Summerfield Herb Farm Easy White Bread

This is a favorite around here, especially for me. Our white bread for market is slightly different and a much larger quantity, but this is the recipe that it started from.

Enjoy

Summerfield Herb Farm Easy White Bread
Yields 2
A delicious simple white bread that can be used as the base for many flavorful breads like rosemary garlic bread.
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Cook Time
35 min
Cook Time
35 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 1/4 cups water
  2. 1 cup milk
  3. 1/4 cup butter
  4. 5 cups flour (approximately)
  5. 3 tablespoons sugar
  6. 2 teaspoons salt
  7. 1 package or 1 tablespoon yeast
Instructions
  1. Heat water, milk, and butter until 115 to 120 degrees (butter may not be fully melted and it's ok).
  2. Combine in mixer bowl, 2 cups flour, sugar, salt, and yeast.
  3. Add liquid mixture and beat at low speed for 2 minutes, you may need to scrape the bottom of the mixing bowl with a mixing spatula or spoon (please not while the mixer is running 😉 )
  4. With mixer on low, and with dough hook, add 1 cup of flour and beat for 5 minutes.
  5. Add 1 1/2 more cups of flour, slowly, then let mix for another 5 minutes (still on slow setting).
  6. Add small amounts of flour until the dough ball begins to pull away from sides of mixing bowl.
  7. Remove mixing bowl from mixer and dough hook from the dough.
  8. With floured hands, form a rough ball of dough in the bottom of the mixing bowl, spray it with a thin coat of cooking spray, and lay a damp towel over the bowl to let dough rise.
  9. When dough has doubled (approximately 30 minutes, give or take) and with floured hands, remove dough from bowl onto floured work table surface (you may use spatula or spoon to help it out).
  10. Split into two even parts and with a dusting of flour, knead briefly, then form into a loaf and place into a loaf pan and repeat for the other one.
  11. Let rise until doubled (approximately 20 minutes, give or take)
  12. Bake 400 degree oven for 30 minutes.
  13. Remove from bread pans and allow to cool on cooling rack.
  14. For a nice finish, brush butter around the outside of each loaf right after removing from bread pan.
Notes
  1. If you aren't using a machine, after line 5 remove dough from mixing bowl and knead for 5 minutes adding very small amounts of flour as needed to keep it from being too sticky to work.
  2. If you'd like to turn this into an herb bread here are some suggestions
  3. Basil Bread - 1/2 cup fresh chopped or 1/4 cup dry basil
  4. Italian Herb Bread - 1/8 cup dry Italian seasoning
Adapted from Unknown
Adapted from Unknown
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Simple Sweet Cornbread

Simple Sweet Cornbread.

Our children love this when I make it and often ask me to make it. Hope you enjoy.

Simple Sweet Cornbread
Serves 9
A very easy to make sweet cornbread. Our whole family loves it and I hope yours does too.
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Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
40 min
Total Time
45 min
Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
40 min
Total Time
45 min
Ingredients
  1. 1/2 cup cornmeal (we use Hodgeson Mill GMO free)
  2. 1 1/2 cups flour
  3. 2/3 cup sugar
  4. 1 tablespoon baking powder
  5. 1/2 teaspoon salt
  6. 1/3 cup oil
  7. 2 eggs
  8. 1 cup milk
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven 400 degrees.
  2. In large bowl add cornmeal, flour, sugar, baking powder, salt.
  3. Mix these dry ingredients thoroughly.
  4. Add the rest of the ingredients and mix well.
  5. Pour into a greased 8 inch square baking pan or dish.
  6. bake for 40 minutes or until knife or toothpick comes out clean.
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Low Carb Tangy Cucumbers

Tangy_CucumbersWell, once again I’m on my low carb diet. Trying to do things really good this time around and get my healthy low carb vegetables too. AAAANnnnd just for the record a cucumber is a fruit, but that’s a discussion for another day .

Otherwise, 
Cucumbers are REALLY good for you and apple cider vinegar is REALLY good for you too. This combines the two, and some salt, into a really easy to make and tasty low carb treat.

Enjoy:

Tangy Cucumbers
My Low Carb adaptation of Tangy Cucumbers in honor of my father, "Skip", whose original recipe that I remember had some sugar.
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Ingredients
  1. One large cucumber
  2. 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  3. 3/4 cup water
  4. 1 tablespoon salt
Instructions
  1. Peel and thin slice cucumber into bowl.
  2. Add all other ingredients, cover tightly and shake.
  3. let refrigerate 24 hours and enjoy. (Mine hardly ever make it past the couple hours mark lol)
Adapted from My father, "Skip" had a similar recipe, this is in honor of my fathers recipe.
Adapted from My father, "Skip" had a similar recipe, this is in honor of my fathers recipe.
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Easy Beer Bread

This is quite simply the easiest bread recipe I have ever seen, and done. The taste is quite amazing. Everyone in the house loves this right down to our 10 year old. Give it a shot and tell us what you think.

 

Easy Beer Bread
Yields 1
Delicious and super simple bread. A little dense and nutty. Be sure and use a beer you like to drink.
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Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
50 min
Total Time
55 min
Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
50 min
Total Time
55 min
Ingredients
  1. 3 Cups Self-rising flour
  2. 1/2 Cup Sugar
  3. 12 oz beer, can or bottle
Instructions
  1. Mix all ingredients. pour into bread pan. Bake at 375 for 50 minutes
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Skips famous single serve eggnog

For me this one was a real treat growing up. Odd thing is it was lost in time and nearly forgotten. Somehow we rummaged it up one day looking through my mothers recipe cards. It was labeled ‘Dad’s Eggnog’ if I remember correctly. I made some and it was absolutely delicious. It was nearly lost in time again and I had my mom email it to me and I made some with my teen age son and he found it delicious. Some time went be and he started asking for it again, and again I had to search for the recipe. So I will list it here, to be an easy find for the next time I, or my son wants some. Or anyone else for that matter. 

Enjoy

Skips Famous Single Serve Eggnog
Serves 1
My fathers recipe
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Prep Time
5 min
Total Time
5 min
Prep Time
5 min
Total Time
5 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 large glass of milk
  2. 1 egg
  3. 1/2 teaspoon vanilla (preferably the real thing)
  4. 2 tablespoons sugar
  5. Dash of cinnamon
  6. Dash of nutmeg
Instructions
  1. Combine all ingredients into a blender, blend for 30 seconds. Pour into glass. Enjoy
Notes
  1. Simple
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SF Famous Soft Chocolate Chip Cookies

These cookies are an absolute treat here at Summerfield Farm.

Enjoy 🙂

SF Famous Chocolate Chip Cookie
Delicious and Soft
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Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
10 min
Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
10 min
Ingredients
  1. 2 1/4 Cups Flour
  2. 1 tsp Baking Soda
  3. 1 tsp Salt
  4. 2 Eggs
  5. 3/4 Cup Sugar
  6. 3/4 Cup Light Brown Sugar
  7. 1/2 Cup Butter
  8. 1 tsp Vanilla
Instructions
  1. Add eggs, sugar, brown sugar, vanilla and butter to bowl and mix for 1 minute on low. Add baking soda, salt. Add Flour in small amounts until all is added. Finally add 12 oz bag of chocolate chips and stir in with mixing spoon.
  2. Place golf ball size rounds on cookie sheet and cook at 375 degrees for about 10 minutes. Cookies will appear undercooked. When cooled they will be soft and delicious.
Adapted from Dr Jones Famous CCC
Adapted from Dr Jones Famous CCC
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Canned Banana Peppers

**This is an heirloom recipe that uses a method no longer recommended by the USDA/NCHFP (National Center for Home Food Preservation). Current guidelines recommend processing in a boiling water bath at least 10 minutes at sea level to 1000 feet in elevation (more time at higher elevations) and left to cool, upright and undisturbed, on a cloth-protected counter for 24 hours. Check for seal; if the jar hasn’t sealed, either re-process the jars within the 24 hours or refrigerate and use first.

Canned Banana Peppers
This is a recipe I found years ago, it is no longer supported as a "safe" canning procedure. If you are concerned about using safe canning practices, use the water bath method as recommended. Otherwise, an excellent recipe for keeping delicious banana peppers until the next years fresh ones start being ready.
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Ingredients
  1. 1⁄2 lb banana pepper, seeded and sliced crossways into rings
  2. 2 cups white vinegar
  3. 2⁄3 cup white sugar
  4. 1⁄2 teaspoon mustard seeds
  5. 1⁄2 teaspoon celery seed
Instructions
  1. Sterilize 2- 1/2 pint jars.
  2. Bring the vinegar, sugar, mustard seed and celery seed to a rolling boil.
  3. Place peppers in the 1/2 pint jars.
  4. Pour on the hot pickling juice and bring liquid to within 1/2" of the top.
  5. Be sure the edge of the jar has no juice on it.
  6. Place lids and screw on bands finger-tip tight.
  7. Seal jar and leave for 2 weeks.**.
Notes
  1. **This is an heirloom recipe that uses a method no longer recommended by the USDA/NCHFP (National Center for Home Food Preservation). Current guidelines recommend processing in a boiling water bath at least 10 minutes at sea level to 1000 feet in elevation (more time at higher elevations) and left to cool, upright and undisturbed, on a cloth-protected counter for 24 hours. Check for seal; if the jar hasn't sealed, either re-process the jars within the 24 hours or refrigerate and use first.
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Low Carb Muffins

Ok, now I’m back on low carb and have made some pretty tasty low carb pancakes. But today at work, I suddenly had a brainstorm, “low carb muffins, such an easy thing to do with my low carb pancakes base”. 

OMG!!!!  Sure enough was easy and absolutely delicious. Our 10 year old had two!! The recipe below is for 3, the same 3 I made as an experiment. Enjoy….

Low Carb Muffins
Yields 3
An absolutely delicious variety of low carb muffin, made with a coconut flour pancake batter base.
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Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
30 min
Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
30 min
Ingredients
  1. 2 Tablespoons Coconut Flour
  2. 2 Tablespoons 1/2 and 1/2 or heavy cream
  3. 2 Eggs
  4. 1/4 teaspoon Baking Powder
  5. 1/4 teaspoon Baking Soda
  6. 1/4 cup finely shredded cheese (I use the mexican blend)
Instructions
  1. Mix all ingredients, except for the cheese stirring well until thoroughly mixed. Add cheese and mix well. Spoon into cooking oil sprayed muffiin tins to about 1/2 to 3/4 full or divide evenly to make 3 standard size muffins. Bake at 350 for 30 minutes or until browned on top. Remove from oven and let cool.
Notes
  1. Don't do like I did and forget to spray the pan lol
  2. According to My Fitness Pal, Here is the breakdown for the whole recipe (3 muffins)
  3. Calories 365
  4. Fat 25
  5. Protein 22
  6. Carbs 12
  7. Fiber 7
  8. Net Carbs 5
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Low carb fried tuna patty

Super simple fried tuna patty. Scramble one egg, add one 5 oz very well drained can of tuna and 4 tablespoons grated Parmesan (or two tablespoons grated Parmesan plus one tablespoon coconut flour for a little less salt/cheese flavor. This will result in a slightly higher carb count though). Thoroughly mix. Split into four equal parts. Roll into a ball and place in medium heat pan with lots of butter. Press flat with fork to desired thickness. Brown both sides. About 2 carbs for the whole recipe or about 5 carbs for the whole coconut flour recipe alternative.
 

Low Carb Fried Tuna Patty
Super simple fried tuna patty. Scramble one egg, add one 5 oz very well drained can of tuna and 4 tablespoons grated Parmesan (or two tablespoons grated Parmesan plus one tablespoon coconut flour for a little less salt/cheese flavor. This will result in a slightly higher carb count though). Thoroughly mix. Split into four equal parts. Roll into a ball and place in medium heat pan with lots of butter. Press flat with fork to desired thickness. Brown both sides. About 2 carbs for the whole recipe or about 5 carbs for the whole coconut flour recipe alternative.
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Ingredients
  1. 1 Egg Scrambled
  2. 1 5 oz can tuna very well drained
  3. 4 Tablespoons Grated Parmesan
  4. (or Alternatively 2 tablespoons grated parmeson + 1 tablespoon coconut flour)
Instructions
  1. Scramble one egg
  2. add one 5 oz very well drained can of tuna
  3. 4 tablespoons grated Parmesan
  4. (or if doing the alternate recipe add the 2 tablespoons grated parmeson and 1 tablespoon coconut flour
  5. Thoroughly mix
  6. Split into four equal parts. Roll into a ball and place in medium heat pan with lots of butter.
  7. Press flat with fork to desired thickness. Brown both sides.
Notes
  1. About 2 carbs for the whole recipe or about 5 carbs for the whole coconut flour recipe alternative.
  2. Just for the record I like the alternate variation better. The alternate variation should also work with other flours too, almond, rice, or even wheat if you don't care about the low carb part.
Summerfield Herb Farm https://www.summerfieldherbfarm.com/

Gluten Free Pancakes

I just made up some of the most delicious alternative flour pancakes I’ve ever had. If you try these pancakes out please drop me a line or a comment and let me know how you liked them, or how you made them even better.
Thanks
-Dale
 

Gluten Free Pancakes
An excellent gluten free adaptation for Americas favorite breakfast bread.
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Ingredients
  1. 1/2 cup buckwheat flour
  2. 1/2 cup brown rice flour
  3. 1/4 cup coconut flour
  4. 1 cup buttermilk
  5. 1/2 cup milk
  6. 1 egg
  7. 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  8. 1 tablespoon olive oil
  9. sugar to taste (optional)
  10. Water as needed to thin
Instructions
  1. Mix all ingredients and cook like pancakes, slow over medium heat.
Notes
  1. I made these up this morning. I measured the flours but that was all. The buttermilk, milk, and baking soda measurements are a bit of a guess of what I did. a little modification may be needed. I hope everyone likes them, the family here sure did
Adapted from NA
Adapted from NA
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Spelt Flour Waffle

Ok, so i’ve been experimenting a lot lately with spelt flour (as well as rice flour, and buckwheat flour).  Now I’m thinking this recipe will work with any of the aforementioned flours, and I will definitely be trying this with the buckwheat flour, which I’m a big fan.  This recipe I have created for making waffles that become my sandwich bread slices.  Now I can have my two slices of spelt flour “bread” that I made, and I know what is in it.

Enough lead up, here you go (on our waffle iron this makes three waffles)

Spelt Flour Waffles
Yields 3
A very good adaptation for waffles using spelt flour instead of wheat flour.
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Ingredients
  1. 1/4 cup spelt flour
  2. 1/4 tsp baking powder
  3. 1/4 tsp baking soda
  4. 1 egg
  5. 1/8 tsp oil (I use virgin sunflower)
  6. 1/8 tsp sugar (optional)
  7. 1/2 cup milk (will check this amount as i am unsure, just poured till i liked the texture).
Instructions
  1. Mix all ingredients in the order as listed. You may have to add a little water or a little more milk if your batter turns out too thick.
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Snow Cream

 

Got Snow??  Make some snow cream.

The moment the next snow hits your kids will be asking for this one.  They can easily take part or can even make this one by themselves.

  • Prep time, about 10 minutes
  • Ready in about 10 minutes
  • Serves about 4 very excited children

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup half and half or milk
  • 1/3 to 1/2 cup granulated sugar (adjust to taste)
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 4 to 6 cups clean, freshly fallen snow.

Directions:

  1. In a large bowl combine half and half, vanilla extract and sugar.
  2. Stir until sugar is dissolved, about 3 minutes.
  3. Stir in snow, 1 cup at a time, until the mix magically turns into snow ice cream.
  4. Freeze for several minutes if desired before serving.

Home made Spelt bread

Home made Spelt bread

Home made Spelt bread

This particular batch was made with 100% white Spelt flour.  We bought it at Mountain View Bulk Foods store on hwy 107 in Chuckey  TN.

Oh this is gooood 🙂

The trick with spelt is not to over knead it. With spelt flour if you knead too long your finished loaf will come out heavy. Add the flour gradually and only use enough that you don’t actually stick to everything as you knead. I usually add the last cup or so a bit at a time so I can stop when I think the dough has enough flour.


Yield: Two 8 ½” x 4 ½” loaves

For a lighter flavor and texture, use up to 50% white spelt flour. Some people who are sensitive to common wheat are able to enjoy spelt bread.

Note: it is important that you don’t over-knead spelt dough.

  • 1 tablespoon active dry yeast
  • 2 cups warm water (105° to 110° F)
  • 3 tablespoons honey
  • 3 tablespoons melted butter
  • 2 teaspoons sea salt
  • 6 cups spelt flour (use any combination of whole or white spelt)

Combine the yeast, water and honey in a large warm bowl. Let stand for 10 minutes or until the yeast softens. Stir in the butter and salt and 3 cups of the flour. Stir vigorously or mix on medium. Add the remaining flour in increments until the dough becomes too stiff to stir, then place the dough on a lightly floured surface. Knead for about 6 minutes, adding any remaining flour as necessary, until the dough becomes smooth and elastic. Do not over knead.

Place the dough in a lightly greased bowl. Cover and let rise in a warm, draft-free spot for about 2 hours or until doubled in bulk.

Grease two 8 ½” x 4 ½” loaf pans. Punch the dough down to deflate it and divide it in half. Form each half into a smooth loaf and place in a prepared pan. Cover and let rise in a warm, draft-free spot for about 1 hour or until the dough has risen to the top of the pans.

Preheat the oven to 350° F.

Place the pans on a heavy baking sheet and bake uncovered for 45 minutes or until the tops are light brown and crusty. Remove from the oven and tap out of the pan into the baking sheet. Turn the oven off and return the breads to the oven to crisp for 5 minutes. Remove from the oven and let cool on a wire rack.

 

Heather’s Banana Bread

Makes 2 loaves.

banana bread

banana bread

  • 3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups mashed bananas
  • 2/3 cup butter
  • 4 tablespoons milk
  • 4 eggs
  • 1/2 cup nuts (chopped)

 

1. Combine 1 cup flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.

2.  Add mashed bananas, butter, and milk.

3.  Beat on low until mixed, then beat on high for 2 minutes.

4. Add eggs and remaining flour.

Pour mixture into 2 greased bread pans (we often grease then lightly flour the bread pans to be sure the bread comes out easily).  Bake at 350 degrees for 55-60 minutes.