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Sunday, September 16, 2007

Soup's On

A few times throughout the year we will bake a turkey. I freeze the meat in meal size portions and cook down the bones and save the broth. Tonight I popped open a jar of broth that I had saved and made turkey soup (using carrots from our garden). We also had sourdough bread. I had started some sourdough last night for bread sticks to go with our pizza pasta, but it took a lot longer to raise than I had expected. So instead, I baked two loaves of sourdough bread this morning. (I had to stay home from church since the kids are getting over chicken pox.)

I was happy with how the soup tasted, and I thought the sourdough bread was better than the regular bread I make. I still haven't found a recipe I like for yeast bread, so maybe I will be making sourdough bread a bit more.

Here are the recipes I used.

* 2 Cups of sponge
* 3 Cups of unbleached flour
* 2 tablespoons of olive oil or softened margarine
* 4 teaspoons of sugar
* 2 teaspoons of salt

Mix and knead like you would a yeast bread. Allow more time for the rise than you would a yeast bread. (Bread machines won't work for this recipe.) Punch down and form loaves. Let bread rise again. (Also allow more time for this step than you would a yeast bread.) Turn oven on at 350, and bake for 30 minutes. (Do not allow oven to preheat.)

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* 1 quart turkey broth
* 4 cups water
* cooked turkey
* 1 medium onion - chopped
* 3 carros - sliced
* 2 celery stalks - chopped
* 3 potatoes - diced
* 1 tsp salt
* 1/3 - 1/2 tsp pepper
* 1/2 tsp garlic salt
* 1 bay leaf (remove before serving)

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Madonna said...

I haven't ever used sourdough before but though I might try using your recipe for wild yeast starter. My question is what is sponge?

The Beginning Farmer's Wife said...

Thanks for dropping by. Sourdough sponge is what you end up with after you have gotten a sourdough starter going. I have instructions on how to do this in one of my first posts of September 2007. You can get to it from my archived posts found on the right side of the page. If you have any questions about it, feel free to ask. Thanks again for visiting!

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