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Artisan Free-Form French Boule (rosemary)

Here is the secret to that chewy crusty french loaves you spend $7 or more in fine bakeries. Add different ingredients to the base. This recipe Ive made as shown is one of my favorites, rosemary. First time making in the electric oven at The Inn. Im pretty pleased. Hope you enjoy.

Chewy, crusty, warm, hot out of oven, goodness

Ingredients

  • 6.5 c bread flour
  • 3 c hot tap water
  • 1 c hot tap water (oven steam bath)
  • 1.5 tablespoons yeast
  • 1 tablespoon kosher salt
  • 1 tablespoon Dried Rosemary(optional)
  • Bakers stone, lipped cookie sheet and lip-less cookie sheet
  • 1 cup cornmeal

Im a bread machine lover- I don’t have full mobility of one arm so dough kneading is truly a task I struggle with. So Im gonna leave the bread kneading to you. You can use the dough setting on the bread machine, A dough hook with you Kitchen aide, or the glorious old fashion- dig in and mix it well by hand. Its a big batch so can rise over you bread machine well. Im use to cleaning that mess. Do not bake this recipe in your 5-7 cup bread machine. Only dough. This is a simple ingredient bread and the technique is the success. You have to steam these loaves for that amazing crust finish.

Add 2 c hot tap water salt and yeast to your large mixing bowl. Stir to incorporate but you don’t need yeast fully dissolved. Add rosemary then flour. Dough hook or mix until a smooth dough forms. Allow to rise in quiet warm setting lightly towel covered 1 hour. Now I use dough setting on my machine. Easy.

(Prep) Large lip-less cookie sheet cover with cornmeal for dough to rest after you form into loaves. Set aside. On floured surface – take dough and divide into four (4)- grapefruit sized portions. With floured hands and surface – take dough and round tucking dough under until you form an smooth round loaf. See pic. Place on top of corn meal to rest. Repeat for all 4 doughs. ( you can cover and refrigerate loaves 24 hours. )

Sticky and warm ready
for forming
Cornmeal for slide and dough to rest on
Divide floured dough to 4 parts and start to form tucking under in circular motion
Resting whilewaiting oven to heat 450 degrees
The most key step- lipped cookie sheet on bottom rack for steam bath. Hot stone above. Allow them to heat in oven as oven heats. I used my pizza peel but this was almost too small for this 4 loaf batch. next time Ill use my larger full sized sheet pan stone -invest in a stone. Mine have all been pampered Chef. Ive had for years- worth while investment. You can bake this on a cookie sheet but will not turn out as crusty.

While loaves rest on cornmeal. Heat oven with lipped cookie sheet on bottom rack and stone on middle rack. with serated flour knife- gently slice three scores on loaf tops. Just before they go in oven. Maybe 1/2 inch thick. Very satisfying to see loaves respond beautifully I wish I had video’d.

Get 1 cup hot tap water ready. This goes quick. once oven is hot hot- you want to slide loaves carefully onto stone -remember very hot.- the cornmeal allows this to move with ease. A pizza peel you can quick wrist slide. Add hot water to bottom pan fast fast – steams hot!! Close oven door fast. You want steam to be in oven. Its making that crunchy chewy crust we love. Don’t peek! Bake 25 minutes.

So easy! Be creative with your base. I personally love the flavors rosemary brings. You can leave plain, add roasted garlic, olives, Italian herbs, sprinkle w sea-salt flakes, poppy seeds. Sesame… yum. great gifts. Will freeze but shelf life is short- only 2 days. Store in paper bag or wax paper. So eat it up! You will never buy $7 bakery loaves again. You’re welcome❤️

Traditions

Cheesy no yeast Easy Bread

Warm cheddar and Monterey jack cheese mixed thru this soft garlic bread

What a quick and easy bread that is simple mix and no rise or kneeding needed.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees / grease a loaf pan

In large bowl mix

    2 C flour
    4 tsp baking powder
    1 C cheddar cheese shredded
    1/2 C Monterey jack cheese shredded
    1 Tbs sugar
    1/2 tsp salt
    1 tsp garlic powder
    1 Tbs dry parsley

Separate bowl mix wet

  • 1.5 C milk
  • 1 lg egg beaten
  • 1 Tbs butter melted

Mix wet into dry ingredients to just incorporate. Will be heavy batter. Pour into greased loaf pan or stone.

Bake 45-55 min until golden brown.

If you love the cheesy biscuits at red lobster- make this recipe into a drop biscuit and bake 12 min. Yum

Traditions

Chili- fast, easy and family favorite – one pot

A family favorite that I learned from my husband early in our marriage. He called it Wisconsin Chili and I called it so good! Ive added some time twists making it in the pressure cooker for a hearty easy one pot meal. Our go too for snowy nights by the fire pit.

Recipe. I used my electric pressure cooker. This can be done easily on stovetop as well just a bit more time. Simmer chili for a good hour before adding pasta. You might need to add more water if it reduces in simmering process.

1 lb ground lean beef or chicken

1 sm can-each kidney, chili and pork and beans (sweet is good)

1 cup chopped green pepper

1 cup chopped sweet onion

1/2 cup chopped red pepper

Tbl olive oil

1 sm can green chili

1 lg can diced tomato

1 smcan tomato paste

Two Tbl chili powder

1 Tbl garlic powder

1 Tbl cumin

tsp salt

tsp pepper

Small box reg spaghetti noodles

1 can water for every can of beans used. 3

Brown meat and veggies in oil. Drain excess fat if any. Add all remaining ingredients reserving pasta for second cook time. Mix well and pressure cook 25 min.

Quick release steam.

Add 1/2 box pasta broken in half. Stir into hot chili well so noodles dont stick. Pressure 4 minutes.

Quick release steam and quickly stir the noodles to insure separation and enjoy!!! Yum

Serve with favorite topping shredded cheese and sour cream. A fork is a must and a spoon.

Desserts, Traditions

The Famous DUMP Cake

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If you like chocolate.  I mean really like chocolate this is a decatant dark chocolate cake that is always moist and never has left overs.  Trust me. The recipe came from the famous Chocolate factory Ann AKA Grandma Ann.  My husbands mother was a certified chocolatier that had trained in Belgium to make those fabulous treats you see in candy stores.  she had a factory in the basement of the family home and was well known in the Northwest Coffee shops and foodie gift shops.  Ill never forget when I was recruited to help her and her elves in the factory to make a huge deadline with Harry and David.  We had to make 20,000 solid chocolate foil wrapped pears for the big holiday basket season.  That might be another story…for another time.  well-  here is her chocolate dump cake that is not only the family favorite but everybody that has ever tried it.  yes- its that good.  and Easy… and mouthwatering.

Recipe

  • One big bowl.
  • bundt cake pan
  • nonstick spray/flour
  • three eggs
  • 1 box dark chocolate cake mix
  • small box dark chocolate pudding mix
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 3/4 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup veg oil
  • 1 tsp almond extract
  • 1/4 cup Amaretto Liquor
  • 1/2 cup dark chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350. Oil and flour bunt pan.

Mix all ingredients in the one bowl until full incorporated. DO NOT HAND MIX.

Spread evenly in bunt pan. bake for 50 minutes at 350 degree oven.

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remove- allow to cool for 10 minutes then flip out on a cooling rack or cake plate.  dust w powder sugar.

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I love to serve with fresh berries and whipped cream.  My kids love it for breakfast cold.  you are welcome—- I know you will thank me. so easy- so good.

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