Friday, January 27, 2012

2,534,400 Steps Closer To Home

The ALOF family has relocated over a thousand miles from our gulf coast abode.

We're now over a mile high and 2,534,400 steps (give or take a few) closer to our ultimate Rocky Mountain life.

The business is hibernating for winter and spring while this short term transition is occurring. We look forward to serving everyone again when the spring thaws this wild winter and summer stars fill the night sky!

We are looking forward to finding and settling into our new long term homestead and in the meantime, are getting reacquainted with the high country and back into the swing of things!

This picture was taken in Douglas County, Colorado :-)

Making Multigrain Bread

Keeping the kitchen toasty while the snow falls outside! This bread is hearty, delicious and goes really well with fresh soup!

Note, I am at 6000 ft altitude, measurements are approximate

1 cup poolish (starter)*
1/4 cup water
1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon milk
1/4 cup honey
1/8 cup molasses (unsulphured)
1 egg
1 teaspoon unrefined salt
1 tablespoon raw sunflower seeds
1 tablespoon toasted sunflower seeds
1 tablespoon raw pepita pumpkin seeds
1 tablespoon flax seeds
1 tablespoon millet
1 tablespoon quinoa
1 tablespoon oats
1 tablespoon oat bran
1 tablespoon wheat bran
1 cup bread flour
2 cups whole wheat flour
1/4 cup semolina flour
1 1/2 tablespoons bread yeast

I let the bread machine knead it, checking to make sure the moisture level was correct (adding water or flour as necessary).

After the dough was done rising, it was formed into a loaf, sprinkled with a bit of wheat and oat bran, left to rise a bit more and then baked at 350 degrees until it was done :-)

*To make a poolish mix 1 cup of lukewarm water with 1 cup of flour and add a packet of bread yeast. Stir. It should be a pancake/waffle batter consistency. Let sit for at least 24 hrs and up to 5 days. It'll become bubbly and smell yeasty.