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Tuesday, July 14, 2009
Flour Tortilla's - My Dad's recipe
2 c flour (you can add more or less depending on how many tortilla's you want to make)
Dash of salt
A few Tbsp. of oil or shortening
1. Put the flour in a bowl (I never really measure, I just fill my mixing bowl about 3/4 full), add the dash of salt and then add the oil or shortening. I usually heat up a pan to medium high while I'm making the dough.
2. Knead oil into the flour with your fingers until it's well dispersed and the flour clumps together when you squeeze it.
3. Add hot water (as hot as possible) and knead with your hands until the dough comes together - shouldn't be dry and shouldn't be sticky (you can add more water and/or flour to counteract).
4. Form the dough into small balls (about the size of a plum) and then flatten them out with a rolling pin (as thin as possible without tearing the dough). Put tortilla on the hot pan - when you see bubbles forming in the dough, flip to the other side. When you see bubbles on that side, remove from the heat and place inside a folded towel to keep warm. Cooking should really only take a minute or two, so adjust your heat as necessary.
Easy Bread - Mom's Recipe
*This recipe makes a ton of bread, so you may want to cut in half - I use the whole thing if I'm making cinnamon rolls and bread or some other combination.
3 1/2 c warm water (warm enough to stay warm even after you've added the milk)
1 c milk
1/2 c sugar
2 Tbsp salt
2 Tbsp yeast
1/2 c butter or oil
7-8+ c flour
These instructions are for my Bosch, so you may have to adjust if doing by hand, but it should be pretty similar for a KitchenAid:
1. Blend water, milk, egg, butter, sugar, yeast and salt. Sponge (let sit for 5-10 min. until foamy)
2. Add 3-4 c flour (should look like pancake batter), then add a cup at a time until the dough cleans the sides of the mixer. Let knead for a few minutes.
3. Cover with a towel and let rise to double. (You could transfer to an oiled bowl for this step, but I just leave it in the Bosch)
4. Form into loaves, breadsticks, scones, cinnamon buns or anything else! Baking times differ depending on what you're making, but here are my typical times: 350 degree oven, 25-35 min for cinnamon buns and breadsticks, 40-50 min for loaves (basically until the tops are brown and hard).
Berkeley Ward Sacrament Bread - Kazume's recipe (SO yummy!!)
3 c warm water
1 Tbsp yeast
1/4 - 1/3 c honey
1 c dry milk
1 c whole wheat flour
3 c bread flour
Dissolve yeast in warm water in a big bowl, add honey and milk - stir. Add flour and mix well. Let sit for 50-60 min.
1 Tbsp salt
1/4 c butter, melted
1 c oats
3 c bread flour
Additional bread flour as needed for kneading, etc.
Add salt and butter to the rested yeast mixture - mix well. Add oats and bread flour and knead (by hand on a breadboard for 10 min., but I let my mixer do the work!!). Put back in bowl and let sit for 40-50 min. Punch down the dough about 20 times and hten let rise for another 30-40 min. Spread out and knead a little more. Divide into two. Form into a bowl with seam down and let it sit 5 min. Form into loaves, put in greased loaf pans with seam down. Cut a slit for air. Bake at 350 degrees for 50-60 min.
Bread of Puglia - Kit's Recipe
*I use all bread flour for this recipe - it's more of an artisan bread that you serve with pasta, stews, etc.
Part 1 - Biga, Universal Starter
Stir 1/4 tsp yeast into 1/4 c warm water; let stand 10 min. till creamy. Add 1/3 c warm water, then 1 1/2 - 2 c unbleached flour. Mix until a sticky dough is formed. Put in a lightly oiled bowl, cover with plastic wrap and let rise for 6 - 24 hours (I usually just make the starter the night before and let it rise overnight). It will double to triple in volume and be wet and sticky when ready.
1 1/4 tsp yeast
3/4 c plus 1 Tbsp Biga
1/4 c warm water
2-3 tsp salt
3 c water, room temp.
Stir yeast into warm water in a large mixing bowl; let stand about ten minutes till creamy. Add 3 c water and the starter - mix well. Add flour and salt mixing until dough comes together. Add another 1-2 Tbsp. flour as needed. Knead 3-5 minuted on medium speed (with dough hook). Finish kneading by hand on a floured surface with floured hands until the dough loses its stickiness and is soft and velvety. Place dough in lightly oiled large bowl, cover tightly with plastic wrap and let rise until tripled (about 3 hours).
On a floured surface, divide dough in thirds, flatten and roll up lengthwise tightly, turn 90 degrees and repeat to make a taut springy round. Place on greased, cornmealed baking sheets, cover with towel and let rise about 1 hour until doubled.
Heat oven to 425 degrees. About 10 min. before baking, flour the tops of the loaves and dimple them all over with your fingertips to contorl raising in the oven. Bake until crusty and hollow sounding (about 50 min.)
Banana Bread - Grandma's Recipe (I make this every two weeks - my kids love it!!)
1 3/4 c flour (I use 1/2 c whole wheat or wheat germ and the rest all purpose)
2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
2/3 c sugar
1/3 c shortening or oil
1 c banana (I just add 1 1/2 bananas for this)
1. Mix first four ingredients, set aside.
2. Cream the sugar, shortening, banana and eggs.
3. Combine the two mixtures. Pour into greased loaf pan and bake at 350 for about an hour (until a knife comes out clean when inserted in the center of the loaf). Don't overbake or it gets really dry.
Whew! Happy cooking everybody. These really are our favorite bread recipes, so I hope you like them too! Here are two more I'm planning to try at some point:
(with butter instead of shortening)
Sunday, July 12, 2009
Wednesday, July 8, 2009
And here's probably our favorite place in the house:
We love our new home and this community!! We've checked out the pool (our landlord pays for us to have access to that) and the kids love it, the Farmer's market in Boulder is awesome and we just recieved our first order of beef from Sun Prairie Beef - a ranch near Yuma, CO. We can't wait to try it out tonight!
Tuesday, July 7, 2009
This is what Sam looked like after doubling with Mook. He was totally stuffed in there!
My boys thought Papa's job was pretty cool:
The kids loved going to the park with their cousins. Now that Landon's older, he loved playing with everyone!
Parker loved jumping off the side and Landon, Anna and Michael loved playing with the sprayers.
We got to meet up with some good friends from the Berkeley ward in Provo. Once Landon and Peter warmed up to eachother, they were a match made in heaven. Battle anyone?