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Friday, August 22, 2008

Olympics Treat (Hurry! You have 2 more nights!)

We enjoyed this delicious little treat while watching the Olympics one evening. Chris discovered that he liked a bit of Postum (of all things) stirred into his hot chocolate. The almond pastry was awesome! Our whole family loved it.

Delicious Swedish Almond Pastry/Biscuit Type Thing

3 cups flour
3/4 cup sugar
2 tsp baking powder
1/2 to 1 tsp salt
9 Tbsp butter
1 egg
3/4 cup milk
1/2 to 1 tsp almond extract
beaten egg for brushing on top
Pearl Sugar for topping

Preheat oven to 437 degrees F. (Don't ask me. It's the conversion over from Celsius that makes it weird.) Mix flour, sugar, salt and baking powder. Add butter and mix with fingers or a fork. Add egg, milk, and almond extract, and work into a dough. Roll the dough out into two rectangles about 1/2 inch thick. (I rolled it right out onto the greased cookie sheet.) Score the dough into small rectangles about 2-3 inches wide. Brush with beaten egg. Sprinkle with pearl sugar. Bake for 12-15 minutes. Enjoy!

Unbelievable Awesome (QUICK) Whole Wheat Bread II

This is from the same awesome source as the first bread recipe we posted. We used freshly ground whole wheat flour. (It's easy- no one could accuse me of being a pioneer. We scooped the grain into this cool grinder, and 60 seconds later we had the most beautiful whole wheat flour.) So I can't say if it was the freshly ground flour that made the big difference, but I have a feeling that the recipe was the winning element. :) I posted the recipe below for a normal oven, but we tossed the ingredients into our bread machine, put it on the 58 minute cycle, and had great results.

4 cups whole wheat flour
1/2 cup instant oatmeal
1 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons wheat gluten

Mix the above ingredients together with wisk

1 egg
1/2 cup honey
1 3/4 cups warm water

Mix together with a wisk until all honey is disolved

Add one half of the dry ingredients above and add

1 1/2 tablespoons of Saf-instant yeast

Add rest of dry ingredients and mix until dough is well formed (about five minutes).

Add a few drops of oil, mix a couple of turns and Let dough rest in bowl until double in size

Make into a loaf and put into greased bread pan and let it double in size

Bake at 350 degrees for 40 minutes.


JJ said...

Totally unrelated, but I was looking at your list of things to do in DC...lets plan a day to go to the Spy is fabulous and I have not been in a year!

Dianah said...

Your pastry thingie looks so good. I think I'll be making them. About the pearl sugar. I've never heard about that before. What is it and where do you find it? Looks good and I'll let you know how mine turn out!

Natalie C. said...

Dianah, the pearl sugar is from Ikea. They have a little cafe where they sell all kinds of Swedish food & that is the only place I've found it. If you don't want to get it there, you can just buy sugar cubes from the normal grocery store and crush them up into pieces about that small. (It will be a different consistency than pearl sugar, but close & it will give it the bit of crunchiness & sweetness it needs.)

April Cobb said...

So does the postum in the hot cocoa taste like mocha together? If so, I want to try that too. Tell me what postum tastes like.

Natalie C. said...

Yeah, Postum is made of wheat, I think. But it is a bit bitter & sort of roasted flavor. With something sweet like hot chocolate, it tastes really good. It does taste like mocha.