Monday, April 8, 2013
Miss Lindsey Had a Farm
And on that farm......well, backyard really, were three little chickens named Blanche, Dorothy and Sophia....do you know where those names came from?? Do tell!!
San Tan Valley Coops and More. We got the most basic coop out there, but this guy builds some serious stuff, so if you are in the market and in the Phoenix area, check him out.
2 1/4 - 2 1/2 c. flour - I do a mix of bread flour and whole wheat
1 c. warm water
1 1/2 t. yeast
2 T softened butter
Handful of rolled oats
2 T honey - or more if you like
1 1/2 t. salt
Ok, so I cheat and put this in my bread machine, according to the directions for dough, pull it out and let the kiddos make it into rolls or any shape they like. We cover and let it rest for 15min. and then bake at 375 for 12-15 min. or until golden. BUT, if you want to do it the old fashioned way, you would:
Mix water and honey, top with yeast, let foam
Add oats, butter, flour and salt, mix
Turn out and knead for 10min.
Leave to rise covered in oiled bowl for 1 1/2 - 2 hrs.
Form into rolls/shapes
Cover and let rest 15 min.
Bake 375 for 12-15min.
And you can't have bread without:
Baby food jars are perfect for little hands, but I'm sure any jar would work. Place a few tablespoons of cream into the jar (or no more than 1/2 full if using a larger jar) and add a pinch of salt. Shake, shake, shake! Oh, and when you are shaking, you should probably look like this.
Anyway, once your butter has formed, you'll have some buttermilk left in the jar, so swish some cold water around in the jar until that excess washes away and the water runs clear. I've made butter like this many times in the past, but I've never rinsed with water before, I learned about that part from the curriculum guide I purchased from Little Acorn Learning and let me tell you, it made a world of difference - I'll continue making butter this way every time!
Well, if you've been following along, you should have some warm bread and some delicious, creamy butter ready to devour right about now, so go ahead and enjoy!