Sourdough Bagels

Sourdough Bagels

1 Cup starter
1/4 Cup vegetable oil (I used canola oil)
1/4 Cup warm water
2 tsp. Salt
2 – 2 1/2 Cups flour
Egg
Spices and seeds for topping.
Salt for water (about 1/8 cup)

In a handled mixing bowl combine starter, oil, water, 2 tsp. of salt and the flour. Start with 2 cups and add more if needed. Mix dough with a spoon. Turn dough onto a floured surface and knead just until all the flour is incorporated and the dough is smooth. Place dough in a bowl and cover with a moist towel. Allow to rise several hours or overnight. Turn dough out and divide into 8 equal pieces for standard bagels or 4 – 6 pieces for jumbo bagels. Work each piece of dough into a pancake shape, poke a hole in the middle with your finger and shape the bagel. Set aside and repeat for each bagel. Allow bagels to rest about 30 minutes. While bagels rest, preheat your oven to 425 and put on a big pot of water to boil. This is also a good time to mix up your topping(see below). When water has come to a boil add 1/8 cup of salt to the water and stir well. Making sure you maintain a full boil add bagels 2-4 at a time (depending on the size of your pot) to the boiling water. Boil 2-3 minutes. Remove with a slotted spoon to a rack. Repeat. Mix an egg until light yellow and brush over the tops of the slightly cooled bagels. Bake plain or dip into a spice and seed mixture. Place on a sheet pan coated with cornmeal and bake 12 – 15 minutes or until golden in color.

Toppings
You can use your imagination with the toppings or you can leave your bagels plain. For my bagels I used a combination of black pepper, kosher salt, poppy seeds, dill seeds and onion powder.

These have a wonderful thin crunchy outside and a moist chewey center! They were so good!


Sourdough Pizza Crust

Sourdough Pizza Crust
Makes 1 Large Pizza

1 1/2 c. Sourdough Starter
2 Tbs. olive oil 1 tsp. kosher salt
1 1/2 c. flour

Preheat oven to 500. In an 8 cup measure or mixing bowl combine starter, olive oil, salt, and flour. Use a wooden spoon to combine until it blends and forms a ball. If the dough is to wet, add more flour, if it is too dry, add more starter. Allow the dough to rest about 30 minutes. Do not expect the dough to rise much during this time. Roll out the dough on a lightly floured surface with a rolling pin and transfer to a pizza stone or baking sheet. Pre-bake the crust 5-7 minutes, then remove from the oven. Before adding toppings, brush the crust with a little bit of olive oil. Top pizza as desired and bake until the crust is golden and the cheese has melted.

1 1/2 cups starter

1 1/2 cups starter

 

Pre-bake the crusts about 5 minutes.

Pre-bake the crusts about 5 minutes.

The Bread Project

I am so excited about a new project I have been involved in for about two months now.  Back in January, I was approached by MaryJane Butters from www.maryjanesfarm.org to see if I would be interested in helping with some projects for the website and magazine.  About the same time, the newest issue of MaryJanes Farm Magazine was due to hit newsstands with an articleabout making a no-knead homemade bread that took less than 5 minutes a day.  MaryJane asked if I might be interested in \”baking up a storm\” and helping out with an online forum they would be launching to give readers a place to ask questions and interact about their break-baking experiences.  Of COURSE I would!!  So basically I have spent the last two months becoming a bread-baking guru and studying all about sourdough bread.  I have written and altered all kinds of recipes, covered my kitchen in flour, gained five pounds, kept the teachers at my school well fed, made my husbands tummy happy and had a blast!  I have been meaning to keep my progress chronicled here on my blog as well but this has been a really busy two months so now I have to play catch up.  I will be posting all of my recipes and photos here on the blog.  In the meantime, if you are interested in joining me in this project, please visit the links below.

No Knead Artisan Bread Article and Recipes
http://www.maryjanesfarm.org/Recipes-Patterns-Instructions/no-knead_bread.asp

Online Web Forum
http://www.breadthemaryjaneway.com

Link to buy MaryJanes amazing flour
http://shopping.maryjanesfarm.org/s.nl/it.A/id.1891/.f

Visiting My Boys

The last week of January we had a BIG ICE STORM!  It began rolling in the morning of the 26th bringing frigid temperatures and icy rain.  We got the call Monday night that school would be closed Tuesday.  Rain continued to fall all night long, freezing to everything it came in contact with.  Rain fell all day Tuesday as well.  By mid-evening Tuesday, we were surrounded by the snap and crash of tree limbs as they exploded under the weight of the still falling and freezing rain.  We knew school would be cancelled the next day so we curled up in our warm, safe house to watch a movie.  The power flashed off around 5:30 and came right back on.  We thought we were lucky.  Little did we know that when it went off again about and hour later it would be 5 long days til it came back on!  Fortunatly I was scheduled to leave for Illinois very early Thursday morning to go visit my nephews!  36 hours without power and I was already glad to be on my way.  So I hopped on a plane and left the frozen Arkansas behind for and even colder, yet oddly more pleasent Illinois.

I met up with my Aunt Sue, who lives in Connecticut, in the Chicago Airport and we rode together to my sister Amanda’s house in Rockton, Illinois.  I hadn’t seen Silas in just over a year and this would be the first time both of us got to meet Salem.  I was very excited about seeing Silas but still unsure about Salem.  Since I had never met him he almost didn’t seem real.  I was looking forward to building memories with both of them.

When we arrived, I immedietly fell in love with Salem.  He is such a little man.  Silas was walking and talking and just a bundle of energy.  We had so much fun playing and laughing and taking baths and reading and eating etc.  I was never so tired as when I left to head back home!

Salem

Salem

Salem and Aunt Sue

Salem and Aunt Sue

Silas

Silas

Silas at the Discovery Center

Silas at the Discovery Center

Silas at the Discovery Center

Silas at the Discovery Center

Salem got to enjoy the hands on displays too!

Salem got to enjoy the hands on displays too!

Silas getting a haircut!

Silas getting a haircut!

Silas in the bath.

Silas in the bath.

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