Friday, November 04, 2005

6 Grain Italian Bread

With Thanksgiving on it's way, we need to turn to recipes to make the holiday tastier. What says Thanksgiving more than turkey sandwiches? Ok, pumpkin pie, but let's give pumpkin a break this week. Alot of people give thought to what they put on a sandwich but not what they put a sandwich on. I aim to change that. With no further ado:

6 Grain Italian Bread

2 cups bread flour
1/2 cups whole wheat flour
1/2 cups warm water
1/8 cup honey (if you have access to sage honey buy it!)
3/4 cup sourdough starter
1 tsp salt
3/4 tsp dried rosemary
1 tbsp yeast
1/2 cup 6 grain hot cereal

Soak cereal in just boiling water for 1/2 hour. Combine water, yeast, honey, starter and whole wheat flour. Add salt, rosemary, bread flour and soaked cereal. Should form a soft slightly sticky dough ball. Form into loaves and bake at 350 degrees.

"But, Taleena!" you cry, "I don't have sourdough starter." To which I reply, "This is why I am giving you this recipe early." Good starter recipe here or you can really cheat and buy some. (I don't need emails from purists about wild sourdough yeasts, thank you.)

Now for some spread:

Garlic and Herb Spread

8 oz cream cheese
1 tsp minced garlic
1/2 tsp onion powder
1/4 tsp basil
1/4 tsp rosemary
1/4 tsp thyme

Blend in food processor until light and smooth.

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