But, however the title does not lie, this post does indeed contain recipes.
The other day, I realized that the majority of the recipes I have shared with you all this summer have been liquored up fruity drinks.
But, we have enjoyed other homemade items from the Farm Kitchen this summer, and I thought I would share some of them with you!
~Super Duper Easy Peasy Quick French Bread~
I discovered this bread this summer and have enjoyed making it numerous times.
It is very simple and quite yummy!
2 1/2 cups of warm water (around 110 degrees)
2 tablespoons of sugar
1 tablespoon salt
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoons yeast
6 cups flour
Combine water,sugar, salt,oil and yeast, add flour one cup at a time till dough pulls away from bowl, and bowl is "clean".
Now to let the dough rise, the original recipe says to let it rise about an hour.
I think the first time I made this it was probably around a half an hour, because I was pinched on time(who isnt?) and it seriously didn't need any more than that half an hour rise, in fact if you were really in a hurry I think you could just let the dough rest for a few minutes before shaping the loaves.
Roll and shape dough into a french loaves, and place on jelly roll pan that has been sprinkled with corn meal.
Let dough rest on pan for another few minutes while the oven preheats to 400 degree oven.
Pop into the oven and bake for 15-20 minutes.
There you go....fresh french loaves:)
~Very Quick Pizza Dough~
Okay, so I have a couple of pizza dough recipes that I do love.
However, during the summer, when I am farming with Manly, I come home at the same time he does(late) and I still have to put food on the table and fairly promptly(because we are starving!)But, the hour and half rise time on my usual pizza dough recipes, are simply not possible when you arrive home at around 9pm.
This recipe has come in SO HANDY this summer, that it isnt even funny.I am so happy that I married a man that loves italian food, and obviously this italian woman can eat pizza every day, every way.
Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
1 tablespoon yeast
1 cup warm water (about 110 degrees)
1 teaspoon sugar
1 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 1/2 cups flour
Combine yeast and water, when foamy
mix in rest of ingredients,knead for 5 minutes.
Roll out to a 12 inch circle. Place on pizza pan or pizza stone(the pizza stone makes a crustier crust and the pizza pan makes a softer crust)
Put your favorite toppings on and bake for 12-18 minutes (baking time depends on how much and what ingredients you top the pizza with)
There you go, fresh homemade pizza on the table in less than 30 minutes!
Now, I am not sure about your family, but we love Ranch Dressing at our house.
We dunk our pizza in it, place it on top of fried tators and use it instead of ketchup on burgers and fries.
In the past I tried a few homemade recipes for this dressing, however (and I ashamed to say this) none tasted at good to us as the Hidden Valley Ranch packets that you mix with milk and mayo.
I am so happy to have found a yummy homemade recipe that not only tastes really good but isnt full of MSG and sodium.
3/4 cup mayo
3/4 sour cream
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1/4 to 1/2 cup buttermilk (depending how thin you like your dressing)
small handful fresh parsley
clove of garlic
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
Place all ingredients in your blender and blend for ten seconds.
~Buttermilk Cinnamon Muffins~
I literally found this recipe because I had left over buttermilk from the Ranch Dressing.
And I am so happy I did!
I make these at night before I go to bed, because there is no baking during the day here at the farm house since we have no AC.
So, all baking has to be done at night, so the house can cool down before the next day.
Then for the next few days we have a quick, easy to grab, tasty muffin for breakfast.
7 tablespoons butter, at room temp.
1/2 cup buttermilk
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1 1/2 cup of flour
2/3 cup sugar
1 tablespoon cinnamon
6 tablespoons butter,melted
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Grease or use paper liners on muffin tin, this recipe will make 12 medium sized muffins or 6-9 large to jumbo muffins.
In electric mixer bowl, place butter and sugar and beat till creamy.
add egg, buttermilk and vanilla and mix till combined.
add, baking powder, baking soda, salt and nutmeg.mix together.
Then add flour 1/2 cup at a time and mix till just combined.
In seperate bowl mix together topping ingredients.
Fill muffin tin cups 2/3 full.
Bake for 20 minutes, or when you do the toothpick test, the toothpick comes out clean.
Let muffins cool till you can handle them easily, but are still warm and dunk muffin tops in topping mixture.
There you go!
Some of the recipes that I have discovered and enjoyed this summer!
Hope you enjoy them too:)