weedy wednesday – pinwheels

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stinging nettles are just poking up in little spiky rosettes around our property, so I figured it was time to get some fresh weeds into our diet again. inspired by the bucket dough method, but following the sourdough version & using the dough for pinwheels, I food processed fresh Stellaria with blanched & shocked nettles & dandelion greens, a duck egg, homemade ricotta, homemade butter, and hoped for the best.

worked out well. even K demolished hers. combined with cream of celery soup for a delicious & satisfying dinner on this chilly proto-spring eve.

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possibly the best birthday present ever. christened with duck dogs, corn on the cob, and this sourdough brownie. yum.

100% Rye

100% Rye - Shannon Stronger

100% Rye – Shannon Stronger – Nourishing Days

I recently purchased Nourishing Days’ Shannon Stronger’s 100% Rye sourdough recipe e-book, and have been super thrilled with the results.  I’m using my wild-wrangled-yeast whole rye sourdough starter for the sourdough called for in the recipes, and it seems to work just fine (it’s roughly a 1:1 by volume ratio of flour:water).  I just made the brownies and they are divine – rich, brownie texture, not too sweet (i.e. it’s not the only flavour), but really great chocolate fix.  Our favourites:

Chewy Molasses Snack Bread
No-Knead Multipurpose Dough (more on that in a moment)
No-Knead Sourdough Pizza Crust

I’ve made the above recipes so many times, I’ve almost got them memorized.  I’ve adjusted the multipurpose dough to a “bucket” dough, and find that leaving it in the refrigerator overnight (at least) really improves the resulting bread.  Using Shannon’s No-Knead Sourdough Loaf recipe (but the bucket-ed sourdough) I add 3 tsp cinnamon, and I use a smidge of olive oil before measuring the molasses (I think it’s 5 tbsp molasses that I add), and 3 tsp sea salt (I’m pulling this from the back of my brain, might not be right! check her original recipe, similar to her boule recipe).

I take out about 3 cups of the “bucket” dough and reserve it to start my next bucket – adding no further starter, just following Shannon’s directions for the rest of the multipurpose dough recipe.  I’ve made three loaves from the leftover “bucket” dough: two regular sourdough loaves, plus a raisin loaf, to which I add raisins and more cinnamon and a bit of raw sugar (maybe 2 tbsp) after I’ve removed enough prepared dough for the two regular loaves first.

Recently, I used my Pullman loaf pan (inherited via my aunt’s family who used to run a deli business and baked their bread in that loaf pan every morning) to make up all of the dough in one big loaf (minus the 3 cups removed for starting the next “bucket”), and it was magnificent.  It took longer to bake, but I let it rise first, and baked it at the same temp as Shannon’s regular loaf recipe calls for.

I believe this has been a very successful $6 (roughly!) spent.

Happy Canada Day!

macerating fruit

macerating fruit

we’ll be celebrating with an almost all home-grown (our blueberries aren’t ready yet, these are store bought) & foraged berry sourdough pandowdy.  salmon berries, sweet & sour cherries, black raspberries, & strawberries from our little plot ‘o land. this time I macerated the fruit with a little sugar & cointreau.  yumm.

sourdough pandowdy

berry pandowdy

berry pandowdy

the original recipe was called a “slump” although technically it was a cobbler; we turned it into a pandowdy.  mostly because we liked the name, and because we rolled the dough.  we’re going to call this recipe pandowdy from now on, even if it’s a cobbler with dropped dough, just because it’s so much fun to say.

pandowdy.

the recipe works beautifully with 12 hours souring: just replace the 3/4 cup buttermilk with 1/2 cup sourdough starter and, depending on how moist you need to make it (i.e. rolling vs dropping the dough) either omit further moisture (rolling) or add up to 1/2 cup milk or mylk or water (dropping).  we used lard (we raise pigs) but coconut oil works great for vegan option; butter for non-piggy option. [edit: to sour, cut fat into dry flour & oats, gently incorporate the sourdough. next day, add the leavening agents right before cooking / baking]

sourdough for rolling

sourdough for rolling

K can’t do rhubarb, so we used strawberries from our garden, plus blueberries.

fresh strawberries

fresh strawberries

 

frozen blueberries

frozen blueberries

we also omitted the applesauce (didn’t have any) and it worked out just fine. we baked ours so the topping would get crispy. it was very nummy.

natural whole food cupcakes

sadly, I neglected to take a photo of the finished product.  they were very pretty.  something like this:

sourdough cupcakes

sourdough cupcakes

but more golden than orange this time, and piped in a swirl (not very well). sigh… it was K’s birthday, and I was somewhat focused on getting out the door than documenting my brilliance.

this one just about nails them all on the head:

✔ vegan (well, the cupcakes are, if not the frosting; that could likely be made vegan)

✔ wheat free (can be gluten free with appropriate sourdough starter)

✔ sourdough (nourishing traditions)

✔ vegetables

✔ no artificial colours

✔ natural sweeteners (other than whatever’s in the cream cheese! –  will try home-made next time!)

✔ delicious

sourdough beetroot cocoa cupcakes with carrot cream cheese frosting

carrot reduction 4 –  5 carrots blendered with juice of one valencia orange, filter through nut mylk bag, reduce until thickened like light syrup

reducing carrot reduction

reducing carrot reduction

roasted 3 medium beets (from Makaria Farm’s CSA), combined with some of carrot reduction as it cooked, and carrot pulp, used stick blender to puree; use 1/2 cup for recipe, reserve rest (freeze in 1/2 cup batches for future cupcakes!)

use Minimalist Baker‘s fudgy vegan beet cupcake recipe with 1/2 cup sourdough starter + 1/2 cup sunflower mylk (unfiltered, still has pulp) instead of almond mylk & vinegar

frosting use she cooks…he cleans’ recipe with 1/4 cup carrot reduction instead of maple syrup

carrot reduction

carrot reduction

wish I could show you the final results, but they looked good, and tasted great.  yay, me!