Sour Dough Revised

I have been experimenting with sourdough and have developed a new recipe which takes about 25 hours to make but it is, in my opinion, so much better tasting and doesn’t need yeast to help it along. It is no more work, just more time. It is chewier and richer in flavor.

I now sterilize jars and utensils, and use boiled water which has been cooled, for replenishing the starter to prevent contamination. Another change is that I take the one cup of starter and add 1 cup water and enough unbleached white bread flour to it to be the consistency of the usual starter and let that set out for 6 hours (until bubbly) before mixing it into the rest of the ingredients. After rising this initial mixture for ~6 hours I mix in the rest of the ingredients and let it rise until double (usually another 10 hours). Rising times are very approximate. The type of flours used at each step have significant impact on the outcome so take care in substituting. I use all purpose for the starter maintenance, white bread flour for the first rising to grow the starter quickly, and then the whole grain last because the rising slows with this flour. So, I am going from higher starch flour to lower starch flours.

Here is the process….
1 Cup starter
1 Cup water
White unbleached bread flour – enough to bring it back to consistency of the usual starter.
Rise 6 hours or more and then add:
2 Tablespoons molasses
2 Teaspoons salt
I don’t measure the flour but slowly add about 1/2 Spelt flour and 1/2 rye flour to the right consistency to knead the dough.
Rise 10 hours, knead, divide into two loaves.
Place into greased bread loaf pans and rise another ~6 hours.
Bake in preheated oven at 350 degrees for 30 minutes.

Toasted Sunflower Seeds

2 cups raw sunflower seeds
1 Tablespoon water
3/4 Teaspoon salt
1 Tablespoon olive oil

Add water and salt to bowl large enough to easily mix the sunflower seeds. Mix the salt and water. Add the seeds and mix to coat the seeds. Then add oil to coat all seeds.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Use baking parchment to cover a large cookie sheet. Spread the seeds out on the cookie sheet. They will toast more evening if they are spread in a thin layer. Bake for approximately 20 minutes or until just golden brown. They are very sensitive to time and can easily be undercooked or burned within one minute so watch carefully until you know what length of time works best in your oven. Let the seeds cool completely before storing.

I use the seeds on salad, sautéed vegetables, in cookie recipes, and on ice cream.

Peppers with Goat Cheese

12-15 small yellow, red, and orange peppers
8 oz plain goat cheese
2-3 Tablespoons olive oil
1/8 Teaspoon salt

Wash and slice off tops of peppers, remove seeds. Simmer on stove about 10 minutes until flexible but not mushy (you have to be able to stuff them without them falling apart). Remove from heat and cool.
Once cool stuff with goat cheese. They look better if you take care not to get the goat cheese on the outside of the peppers but the taste is the same either way.
Put into baking dish, drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with salt.

Preheat oven and bake stuffed peppers at 350 degrees for about 5-10 minutes. The goal is to warm the goat cheese without over cooking to prevent the cheese from loosing its smoothness.  Let cool 5-10 minutes before serving.

Apple Crisp or (maybe Apple Brown Betty)

Off the top of my head…..

5-6 medium apples (Fugi are best for baking and easy to find).
2 Tablespoons lemon juice
1/8 Teaspoon salt
1-2 Tablespoons sugar (depends on how sweet you like things and how sweet the apples you use are.)
Cut apples and mix with lemon juice, salt, and sugar. Put in pie pan or 8×8 in cake pan.

1 1/2 Cups almond meal
3/4 Cup soft butter
1 Teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 Teaspoon cloves
1/8 Teaspoon salt
Mix together until well blended. Sprinkle over top of the apple mixture in pan. Bake at 350 degrees until crispy light golden brown on top and apples are soft when tested with a fork.

Best served with vanilla ice cream!

Polenta

3 Cups water
1/2 Teaspoon salt
1 Cup corn grits
1 Tablespoon butter

Bring water to boil, add salt and corn grits. simmer 30 minutes Mixing often. Stir in butter. Put into an oiled rectangular pan. I used a bread pan. Let cool. Once firm turn out on cutting board and cut into strips. I made mine about 3/4 inch thick. I added ample butter and olive oil to a fry pan and fried until crispy on both sides. The slices may be topped with grated cheese, pasta sauce or just salt. It is so much better than any polenta I have had anywhere!

Hummus

2 cups cooked garbanzo beans (chickpeas) – I preferred buying dried garbanzo and cooking them.  It takes at least few hours to cook them until they are soft. I think they taste better than the canned and you don’t have to worry about BPA or other things that could come from being canned.

2 tablespoons tahini
Juice of one lemon
2-3 garlic cloves crushed
1/2 teaspoon salt or 1 teaspoon tamari
Water as needed to allow blending

Mix all ingredients in blender until smooth. Chill.

This recipe is based on Carol’s recipe – thanks Carol!

Roasted Eggplant & Red Pepper

1 large eggplant cut up into pieces no thicker than 3/4 inch
2-3 red bell peppers cut up in medium sized chunks
1/2 yellow onion chopped and caramelized in a little olive oil
1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
3/4 teaspoon ground coriander
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground black or mixed peppercorns
1-3 cloves of crushed garlic
1/4 cup olive oil
Brussel sprouts are also a good addition to this dish – a few or a lot.
Mix all ingredients together and place in baking dish that is big enough so the vegetables can easily cook (not too deep). I use a 9″x13″ glass baking dish. Bake at 350 to 375 degrees for about an hour. Mix as necessary to assure all vegetables bake evenly.

 

Meat Loaf

1 lb ground venison
1 lb ground lamb
1 lb ground pork
or any variety of beef, venison, lamb, pork or goat you may have.

3 Tablespoons balsamic vinegar
2 Tablespoons mustard
1 large yellow onion (caramelized)
4-5 Garlic cloves, crushed or minced
3 eggs
3/4 Teaspoon salt
1 Teaspoon mustard seed
1/4 Teaspoon Mexican chili powder

1/2 Cup ketchup
Sauerkraut – optional

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Crush garlic and set aside at least 10 minutes.  Caramelize onions in olive oil and cool a little bit.
Mix all ingredients, except ketchup, together and put half of mixture into each bread pan pressing the mixture down into each pan.
Spread ketchup on top of each loaf.
Bake for about 1.5 hours. Serve with sauerkraut.

You can cut ingredients in half to make one loaf but I like to make 2 loaves at a time to put one in the freezer for another day.

Hearty Salad

Base:
1 cup finely cut green cabbage
1 cup finely cut red cabbage

1 cup chopped arugula
1 cup chopped kale
Mustard greens, parsley, beet greens, and others can be added when available.

Options to change it up: beans of any type, grapes, apples, dried cherries, cucumber, tomatoes, peppers, olives, capers, hardboiled egg.

Toppings: Feta cheese, toasted sunflower seeds, Olive oil and vinegar dressing.

Cabbage and kale can be cut up in advance because they hold up very well in the refrigerator for a week. Cabbage is nicest if cut on a mandolin so it is fine like sauerkraut.

Arugula and other greens don’t hold up as long so I keep them in a container separate container from cabbage that I plan to store for a while. I cut up enough cabbage and kale for the week and then add more perishable items when the salad will be eaten in a day or two. I don’t usually use lettuce because it doesn’t hold up as well as arugula.

Ginger Peach Scones

Kenine gave me some peaches and I am looking for ways to use them. This recipe is the first iteration so may be modified after I taste them. They should be done in about 20 minutes so we will see!

PS these were not so good (bland) so this recipe needs some work. Please post ideas/modifications.

3 cups almond meal
2 1/2  tablespoons turbinado sugar
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/8 teaspoon cloves
1/8 cup grapeseed oil or olive oil
2 eggs
3 tablespoons 2% Fage yogurt (contains no starches)
1/2 cup pureed fresh peaches

Mix all ingredients well and spoon on to greased cookie sheet (or use parchment paper). If desired sprinkle with sugar. Bake in preheated oven at 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes. Test by sticking with knife. They are done when lightly browned and knife comes out clean. For best flavor cool before serving. Makes about 15 scones.