Friday, December 03, 2010

Recipes I make...or want to
This recipe for "Publix" breakfast bread has passed the "authenticity test" by others who know & love the bread. Enjoy!!!


2 packages (.25 oz. each) active dry yeast
2 cups warm water, divided use
1/4 cup plum pastry filling
l/4 cup vegetable oil
l/4 cup sugar
1 Tbsp. honey
2 tsp. salt
1 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
2 eggs
6 to 6 1/2 cups unbleached all purpose flour, divided use
8 tsp. wheat gluten
1 cup raisins
1 cup walnuts, coarsely chopped
1/3 cup dried cranberries
1/3 cup chopped dried apricots
1/3 cup chopped dried apple

In mixing bowl, dissolve yeast in l/2 cup warm water. Add l l/2 cups warm water, plum filling, oil, sugar, honey, salt, cinnamon, eggs and 3 cups flour and wheat gluten.. Beat until smooth. Stir in enough flour to form a soft dough.

Turn onto floured surface; knead until smooth and elastic, 8-l0 minutes. Place in greased bowl, turning once to grease top. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 1 hour.

Meanwhile, mix fruit and nuts in bowl and set aside. Grease 2 (9 x5x3-inch) loaf pans;

Punch dough down. Turn onto lightly floured surface; divide in half. Sprinkle each with half of fruit and nut mixture; knead well.

Shape into loaves. Place in prepared loaf pans; oil top of loaves. Cover and let rise until doubled, about 45 minutes.

Bake in a preheated 375 degrees F oven for 35-40 minutes or until golden brown. Cover loosely with foil if top browns too quickly. Remove from pans to wire racks to cool.


My mother and her husband spend a chunk of the winter in Florida. The local supermarket is called Publix. Publix sells what they call Breakfast Bread. I have been asked to recreate it. I was given a look at a loaf and the label, which listed the ingredients. Here's my first shot at it.

The bread is chock full of dried fruit and walnuts; apricots, apples, prunes, cranberries and raisins.

I used about 4 1/2 cups of bread flour and 1 cup of whole wheat flour.

Oh yeah, I also added:
2 eggs
2 tbsp. canola oil
2 tbsp. instant yeast
2 tbsp. sugar
1 1/2 tbs diastatic barley malt
1/8 tsp citric acid
1 cup water
a heaping tbsp. of table salt

The dough took better than 2 hours to ferment and another 1 1/2 hours to proof.

Saturday, April 03, 2010

too many tabs
tom philpott on bpa

6th farm at public scholl in nyc

I wanna eat baked oatmeal

Weston Price and natural diet affecting health

Terracycle opens shop for April in Port Authority

radio show....ooops when I saved this I think their was an Alice Waters interview up

Sustainable Missouri

edible estates

Alice Waters

A new garden in Brooklyn, just starting now

here's his blog

a video with Dan Barber (I think he's the exec chef at stone barns

USDA eating trends for last 100 years (we eat a lot more chicken)

watched a lot of wendell berry the last few days

yay for bees

chickens in bkln

Every once in a while I become obsessed with ubuntu

Zulu maxim: "umuntu ngumuntu ngabantu", "a person is a person through other persons."

This saying itself has been paraphrased in many ways. A few are:

  • "A person is a person because of other persons."
  • "I am what I am because of what we all are."
  • "the belief in a universal bond of sharing that connects all humanity."
quoted from

Also Desmond Tutu talking about ubuntu

and then some random Nelson Mandela videos I got to watching

Saturday, March 27, 2010

Still want to watch Bill Gates TED speech...soon.

The Electronics Recycling Superguide,2817,2341907,00.asp

Six Ways to Extend the Life of your Old PC

Ethiopia Leasing Ferile Land to Foreign Industry

Loses Job...Becomes Interested-NYT

City Girl Hunting-NYT

Mario Batali Lake House in Michigan


Sixth Edible Schoolhouse Program in NYC

eco apps

List of Food Legislation

Local Slaughterhouses Resurgence

The Story of Stuff -Bottled Water

Food Subsidies


Jamie Oliver at TED

Katie Couric on antibiotics and farms

Websites and Blogs to Re-visit

Sunday, February 28, 2010

what to grow in your region from Mother Earth News

article on grits from the atlantic

NY Public Library photostream

Down to Earth - managing money

Gluten Development

E Waste Bill

Gardening by moon phase

iron skillet

SOLE food article

Meyer Lemon Trees

Cat gets Swine Flu

Michael Ruhlman why I cook

more NYT on bread

article about "landless farmers and the agricurious"

obama's new open epa site

Google books Country Life: a Handbook