Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Fall flavors.....

Wow--Lisa's stew sounds just delicious!  I love the late fall, when the weather turns chilly and it's time for all sorts of  meals from the crockpot, and for baking bread! Here's a recipe that I make every week for our family, that would be great with Lisa's stew:

Combine the following in the mixer bowl:
3 pkg regular yeast (or 2 Tbsp + 3/4 tsp, if you buy it in jars)
1/4 cup  bread flour
1 Tbsp white sugar
1/2 cup warm water
Let the mixture bubble  five minutes, while measuring the next ingredients into a separate bowl, then add these ingredients to the yeast:

2 cups quick oatmeal
2 cups whole wheat flour
1  Tbsp  Vital Wheat Gluten
1 Tbsp + 3/4 tsp  salt
1 cup packed brown sugar
2/3  cups canola oil
4 1/2  cups warm water
Add the above mixture to the yeast mixture, and mix well.

Add flour below, using a dough hook to knead if you have one, until dough comes away from the sides of the bowl (dough will still be sticky, not dry.  Amount of flour needed may vary with room humidity.)
4 cups whole wheat flour 
6 cups bread flour
3/4 cup chopped walnuts and/or pecans
1/2 cup cracked wheat

Pour dough into a huge, well-oiled bowl,  turn to coat with oil. Cover loosely with a damp, clean tea towel. Let rise one hour, or until doubled in size. Dump onto a large cutting board or clean counter. Cut in sections, and place in  oiled bread pans. Let rise one hour. BE SURE to preheat  oven fully to 350 degrees. Bake 35 minutes. Brush tops with butter, cool in pans ten minutes, then turn out on cooling racks.  This  also makes yummy dinner rolls.

I'm now imagining that Devlin Sloane and Beth Carrigan might be enjoying Lisa's wonderful stew and the aroma of this easy homemade bread, in Winter Reunion, which is out in the stores right now!

Winter Reunion is my first book for Steeple Hill's Love Inspired line, and is also the first book in my three-book Aspen Creek Crossroads series.

What are some of your favorite fall recipes?  I would love to hear about them!

Best wishes to you all,
Roxanne Rustand
www.roxannerustand.com   and      http://roxannerustand.blogspot.com


  1. Ooh, that sounds good. I'm going to need to try this recipe. I think I may have some yeast packets in the cabinet too. Thanks, Roxanne!

  2. Roxanne, homemade bread sounds delicious. I've never tried to make bread before. And you're right, it would go perfect with Lisa's stew.

  3. Oh my goodness, I can't believe you make this every week, Roxanne!! Will you come to my house?? :)

    Sounds so, so yummy.

  4. Oh I love homemade bread. You made me want to get out my bread machine and go to town. Not quite as exotic as yours but I'll take it. :)

  5. These recipes are making me hungry.
    I had yogurt for lunch.

  6. Roxanne, yum on the recipes!

    I have your book and am waiting a couple more weeks before I get started...though all the Christmas carols are making me think I will be starting sooner!

    Peace, Julie


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