Thursday, April 26, 2012
Thursday, March 8, 2012
Feeding your starter:
Add to your starter at the same time 6 days a week:
1/4 cup warm unchlorinated water
1/3 cup unbleached organic white whole wheat flour
Cover with a damp washcloth or cheesecloth.
Let it rest the seventh day... then repeat the whole process. At least once a week you must remove part of the starter or it will outgrow it's daily feeding ratio. You can make bread, pancakes, etc. with a little planning ahead.
Using the Starter:
Typically a "sponge" is made the evening prior to baking. Remove 1 cup of starter and place in glass bowl or jar, add 1 cup flour and 3/4 cup warm water. Mix well, cover with a damp cloth and place in a warm spot overnight. The next morning stir down your sponge. There should be 2 cups... if you have too much simply pour the extra back into the starter jar.
Mary Jane's Farmhouse Sourdough
2 cups sourdough starter
1 tsp honey
1 cup white whole wheat flour
Mix ingredients well and let sponge 20 - 30 minutes
Add final 1/2 cup of white whole wheat flour
3/4 tsp. salt
Knead until windowpane test (elastic).... form into round loaf and place in greased 2 quart cast iron pan or on parchment paper.
Let rise for the best part of day until doubled in size.
Bake at 425 degrees 35 - 40 minutes or until 195 - 200 degrees or until sounds hollow when thumped.
Tuesday, February 7, 2012
Calendula/Shea Butter Lip Balm
Melt together: 1 Tbsp. shea butter, 3 Tbsp. calendula infused oil, 1 Tbsp. plus 1 tsp. melted beeswax
Add: 10-15 drops essential oil of your choice
2 drops Vitaman E as a preservative
Note: See the August 2011 issue of Mary Jane's Cluck
Sunday, June 12, 2011
Monday, March 28, 2011
Monday, February 28, 2011
Gretchen's A to Z Bread
Makes 2 loaves
Mix together in a large mixing bowl:
3 eggs, 1⁄2 cup applesauce, 1⁄2 cup oil, 1 to 1 1⁄2 cup sugar (the original recipe calls for two cups; I have used 1 c sugar, or 1 c brown sugar, or 3⁄4 cup honey)
Add to bowl and mix in:
1⁄2 tsp baking powder, 1 tsp salt, 1 tsp baking soda, 3 tsp cinnamon, 3 tsp vanilla
3 cups flour, 1 cup nuts (optional), and 2 cups A to Z (I have used chopped apples, mashed bananas, shredded carrots, pumpkin, mashed persimmons, and zucchini – you can use all of one or mix them)
Bake in two prepared loaf pans at 350 degrees for about 55 minutes, until done.
You can check out Gretchen's OTHER delicious Zucchinni recipes as, she so well put, life was giving her zucchini.....Chocolate Zucchini Muffins, Zucchini Pasta, Zucchini Walnut Cake, Zucchini Pickles, etc. on her blog at Pappasfam.blogspot.com