Any Home Bakers Here?

Discussion in 'Hobbies' started by N F C, Aug 30, 2014.

  1. DigMyChicks

    DigMyChicks Overrun With Chickens

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    Thank you! These are fun to do but time consuming [​IMG]
     
  2. N F C

    N F C More coffee please! Premium Member Project Manager

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    We have a big garden, I know weeds! Ugh, that's a job that never gets done (and it is like my laundry...that seems to never be done either).

    Using a bread machine isn't lazy. You're still producing bread that's better tasting (and most likely better for you) than what you'd buy at a store. No judging from me! [​IMG]
     
  3. BBrady

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    Beer bread is so good, but definitely not an every day bread because we would get nothing done except eatin the bread all day. When i try regular wheat bread, I have trouble still feeding the yeast with sugar and water at the right temperature, and i don't have bread maker yet, so this is the best bread i can do with the yeast already doing its thing. i bake this beer bread in the same loaf pan that i use for a 2 pound meat loaf, i dont know how standard that size is.

    1 & 1/2 Tbsp sugar
    1 &1/2 cups flour (i use all purpose)
    3/4 tsp salt (i use kosher, only because i keep a little dish on my counter for sprinkling so its easy to scoop)
    2 & 1/4 tsp baking powder
    6 ounces beer (i use half of a 12 ounce bottle of original Budweiser, and drink the rest!!)
    butter to taste, for last 15 minutes

    1. Mix sugar and dry ingredients.
    2. Stir in beer.
    3. Bake at 350 for 45 minutes.
    4. Pat butter over top and bake 15 minutes more.
    5. Let it cool to at least warm. You'll totally want to burn yourself getting at it before it cools. Hide any left overs [​IMG]


    I have similar mixing/rising needs. I will look into that brand. I like America's Test Kitchen for reviews. I will consider getting an older mixer.

    We have a Presto Dehydro food dehydrator from Walmart. It has just an on/off setting which is "plugged in or not". It is circular, and has about 6 trays, i think. We have had it for about two weeks and I have dehydrated apples, oranges, strawberries, bananas, mangoes, pineapples, and tomatoes. I also make fruit leather in my oven with the tips of the strawberries and kiwi and yogurt, as i do not have the paper lining for the dehydrator trays and i wanted the leather to be in long strips like fruit roll ups. So far, I am just storing in ziplock bags. I do have a lot of glass jars though, from pasta sauce and salad dressings, which i will probably graduate too. I am not at a point where i feel like long term storage past a month or two will be necessary, but if i start making christmas presents like snacks of dried ripe summer fruit or dehydrated vegetables for home made soup mixes, i will be looking into obtaining or making the oxygen packets. i love this website http://www.easy-food-dehydrating.com/frequently-asked-questions.html for dehydrating info.
     
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  4. 3goodeggs

    3goodeggs pays attention sporadically

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    Hummm. Just you wait, we will have you making jelly and canning tomatoes by next year. This site does that to you.
    I was just minding my own business toodeling along and then I got chickens.. joined BYC and suddenly I am a bee keeping, canning, baking, exhausted person with chickens.
     
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  5. N F C

    N F C More coffee please! Premium Member Project Manager

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    Thanks @BBrady , for sharing the beer bread recipe. I use a thermometer to check the water temp when I bake, takes the guess work out and I don't kill the yeast with water that is too hot. I think the one I use was only about $3. You might want to try that too.
     
  6. N F C

    N F C More coffee please! Premium Member Project Manager

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    I know! Where does this stop, right? [​IMG]

    So, do you have goats and rabbits yet? That's another thing this place will "help" you get into, lol.
     
  7. 3goodeggs

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    I can not do rabbits. I'd be up to my arm pits in rabbits.
    However, the milk goat has been mentioned everyday to a certain husband who will eventually cave.
     
  8. N F C

    N F C More coffee please! Premium Member Project Manager

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    Goats...you can't have just one you know. Speaking of goats, I better go check on ours. Those little babies have turned into regular Houdini's.
     
  9. 3goodeggs

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    You are right. goat'S'.
    Multi-goat syndrome.
     
  10. ronott1

    ronott1 Daily Digest Guru Premium Member Project Manager

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    Thanks for the recipe!

    Use a thermometer for the water temp. I also use a heating pad set on low for the rising periods when it is cold in the house..
     

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