Man does not live on bread alone, but we tried. (This bread was that good.) There was a learning curve to getting this artisan bread thing right, but… so worth it.
Posts Categorized: 2. Bars, Bread & Breakfast
So… yeast and flour, mixed together, makes a pretty “one-dimensional” flavored bread. But. A well-tended starter, added to some dough, left to bulk-ferment and then have a final rise in the fridge, takes simple flour and water and creates a sum far greater than the parts! Which is why I bother babying my starter. OK, and obsessing about it just a tad… I have a deep respect for this little starter- it does amazing things.
You can tell by the name that the original recipe came from the 60’s, right? One friend even asked, “what does “casserole bread” mean? Maybe that’s since most people don’t even make bread anymore? (Or casseroles, for that matter?!) Well, I had to optimize this recipe for my whole wheat sourdough starter, and… it worked. I didn’t use yeast, but I kept the baking soda, adding it to the second rising, which seemed to give the bread an extra “lift”.
Years ago, before the internet, my sister was on a mission to duplicate the famous “Apple Pancake” of the Original Pancake House fame. We must’ve tried dozens of variations on this recipe (more recent scouring of the web gave me an edge). At last, I think we’ve finally got it!
If I’m going to make homemade sourdough bread using freshly ground whole wheat flour, I definitely need a system. Otherwise, I won’t have time for this! Below is the streamlined recipe I’ve been using…
Almond extract, honey, butter, and toasted oats and pistachios, make these energy bars taste almost like the buttery Greek confection, baklava. Only healthier!
Many popular breakfast places add flour to their egg dishes, knowing it helps the eggs hold their shape- to stay light, fluffy… But potato starch works too. This is a great dish for party time- easy to make!
We made tons of this in the 80’s, when “The New Deli” was just a small wholesale sandwich business in our home kitchen (AKA “Foods for Thought”). Dern hippies, with a “grass-roots” food business!
Back in 1976, my husband’s super-cool older sister turned us on to hummus & herbal teas. We walked into a health food store in Big Sur on our honeymoon & I knew- I had to make granola too!
Raw (local) honey & bee pollen can help with allergies, & cinnamon helps insulin to work better, with some potential in preventing Alzheimer’s. I’m so down for eating my way to health, ha!