Last week we took a quick trip to the mountains to get a change of scenery. It helps with the winter doldrums to take little trips if possible. While in the mountains we went to Sperryville to buy some apples. In the fall we bought the most delicious Pink Lady apples. The apple season is over, but we were hoping to find some apples at the little places along the way. Even though we were unable to buy Pink Ladies we were able to buy some York apples. Yes, they were a little past their prime--but we bought a half bushel of apples for 5 dollars. I figured we could eat apples as our main fruit for a while.
I make our bread with a simple recipe:
This recipe makes 4 loaves of bread.
Grease 4 loaf pans
In a large mixing bowl or stand mixer put:
5 1/2 cups of warm water
3 T yeast
8 cups of all purpose flour--I use King Arthur Flour
3 cups of whole wheat flour
2 T salt
3 T sugar
Mix all together ---this will be a very wet sticky dough. It's okay! Divide dough into the 4 loaf pans. Let rise until up to top of loaf pans. This normally takes about an hour.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees and bake bread for 35 minutes. This is a dense bread and makes great toast or french toast. Grilled cheese is great on this bread also. I put the extra bread in the freezer and let it thaw in the fridge when needed.
Stewed apples are so easy to make:
Just peel and slice apples into chunks. Put into sauce pan and sprinkle with cinnamon and nutmeg. For five apples I only add 1 teaspoon of sugar. Add 1-2 tablespoons of water and cover your pan and let simmer til done. They cook very quickly and are delicious.
The things we do for our grandchildren!