Monday, January 6, 2014

DWM, No Knead Bread and Celtic Solstice

Brr !  It's cold outside.  Our outside thermometer reads minus -2 and there is almost 10 inches of snow on the ground, but the sun is shining brightly.  It's a good day for staying indoors and sewing and baking. I love to heat up the house with good smells coming from the kitchen.  How about some homemade bread the easy way   

I came across an easy No Knead Crusty Dutch Oven French Bread recipe on the internet and decided to try it. I've put it under the Recipe Tab at top of page. I couldn't believe how well it turned out for such little effort.  You mix it up the night before, set it in a big bowl to rise overnight, punch down in the morning, let it rise another hour and bake for 30 mins. in a dutch oven or heavy pan with a lid.   Ta-Da
Right out of a 450 degrees oven


It was very good. Very crusty outsdie and soft inside with big holes to soak up whatever you desire - butter, jam or the broth from homemade soup. The texture reminded me of sourdough bread, but without the sour flavor. I'll be making this again real soon.

Now on to the sewing room.  I'm betting there are a lot of design walls today that have some of these blocks on them.  These are the two blocks that make up Bonnie Hunter's mystery quilt, Celtic Solstice. I'm putting them together in between working on other things, but wanted to see how they looked. 


 You can see more design walls over at Patchwork Times. 





15 comments:

  1. Lovely! I can't wait to try this one. I have a Irish Soda Shepherd Bread that is fantastic, made with buttermilk. Recently my husband and I found out we were lactose intolerant (with about a million other people!) and this bread looks like a winner for us.

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  2. I made unconventional bread today, too! I found an easy, no-rise bread. How funny! Your CS is looking good!! :)

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  3. love the bright colors and I think I'll mix up the bread before I go to bed.

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  4. Hey Dar! I love the new look to your blog! The bread looks delicious, and so does your blocks for Celtic Solstice! Hope to see you soon!

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  5. The bread looks so good! Unfortunately, I can't access the recipe. Your CS is looking great.

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  6. Pretty, pretty blocks - love 'em!! I made some cornbread, a loaf of whole wheat pumpkin bread, b/c we were out of all-purpose flour, and we had some ham and beans in the crockpot. I will have to try this bread recipe - love to make bread - thanks for sharing.

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  7. Both are beautiful, Dar! I love Celtic Solstice and the movement in it. It has been so much fun seeing everyone's versions and colors. Love your bright colors! Are you doing the large or smaller size?

    On the bread - when I click on the link it tells me I am going to a blogger page I don't have permission to access. Can you point me to your source, cause that bread looks awesome! I have been baking and making jam also - helps keep the house warm! It got done to -10 degrees night before last and - 7 overnight. Brrr.....

    Bari

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  8. Beautiful, Dar! I love Celtic Solstice and really love your bright colors. What a happy quilt that is going to be! Are you making the large or smaller size?

    On the bread, I can't get to the page to find the recipe - it says I am not allowed to. Can you point me to the recipe another way? It looks yummy enough I want to try it!

    Bari

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  9. Oh, I've seen some of the Celtic Solstice blocks already, and yours look fabulous! Love the scrappiness of them, and the colors are yummy. Bet you burned up some stash with this one! Thanks for the bread recipe too. I'm bookmarking this.

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  10. I'll put on a loaf tonight to have with soup tomorrow! I've had an urge to bake some bread anyway :)

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  11. Ooh, love your bright CS blocks, it's going to be gorgeous!

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  12. I love how your CS is coming along Dar!!! But since I haven't eaten yet today, I think I'm loving that bread even more - YUM!!!

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  13. I just love homemade bread.
    WOW! the fabrics in your CS blocks are great looking.

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  14. I just copied your recipe, now to make it. I love bread, but, it doesn't always turn out for me.

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