Tuesday, April 14, 2009

GOOD wheat bread!

My favorite food and recipe junkie friend, Heidi, sent me this great bread recipe, I think it's from the Everyday Food Storage blog (which is fabulous, i might add). Seeing how I've never made an edible loaf of wheat bread in my life, i decided to try this recipe only using my brand new fancy dancy wheat grinder. Yes, it's freaking expensive and now I can't buy another kitchen appliance until 2014 but man is it great!! And, guess what? The bread turned out great!! I made it a bit too doughy because I didn't add enough flour (you may have to add more than the recipe says to get a good consistency) but it was still delectable. I can't wait to use my new grinder on some healthy cinnamon rolls! When I unearth my friend's award-winning recipe, I'll post it.

Wheat Bread recipe

1 1/4 cup warm water
1 Tblsp active dry yeast
1/4 cup honey or 1/3 cup brown sugar
2 3/4 cups whole wheat flour (or whatever combination white/wheat you like..I use 100% hard white wheat.)
1/4 cup wheat gluten
1 tsp salt
2 Tblsp nonfat non instant dry milk (if you don’t have this use milk instead of half or all of the water.)
1 Tblsp butter/margarine/oil
1 Tblsp vinegar
1/4 cup potato flakes (NOT potato pearls)

Mix ingredients in order listed in mixing bowl of mixer with dough hook attachment (like kitchen-aid) for 12-15 minutes. Let rise until double, 1- 1 1/2 hours. Punch down, and shape into loaf or rolls. Let rise again until double and bake 375 degrees for 20-30 minutes until golden brown and sounds hollow when lightly tapped.

White Bread

1 1/8 cups warm water
1 3/4 - 2 tsp active dry yeast
2 Tblsp sugar (I use 3 Tbs. of sugar and 1 Tbs. honey, SO GOOD)
3 cups flour
1 Tblsp vital wheat gluten (remember you don’t need as much gluten if you’re not using whole wheat flour)
1 tsp salt
2 Tblsp nonfat dry milk (I used Malted Milk Powder, ‘cause I had it! But you can substitute milk for the water up above.)
1 1/2 Tblsp butter/margarine or oil
1/4 cup potato flakes

Add the ingredients in the order listed into a mixer bowl (like a kitchen-aid) with a dough hook attachment and mix on low for 10-12 minutes. Or mix it on the dough cycle in your bread machine.
After all the mixing is complete, if the dough still seems too gooey and you are unable to handle it, add 1 Tblsp flour at a time, and mix after each addition until the dough is manageable with your hands. Let rise until doubled, punch down and roll out into a rectangle, the short end of which should be the length of your bread pan. Roll up the dough, seal the edges and place in a greased loaf pan, let rise in a warm place 45 min -1 hour and bake 375 degrees for 25 minutes until golden brown and sounds hollow when lightly tapped.

Penne with Spicy Vodka Tomato Cream Sauce

My sister made this fabulous pasta tonight and it was great. But then again, can you really ever go wrong with a cream sauce?? We used shell pasta instead of penne because we had it and cooking white wine instead of vodka and it tasted wonderful. Enjoy!
Courtesy Allrecipes.com


1 pound uncooked penne pasta
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
4 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
1 (28 ounce) can crushed tomatoes
3/4 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons vodka
1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
2 (3.5 ounce) links sweet Italian sausage

Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add pasta and cook for 8 to 10 minutes or until al dente; drain.
In large skillet, heat oil over moderate heat. Remove casing from sausage and add to skillet. Cook, breaking up the meat, until brown. Add garlic and red pepper and cook, stirring until garlic is golden brown.
Add tomatoes and salt; bring to boil. Reduce heat and simmer 15 minutes.
Add vodka and cream and bring to boil. Reduce heat to low and add pasta, toss for 1 minute. Stir in fresh parsley and serve!