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rye bread (Follow-Up #13)

posted by: johnmari on 10.12.2008 at 12:48 pm in Home Decorating Forum

Predictably, I couldn't find the newspaper clipping from the 1970s with my casserole rye bread recipe, but I found one that looks about right so here it is. It's a much richer bread than the one I posted above, a little bit more cakelike in texture, and not quite as fast, but it's very tasty, especially with bean soups.

Rye Batter Bread

Using solid shortening generously grease a 9" wide casserole dish or deep-dish pie plate.

Combine in large mixing bowl or KitchenAid bowl:
2 c unbleached white flour or white-wheat flour
2 Tbsp sugar
1 Tb salt
1 pkg or 2 tsp. active dry yeast
(optional) 2 Tbsp caraway seeds or 1/2-1 tsp ground caraway seed (I use ground because the seeds get stuck in my teeth)

Combine in a separate bowl and set aside:
2 cups rye flour
1/2 cup white/white-wheat flour

Beat thoroughly and warm gently until it's just a little bit warm to a finger, around 100-110 degrees:
1 c water
1 c milk
1/4 c cooking oil or melted butter (can cut by 1/2)
1 egg

Beat together the first flour mixture and liquids for 3 minutes. Add second flour installment and beat until the batter is "stretchy" and chases the spoon or beater around the bowl. You might need up to another 1/2 cup flour if the batter is too runny, because it should be a stiff batter. Cover the bowl and refrigerate for 8 hours; dough should not quite double in size. Stir it down, scrape into casserole dish or pie plate, and allow to sit on the counter while the oven preheats thoroughly to 375F (20-30 minutes). Bake 45 minutes, until loaf sounds hollow when tapped or measures 200 degrees with an instant read thermometer. Turn out onto a rack and do not cut for at least 30 minutes or else the crumb gets gummy. To reheat, wrap in foil and pop into a 350 oven for about 10 minutes.

Is the Easter bread you make kulich? My MIL used to make paschka (sp?) and kulich for every Easter. She wasn't even Polish or Russian, she just thought it was tasty and a nice change from the standard British hot cross buns.

Oh, and just for fun, I'll throw in my Drunk Chicken Soup (aka lazy coq au vin, kinda-sorta)... fits in a 5 quart crock-pot:

8 boneless, skinless chicken thighs
2 tbsp bacon bits (you can chop and fry bacon yourself, we're lazy bums and use the packaged real bacon bits from the salad dressing section of the store)
1 medium onion, roughly chopped
2 medium carrots, sliced 1/4"
2 12-oz. packages baby bella, crimini, or button mushrooms, quartered
1-2 tbsp chopped garlic, to taste
2 tsp. crumbled dried thyme
lots of freshly ground pepper
1 tsp salt
1 to 1 1/2 cups red wine (we used a Merlot but you can use pretty much anything; if you don't do a lot of cooking with wine those little 4-packs of small bottles are a godsend)
1 quart chicken broth (1 of those square aseptic boxes)

Take excess fat off the chicken and throw that away. Chuck everything into the crock-pot with the chicken buried in the top layer. Cook on high 1 hour and then 6-8 hours on low until chicken is tender. I warn you that this will turn the UGLIEST purple-brown color. :-) We serve this as soup with bread for sopping in the broth (removing the chicken, chopping it up, and returning it to the pot) but if you want you can strain the liquid into a pot, thicken it like a gravy and serve the whole glop with rice or boiled potatoes.


clipped on: 10.27.2008 at 08:18 am    last updated on: 10.27.2008 at 08:18 am

RE: Help with a backsplash on a MAJOR Budget (Follow-Up #8)

posted by: cooperbailey on 10.20.2008 at 04:49 pm in Home Decorating Forum

I have a new piece of tin ceiling behind my range and we absolutely are in love with it. It has regular Behr eggshell interior paint on it and I think polyurethane also in an eggshell finish. It is super easy to wipe off.
For an old piece of tin I would just apply several thin coats of polyurethane in the finish that you like. that will seal it up just fine.
We are totally DIY too. Please ignore the plywood- that has been replaced with windows and DH is in process of finish sanding molding before painting ( yay)

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