This Week’s Bakery Bulletin
Friday, October 31, 2008
Hello, and welcome to Rise & Shine Bakery’s new website! Every week I’ll let you know in this blog about the bread flavors we’ll be baking. Below, you’ll find the list of breads available for order this week, and a recipe, as well! (It’s for a really fun carrot spread for your toast or bread! It’s very festive and Halloween-y, plus it’s fabulous with our toasted seed bread that we’re baking this week!)
Ordering through the website will be easy and fun! The first time you order bread, you’ll click on the “register now” link, pick a username and password, and enter your information (name, email, and phone numbers). After you register, you can just click on the link back to our website, and you’ll be all logged in and ready to go! If you check the box that says “auto-login on future visits,” the site will automatically recognize you next time you visit. If the site doesn’t automatically log you in, just sign in with your username and password.
the new bread ordering deadline (extended to MIDNIGHT Sunday)
You’ll need to order your bread by MIDNIGHT on Sunday, so we have time to plan our bake, feed our sourdough, and pre-ferment the dough! When you order the bread, you can choose to “pay when you pick up your bread,” or you can pay via PayPal. By all means, use PayPal if you prefer—but I’m even happier to get your checks or cash when you come pick up your bread.
bread pickup locations
Pick-up locations for Wednesday, November 5
1. Side Street Espresso, 412 G Street, downtown: 8-11am
2. Tap Root Café, 1330 Huffman Road, across from Carrs: 3-6pm
If you need to call me during a pick-up time, you can reach me on my cell phone at 748.3712.
unrelated to bread, but all about local food and VEGETABLES:
the new Alaskan CSA produce boxes (A year-round, Community-Supported Agriculture program featuring local Alaskan produce!)
My farmer friend Arthur and I have just started a new business: Glacier Valley Farm CSA. Would you like to pick up a box of beautiful and economical local vegetables when you need produce? Subscribers to our CSA program aren’t limited to our short farmers’ market season to get Alaskan produce; we’re loading boxes year-round! During the winter, local produce includes cabbages, carrots, potatoes, onions, beets, and turnips. To add variety to these nourishing and savory staples, we add all sorts of vegetables and fruits from certified organic farms Outside. Each box also contains a newsletter loaded with delicious, healthy recipes tailored to the week’s vegetables. [$30/box]
You can sign up for a box once a week, twice a month, or more sporadically—you choose the dates! You pre-pay for your box, then pick it up at one of several locations in Anchorage, Eagle River, or the Valley. Please visit our new Glacier Valley Farm CSA website for more information, or call Arthur at 907.354.5833.
And you can visit my the South Anchorage Farmers’ Market website for even more yummy and nutritious recipes!
featured bread this week
signature levain pan loaf (100% whole wheat)
Alaskan potato sourdough pan loaf (100% whole wheat)
raisin & pecan pan loaf (100% whole wheat)
toasted seed hearth loaf (100% whole wheat)
Alaskan onion rye (60% whole wheat)
recipe of the week
carrot dip with toasted sunflower seeds & cumin
You pretty much need a food processor for this recipe, and with it, this dip is so fast to make. It’s much quicker and easier than hummus, for example, since the carrots cook so much more quickly than chickpeas. But it’s rich and delicious and flavorful—and such a beautiful color! Not to mention nutritious!
This recipe is based on one in Veganomicon. The original recipe called for oil, but I think the dip is rich enough just with the ground sunflower seeds. If you prefer a richer spread, by all means add a tablespoon of extra-virgin olive oil! It’s fantastic spread on our toasted seed bread, or crackers, or our regular 100% whole wheat levain. But it’s also great scooped up with celery sticks!
1 pound carrots, peeled if the skins are bitter
¼ cup roasted sunflower seeds (if you have salted roasted seeds, just use less salt and adjust to taste)
2 small cloves garlic (or 3 cloves, if you like things garlicky)
½ teaspoon ground cumin
¼ teaspoon salt
1 -2 tablespoons fresh lemon or lime juice
1. If you have raw sunflower seeds, preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Toast the sunflower seeds on a cookie sheet in the oven (the oven works well if you’re making extra seeds) for about 10 -12 minutes, until golden-brown and fragrant. Check on them and give them a stir if they are getting too brown in spots. Or, you can toast the seeds on a skillet over medium heat until golden-brown and toasted.
2. Bring a small pot of water to a boil and add a little salt.
3. Slice the carrots. I do this in the food processor—just cut the stem ends off the carrots and shoot them through the feed tube, pushing with the little pusher cup, small end first.
4. Boil the carrots until soft, 7 to 10 minutes. Drain in a colander when done.
5. Meanwhile, when the sunflower seeds are toasted, peel the garlic and toss it in the cuisinart to mince. Then add the sunflower seeds and process into fine crumbs. Then add the cumin, salt, lemon juice, and carrots, and blend until smooth, scraping down the sides of the food processor as you go.
6. Taste for salt and adjust the lemon. Transfer to a covered container and refrigerate until ready to use (at least 30 minutes).