Friday, October 21, 2016

Crusty Bread

This is the first Friday in a long time that the smell of baking bread hasn't filled the house with its wonderful aroma!

I usually have the oven going by 6 in the morning trying to get as many loaves baked as I can.

A week ago Saturday was the last Farmers Market for the season.

Time to take a break from bread baking!

I thought I would share this super simple recipe for my crusty bread.

I have been making  jalapeno/cheddar and asiago/garlic loaves.
There are so many different add ins you can use.
But these two have been great sellers for me.

You will never believe how simple they are to make!

In a large mixing bowl, whisk together flour, salt and yeast.  Add water and mix until a shaggy mixture forms.  Cover bowl with plastic wrap and set aside for 12 - 18 hours.  Overnight works great.  Heat oven to 450 degrees.  When the oven has reached 450 degrees place a cast iron pot with a lid in the oven and heat the pot for 30 minutes.  Meanwhile, pour dough onto a heavily floured surface and shape into a ball.  Cover with plastic wrap and let set while the pot is heating.  Remove hot pot from the oven and drop in the dough.  Cover and return to oven for 30 minutes.  After 30 minutes remove the lid and bake an additional 15 minutes.  Remove bread from oven and place on a cooling rack to cool. 

How easy is that?

I have been stirring in 1/3 cup shredded cheese and a half of a jalapeno,
or 1/3 cup shredded asiago cheese and 1 clove of garlic minced to the mix before adding the water. 

My counters are full of bowls of dough the night before baking day.

This is the pot I use to bake my bread.

It is a Red Le Creuset pot I received as a Christmas present from my son years ago.

I love this pot for everything! 
It is  especially great for making this bread.

I ordered some of these cute little Le Creuset pots for making bread bowls.
Aren't they the cutest?

I think they will be a great seller for the few craft shows I signed up for during the winter.

I had one loaf of jalapeno/cheddar bread that didn't sell at the last market.
I brought it home, cut it into chunks, tossed it with olive oil then broiled it in the oven for a couple of minutes.

It made delicious croutons to top a bowl of chili with!

I hope you find this crusty bread recipe as easy and as tasty as we do!

(I am adding a link to the blog where I first discovered crusty bread.
She has some great instructional pictures)


Monday, October 17, 2016

Back in the Swing of Things

Wow, almost 3 months since I have even attempted to write an entry!

I do try to get online and at least read some of my favorites in blog land.

But this summer sure has been an exceptionally busy one around here.

I read other bloggers entries, 
they seem to be just as busy as myself.

I wonder how they do it all, 
then have time to blog about it?

Something I am trying to work on!

Most of my summer seemed to be consumed with my new business,
flower farming.

I did quite a few vases of flowers for others.

My main focus of getting the word about my flowers came through a couple of local farmers markets.

The bouquets went fast most mornings.
As well as flowers I sold my homemade noodles and crusty breads.

The flowers and bread also did well at our local county fair.

We got a new addition to the farm!

Lilly the goat!

She was a 50th birthday present from the pipeliner.
Another project I would like to take on is making my own goats milk products.
I am still doing more research before this project starts.

We also had a wedding!

The daughter was married on October 1st.

I did all of the flowers for her wedding.

The weekend after the wedding was one of the biggest festivals I have taken on yet.
The foot traffic can be as many as 10,000 people!

No fresh cut flowers, something I need to plan better for next year.

But I sold out of all my bouquets of broom corn and pumpkins on a stick.

As well as 20 loaves of crusty bread!
What a busy day!

This big guy sure has grown into such a great helper!

I can hardly believe that he has started pre-school this fall!

This week is the first week that I wont have to think about getting anything ready for the farmers market. We had the season ending market on Saturday.
Now is the time to sit back and look over all of my notes that I took over the summer.
Figure out what didn't work,
expand on the things that did work.

Begin writing my business plan for next year.

I think all of that can wait for a week or two.

For now I am just going to relax for a little bit

Enjoy the view around me
and recharge!