Monday, December 15, 2014

Challah


I really like to eat Challah right out of the oven. The honey in it makes for a sweet but moist bread! I put poppy seeds on mine and Raven loved the crunch. This recipe comes from the "Artisan Bread in 5 Minutes a Day" cookbook. Give this one a try on soup night! This is What's Cookin on Beaty's Creek today.

Needed:


1 3/4 cup warm water
1 1/2 T yeast
1 1/2 T salt
4 large eggs beaten-I use free range
1/2 cup honey
1/2 cup oil-I used vegetable
7 cups all purpose flour
egg wash-1 egg beaten with 1 T water
Poppy or Sesame seeds

Mix yeast, salt, water, eggs, honey, and oil in your Kitchen Aid mixer. Now add in flour a cup at a time until all of the flour has been added. Cover and let double in size. You can now break off 3 orange size balls of dough. Place the rest in a covered bowl and place in fridge for later use. I took each of my orange size balls and rolled them in my hands to make ropes that were pretty equal in size. Next I joined them together and braided them together on a parchment lined baking sheet. Braiding bread is just like hair. Same technique. Looks fancy but is really pretty simple. Brush on eggs wash and sprinkle on as many poppy seeds or sesame seeds as you like. Bake at 350' for 25-30 minutes or until top is golden and sounds hollow when tapped.




Friday, December 12, 2014

Peanut Brittle


Needed:
1-cup sugar
1/3-cup corn syrup
1/3-cup water
1 T butter
1/2 t baking soda
1-cup raw peanuts
Candy thermometer

Boil sugar, syrup, and water together until it forms a hard ball in cold water or reaches 260' on your candy thermometer. Continue cooking, lower heat add peanuts and butter. Cook until peanuts crack and turn brown. Remove from heat add soda and stir until dissolved. Pour quickly into a buttered pan (I use my Silpat for this)and spread evenly. The thinner the better. When cooled crack into smaller pieces. This was my Granny West’s recipe. She made this every year with pecans, peanuts or big shavings of coconut. I am so glad I have her recipe

Monday, December 1, 2014

Christmas Cookies


I know, I know, who needs another sugar cookie recipe...but you are going to get one. This is a great recipe but you MUST CHILL the dough before you roll it out. I iced these mitten cookies with royal icing with a little butter cream on the cuff. I like the look of royal icing but the taste of butter cream. This is What's Cookin on Beaty's Creek today.




Needed:




6 cups all purpose flour
1 t baking powder
1 t salt
2 cups butter- softened
3 1/2 cups sugar
4 eggs
2 1/2 t vanilla




In your Kitchen Aid mix together your butter, salt, and sugar until fluffy. Now add your eggs one at a time and stir well. Now add your flour in 1 1/2 cup intervals with your salt, and baking powder. Stir well. Flatten your dough and wrap with plastic wrap. Place in fridge for a couple of hours before rolling out. Roll out and cut into desired shapes. Bake at 350' for 12 minutes. Ice with desired icing and enjoy!


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Sunday, November 9, 2014

Thanksgiving 2014

Hello world!!  I know it has been a while since my last post.  A lot has happened in the last few months.  I started working at Lowe's in the Garden Center, and now I am working in the Installed Sales office. If you need something installed give us a call. We have quite a few foodies at work too!  It is so much fun to talk to people who enjoy food as much as I do. ;)

Well this is the first year that I will be planning our Thanksgiving Feast while working.  I love Thanksgiving and love being able to cook everyone's favorites dishes and few new ones to boot!

Give me a couple of days and I will post this year's menu.