Someone suggested to me to use potato bread dough next time I made cinnamon rolls. It sounded like an idea, but it also made me really, really want potato bread. I don’t believe I’ve ever made it before. And since I had no plans to make cinnamon rolls anytime soon, potato bread it had to be.
I have to tell you, it was fairly simple, and made the most amazing bread. Silky, moist, flavorful, and firm enough to cut into very thin slices.
The only drawback of the recipe is you’ll need either a stand mixer or a bread machine. The dough must be kneaded for about 7 minutes on a high speed. It’s a very sticky dough, difficult to knead by hand and it’s really not possible to get the texture without a machine knead.
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We had a last bit of vegetable beef soup and what better way to make leftover soup better than a couple of fresh biscuits? These were from a half-recipe of JP’s Big Daddy Biscuits. It made 4 of a decent size.I like to break one up in the soup to soak up the gravy and have another to eat out of hand with butter or jam.
My bun-fu is improving! It helped that I went with 12 instead of 16 like the last batch. I went with a different forming method after watching a few Youtubes to get a better idea of how to proceed. I rolled the dough flat in a roughly 6″ x 4″ rectangle, and then folded it like I was folding a letter to go into an envelope – top third down, bottom third up and over that. Pinch the seam and ends and lay them on the tray with a bout a 1/2″ gap between so they rise to touch.We grew mint is this pot last year, and left it out all winter. It lasted a long time before the cold weather burnt everything above dirt level. We noticed new growth so I gave it a haircut the other day. Mint is tough, we had mint growing wild in Mrs J’s flower garden and it took several years to eradicate. Last year she told me to plant that nursery seedling as far away from her dirt as I could.Kimchi! There is a Chinese buffet that we hit whenever we are close during meal time that has kimchi on their line. I usually get some, I like it a lot. I’ve made it before and had good luck but I made so much it was really getting sour before I could eat it all. Mrs J refused to help. This is one head of Napa cabbage, plus the carrots, daikon radish, and the rest. I adapted this recipe.I left it overnight, covered, in the big bowl on a counter to give the fermentation a start and then put it all in this gallon jar to finish in the fridge in the basement.
Primary day in Illinois last Tuesday, this is the little township meeting hall where we cast our votes. One nice thing about living out in the boonies, there is hardly ever a line.
Random wildlife! This is a young buck that has dropped one of its antlers. They are shed every year but it’s rare to find them in the woods – they are quickly gnawed down by little woodland critters.One more – at first glance I thought that the bird standing behind the deer was a crow but a second look showed it to be a hawk:I’m no expert on bird ID but I think this may be a juvenile red shouldered hawk. I don’t know for sure why it is standing there at the pond but we often see wood ducks right there, either in the water or ashore looking for the corn Mrs J leaves down there.
I was prowling around the kitchen, wanting to bake and surveying what I had for ingredients. Chocolate chips, nope. Nuts, nada. But a new bag of flax and some already toasted oats that needed to be used up before they went stale. There it was Oatmeal Flax Cookies (recipe here).
The original recipe calls for rolled oats, but like I said, I had some rolled oats I had toasted and was afraid they would become stale soon, so I used those. Added a nice extra nuttiness to the cookies.