Thursday, February 07, 2013

Thursday, February 7, a very dull day

But, at least it is not cold.  I think it is supposed to clear off tomorrow.

The one rise rolls I made were good.  Below is the recipe I used, except I added 2 Tablespoons of my dough conditioner.  Then I cooked them for 15 minutes and they were still really soft in the middle.  I should have looked closer before I took them out of the oven, but the tops were nice and brown.  I will try this again when I want easy rolls without planning ahead. 

Today I am trying a new recipe for Cracked Wheat Bread.  I decided for a soft, fluffy bread I would have to use mostly white flour and only a little whole wheat.  I hope they turn out as good as Panera's cracked wheat, I will share the recipe.

Tomorrow, I will go get the babies for the weekend. Hope it is warm and bright so they can play outside.

30 Minute Rolls
1 C plus 2 Tbsp warm water
1/3 C oil
2 Tbsp yeast
1/4 C sugar
1 1/2 tsp salt
1 egg
3 1/2 C bread flour (seems to work better but all purpose flour will work too)
Heat oven to 400 degrees.
In your mixer bowl combine the water, oil, yeast and sugar and allow it to rest for 15 minutes. Using your dough hook,
mix in the salt, egg and flour. Knead with hook until will incorporated and dough is soft and smooth. (Just a few
Form dough into 12 balls and then place in a greased 9 x 13 pan and allow to rest for 10 minutes. Bake for 10 minutes
at 400 degrees or until golden brown.

Tuesday, February 05, 2013

Tuesday, February 5, Spring...

The old dog pen above the road at Clayton's house.

Up against the hill behind my house.

Calves chasing the goats.

Monday, February 04, 2013

Monday, February 04, 2013

The community watering hole.  We have hundreds of Robins in the yard today.  It must be Spring.

We are having pot roast, from Patsy, and rolls tonight.  I am going to try a recipe for rolls that you only let rise once. The recipe said 30 minute rolls.  If they are good I will share the recipe.  I would make rolls more often for supper if it did not take 2 and a half hours to get them to the table.

Rain this morning, but very nice now.

Patsy, I took 2 dozen of your eggs to Clayton. He was not home, so I left them in front of his door.

Helen, I mailed you some soap today.  It will probably take it a week to get there.

Sunday, February 03, 2013

Sunday, February 3, 2013

A beautiful day for the middle of winter.

Bread turned out OK, but not great.  I am thinking I am going to rethink the cracked wheat bread and make it mostly white flour instead of mostly whole wheat. But, I am waiting til next weekend to try again.

Soap turned out fine, and I took some to Patsy.  She gave me eggs and beef so I came out ahead.  I figured the soap cost 86 cents a bar to make.