Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Homemade bread and other yummy cold-weather recipes

Just had to share this bread that you can make in an hour and a half! It is from my awesome neighbor-baker, Chelsea Pike. I love homemade bread made into toast, spread with real butter, and dipped in hot chocolate! MMMM

2 T. yest
41/2 c. water (I used milk)
6 T. sugar
Then add:
12 cups bread flour-I end up with 11 usually (I used regular once and it turned into a rock. Although the internet says you can add 1 t. gluten per cup of regular flour, haven't tried this)
2 T. salt
1/4 c. oil
Mix in your mixer (Bosch) for 10 minutes.
Make into 4 loaves.
Let rise 30 minutes in warm place (I use preheated oven to 200, then turn off and put bread in oven).
Bake at400 for 20 minutes, or 375 for a little longer.

Chicken Noodle Soup
Boil 4-5 chicken breasts, 1 onion halved, 2 carrots, peeled and halved, salt, and pepper, (and celery if you like it) in enough water to cover them until the chicken is done.

Strain the broth, add 2 T. chicken bouillon (I like the large jar in the Mexican section of the store) and add homemade noodles. Cook until done.

Add chopped carrots, celery, and chicken. Add 1 can cream of chicken soup. (You can use cornstarch and water, but the cream of chicken seems to make it creamier).

Noodles: 3 eggs, beaten, 2 c. flour, 1 t. salt. Roll out and cut. OR if you have a pasta machine: 3 c. flour, 2 large eggs, 3 T. water, 1 t. oil, 1/4 t. salt. Run through the pasta machine several times to make it stick.

Beef stew in the crockpot
Brown 1 1/2 lb salt and peppered stew meat in 3 T. oil. Place in crock pot. Add 3-4 large peeled chopped carrots, 3-4 potatoes, 1 bay leaf, and 2 beef bouillon cubes and enough water to cover. Cook on low 5-6 hours.

When everything is done add: 3 T.flour, 1 can tomato sauce, 1 can beef broth, 1/2 t. salt, 1/2 t. pepper, 1/4 t. thyme (this may be too much for you, try a little at a time), 1/2 t. onion salt, 1/4 t. celery salt if desired. Simmer awhile. Thicken with 3 T. cornstarch mixed with 1/4 c. water. Remove bay leaf.


  1. I think you may have brought that soup to us once when we were all sick. Well at least it was some kind of homemade chicken soup. :)

  2. I think you may have brought this homemade chicken soup to us once when we were all sick. :)