This Week’s Bakery Bulletin
Wednesday, November 19, 2008
Hello, and welcome to our Rise & Shine Bakery website! Below, you’ll find a list of breads available for order this week, and a recipe for my favorite bread stuffing… you can stuff a pumpkin with it, or a turkey, or just bake it in a pan!
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).
the bread ordering deadline
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 26
1. Side Street Espresso, 412 G Street, downtown: 8-11am
2. Tap Root Café, 1330 Huffman Road, across from Carrs: 3-6pm
We’ll take the week after Thanksgiving off (no bread on December 3), so stock up on bread for the freezer this week if you need to!
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 baked potato (100% whole wheat)
fresh rosemary hearth loaf (60% whole wheat)
savory pumpkin & seed hearth loaf (60% whole wheat)
fruited almond hearth loaf (60% whole wheat)
recipe of the week
whole pumpkin baked with savory apricot & prune stuffing
Are you looking for a Thanksgiving recipe that will knock people’s socks off? This is a great alternative to a stuffed turkey, if you’re not doing the conventional meal—you can serve it with a lovely big pile of braised collard greens. This recipe also makes a fantastic dish alongside a roasted (unstuffed) turkey, or you can stuff a turkey with this stuffing, instead of a pumpkin!
But the beauty of this recipe (OK, there are several beauties to it), is that you can make this recipe all winter long—it doesn’t have to be for Thanksgiving! Another beauty: you can use stale bread. When I have crusts of bread hanging around that are getting a little old, I just pop them (in slices) in a plastic bag in the freezer (I don’t dry them out first), and after a while I have a bag full of frozen bread slices. When I want to make a recipe like this, I just thaw the bread out on the counter and proceed. The bread isn’t rock-hard when I thaw it—moist enough to easily grind for bread crumbs or chop into cubes. Third beauty of this recipe: you can prepare the stuffing the day before you bake it and refrigerate it overnight. And last beauty: it’s VERY yummy!
This recipe is based on one in Crescent Dragonwagon’s Passionate Vegetarian.
1 cup dried apricots
1 cup dried pitted prunes
1 cup apple juice
1 loaf (or the equivalent in stale slices) whole wheat bread (I generally use our 100% whole wheat sourdough, but you could use whatever savory flavor you like best—any of the nut or seed breads, rosemary, etc. would be delicious.)
1 large onion, diced
3 stalks celery, diced (including leaves)
2-3 teaspoons dried leaf sage
pinches of dried oregano and dried basil (optional)
¼ cup butter, melted, or olive oil
vegetable stock as needed
soy sauce to taste
sea salt or kosher salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
1. Put the dried fruit in a heatproof bowl. Bring the apple juice to a boil and pour over the dried fruit. Let the fruit stand for 2 hours or overnight, whichever is more convenient. Drain the fruit, reserving the liquid, and chop the fruit coarsely.
2. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees, then turn it down to 200 degrees. Cut the bread into ½” cubes. Put the bread on baking sheets and toast the bread until dry and crunchy. This might take 45 to 60 minutes. Check every 20 minutes or so. Remove from the oven and let cool.
3. Put the bread into a large bowl, and add the onion and celery. Add the sage, rubbing it in your palms to release the oils. Pour the melted butter or oil over the mixture and toss well to combine. Add the soaked dried fruit and toss again. Begin adding the liquid—the apple juice and the vegetable stock—until the dressing is quite damp but not soggy. Add soy sauce, starting with about 1 tablespoon. Taste for salt and add it and plenty of pepper to taste. Maybe more sage? Add dried oregano and dried basil here, if you like. You can prepare the dressing to this stage and refrigerate it, covered, overnight. Warm it up in the microwave, or let it come to room temperature before stuffing it into the pumpkin.
4. When you’re ready to stuff the pumpkin (or bake the dressing on its own), preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Steam the pumpkin (as directed below) fairly soon before stuffing it to keep it warm and lessen the baking time. Oil a baking pan large enough to hold the pumpkin, or the dressing on its own.
5. Stuff the dressing into the pumpkin, topping with the cap (or, if you’re not using a pumpkin, just put it in the pan and cover the pan with foil). Place the pumpkin in the baking dish, put it in the oven and bake until the pumpkin is slightly brown and looks a bit collapsed in on itself, about 40 minutes (it may take longer). Serve whole, at the table, scooping out pumpkin to eat with the stuffing.
1 medium-large pumpkin prepared for stuffing as follows. (The cream-colored ones are very tasty; try and find one of them. Don’t use the big orange ones that are grown for Jack-o-lanterns—they are stringy and flavorless. If you can’t find a cream-colored one, get sweet pie pumpkins.)
1. Cut off and reserve a lid, like for a Jack-o-lantern. Scoop out all the seeds and fibers.
2. Put one or two inches of water in a large pot. Place the pumpkin, cut side down, in the water, cap wedged near it. Bring to a boil over high heat. Cover tightly and steam in simmering water for 10-15 minutes to precook slightly. Remove the pot from the heat and let pumpkin cool slightly.
3. When the pumpkin is cool enough to handle, season the inside with salt, pepper, a little soy sauce and brown sugar, rubbing it in.