I love to make bread. Wait I mean I love to eat fresh baked bread. I hate making it. But I love eating it! Oh my goodness do I! Well, last year in the summertime I make my very first loaf of bread, of all seasons to start running your oven for long periods I know!
I have tons of old recipes from 50+ yrs ago that my mother in law left us. There are some from flour companies like 'Medal'. I guess they use to sell recipe books for 15 cents at grocery stores. With old school recipes in them like "icebox cookies" I know cookies but uhhh icebox?? I'm assuming its a fridge. But making cookies in the fridge? I havent gone through all the details of each recipe, only what I need. Anyone ever have them?
Its great though because trying to do things all Laura Ingals here, I need this! I try to make as much from scratch as I can. From BBQ and terriaki sauces to, well, breads. I sooo want to live completely free of modern-ness... off-the-grid would be cool. I love Lehmans! Go there and see all there great stuff! Very expensive on some stuff but I window shop...Or "Windows©" shop. I can not wait for my moms hand grinder so I can make all my homemade sausages and junk yum-mo!
Annnnyywho, I wondered off a little. But I love baking bread. I found out that those tons of mesquite trees I have outside I can make bread with. When we were little we use to chew on the "pechitas". But I didn't know you could make something with them! The "pechita", or mesquite bean in english, is great at stabilizing blood sugar and is low in carbs and fat! It's also rich in calcium, magnesium, potassium, iron, zinc, protein, and lysine.
Did I mention it's right outside my door for free??
Heres how you make the meal:
I rinse it a good once thru and dry it really well. Make sure its dry or it'll be pasty not meal like. It'll look like corn meal. I used my blender(All I got). Then I take out the skin that didnt blend down.
3/4 C. each of cornmeal and flour
3/8 C. mesquite meal
2 tsp. Baking powder
1/2 tsp. Each baking soda and salt
1 C. yogurt
3 Tbs. Honey
3 Tbs. Oil
Combine dry ingredients in medium sized bowl. Combine the wet ingredients and stir into the dry ingredients just until combined. Spread into greased 8 inch by 8 inch pan. Bake 20 - 25 minutes at 350 degrees. For a unique Southwestern kick, add 1 tablespoon chipotle (dried, smoked jalapeno) flakes and 3/4 cup fresh or frozen corn kernels.
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