Self-reliance and sustainability in the 21st century.
While most of the country is experiencing nice warm days we are still getting snow here at 9,750’ elevation in the mountains. We are only a couple of feet short of our average snow fall of 264” per year. When those days happen and it is blustery outside we occupy ourselves with inside activities. Carol likes to bake so she seized the opportunity to bake a loaf of very tasty bread. There is nothing that tastes as good as fresh baked bread while it is still warm from the oven. Her favorite recipe is included at the end of this blog.
Therefore on a blustery day when pretty much confined inside we ended up with a very tasty loaf of bread and nice new bathroom floor.
Carol got this recipe from: http://www.allrecipes.com The recipe was to be made in a bread machine but since Carol likes to make things by hand, she modified it a bit. We have nothing against bread machines but as you can tell from reading our past blogs we tend to lean towards doing things the old fashioned way.
In a large bowl mix together in the order given:
1 2/3’s cups warm water
1 ½ tsp. yeast
4 ½ tsp. sugar
1 tsp. salt
3 Tblsp. Canola oil
4+ cups flour
¾ cup grape nuts
Mix together; place on floured surface and knead for 5 minutes or so, adding flour as needed. Place back in the bowl and cover with a damp cloth. Let rise 30-45 minutes in a warm place. Remove from bowl and knead; roll out and shape into a loaf. Placed in a greased bread pan and let rise (but not to much or it will be hard to slice)
Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes. Remove from pan and place on a wire rack to cool. Brush soft butter/margarine on the top; cover with damp cloth for 10 minutes (this makes the crust a bit softer), Remove cloth and cool.
And finally, slice a piece of bread while still slightly warm and savor that wonderful taste.
For more on Bruce and Carol’s mountain homesteading go to: http://www.brucecarolcabin.blogspot.com