Sunday, June 19, 2016

Sun Bread

Tomorrow is the longest day of the year. Summer Solstice is upon us. This is a wonderful bread to celebrate with. This Whole Wheat Challah recipe is straight from King Arthur Flour. It is perfect just as is. You can form it into so many shapes. A simple braid is standard, but the sun is spectacular. I got the sun idea from the book Sun Bread by Elisa Kleven. Here is her recipe in the book. I prefer KAF's recipe, but I use her shaping to make the sun.

Whole Wheat Challah
1/2 cup (4 ounces) lukewarm water
6 tablespoons (2 5/8 ounces) vegetable oil
1/4 cup (3 ounces) honey
2 large eggs
2 cups (6 3/4 ounces) whole wheat pastry flour
2 cups (8 1/2 ounces) unbleached bread flour
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
2 1/2 teaspoons instant yeast
  • Combine all of the ingredients and mix and knead them—by hand, mixer, or bread machine—until you have a soft, smooth dough. Allow the dough to rise, covered, for 1 to 2 hours, or until it’s puffy and nearly doubled in bulk. 
  • Lightly grease (or line with parchment) a baking sheet. 
  • Gently deflate the dough, and transfer it to a lightly greased work surface. Divide it into two pieces.  Form a large ball with one piece for the center of the sun (here is a good guide for that). Place ball in center of baking sheet.
  • Split remaining dough in half. Form 5-7 snakes. Curl those into "snails." Then form 5-7 triangles.
  • Attach the curls and triangles to the center ball, using a little water if necessary. 
  • Cover the sun gently with damp towel or lightly greased plastic wrap and allow it to rise for about 1 hour, until it’s puffy, but not doubled in bulk. Near the end of the bread’s rise, preheat the oven to 375°F. 
  • Uncover and bake the bread for 15 minutes, tent it with foil and bake for an additional 15 minutes, until it’s a deep, golden brown. Remove it from the oven, and after a minute or so carefully transfer it to a rack. Cool the bread before cutting it.

Friday, June 17, 2016

The Old Crew

Photo by Laurel Book
Photo by Brittney Book

Photo by Brittney Book

It is hard to believe that it has been 16 or more years since we've all worked together at Au Sable. I love this old crew!

Sunday, June 12, 2016

Getting ready for the 4th

There are going to be some great fire torches on the 4th! (2015 torches)

Friday, June 10, 2016

Summer Fun

Oh, the food we eat every summer here. Way too many good cooks... And the fun in the sun happens all day long!

Thursday, June 9, 2016

Lucia's First Ride

Lucia had her first rowboat ride on Big Twin Lake today. Oh, we do love it here...

Sunday, June 5, 2016

Don's Chair

As we were getting ready to travel north, Lucia crashed into her first nap of the day. Don looked at Lucia and said it looked like we needed to take his chair with us!
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