This past weekend I got the baking bug and started working on my bread recipes. It is a good work out for the arms making bread that's for sure. Years ago I made bread every week, I had a few recipes that we enjoyed. But homemade bread is not the best for my diet, :)) I love it too much so I let it go by the wayside. The holidays is a great time to do some though, I am working on a wheat dough that is a bit lighter for some fluffy rolls. This is a batch of 50 % whole wheat flour and 50 % white flour. I am thinking I will reduce the wheat flour but first I am going to read through some recipes to see what else I could change before reducing the amount of whole wheat.
Here it is in my rising bowl we will enjoy eating it over a couple days then try again.
While Joe was hunting with Pepper, Slide, Jake and Casey, Miss Daisy Mae was my buddy for the weekend. She wasn’t happy at all about being left behind.
Daisy had surgery for the second time on her accruciate ligament. The crimp holding the line together didn’t hold both sides. So the vet did the surgery again for us. Poor little girl, she will be 10 in April and will miss hunting this year. She was enjoying being let out of her crate since she was the only one at home.
And when I told her I would put her on the blog she perked right up. She loves attention and was looking forward to the taste of fresh baked bread.
I made up my favorite apple cake recipe a couple weeks ago, its out of A Taste of Oregon cookbook.
Hood River Fresh Apple Cake
2 cups granulated sugar
1 cup shortening
2 cups flour
2 tsps baking soda
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp salt
4 cups chopped cooking apples
1 cup chopped nuts
Cream together sugar, shortening, and eggs. Sift the dry ingredients and add to mixture. Add chopped apples and nuts. Bake in a greased 9 x 13-inch pan for 45 minutes at 350 degrees F.
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup margarine
1/2 cup whipping cream
1/2 tsp vanilla
In a small pan combine sugars, margarine and whipping cream. Bring mixture to a boil, and then add vanilla. Pour sauce over individual servings of cake. It may be warm or cold, but is particularly good warm. Serves 12
This is one of my favorite fall recipes. It goes together quickly and is delicious! This sauce has the most amazing flavors.
I made an apple pie too. I use premade pie crusts, I use to make my own but these are really easy and flaky too.
I let them sit out of the refrigerator at least 20 minutes then roll them out a bitter thinner, I used my leaf shape cutters to make vents and decorated the top of the pie.
I brushed the top crust with egg whites then sprinkled with sugar. It make a pretty pie!
Today I am making pumpkin pies and rolls and looking forward to celebrating Thanksgiving. Yesterday Joe and I went to the store and bought Turkey and all the goodies you need to make the meal. It was fun doing the shopping together.
This year we are not going to Seattle, we are staying in Bend. So we are cooking a 20 lb Turkey and taking it to a homeless shelter and spending some time there serving food. We are looking forward to our day, after all the tough economic times here in Central Oregon its exciting to just get out and share with others. We know we are going to receive much more than we give.
We are so blessed to have a home and good health, the love of family, and Central Oregon is a fabulous area to live. We have great neighbors we enjoy, friends that bless our lives and Joe and I both have been able to enjoy our hobbies so much this year.
We are cooking a smaller Turkey for our celebration, actually we picked out a 12 lb one and it looks much to small…..lol. I’m sure it will be more than enough!!
I wish you all a wonderful Thanksgiving celebration with your loved ones too, God Bless!!