Tuesday, November 19, 2019

A Harvest Bread Board

Welcome to another installment of Lindsay bakes things!

This time, I decided a Harvest bread board was in order, as I was looking for something comforting with the cold weather rolling on in.  So I turned to my cookbooks and the internet to find some fun breads to make from scratch to create a well rounded bread and spread board!


Honey Beer Bread

First up, one of my favorites I've had in my recipe box for a while now, the ever scrumptious honey beer bread!

This recipe is super, super easy and can be made easily for dinner if you've got an hour.

It's from the blogger The Brown Eyed Baker, and I found it via Pinterest.  From the first time I found and made this one, it's been in my go to pile of recipes.  It's quick to make, and its pretty easy to pull together if you regularly stock basic baking ingredients and have at least one beer on hand (two if you want to drink one while baking!).  It's sweet and hearty, and a great dense bread to have with dinner.

For my bread board, I loved pairing it with Pumpkin Butter or Apple Cider Jam, both of which I got at Trader Joe's.

Molasses Oat Bread

This bread I made for the first time making this post, and man was it a ball!  

Literally, at one point I made the dough into a ball. I digress.  

It's from a William Sonoma cookbook, The Essentials of Baking, and is also fairly easy.  It does take longer to make, but it's not so much active time, as it is waiting for it to rise a couple times.  It's super fun to work the dough and come back and find that it rose to fill the whole bowl!  Then, literally in the directions it tells you to "punch the dough down", and that was a load of fun. 

I have a ton of their "Essentials" cookbooks around the house and love to cook from them — everything is always so delicious.  They also have a number of bread recipes on their website, though I checked and this one isn't currently on there. 

This bread was Andrew's favorite of the spread, and he's made a bunch of sandwiches out of it since I baked it!  For the bread board, I loved it with the Apple Cider Jam and the Blackberry preserves. 


Cranberry Walnut No-Knead Bread

This one was my favorite from the spread.  Ever since my grandma and I made cranberry muffins up north in her cabin when I was a kid, I've had a special place in my heart for cranberry baked goods.   They always bring me back to that special time in my childhood.

This recipe came from Sally's Baking Addiction Blog, and MAN, is it good.

This one was pretty easy to make, you just need to leave enough time for the dough to rise overnight (like 12-18 hours).  And you need to have the gusto to turn your oven up WAY high and pray you don't cause a fire.  I was so nervous to do the actual baking part because the parchment paper I had was only guaranteed up to 420℉, and the oven was set at 475℉.   But there were zero issues, and I needn't have worried.

This bread turned out phenomenal and was not difficult to make.  Just mixing up the dough, letting it rise, and then baking it in a dutch oven.  And it's super pretty and delicious to boot!

It was excellent paired with a sage butter — which you can easily make at home by mixing together chopped up sage and butter.  


Until Next Time, 

— The Lovely Red Fox

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