Farmer's Daughter

Although 20+ years removed from the farm, farmer's daughter is still a title I enjoy.
Growing up on a farm taught me many invaluable lessons, two of those being frugality and creativity.
Now as a wife and a mom, I love to put into practice what I learned growing up as a
Farmer's Daughter.

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Sour Dough Bread Starter and Bread Recipe

They say the smell of fresh baked bread is a real male stimulant.

Why bother with hair and make-up and forget losing weight - just bake bread!

Starter recipe -

1 pkg. dry yeast
1 cup warm water
3/4 cup sugar
3 Tbsp. instant potato flakes


I am not sure what will happen but I think it is akin to the Apocalypse. Just don't do it.

Combine all ingredients well. Let sit 5 hours until it ferments. Refrigerate for 3-5 days.

Much like husbands and children, starter needs to be fed every 3-7 days. To feed, take out of refrigerator and add the following ingredients:

3/4 cup sugar
2 Tbsp. instant potato flakes
1 cup warm water

Stir with wooden spoon. Let stand at room temperature for 8-10 hours. Remove 1 cup to make bread. Return remaining starter to refrigerator.

NOTE: You do not need to make bread each time you feed the starter, but you must remove 1 cup (either give away or discard).

Bread Recipe

6 cups bread flour (must be bread flour)
1/3 cup sugar
1 tsp. salt
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1 cup sour dough starter
1 1/2 cup warm water

In a large bowl, mix above ingredients into a stiff batter with a wooden spoon. Knead in additional flour until dough is no longer sticky.

Grease a second bowl, place well kneaded dough in bowl. Turn dough over leaving greased side up. Let stand at room temperature for 8-10 hours. Knead again. Place in 3 greased loaf pans. Let rise 8-10 hours.

Bake at 350 degrees for 30-40 minutes. Brush with melted margarine.

Then promptly write a letter to Wonder Bread thanking them for all of the hard work they do every day.

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