20.3.15

remember the red river valley!

again, i am not getting to try my hand at macarons due to sickness! the kid is in a misery, so i am baking something wholesome and healthy and high in fibre - red river cereal bread.

while it was rising, i finished my cardigan! originally i was thinking full-length sleeves instead of 3/4 - even though i always push full-length sleeves up and out of the way - but i didn't have quite enough yarn. so i tried making the second sleeve a smidgen shorter, and it worked for me! i only had to rip and re-knit about 16 rows, and it's a good thing i didn't try to make them any longer - i finished with barely inches to spare!

here's a crappy snap - needs buttons and blocking, but you can get an idea of the shape and scoop neckline. i like it!

meanwhile... when i left this to rise, i wondered if the bowl was really big enough...

... and my loaves are a little uneven. whoops.

i washed and blocked the cardigan while the loaves were rising.

pretty productive morning, considering i'm tending a sick kid. and after all that work, we were both ready for a snack!

red river cereal bread

2 cups red river cereal
2 tbs butter
3 cups boiling water
1 cup whole-wheat bread flour
3 cups white all-purpose flour
2 tbs yeast
1 tbs sugar
1 tsp salt
1/2 cup molasses

combine cereal and butter. pour boiling water over. let sit 20 minutes.

stir in whole wheat flour and 1 cup of the white flour.

stir in yeast, sugar and salt; then molasses.

work in remaining flour gradually.

knead 10 minutes. place in a greased bowl, cover and let double (about 45 minutes to an hour).

punch down, cut in half, knead each portion lightly, shape, and place in greased loaf pan. cover and let double (about 45 minutes to an hour).

bake at 400f for about 30-35 minutes.

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