

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Bourbon Pumpkin Pie:

2 TBS butter
3/4 C sugar
3 eggs
1/2 tsp ground ginger
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1 C canned pumpkin
1 C evaporated milk or heavy cream
1/4 C Irish  Whiskey
1-9" unbaked pie shell

Cream butter & sugar
Add eggs, one at a time, beating after each addition
Add remaining ingredients, beating well
Pour into the shell
Bake 450 degrees for 10 minutes
Reduce heat to 325 degrees and continue baking for another 45 minutes

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This one packs a punch ...... Oh, why not!
I would also make these with Irish Whiskey or Rum.
Make at least a week in advance so the Bourbon has a chance to...... mellow!
They're No Bake so they are less time consuming.

3 C crushed Vanilla Wafers.
1 C finely chopped Pecans ...... roasted if you prefer and have the time.
1 C Powdered Sugar
1 1/2 TBS Cocoa Powder .... You know what I say about the Cocoa Powder, don't skimp on this ingredient, nothing but the best. I now use Hershey's Special Dark.
2 TBS Corn Syrup  ( sorry about this one, but it's necessary)
1/2 C Bourbon, Irish Whiskey or Rum ... again, the best you can afford.
Powdered Sugar for rolling the cookies at the end.

Combine, in a medium bowl:
Powdered Sugar
Cocoa Powder

Stir in the Corn Syrup and Irish Whiskey
Use a small cookie scoop to form 1" balls.
Roll them in Powdered Sugar

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Another recipe from my mother's collection. I like the simplicity of this recipe. We'll make these for Thanksgiving or Christmas.

1 1/2 C Coconut
4 C Crushed Vanilla Wafers
1 1/2 C Chopped Pecans
Place in a large mixing bowl and mix well.

Add 1 C Sweetened Condensed Milk
1/2 C Rum
Mix well.
Use a cookie 1 1/2" Cookie Scoop to form each cookie. Roll in the palm of your hand.
Roll in Confectioner's Sugar, cover and refrigerate.
Roll in Sugar again just prior to serving.

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Holiday Rum or Irish Whiskey Balls:

This one packs a punch ...... Oh, why not!
I would also make these with Irish Whiskey or Rum.
Make at least a week in advance so the Irish Whiskey has a chance to...... mellow!
They're No Bake so they are less time consuming.

3 C crushed Vanilla Wafers.
1 C finely chopped Pecans ...... roasted if you prefer and have the time.
1 C Powdered Sugar
1 1/2 TBS Cocoa Powder .... You know what I say about the Cocoa Powder, don't skimp on this ingredient, nothing but the best. I now use Hershey's Special Dark.
2 TBS Corn Syrup  ( sorry about this one, but it's necessary)
1/2 C Irish Whiskey ... again, the best you can afford.
Powdered Sugar for rolling the cookies at the end.

Combine, in a medium bowl:
Powdered Sugar
Cocoa Powder

Stir in the Corn Syrup and Irish Whiskey
Use a small cookie scoop to form 1" balls.
Roll them in Powdered Sugar


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This favorite Egg Nog Recipes comes from Southern Living Magazine.
We were editing our vast collection of magazines so I went through them and cut out my favorite recipes.

Egg Nog Coffee Punch:

1 Quart of Coffee Ice Cream
1 Quart of Vanilla Ice Cream
1 Quart of Egg Nog
2 C Hot Brewed Coffee
1/2 C Coffee Liqueur (Kahlua)
1/2 C Irish Whiskey

1 container of Frozen Whipped Topping, thawed
Ground Nutmeg

Scoop all of the Ice Cream in a large Punch Bowl
Add Egg Nog, Coffee, Coffee Liqueur and Irish Whiskey.
Stir until the Ice Cream just begins to melt.
Serve in mugs topped with thawed Whipped Topping and a sprinkle of ground Nutmeg.

The Holidays!

This bread makes a great gift for the holidays.
This is another one of Aunt Faye's original  recipes.

Here's what you'll need:
3 - 9"X 5" Loaf Pans brushed well with my Pan Release Mix. (equal parts of Crisco, Vegetable Oil and Flour) I start with 1 C of each and keep it in a jar in the refrigerator. I always have it available for all of my baking needs. It's the best pan release. It's incredible when baking in Bundt Pans that have intricate designs.

I serve it with my Bourbon Sauce. (recipe to follow)

8 eggs, separated
3 C Granulated Sugar
4 sticks of Butter (1 pound)
3 C sifted Flour
1/2 C Bourbon
2 tsp Vanilla Extract
2 tsp Almond Extract
1 C chopped Pecans

Is a large mixing bowl:
Egg Whites
Beat until soft peaks form.
Add 1 C of the Sugar and continue beating until stiff peak stage.
Set aside.

In a Stand Mixer with a paddle attachment:
Remaining Sugar
Beat until creamy smooth, about 3 minutes.
Add Egg Yolks one at a time, beating well after each yolk.

Add Flour in thirds with the Bourbon, alternating and mix well.
Vanilla Extract
Almond Extract
Mix well.

Gently fold in Egg Whites.
Pour into the loaf pans.
Bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour.
Remove pans from the oven, cool on a rack for 10 minutes .
Invert onto a cooling rack covered with Parchment Paper and cool completely.

Serve with my Bourbon Sauce:

1 C  Granulated Sugar
1/2 C Butter, melted
1 Egg, beaten
1/4 C Irish Whiskey
1 tsp Vanilla

Heat Sugar and Butter in a saucepan
Add Egg, whisk well
Remove from heat
Add Irish Whiskey
Whisk well and return to heat until it thickens, whisking
Remove from heat and add Vanilla.

Transfer to a jar and keep refrigerated.
It can be served cold or reheated.

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This recipe is what I would call an American version of the famous French Tarte Tatin.
It comes from Betty Crocker. I've adapted it and added recipes for Sugared Fruit.
I will make this for Thanksgiving or Christmas.
This would be a great cake to share at a  Fall Block Party, at a Church Supper, at a Holiday Party.

Parts of this recipe may seem complicated, but I believe that in the end it will make an impressive dessert.

Here's what you'll need:
2 - 8" round cake pans brushed well with my Pan Release Mix. ( equal parts of Crisco, Vegetable Oil and Flour) I start with 1 C of each and store it in a jar in the refrigerator. I always have it available for all of my baking needs. If you're baking a cake in an intricately designed Bundt Pan, this is the only mix that I recommend for perfect release.
Line the bottom of the pans with a piece of round parchment paper and brush with Pan Release Mix.

Make the sugared Cranberries and Sugared Oranges ahead of time and keep in an airtight  container, at room temperature, for up to 2 days. I recommend this step.

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

1/2 C sweetened dried cranberries
1/2 C shopped dried apricots
2 tsp grated orange peel
3 TBS Irish Whiskey
3 red apples, unpeeled, quartered and sliced 1/4" thin.
1 box of  Betty Crocker Super Moist yellow cake mix.
1 C water
3/4 C  slivered almonds, finely ground.
1/3 C vegetable oil
4 eggs
3 TBS chopped crystalized ginger

1/4 C apple jelly
2 oz. (from an 8oz. container) Mascarpone Cheese, softened
1/2 C heavy cream
1 TBS sugar

Fresh sugared cranberries and sugared orange slices for garnish ( recipes to follow)

Whiskey Soaked Fruit:
In a medium mixing bowl:
Dried Cranberries
Orange Peel
Irish Whiskey
Mix well and let stand at room temperature overnight.

Line the bottom and sides of each cake pan with overlapping apple slices. Trim slices as necessary to line the sides.

In a large mixing bowl:
Cake Mix
Beat with an electric mixer, on low, until moistened.
Increase speed to medium and beat 2 minutes, scraping bowl as needed.
Fold in Whiskey soaked fruit by hand.

Gently pour batter , divided equally, into each pan.
Bake for 40 - 45 minutes.
Immediately release and invert the cakes onto wire cooling racks over a parchment paper lined sheet pan. Remove the parchment paper from the cake top.
Brush top and sides of the warm cakes with the glaze.

In a small bowl:
Microwave the Apple Jelly for about 30 seconds, stirring half way through.
Brush top and sides of each cake with the glaze.
Cool completely, at least 1 hour.

In a small bowl:
Mascarpone Cheese
Heavy Cream
Beat with an electric mixer on high until stiff peaks form.

Transfer each cake to individual serving platters and frost the tops only, with the whipped cream
Garnish with Sugared Cranberries and Sugared Oranges. Decorate the top and the base of the cakes with the fruit.

Sugared Cranberries:
1 C Granulated Sugar
1 C Water
1 C Fresh Cranberries
6 TBS Super Fine Sugar
Cook Sugar and water on low until sugar is dissolved.
Remove from heat, do not boil.
Fold in berries and pour into a bowl.
Cover and refrigerate overnight.
Drain berries in a colander over a bowl.
Place super fine sugar in a shallow dish.
Add berries, roll to coat.
Spread on a parchment paper lined sheet pan in a single layer.
Let stand at room temperature for at least 1 hour.

Sugared Oranges:

1 Navel Orange (leave peel on)
1/2 C Sugar
Slice 1/4" and cut each slice in half to create a crescent.
Bring water to a boil in a large saucepan.
Stir until sugar dissolves.
Wash down the sides of the pan with a wet pastry brush to prevent crystals.
Add Oranges and reduce heat.
Gently simmer until Oranges are soft and glazed, about 1 1/2  hours. The larger the saucepan the easier it is to avoid splattering.

Use a slotted spoon and transfer to a wire rack over a parchment paper lined sheet pan.
Dry overnight at room temperature.

The berries and oranges can be made ahead of time. Stored in an airtight container at room temperature  for up to 2 days.
I recommend doing this to speed up the preparation of the cakes.

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Irish Whiskey Cookies:

4 C Flour
1 C Granulated Sugar
8 TBS Butter. melted
3/4 C Heavy Cream
1/4 tsp Ground Cloves
A Pinch of Black Pepper
1/2 C + 1/2 TBS Hershey's Special Dark Cocoa Powder
1/4 tsp Baking Soda
1 tsp Baking Powder
1/2 C Chopped Pecans
2 oz. Irish Whiskey

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

In a large mixing bowl:
Baking Soda
Baking Powder
Mix well, by hand to combine.

Melted Butter
Mix well, by hand.

Refrigerate overnight.

Use a 1 1/2" cookie scoop and drop dough 2 " apart on a Parchment Paper lined Sheet Pan.
Bake until the edges are golden brown, about 8 - 10 minutes.

Remove sheet pan to a rack and cool slightly.
Ice the warm cookies with the following icing and transfer them to a rack to cool completely.

Irish Whiskey Icing:
1 C Confectioner's Sugar
A few drops of Irish Whiskey.
Mix in a small bowl until smooth enough to create a spreadable Icing.

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Bread, easy recipes with amazing results!

Bread is not something the the average baker makes. I have always enjoyed a great baguette in Paris or a crusty Pain de Campagne from the South of France. I don't mind making it if it's easy. Somehow I always thought it was a long, difficult process. If you love a hot loaf of bread, slathered with butter but were afraid you couldn't make it, I have some foolproof recipes here!

We have a Bread Cloche. It's a Terra Cotta vessel for baking crusty Artisan Bread. It's the answer to making complicated breads, easy!
My wife is a bread connoisseur. She never had a loaf of store bought, sliced , white bread until she went away to college. Can you image that? It was difficult for me to conceive, never enjoying Wonder Bread as a child. I even ate the crust! I don't think I would have survived my childhood without a daily sandwich made with Wonder Bread.
Then, I discovered France.... what a life changing experience for me to sit at a Paris Cafe in the morning and enjoy a cup of some of the best coffee I had ever had, along with a crusty loaf of French Bread with homemade butter! The Baguette!
As I continued to travel throughout France, I eventually discovered Pain de Campagne and again, I was hooked. I never ate another piece of sliced, white, Wonder Bread!

Since this Blog was created in memory of my Aunt Faye, I have to start my Bread Post with her recipe and the story about her Irish Soda Bread. Then I'll continue with my latest adaptation of a recipe that I recently discovered on a Blog  I follow, Chef in Training, for the Easy, Crusty, Pain de Campagne and continue with a few of my other favorite Bread recipes.

I started a collection of my favorite recipes when I was living in Steamboat Springs, Colorado in the 70's. I had been to college, joined the Peace Corps, returned to college and then had no idea what I wanted to do with my life. I was a free spirit and decided I needed to take some time to ski.  I was raised in Michigan and when I was in High School, I joined the ski club and that passion was ignited. I chose to spend time in Colorado.  Colorado had such an impact on my life that I decided to invest in some land there in 1990 . Twenty Four years later we increased that 2.5 acres of land to 5 acres. It's our retirement vacation spot in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains. While I was there in the 70's I worked in 3 different restaurants to support my skiing habit. I also did some freelance design to afford the best ski equipment. I became obsessed with cooking and recipes and that's when I started a collection of my "Best of the Best" recipes.
It all started with the influence of my Aunt Faye. I talk about her at the beginning of the blog.
Here's one of the recipes that I made often in Steamboat. It's a perfect Hippy in the Kitchen recipe.

Aunt Faye's  Stone Ground Whole Wheat Irish Soda Bread.
Summer of 1974 , Steamboat Springs, Colorado

Stone Ground Whole Wheat flour is best. This makes 1 - 7" loaf. I often double or triple the recipe and make 2 - 3 loaves at a time.

1/2 C all purpose flour
2 1/4 C whole wheat flour
1 tsp salt
1 tsp baking soda
3 TBS butter
1 1/3 C buttermilk

Mix both flours, salt and soda, sift thoroughly.
Cut in butter with fingers.
Make a well in the center of the flour, add buttermilk and stir until blended,
Dough should be dry enough to knead, but not too dry.
Knead the dough on a floured surface about 30 seconds.
Make a 6" - 7" ball and place on a baking sheet with a little cornmeal.
Cut an X in the top with a  floured serrated knife.
Bake at 400 degrees for 30 minutes.
Remove, rub the top with butter and cool completely,
Most of the time, I don't wait to cool it. I slice it and serve it hot with Fresh Irish Butter.

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Easy, Crusty, Pain de Campagne:

3 C All Purpose Flour
1 1/2 tsp Salt
1 tsp Yeast
1 1/2 C warm Water

In a large mixing bowl:
Whisk well.
Add Water and mix with a wooden spoon until well combined.
The dough will be sticky, that's OK.

Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and allow to sit at room temperature overnight, (12 - 18 hours).

Preheat the oven to 450 degrees.

Heavily flour a work surface.
Form the dough into a ball on the flour.
Loosely cover it with plastic wrap and allow to rest for 30 minutes.
At this point, put a Cast Iron Dutch Oven or Terra Cotta Bread Cloche (with a cover), in the oven to preheat for 30 minutes while the bread is resting.
NOTE: don't forget to use Oven Mitts when handling the hot Dutch Oven or Cloche!

Put the dough ball in the vessel , cover it and bake for 30 minutes.

Remove the cover and continue to bake for 15 minutes.
This will create that crusty exterior of an Artisan Country French Bread.

Serve warm, slathered with homemade butter!

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This is our Bread Cloche!

Here's my first recipe posted on my Blog for a very similar Cast Iron Dutch Oven Bread:

Our favorite recipe for rolls in on the blog. They're Buttered Rosemary and Sea Salt Rolls from The Pioneer Woman, Ree Drummond. They're served at every family gathering, every holiday dinner.
Here's a recipe for homemade bread and I've taken the concept of the rolls and applied it as an option for this bread recipe. My wife was raised on homemade bread. She never had sliced bread as a child. I can't even imagine that. I was raised on nothing but white sliced bread from the grocery store. I have since acquired a taste for homemade bread. My first experience with homemade bread was in Europe, the first time I had a Baguette in Paris. I also spent some time in Germany and fell in love with German Bread. I also have a recipe from Aunt Faye for Stone Ground Whole Wheat Irish Soda Bread. I've made that since the early seventies. Since I acquired a passion for Cast Iron Cookware, I love bread made in a Dutch Oven.

Cast Iron Dutch Oven Bread:

3 C flour
1 3/4 tsp salt
1/2 tsp fresh active dry yeast
1 1/2 C tepid water

In a large bowl:
Whisk well
Add water gradually, with a wooden spoon, mix well
Cover with a tea towel to rise overnight or at least 12 hours.

Place the Covered Dutch Oven in  the oven and preheat to 450 degrees.
Remove the Dutch Oven and place it on a stove, remove the cover.
Rub a thin layer of Crisco in the entire interior of the pot using a paper towel.

Flour a work surface
Remove dough from the bowl and , with floured hands, work it into a ball
Place it in the Dutch Oven, cover it
Bake at 450 degrees for 30 minute
Remove the cover, continue baking for 15 - 20 minutes more
The top of the bread should be golden brown

Remove it from the oven
Brush the top with melted butter, sprinkle it with Sea Salt and Fresh chopped Rosemary.
Allow to coo in the pot until col enough to handle

When the bread is still hot, brush the top with melted butter, sprinkle with sea salt and fresh chopped rosemary.
Serve with additional butter

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Cast Iron Irish Soda Bread:
I love handmade bread. I don't make it often enough. My aunt had a great recipe for Stoned Ground Whole Wheat Irish Soda Bread. It's one of my favorite bread recipes. Here's another good Soda Bread recipe. It's make in a Cast Iron Skillet, that adds to the goodness and the homemade factor!

4 C flour
3 TBS sugar
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
2 C raisins ( I use 1 C golden and 1 C dark)
2 C buttermilk
1 large egg, beaten

Grease a 10" cast iron skillet generously with Crisco or any vegetable shortening

In a bowl, combine:
baking soda
Whisk gently to blend

Stir in raisins to coat well with the flour mixture

Make a well in the center and add the buttermilk and eggs.
Stir until a stiff dough is formed
Mix with floured hands at this stage
Remove the dough and mound it in to the skillet to form a round loaf

Lightly moisten hands with water and smooth the top
With a serrated knife dipped in flour, score the top with an X - 1/2 " deep

Bake for 1 hour at 375 degrees

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I have become a huge fan of Clodagh McKenna. I recently saw this recipe for an amazing bread, a very Hippy in the Kitchen recipe.
I simply did a copy and paste of the recipe so my European friends can have the recipe. I highly recommend that you research her other recipes.

Here's a bit of information taken from her website:

Over the past 15 years, Clodagh McKenna has become one of the most recognized faces and brands in Ireland’s Food & Lifestyle sectors.

With her passion for food combined with her business savvy, Clodagh has developed her brand into an emerging business empire encompassing Clodagh’s Kitchen restaurants, her television shows, cookbooks and her food column in Ireland’s number 1 glossy magazine, The Gloss. She is regularly asked to contribute to food columns in national newspapers and magazines.

More recently Clodagh has taken the US by storm with her hugely popular US show, Clodagh’s Irish Food Trails which aired on PBS and Create TV reaching audience levels of 15 million.

In addition to the series, Clodagh successfully published two of her cookbooks, Homemade and Clodagh’s Kitchen Diaries in USA. She best describes herself as an “eater and a feeder”!

Health Bread:

450g (1lb) wholemeal flour 
65g (21/4oz) wheat germ, plus extra for dusting
65g (21/4oz) plain white flour
65g (21/4oz) wheat bran
225g (8oz) pin-head oatmeal
2 tsp soft brown sugar
2 tsp bread soda or bicarbonate of soda
1 litre (1 3/4 pints) buttermilk
For the topping:
2 tsp (one per loaf) wheat germ 
2 tsp (one per loaf) sesame seeds

Preheat the oven to 230oC/ gas mark 8 / 450oF
Put all ofl the dry ingredients in to a large bowl and mix together. Stir in the buttermilk to make a moist dough. 
Lightly grease 2 900g/2 lb loaf tins and dust them with wheatgerm. Divide the dough betweent the tins, smooth the top and make a spacious cross on each one with a floured knife. Sprinkle with wheat germ and sesame seeds. 
Cook the loaves in the oven for 10 minutes, and then reduce the temperature to 130°C / Gas Mark 1 / 265 oF and bake for 1 hour. 
When the loaves are cooked, remove from the oven and leave in the tins to cool a little. Turn them turn out to partly cool in the tins. then turn them out onto wire racksto cool completely.

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Saturday, August 30, 2014

Jalapeño Relish

This is my original recipe for Jalapeño Relish. We eat a lot of Jalapeños in Texas.
I serve this as a condiment.  It's on elf my Best of the Best recipes.

Jalapeño Relish:

1 lb. Jalapenos
1 Medium Onion, 1/2 lb.
 4 Medium Carrots, 1/2 lb.
1 Large Red Pepper, stemmed and seeded
3 1/2 C Sugar
2 C Apple Cider Vinegar
1 TBS Mustard Seeds
1 TBS Dill Seeds

Cut Jalapenos in half,seed them and julienne into 1/4" strips
Clean and julienne remaining vegetables

Combine Sugar and Vinegar in a stainless steel stockpot over medium heat and cook until the Sugar is dissolved completely.
Add Vegetables and bring to a boil, then simmer for 30 minutes, until it begins to thicken.
Add Spices & continue to simmer for an additional 45 minutes.
Cool to room temperature
It will continue to thicken as it cools
Drain most of the liquid and store in a covered container in the refrigerator.
Keeps up to two weeks refrigerated
May be canned and stored for future use.

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