Monday, August 23, 2010
Every Saturday from July through October, Dave and Andrew show up at our church between 8:30 and 10:30 to pick up our farm share. This year we bought fruit, veggie and egg shares and we are now at the height of the season. Last Saturday Dave brought home tomatoes, basil, green beans, kale, corn, lettuce, cucumbers, apples, peaches, plums, eggs, and potatoes.
Starting in July, I plan our week's meals around the farm share. On Sunday mornings, I sit at the computer with my cookbooks and coffee and order the other groceries we'll need based on the produce we got. Usually the produce only affects what I'll be cooking, but recently it's been seeping into what I bake.
Right now we have so many potatoes. And I know, potatoes can last a little while. There really is no rush to get rid of them, except that I have a small kitchen and the potatoes are taking up more than their fair share of space. Some of them have got to go. And so yesterday, while it rained and the boys' watched an afternoon movie, I made several loaves of potato bread. In the past I've made this bread with chives and garlic scapes. Yesterday I made it with scallions. It smells amazing in the oven and because of it's kick of onion, it's easily a family favorite.
15 potatoes down. About 20 more to go.
1 1/4 c warm water
5 t yeast
4-6 c flour
1 c warm mashed potatoes
1/4 c milk
2 T butter
1 T sugar
1 T salt
1/2 c minced chives or scallions or garlic scapes or shallots
Make the mashed potatoes. Let them cool. If they are too hot to touch, they will kill the yeast.
Combine warm water and yeast.
In a large bowl put the water, yeast, potatoes, 2 c flour, milk, butter, sugar, salt. Mix it, mix it. Add in the chives. Add enough flour to make a soft dough and knead. Let rise for 45 minutes in a floured bowl. Shape into loaves. Let loaves rise for another 45 minutes. Bake at 350 for about 30 minutes...though the time will depend on the size of the loaves. If they sound hollow when you tap them, they are done. ;)
Next up, potato cookies! ok, not really.