Sunday, January 9, 2011

Bread Making Day

Saturday, 5:00 AM. 24°

This was bread making day. Our new, favorite bread just makes two loaves so I am making it more, but don't mind. It is easier on my ancient KA mixer that Mom gave to me many years ago.

This time I toasted about a half cup of sesame seeds by just browning on a skillet on top of the stove. That gives them a nice nutty flavor.
All I did different this time was add the sesame seeds to the dough and then glaze the tops with egg wash and sprinkle with the seeds. I still want a more chewy seed inside the bread but sesame was all I had. I don't know if what I have used before was cracked wheat or sunflower seeds, but I like that little chewy bit inside.

This bread turned out super again.
From Food

Funny how I have baked bread for years and just read in my new Joy of Cooking book that you are supposed to turn it out on its side to cool! How did I miss that?
I mentioned this to my Sis and she said she always does that.So now I do too!
From Food

The rest of the day was filled with general housekeeping (not much), bottling up yesterday's milk and reading. Talked with my Sis again.

Sunday, January 10, 2011 4:45 21°.

This was our splurge breakfast morning. I made a new recipe for 4-grain pancakes (Joy of Cooking) and bacon (using griddle on new range).

I am happy to report we loved the pancakes. I always feel guilty making a l00% white flour anything....and feel better if I can use some whole grains. Of course the helpmeet ruins my good efforts by refusing to use the low-calorie syrup.

Four Grain Flapjacks
(about 18 4-inch pancakes)

Whisk together in a large bowl:

1 cup whole wheat four (I used my ww pastry flour that I have had forever)
3/4 cup white flour (I always buy unbleached white flour)
1/3 cup cornmeal (Tip: I keep a pint jar at the ready in the frig. The rest in
the freezer)
1/4 cup old fashioned or quick oats (I whirred regular in the food processor)
(Another tip: I keep a small jar of oats pulverized for thickening things).
2 T sugar
l t salt
1/2 t baking soda (but no buttermilk? It worked fine)
Optional: 1/2 t cinnamon 1/8 t nutmeg)

Combine in separate bowl:

1-3/4 cups milk
1/4 cup melted butter (I used the bacon fat from cooking the bacon)
1/4 cup honey (I cut this way back....sounded too sweet to me)
3 eggs

Add to dry ingredients.
They are very filling. 1 and a half was plenty for us

Next time I will try cutting this in half.We will use the rest up within a day or two. I also read in the cookbook that most pancake recipes are better if left for a few hours or overnight in the refrigeration and then stirred down and cooked.

Random Farm Picture:


This was taken when I was crossing the holding pen to milk. I milk just to the left out of camera range. This cat is one of the babies the stray cat blessed us with. There are two more. I believe this puts our total up to 9!



  1. I love your new header picture of the little birds eating.

    I copied the recipe for the pancake batter. It sounds like something we'd enjoy. When I make pancakes I sometimes cook a double batch, freeze the leftovers and then just pop them into the toaster for a quick breakfast.

  2. We'll try out the recipe some lazy Saturday. That's about the only time we have a big breakfast. Wintertime we often have breakfast for supper though, one of our favorite meals! Our grandson spends the night on Fridays and that child can eat a pound of bacon or sausage by himself!Love your new picture...

  3. I would love to try the recipe too,but hubby wont eat pancakes,he just dont know whats good!Thank you for stopping by,I appreciate it so much,visit again when you have time,I will be back as well.Blessings, Jane

  4. Your bread loaves look really pretty. Can't beat the smell of bread baking! DH loves pancakes but I don't make them much anymore since we are diabetics. Will try your recipe as they use something besides just white flour! Will probably make them some evening for supper as we sometimes like breakfast for supper like Joycee.

    Take care............

  5. Your bread looks divine! I'm wondering if you'll share the recipe with us. I'd also be curious about a sunflower bread recipe too. What a nice tip to refrigerate the flapjack batter beforehand.