Wednesday, August 31, 2016

The Barn Sale at Spring Creek Roller Mills

It's time for fall y'all... and that means the Barn Sale at Spring Creek Roller Mills is happening this month! I've posted photos of this event before. For photos of previous years click on the year; 2012, 2013 2014, 2015! I think I've made or sold something different every year, but variety is good, right?!

This year I plan to do a booth with my new(est) business venture.

Here is a peek of my tiny shop at Dressed Up Threads to give you a taste of what is to come...

Oh, and I think I talked my husband into making 
some cutting boards to sell as well.

I hope to see you there!

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Sourdough Bread

Hello friends! It's been awhile. Now that summer is nearing an end- I feel like I can breath again.

I've been making sourdough bread for months now. For years I tried to make a homemade bread that Josh would use for sandwiches. He always would say it was too heavy or crumbly. After a couple weeks of sourdough bread making I could finally make sandwiches for him with homemade bread!

I am now sharing a recipe I tweaked from the "Food for Life" cookbook. My friend, Kim, accidentally used all milk for the liquid one day and her bread was better than ever. So now I use all milk instead of part water. Thanks Kim!

 My first loaves that made me so proud - but were dense and heavy:)

 Scored loaf ready for baking.

The loaf that finally turned out. Most times they look like this - 
but there can be fluctuations depending on the weather.

I make cinnamon rolls and pizza dough with the same dough recipe.
It's so handy to mix up one recipe and make
different baked goods from the same dough. 

Sourdough Bread

2 cups sourdough starter
1 1/2 cups whole milk
 2 Tbsp. butter, melted
2 Tbsp. honey
5 - 5 1/2 cups King Arthur unbleached flour
2 1/2 tsp. sea salt

In a Kitchen Aid mixer with the dough hook,
knead first five ingredients for 3 minutes.

Cover your mixing bowl with a cloth and 
let dough rest for 20 minutes.

Uncover; add salt and knead for 5 minutes.

Place dough in a large bowl that has a lid. Grease 
bowl and dough with oil. Cover and let raise 
4 hours or until doubled in size. 

From this point you can make pizza or cinnamon rolls. 

For bread: Divide dough in half and shape into two loaves.
Place in greased bread pans and place loaves in a big container
with a lid and let raise again until doubled.

Score loaves and bake at 375 for 25-30 minutes or until
the center registers 195. I cover my loaves with foil around 
20 minutes so they don't get too brown.

Cool on baking racks and freeze one loaf for later that week.

I hope you enjoy!