Wednesday, May 2, 2012

No Knead Bread wood Cookstove version

Trending this week on Pinterest is photos and blog posts  on a no knead bread. Simple. Easy. Delicious.

Check on Simply So Good for her  Crusty Bread  recipe and cookware choice. I used an old orange cast iron dutch oven. Then for a sour dough version and all the explanation on why  to do it this way see Jenny's blog Nourished Kitchen for her No-Knead Sourdough Bread recipe.
Three cups of flour, 1 3/4 tsp. salt, 1 tsp. yeast, 1 1/2 cup water. 
I cook on a Stanley wood Cookstove and love the old time scent it gives the bread.
Preheat the oven  and cookware pot you will put the bread in to 450 F.
Time to close the hob and keep the oven from getting any hotter. I will also close the Spinwheel.
I should ideally close the spinwheel and the hob when the temperature is within 25 degrees of cooking temp. Since this bread is cooked at really high temp I wasn't as watchful. If I need to add more wood to the fire I will not give it any extra air to catch so it will burn slower. I want a hot oven not an overheated oven.
This is what it looks like after 30 minutes at 450 f. Now I'm removing the lid for the next 10-15 minutes to brown it and let the rest of the steam off. 
Hot out of the oven. A crusty airy bread to soak up plenty of fresh butter or hot soup.
By the way, the metal spring-looking handle in the background on the cook stove top is a *Hob Nob*. It's used to turn the hob and direct the flames around the oven or to slow the burn. Now that the bread is done  we can sample some and stand around the stove on this our normal northwest cool spring day and *hobnob*.
How about some cheese with that crusty bread?

On our first run through this recipe I started it at one o'clock. By six o'clock I could not avoid the temptation of baking some of the dough. I had doubled the batch , so why not? I scooped out half , baked it up and we had it with our Hot German Sausage soup. I will just let your mouth water on that thought.

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Wearable Art

 An adventurous needle painting. I no more than finished making this blouse   and I thought  it needed some embroidery. The colors in the Batik fabric from Connecting Threads led me directly to Trish Burr's Needle Painting Embroidery 'Wild Rose'.
 From the back you can see I like to 'outline' the entire design in split stitch before I begin 'needle painting'. This give me a real idea of how the design will work and If I need to make an adjustment in color or an added element. It also holds the backing, in this case a small piece of lawn, taunt.
Even the buttons echo the colors! The good Lord knew I needed to relax and enjoy some stitching time!
Thanks to Mary Corbett for daily inspiration. Without her web site I may never have found how much enjoyment could be had from the simple activity of embroidery.