I'm not really a fan of baking yeast rising breads when it's colder in my house, so I wanted to try this 1969 cookbook recipe for a sandwich bread.
Homemade Bread, By the Food Editors of Farm Journal © 1969.
The recipe caught my eye, because it uses carrots in the recipe. My first choice in "shortening" in this recipe would be real lard, but I do not have access to any. I used organic, non-hydrogenated shortening. If I keep coming up with reasons for lard, Hubby may reconsider raising our own pigs too.
Also if I should run out of bread during winter, and can't get to town for supplies, this might be a good back up recipe.
Start this recipe early in the morning, and get chores done while the first part cools.
Carrot Sandwich Bread
(adapted from Homemade Bread with organic ingredients)
1 c. finely grated raw carrots
1 c. brown sugar
1 tsp. baking soda
1 Tbsp. melted lard or organic vegetable shortening
1 c. boiling water
2 1/2 tsp. baking powder, aluminum free
1 tsp. salt
1 1/2 c. sifted all-purpose organic flour
1 c. whole wheat flour, organic
1 c. chopped walnuts (we still had some locally grown ones)
Combine carrots, sugar, baking soda and lard in a large bowl. Pour on boiling water and stir just to mix. Set aside until cool.
Beat eggs with a fork and add to cooled carrot mixture. Sift in the baking powder, salt and flour. Stir in whole wheat flour. Fold in walnuts.
Pour into a greased loaf pan (8 1/2 x 4 1/2 x 2 1/2 inches). Let stand 5 minutes.
Bake at 350°F for 1 hour. Remove from pan and cool on wire rack. Bread slices better if allowed to stand, wrapped in aluminum foil or plastic wrap, in a cold place overnight.
This smelled so good when it was baking.
I waited until the next day, as the recipe suggested, and sliced it.
I tasted it plain first. It's a very thick, dense bread that tasted like a whole wheat bread.
Then I made a grilled cheese sandwich with the bread. This was absolutely delicious. It almost tasted on the sweet side.
Hubby tried toasting some in the toaster last night. That did not work out so well.
I am not sure if this would taste good with peanut butter and jelly, but it would probably taste good with tuna/lettuce, ham, or turkey, or other meat sandwich. Now that I mention it, I may grill a tuna sandwich with it today. Mmmm.
This morning, I may try it with egg and cheese. I don't have any bacon or sausage. That might make a delicious breakfast sandwich.
Yesterday I pulled out the drawer that goes under my stove. I found about 12-15 cat toys and other stuff. Once I got that all cleaned up I was in the mood to give the kitchen a spic-n-span cleaning. I'm still doing that today.
I keep hearing of a "warm up" this weekend, but it's bringing along rain. That will hamper outdoor work and getting Christmas lights up. So, if it rains all weekend.....
I've been feeling kind of down lately. I'm not sure if the older kids will make it home for Christmas now. It's not that I can't find things to do (trust me,there is much I can do), it's that I feel they are missing out on the festivities (so as a Mother, I feel bad for them).
Stay warm this weekend, and stay healthy too. Flu season is here now.