Tuesday, April 14, 2009

No-knead bread recipe

This bread is so good, and so easy to make! You should definitely try it!

Time: About 1½ hours plus 14 to 20 hours’ rising

3 cups all-purpose or bread flour, more for dusting
¼ teaspoon instant yeast
1¼ teaspoons salt
Cornmeal or wheat bran as needed.

1. In a large bowl combine flour, yeast and salt. Add 1 5/8 cups water, and stir until blended; dough will be shaggy and sticky. Cover bowl with plastic wrap. Let dough rest at least 12 hours, preferably about 18, at warm room temperature, about 70 degrees.

2. Dough is ready when its surface is dotted with bubbles. Lightly flour a work surface and place dough on it; sprinkle it with a little more flour and fold it over on itself once or twice. Cover loosely with plastic wrap and let rest about 15 minutes.

3. Using just enough flour to keep dough from sticking to work surface or to your fingers, gently and quickly shape dough into a ball. Generously coat a cotton towel (not terry cloth) with flour, wheat bran or cornmeal; put dough seam side down on towel and dust with more flour, bran or cornmeal. Cover with another cotton towel and let rise for about 2 hours. When it is ready, dough will be more than double in size and will not readily spring back when poked with a finger.

4. At least a half-hour before dough is ready, heat oven to 450 degrees. Put a 6- to 8-quart heavy covered pot (cast iron, enamel, Pyrex or ceramic) in oven as it heats. When dough is ready, carefully remove pot from oven. Slide your hand under towel and turn dough over into pot, seam side up; it may look like a mess, but that is O.K. Shake pan once or twice if dough is unevenly distributed; it will straighten out as it bakes. Cover with lid and bake 30 minutes, then remove lid and bake another 15 to 30 minutes, until loaf is beautifully browned. Cool on a rack.

Yield: One 1½-pound loaf.

More from Pat's wedding

Friday, April 10, 2009

Happy Easter

Check out this amazing video, with the message from a talk that Elder Jeffrey R. Holland gave at the April 2009 General Conference of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. It is so beautiful!

Saturday, April 4, 2009

If you haven't already heard

The Young Women's program in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has had a change. A new value has been added to the 7 original values of Faith, Divine Nature, Individual Worth, Knowledge, Choice & Accountability, Good Works & Integrity. That new value is Virtue. It's color is gold & the scripture that goes with it is Proverbs 31:10 which says: "Who can find a virtuous woman? for her price is far above rubies." The focuses for Virtue read: "I will prepare to enter the temple & remain pure & worthy. My thoughts & actions will be based on high moral standards." I am really excited about the value experiences & the 10 hour project associated with this value as it really helps the girls practice living virtuous & chaste lives in preparation for entering the temple to take out their own endowments. The 10 hour project is reading the entire Book of Mormon with a focus on what those who followed the Savior did to lead virtuous lives.

I am going to be working on these experiences & the project, & I invite all of you to do it also. Not only will it greatly bless your spiritual life, your marriage or other relationships will benefit & you will be working toward attending the temple if you haven't already gone, or you will be keeping yourself worthy to return. These goals aren't just for the young women, they are for all the members of the church, and I hope that you will take the challenge & do this as I do.

If you want a copy of the insert you can order it for free at the distribution center, or you can click on this link for the PDF version.

2 Random Scrapbook Pages

Wedding of Pat & Kristin