I started this blog so my daughters could find all of our family favourite recipes in one place. It has actually grown into more than just the family favourites but also other recipes we've tried out in our kitchen. I don't like to fill up the post with alot of chatter. Sometimes there's a little story to tell, but usually I like to get right to the point. So this is for them, but hope you find some recipes that you like as well. I'll be sharing a lot of recipes, and along the way you'll find some crafty things and maybe some helpful hints too!



Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Beet Bread

I started off using this peasant bread recipe from
www.alexandracooks.com

 Ingredients

  • 4 cups (510 g | 1 lb. 2 oz) all-purpose flour* (do not use bleached all-purpose)
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 2 cups lukewarm water
  • 2 to 3 teaspoons sugar 
  • 2 teaspoons active-dry yeast
  • room temperature butter, about 2 tablespoons
Take 1/2 cup boiling water and add 1  1/2 cups cold.  That will give you the right temperature for lukewarm water. Add the sugar and dissolve, then sprinkle the yeast over top. Don't stir.  Let stand 15 minutes then, once foamy, mix in the flour and salt.

I only made half the recipe with beets and left the other half white.  It's a wet dough so it's kind of tricky to separate in half.  I used a large spoon to pull it apart and you have to kind of plop it into separate bowls.

For the beet bread wear gloves and peel 1 small raw beet.

Slice and put in blender or food processor to purée, adding 1/4 cup milk.

Final measure is about 3/4 cup beet purée. (Once I baked this bread I found it very beety which is very good if you really like the taste of beets.  Personally I think I would only add a little less than 1/2 cup of the beet purée next time.)

Add 1/2 cup flour and an extra teaspoon or two of sugar to the beet dough half of the bread. Mix well.

Turn oven on to 170F for a couple of minutes then turn off.  It will be warm enough for the bread to rise in. In 2 greased bowls set the dough to rise.  Cover each bowl with a damp tea towel and put in previously warmed oven for 2 hours.

Once risen, butter pyrex bowls (any oven-proof bowl) and turn the dough into each.  The dough will be very goopy. Rest 20 minutes.

Place a pan of water on the lower rack.

Bake in a 425F oven for 15 minutes, then reduce heat to 375F for an additional 15 - 20 minutes.

Turn the bread out onto a rack to cool.
You can see on the right how I didn't have all the beets completely mixed in.  It's a little streaky so you want to make sure the beets are well mixed into the dough.
But I love the colour!
Eat 'em up!




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