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Sweet Bread,

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To proof yeast:

  • Pour 1 cup of warm (110 degrees F) water into a bowl.
  • Add 2 teaspoons of sugar; stir to dissolve.
  • Sprinkle a packet of yeast (2 ½ teaspoons) on top.
  • Let it sit for a few minutes, then stir until it dissolves.
  • Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and set it in a warm, draft-free place (inside your turned-off oven, for example).

Within 5 to 10 minutes the top of the mixture should have turned creamy and foamy, which means the yeast is working. If nothing happens, the yeast is dead; discard the mixture and try again with different yeast.

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ingredients:

6 cups General Purpose flour,  1 teaspoon salt ,  ½ cup white sugar; mix well and then add

1 cup warm milk or water (110 degrees F/45 degrees C) plus yeast and sugar from above, 2 eggs, room temperature,  ⅓ cup margarine, melted

mix until incorporated into a ball, cover and let raise

knead and let rest twice more


Cinnamon Rolls

stretch into 10 x 14″  and apply filling  leaving 3/4″ edges clean, then roll and divide into dish and let rise before baking

Filling

⅓ cup butter, softened
1 cup brown sugar, packed
2 ½ tablespoons ground cinnamon
optionally chopped toasted nuts and/or raisins
mix well
bake at 350 for 30 minuets, 20 covered, then brown

Recipe yields 12 servings (9 x 12 deep dish)

Hardtack

 

Hard Tack, Survival Biscuits;

These are the minimum survival biscuits made of flour, salt and water, that can be stored dry for years. Use General Purpose Wheat Flour for the longest life.

Hardtack
4 cups flour
2 cups water
4 tsp salt

Hardtack Recipes
Traditional Hardtack Recipe

4.5 cups White Flour
3 Tbsp Salt (Optional)

1.5 cups of water

Instructions

Preheat your oven to 375°F
Add dry ingredients to your bowl.
The amount of water you need can vary a bit. I add a ½ cup at a time and work it in.
Knead dough, The end consistency you are going for is just pliable enough to be smooth and worked with a rolling pin.
Roll out till approx 1/4 inch thick
Cut into square biscuit shapes
Dock or poke holes in the dough.
Bake in the oven for 30 to 40 mins
Allow to cool completely

Modern Hardtack Recipe

3 cups White Flour
1.5 cups Sweet Sorghum Flour
9 Rounded Tbsp Nutritional Yeast
½ Cup Refined Coconut Oil
3 Tbsp Iodized Salt

1.5 cups of water

Instructions

Preheat your oven to 375°F
Add dry ingredients to your bowl.
The amount of water you need can vary a bit. I add a ½ cup at a time and work it in.
Knead dough, The end consistency you are going for is just pliable enough to be smooth and worked with a rolling pin.
Roll out till approx 1/4 inch thick
Cut into square biscuit shapes
Dock or poke holes in the dough.
Bake in the oven for 30 to 40 mins
Allow to cool completely

Gluten-Free Hardtack Recipe

People who suffer from gluten intolerance have difficulties consuming wheat based product.
So when preparing for when SHTF you need to take that into account.
In this recipe we’ll be replacing the wheat product flour, by almond flour, which is a nut based product.
This recipe uses much less water then other hardtack recipes because almond flour has a higher amount of fat in it.

2 cups of almond flour
1/4 – 1/3 cup of water
1/2 – 1 teaspoon of salt (optional)

Instructions

Preheat your oven to 375°F
Add dry ingredients to your bowl.
The amount of water you need can vary a bit. I add a ½ cup at a time and work it in.
Knead dough, The end consistency you are going for is just pliable enough to be smooth and worked with a rolling pin.
Roll out till approx 1/4 inch thick
Cut into square biscuit shapes
Dock or poke holes in the dough.
Bake in the oven for 30 to 40 mins
Allow to cool completely

These should be dry stored in a freezer for the longest life.

Sourdough

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The easiest way to acquire a sourdough starter is to make your own by adding water to flour and wait for natural spores that are everywhere to ferment a water /flour mix. After a few weeks of evolution it will assume a balanced character for your kitchen.

Recipe & instructions to make starter .

Leavening starter, 1/2 cup flour +1/2 cup warm water and a small pinch of baking yeast might help kick things off.

mix well and let set 1 day, then second day add another batch of half cup flour and half cup water, mix well,, 3th day again.  it should be working well enough to use, remove 1cup to make leavening, you should remove a cup of starter every day or two and replace with new ingredients or put container under refrigeration to slow it’s action, After the mother reaches the character that you like freeze a bit to save it in case you forget to feed and nurture it. This bit will be helpful in quickly reestablishing your starter.

I pull off enough starter,(1 cup) every morning to make 2 waffles, after 2 weeks my starter developed good character, The first few days were pretty poor stuff. but after 2 weeks things got much better. Starter doubled it’s size in 3 hours, had good leavening and flavor.

The water encourages the enzymes in the wheat flour to break down the starch into sugars, the yeast breaks down the sugars into Carbon dioxide and alcohol, and bacteria breaks down the alcohol into acetic acid. At the start there are a bunch of wild yeasts and bacteria that don’t work right together and you will get foul odors and poor leavening.  Just keep cycling it and in time it will balance it’s self out. Like any living thing it needs food and water and a cozy 72-76 F environment to thrive.

add about 3/4 cup water and 7/8 cup flour as makeup for 1 cup starter removed

Bread making

Bread ingredients, per cup flour:

3/4 cup warm water (80F)
1/4 cup starter, mix with half cup of the warm water
1/4 teaspoon salt mix with 1/4 cup warm water
best bread making temperature 75-78 degrees F
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Ingredients for 2 loaves;

(6 cups for 2 – 4x 4 x 8inch or 2 – 7inch diameter loaves) nearly 4 pounds total

Sponge

#1 – mix cup of leavening (starter) with 2 cups warm water + 2 heaping tablespoon sugar  and then let it rest a bit, stir a few times to keep it mixed while yeast works, keep warm, 76F more or less)
#2 – mix in 5 cups General Purpose (GP) flour with water/leaven mix (to make sponge )
let set 1 – 4 hours to grow sponge ( double in size)
#3 – add 1 teaspoon salt to a cup of warm water
(salt improves the strength of the gluten as well as the bread flavor
but limits the speed of the yeast multiplication)
and mix salt water well with sponge

GP flour will make the bread soft, Bread Flour will make it tougher (more gluten)

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Bread Dough Ball

start working liquid sponge and adding flour (about 1 cup bread flour) to dry out dough ball,  until liquid sponge gets to be a strong dough ball to develop gluten, Let rest covered for at least an hour.

Kneading will develop the gluten and mix the leavening to make smaller bubbles in the finished bread. So the knead and fold is important to develop the wanted internal structure in the bread. you are softening and stretching the gluten strands so that the leavening CO2 can inflate the bobbles that create the desired bread crumb texture

#4 –  knead 30 minuets/ rest 30 minuets while adding bread flour to dry dough ball, use sparingly or the added flour will make the bread tough
let rest half an hour then knead and add flour again, up to 6 times
# 5 – let rest,  hour or more,  then divide and shape and let rest half hour
finish kneading and shaping and then let rest for proofing 1-4 hours
or overnight in refrigerator before baking


for baking in dutch oven or cast iron pot.
pre heat the cooking container to 450F before putting the dough loaf in it
start baking at 450F covered for 25 minuets then bake at 400F for 20 minuets
then remove lid and bake to desired browning.
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Sweet bread;

mix well  and add to  the sponge from above (about 4 pounds)
3/4 cup milk
3/4 cup melted butter
1+  cup sugar
4 large eggs

work in soft flour , about 3 cups plus until dough just starts to lose it’s stickiness, don’t over do it.

Cover and let rise 1 hour, knead and then let rise, repeat


Cinnamon rolls; take half of the sweet roll dough to fill 9.5×14 baking dish, flatten into about 12×20 sheet

fill with, 1 cup dark sugar, 1 cup toasted ground nuts, 1/2 cup melted butter, 1 table spoon ground cinnamon 1 tablespoon water, heat and mix well, spread on dough sheet and roll into log.

slice log into 15 equal parts and fill dish, let rise until dish is filled.

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preheat oven 400F cook covered 25 minutes, 15 minutes uncovered to brown


Icing; 1cup fine ground sugar, (confectioners sugar) 1/2cup butter, cap of liquid flavor,

add heavy cream to get the right consistency while heating and whisking, (maybe too much icing)

pour over warm/hot rolls and let icing dry out a bit before covering.

this is enough for 2 pans of rolls, cut in half for one