Monday, April 18, 2011

Basic Dough

Steve W.

This was the "hands on" class to be at sisters!! If you missed it here is the awesome recipe that Brother W. shared with us. He made it look so easy (And it was!)
I need to take pictures during the classes and post them here with the recipe. I will do that next month with the Strawberry jam class.

Whole Recipe
6 c. warm (not hot) water
1 c. white sugar
1 c. brown sugar
3 TBS yeast
1/2 c. salad oil
1 TBS salt
5-lb sack of flour (wheat, white, or combination)

Half Recipe
3 c. warm (not hot) water
1/2 c. white sugar
1/2 c. brown sugar
1 1/2 TBS yeast
1/4 c. salad oil
1 1/2 tsp salt
1/2 of a 5-lb sack of flour (wheat, white, or combination)

Mix sugars (you can use all white, all brown, all honey or any combination you like) with water and yeast in a large mixing bowl. Let sit for 15 minutes.
Add oil, salt and half of your flour (remember the combination is up to you). Mix.
Put the rest of the flour on the counter, add to the dough as much flour as needed to make a nice, soft elastic dough. Kneading for 5-10 minutes.
Place dough back into mixing bowl that has been oiled, turning dough over once to evenly coat with oil. Cover with a cloth and let rise until double.
Punch down and let rise until double again (this step is optional, especially if you are in a hurry).
Punch dough down and shape into loaves, rolls, cinnamon rolls, pizza crusts, etc. Shape using oiled hands, or counter, to avoid dough sticking. Place in greased baking pans. Cover and let rise until double (except for pizza crusts, which you can add toppings to and bake right away).
Bake at 350 degrees for about 20 minutes, or until browned.
Pizza also cooks for 20 minutes.

Whole recipe makes 5 large loaves, or about 75 rolls.

Dough and baked goods freeze well.

Blender Wheat Waffles

1 c. milk (make your own: 1/3 c. non-fat dry milk and 1 c. water)
1 c. + 1 Tb. uncooked whole wheat
2 tsp baking powder
2 eggs
2 Tb honey or sugar
4 Tb oil
½ tsp salt

Put milk and wheat in blender. Blend on highest speed for 4-5 minutes or until batter is smooth. Add and blend on low, eggs, oil, baking powder, honey and salt. Bake in waffle iron until done.

100% Whole Wheat Bread (not heavy either)

Alisa J.

3 c. warm water
1/3 c. oil
1/3 c. honey
1 Tb. yeast
1 Tb. salt
1 Tb. dough enhancer (optional)
whole wheat flour (around 6-8 cups)

Mix all of these in kitchen-aide until bread like dough formed. I leave it going for an additional 5 min. or so. Take amount of dough for one loaf and throw it down on greased counter a few times. Put in greased loaf pan and pat down all around so flat. Let rise only once (about an hour) then bake for 35 min. at 350.
Makes 2 loaves.

Whole Grain Spelt Bread

(I mix in my Bosch mixer, but you could do it by hand)

4 cups slightly warm water
3 Tbsp yeast
2/3 cup honey (or half honey and half sugar)
About 12 or so cups freshly ground spelt flour
4 tsp salt
4 tsp xanthan gum (or ground flax seed) (acts as a binder for the spelt)
1/2 cup oil

Mix water, yeast and sweetener together, then add part of flour with salt and xanthan gum.
Then add the oil, and work the rest of the flour in until the dough is nice and elastic, but not dry. You want it a little moist. Let it set and rise for 10 - 30 minutes, then place on greased counter or board and make into 4 loaves by kneading and shaping.
You can bake in loaf pans or on cookie sheet. Let the loaves rise until almost double original size and bake at 350 degrees about 30 minutes until done.

I use the same recipe for pizza dough or hamburger buns, or olive bread (by working quartered kalamata olives and fresh rosemary leaves into dough while shaping the loaf like a French bread). We love the olive bread with olive oil and balsamic vinegar.

Whole Wheat Cake

Ruth T.

½ C. shortening
1 ½ C. sugar
3 eggs
1 tsp. vanilla
2 ¼ C. whole wheat flour
1 C. warm milk
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. baking powder

¼ c. brown sugar
¼ c. butter
4 Tbsp. flour

Mix shortening, sugar and eggs. Add rest of ingredients. Pour into 13x9 pan.
Mix topping with fingers and crumble over cake.

Bake at 375 for 35-45 minutes
Serve with fruit and whipped cream.

Applesauce Cake

Ruthie T.

2 cups sugar
1 rounding Tablespoon cocoa
1 cup shortening
3 cups applesauce
4 cups flour (can use 2 cups wheat/2 cups white)
2 tsp. baking powder
2 tsp. soda
1 tsp. cinnamon
1 tsp. cloves
1 tsp salt
1 Tablespoon vanilla
1 cup nuts & raisins (optional)

Cream sugar, cocoa, and shortening until light and fluffy. Add applesauce. Add flour, spices, baking powder, and baking soda; mix all together. Add vanilla, nuts, and raisins. Pour into greased and floured 12x17 inch cookie sheet. Bake at 375 for 25 minutes. Frost cake with caramel frosting when cool.

Carmel Frosting
1/2 cup butter
1 cup brown sugar
1/4 cup cream
3 1/4 cups powder sugar
1 tsp. vanilla

Melt butter; add brown sugar. Bring to a boil and stir for one minute. Cool slightly. Add cream and beat until smooth. Beat in powdered sugar until of spreading consistency. Add vanilla and spread on cake.