I was able to join the Daring Bakers this month and it was so cool! Tanna of My Kitchen In Half Cups picked Tender Potato Bread from Home Baking: The Artful Mix of Flour & Tradition Around the World byJeffrey Alford and Naomi Duguid. It was nice that the first challenge I did was something that I was not afraid of, some of the ones in the past looked a little hard for me.
The recipe starts out with Potatoes. They are to be boiled and them mashed. The potatoes and the water are used in the bread. The potatoes add tenderness to the bread. The bread was to be made by hand. It has been a while since I have made bread that way, I tend to make the dough in the bread machine and then bake it in the oven. So this was different.
Here is the ingredients, this is a savory bread, no sugar involved. It mixed up fairly easy but is a wet bread at this point.
The next step is to have the dough rise, which when your house is only 58 degrees Fahrenheit is interesting. I had them in the sun and let them rise for longer. We could do anything that we wanted with the dough. I decided to make cobblestone bread and a some rolls. Cobblestone bread is a savory version of monkey bread. I ended up with a little more left over so I rolled up some bread dipping seasonings in the other loaf.
The cobblestone bread was being nibbled on before I could even get a picture. The rest of the bread came out well. The rolls were eaten pretty quickly but the rolled bread was around long enough to get stale. I used it in my stuffing. It come out so well that I am using this for my next batch of stuffing next month.
Sunday, November 18, 2007
I am making a pair for my sister-in law for Christmas this year and I have been looking at different ways of doing the mitten part. Right now I am thinking of a knit 2 purl 2 ribbing with a cable thrown in every once in a while for fun. This way it would be interesting to me to knit and the ribbing would tighten it a little. I have to finish some socks first but I am liking the planing stage.
- How long have you been knitting? Do you consider yourself beginner, intermediate, advanced?
- How long have you been knitting socks?
- What are your favorite fibers to work with?
- What is your favorite color?
- What are your current WIPs (works in progress)?
- Name your favorite yarns, (brand, fibers, colors, etc.).
- What are some yarns/fibers that you stay away from.
- What is your family situation? (Married, kids, pets?)
- Name some of your hobbies.
- Name some of your favorite movies?
- Do you like to read?
- Do you collect anything?
- Do you own an iPod or mp3 player?
- What are your favorite type of knitting needles?
- What knitting notion could you not live without?
- Who are some of your favorite designers?
- Do you subscribe to any magazines? (Knitting or otherwise.)
- When is your birthday?
- Do you have a "wishlist", (on Ravelry, Froogle, or Amazon)?
- Do you have a Ravelry ID?
- If you had a sheep, what would you name it?
Saturday, November 17, 2007
I finshed, Yaaa!!! It came out a little different than I wanted but it is still cool, or warm in this case. Here it is already to be mailed. I just have a few more things that I want to put into the box to go with.