Sunday, February 8, 2009

The tastes of home - or at least a close second

I was sitting writing yet another paper when the kids declared that we had nothing to eat. They're so dramatic. Anyway, I've been dying to try the Amish White bread recipe but it was not to be. I had everything ready to go when I realised that I only had a bag of self rising flour. I was crushed. I began to scour the internet for any bread recipes I could find using self-rising flour and was not too encouraged to find page after page of beer bread and/or soda bread. I was not impressed.

Finally I found a forum that said that I could substitute the flour into any recipe that called for baking powder but I would need to omit the salt, baking powder and baking soda components. That seemed simple enough and now my search was more refined, I was looking for yeast free bread recipes. I stumbled upon this recipe. The result was a cross between a bread and a bake - bake was a daily staple of my youth. It is heavier than bread but oh so yummy. Here's my modification:

3 cups self-rising flour
1 1/2 cups water
1/4 cup vegetable oil

1 Mix dry ingredients.
2 Mix liquids and add to dry.
3 Stir until there is no more dry flour. The dough should be moist but not sticky. Add additional flour as needed.
4 With oiled hands, Place on clean baking sheet.
5 Bake for 40 minutes at 400F.

I would have posted a pic of the bread but the cheese attacked and made delicious sandwiches :) Don't fret, we'll be making more of this very soon :) Though tonight we will be working on the crockpot yogurt and some cream cheese.


PlainCatholic said...

Oh aye; bread is wonderful when homemade. Thank you for stopping by the blogstead. You asked about getting going on the garden. I started out with two goals; get it dug and get it amended with good things to help the seeds and plants to grow. I consulted my agricultural extension agent (yours will be listed under state govt. in your phone book)and he shared which soil amendments were best for our soil. Now with the children, you have an advantage over me: in your place I would divide the space up into areas and have the children compete in a digging race to see who finishes it first. Then let them have an old fashioned garden hose water fight to wash them off before they came in the house. Tis how my grands did it for us. It all became a fun game and afterwards we dried off in the sun with a picnic.

Every time I dig in my garden I remember those fun days of my childhood.

Theresa said...

Oooh I'm trying this. I made your pork chops too. Very yummy!