Fresh Baked Bread

MMM… is there anything more delicious than the delightful smell of freshly baked bread wafting out of your kitchen? That smells reminds me fondly of my childhood when my mother would bake 8 loaves at a time!

So delicious and heartwarming, I couldn’t wait to get a fresh piece and have that warm butter melt all over it!

 

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Sourdough French bread
Sourdough bread is nutritious and delicious! It contains higher levels of folate and antioxidants than other breads. It’s lower phytate levels allows your body to absorb the nutrients more easily. It also contains lower amounts of gluten and because it is fermented, it contains probiotic and prebiotic properties that are known to be excellent for your gut health. With all these benefits and so many applications what are you waiting for? why not make your sourdough starter today?
Cuisine Sourdough Bread
Keyword french bread
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Ingredients
Cuisine Sourdough Bread
Keyword french bread
Servings
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. In a cup, melt the butter in the hot water and add and dissolve the sugar. Let cool to lukewarm.
  2. Add the starter and the yeast.
  3. Blend in two cups of flour so that you have a sticky well combined mixture.
  4. Stir in next two cups of flour and the salt. This should be enough for firm dough.
  5. Turn dough out onto a floured surface and knead thoroughly.
  6. Place in a well buttered bowl and let rise til double in size.
  7. Punch dough down and let rise again for 30 minutes.
  8. Turn dough out onto floured surface, let rest 10 mins.
  9. Shape into loaf.
  10. Let the loaf rise again until doubled.
  11. Place in preheated oven at 400 degrees Fahrenheit for 50 minutes.
  12. You can slash the bread with a very sharp knife or razor just prior to putting into oven if desired. If the utensil is very sharp the bread will not fall.
  13. For a shiny crust, blend and egg white with a tablespoon of water and brush several times during baking.
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Chicken Tangine

Mmmm chicken tangine, my new favorite dish!

The slow cooking of this dish allows the moisture in this dish to be reabsorbed into the chicken and the vegetables leaving you with a complexity of flavors and moist chicken. This dish is full of flavor to savor and will keep your guests coming back for more!
The original recipe by Mark Bitten can be found here: http://www.nytimes.com/2004/02/25/dining/the-minimalist-a-shortcut-to-morocco.html

Mark says to enjoy this over couscous, I put it over quinoa, but rice would work well too.

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Chicken Tangine
Course Main Dish
Cuisine Moroccan
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Course Main Dish
Cuisine Moroccan
Servings
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Put oil and butter in a large skillet or casserole, which can be covered later, and turn heat to medium high. When butter melts, add onion, and cook, stirring occasionally, until it softens, 5 to 10 minutes. Add garlic, a large pinch of salt and spices. Cook, stirring, for about 30 seconds. Add tomatoes, chickpeas, raisins and vanilla, and bring to a boil. (If mixture is very dry, add about 1/2 cup water.) Taste, and add salt as necessary.
  2. Sprinkle chicken pieces with salt, and nestle them into sauce. Cover, and 5 minutes later adjust heat so mixture simmers steadily. Cook until chicken is very tender, 45 minutes to an hour. Taste, and adjust seasoning. Then garnish, and serve with couscous.
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