Monday, December 31, 2012

Green Harlot Slythersocks

They're done!    Actually, they were finished on Dec. 21st but that's just the kind of unreliable blogger I am.

Here's a picture of my Harlot named because I started them at my class with Stephanie Pearl-McPhee aka. The Yarn Harlot.   And they are a crazy green, almost Slytherin Green one might say...and since I was in Slytherin playing the Harry Potter Knit and Crochet House Cup this term.

They are knit using the lever knitting style on dpns, which I was so desperate to learn, and did!  Yay!  I really enjoyed knitting them.  Now I just want to knit socks! socks! socks!

Sunday, December 9, 2012

New bread recipe

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This is the new bread recipe I'm's currently on it's first rise.   I used butter instead of shortening, and I used 1 cup 3% milk and 1 cup of water in place of the 2 cups water.   My new Christmas KitchenAid did all the work for me.... ohhhh I can't wait for fresh bread!   I hope it turns out.

Dec 31, 2012 update:  I realized that I didn't say how it turned out! turned out quite well, but just not what I'm looking for.  I found it somewhat cake like...  not light and fluffy...It did slice very easily!   Perhaps I should try it again as written instead of adding milk.  Hmmm.   Overall though, I think my baguette recipe is closer to what I'm looking for.    Maybe I'll just try making it in loaf pans instead of baguette shaped....

Amish White Bread

Basic white yeast bread recipe
Course: Breads
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 5 Hr
Cook Time: 30 Min
Total Time: 5 Hr 30 Min
Serves: 2


  • 1/4 ounce dry yeast
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons shortening
  • 6-7 cups all-purpose flour or 6 -7 cups bread flour,
  • 1/8-1/4 cup butter


  1. 1 Dissolve yeast in 1/2 cup warm water.
  2. 2 In large bowl, combine sugar, salt, 2 cups water and shortening.
  3. 3 Stir in yeast mixture.
  4. 4 Gradually add flour to form a soft dough.
  5. 5 Turn onto floured surface and knead until smooth.
  6. 6 Place in a greased bowl and cover and let rise for about 2 hours.
  7. 7 Punch down and divide into 2 portions and form loaves.
  8. 8 Place in greased 9 x 5 loaf pans and prick tops with fork.
  9. 9 Let rise until higher than pans (about 2 hours).
  10. 10 Bake at 375 degrees for 25 to 30 minutes.
  11. 11 Cool for ten minutes.
  12. 12 Rub butter all over tops of loaves.
  13. 13 Place pans on sides until loosened.
  14. 14 Remove bread from pans and cool completely on racks.
Amount Per Serving
Calories: 145.7
Fat: 23
Cholesterol: 2.5 mg
Sodium: 203.7 mg
Carbohydrate: 26.7 g
Fiber: 0.9 g
Protein: 3.3 g

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Socks...and turkey

We've had this huge 12kg turkey in the freezer for too long.   I kept wanting to cook it, but the timing never worked out...or it was summer!

Just remember, when your husband suggests "this is a great sale, should I just get the biggest one I can find"   there is a limit to the size that is good.   When your oven rack bows like that, probably not a good thing just barely fit into the roasting pan....  phew!

I always cook our turkeys from frozen now.  I don't think I'll ever go back.  There are so many benefits and the only drawback I can find is that you can't stuff it.   I'm not a huge stuffing lover so I don't really care.

So...yes... I've cooked a massive turkey.  Which means massive amounts of leftovers.  I've tracked down a bunch of recipes to use up the leftovers and I'll share them as I make them.    It's the week of TURKEY!!!

Oh, and I had another class with the Yarn Harlot!  Yes, I know, but don't be jealous :p    She showed me how to do the lever knitting on dpn's and a bit on circs.   I'm almost done my first sock.   I'll post a picture.

Now back to that turkey!    ...and the bread I'm baking so we can have hot turkey sandwiches.  It's a new recipe called Amish White Bread.    I'm still using Plan to Eat, so I'll post the recipe right from there  :D