Monday, January 26, 2009

Baking and Making Sunday

Yesterday I worked on getting some cooking and baking done for the week.

Challah Bread -- this is so YUMMY I froze one loaf for later. ( from Family Fun)

1/2 cup plus 2/3 cup warm water (110° to 115°)
2 teaspoons active dry yeast
3/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon sugar
5 large eggs
1 cup vegetable oil
2 teaspoons salt
7 cups flour
1 large egg yolk
1 tablespoon water

1. Combine 1/2 cup of warm water, the yeast, and 1 tablespoon of sugar in a small bowl and stir to dissolve the yeast. Let it set in a warm spot until foamy, about 10 minutes.

2. Using a heavy-duty electric mixer or an electric egg beater, beat the 5 eggs until foamy. Add the dissolved yeast, oil, salt, and remaining 1 cup of sugar and beat until the mixture is pale yellow and slightly thickened, about 4 minutes.

3. Add 2/3 cup of warm water and beat to blend. Now add 1/2 cup of flour at a time, stirring well each time, until the dough no longer sticks to the bowl. Knead the dough on a lightly floured surface until smooth and elastic (about 5 to 7 minutes), adding a tablespoon of flour at a time if it's too sticky.

4. Put the dough in a lightly oiled large bowl, turning it once to coat. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and top with a clean kitchen towel. Let the dough rise in a warm, draft-free spot until doubled, about 1 hour. Punch down the dough, cover the bowl as before, and let the dough rise 30 minutes more.

5. Grease 2 medium baking sheets. Turn the dough onto a lightly floured surface and divide it in half. Divide each half into 3 equal pieces and roll them into 9-inch ropes. For each loaf, braid together 3 ropes, working on a prepared baking sheet. (To shape a loaf of challah bread, arrange 3 dough ropes side by side. Then start in the center and braid out toward each end. Finally, gently pinch together the ends of the loaf to seal them.) Cover each loaf with a towel and let the dough rise until almost doubled, about 30 minutes.

Meanwhile, heat the oven to 400°. 6. Whisk together the egg yolk and 1 tablespoon of water and lightly brush the mixture on the loaf tops. Bake the bread for 10 minutes, then lower the oven to 350° and bake until the loaves are golden brown and sound hollow when tapped on the bottom, about 35 minutes. Makes 2 loaves.

I had some fresh sausage that I needed to use so I made some sausage balls and froze them for a party we are having in a couple weeks.
1 pound ground pork sausage
2 cups biscuit baking mix
3 cups Cheddar cheese, shredded
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
In a large bowl, combine sausage, biscuit baking mix and cheese. Form into walnut size balls and place on baking sheets.
Bake in preheated oven for 18 minutes, until golden brown.

Granola -- from here
3 cups old fashioned oats
4 TBSP ground flax seed
1/2 almonds (I used Balanced)
1/2 Honey (may need a little more)
1/4 teas. salt
2 teas. cinnamon
1/2 cup dried cranberries
Preheat oven to 300 degrees. spray a large baking sheet with cooking spray.
combine all ingredients, spread the mixture onto the baking sheet and bake until golden brown, stirring occasionally, about 30 mins.
Basic Bread Loaf -- (from Family Fun)

2 tsp. dry yeast
1-1/2 cups warm water
1 tsp. melted butter, vegetable oil, or heavy cream
1-1/2 tsp. salt
3-1/2 cups flour (or 2-1/2 cups white and 1 cup whole wheat flour)

1. Dissolve the yeast in 1-1/2 cups warm water. When it has softened, add melted butter and salt. Stir in the flour with a wooden spoon until it becomes too difficult to manage. Turn the dough out onto a well-floured board and let it rest - absorbing more of the flour - while you clean out and oil the bowl. Knead the dough, working in the additional flour as needed, until it is smooth and elastic, about 5 minutes.
2. Return the dough to the bowl and cover with a damp towel. Leave it to rise for about 1-1/2 hours until it has doubled in bulk.
3. Punch the dough down with floured hands. Scrape the dough away from the sides of the bowl and return to the floured board. Knead for another few minutes, then shape into a loaf by folding it in half and patting it.
4. Place the dough in a lightly greased loaf tin, cover, and allow it to rise again until doubled in bulk.
5. Put the loaf in a hot oven, 425 degrees, for the first 15 minutes, then turn the oven down to 350 degrees for another 15 to 20 minutes. Take the bread out of the pan; it should sound hollow when tapped on the bottom. Allow it to cool thoroughly on a rack before slicing. Makes 1 loaf.

I also make macaroni and Tomatoes one of my favorites, baked pineapple, and salad.


angie said...

i want some macaroni and tomatos!!!! and the bread looks so yummy!!!!

Carla said...

That bread looks like a picture from a magazine!! I made homemade chicken noodle soup (the noodles too) today. I might post in a little while.

Fred said...

Ann Kelly; OH it all looks soooo goood and I go to my first Wait Watchers meeting in 8 hours and 15 minutes. I just wonder how many points I can get out of the bread and Gronla. I am so hungry,I could pay big for a granola bar [help] Give Harrison some love from Papa and Nini. Thank you for calling Harrison, you are talking so good.