Category Archives: Bread

Happy New Year

Sipping a damn fine martini, made by my personal mixologist, I’m tempted to reflect on some recent meals.

Today’s chowda was an adventure, but so incredibly satisfying. I brought home clams, having read a recipe on the King Arthur Flour site, but when I got home, the recipe no longer inspired me. Instead, CHOW’s Chow-der stepped up. It required a few other ingredients, and Chris hopped to it, with the promise of some New England-style chowder on the other side.. Many hours later, delectable it was. Satisfying on this drizzly January day.

In other news, it’s really January?

Also made some oatmeal-wheat bread, using this incredibly easy recipe: Oat-Wheat Loaf. It required kneading, but it’s easy enough for to be made regularly.


Alice’s Sour Cream Chocolate Chocolate Chip Banana Bread and No-knead Bread

We had a lot of soon-to-be-gone bananas, and a half a bag of chocolate chips, and various other sundries, so I gave it a whirl with the grilled lamb and baba ganoush that we finally cooked. The new grill (rescued from someone else’s trip to the dump) is getting its first workout from us tonight! Also substituted some creme fraiche for the sour cream in the banana bread and used a cake flour to keep it light since my bread pan has begun to flake off its coating. Gross.

Earlier today, I tried no-knead bread, using a lot of whole wheat flour. I may become a convert. Easy tasty  bread. Followed the recipe from Macheesmo, but the recipe has made the rounds on various other blogs as well. (variation 1 variation 2 variation 3) Already planning on making another loaf of this to go with some dinner later in the week, which is well and good since the recipe does take planning…

We used a large cast iron skillet to cook it. We don’t have a dutch oven, but a cast iron purchase may be on the horizon. It meant that we missed out on the step where you cook it with the lid on, but we still ended up with a lovely loaf with a chewy crust.

The recipe is attributed to Jim Lahey. I still have trouble reading that name without thinking of Trailer Park Boys…

Buttermilk biscuits

This has become my “go to” recipe for buttermilk biscuits. Doesn’t take too long to whip up, plus you can make the biscuits the night before and toss in the oven the next morning. It has become worth keeping buttermilk on  hand to make this when the mood strikes…