WHITE BREAD (Agave Coconut) Tastes like Old Fashion White Bread


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WHITE BREAD (Agave Coconut) Tastes like Old Fashion White Bread
The taste of this bread is that of old fashioned white bread. There is no coconut taste in the finished bread. Organic Blue Agave is used since it is a low Glycemic organic sweetener. I often bake this in a Dutch Oven. Free form loaves could be used. Or small loaf pans. Use a large, tall, Dutch Oven and coals for 375°. I prefer to use one standard bread loaf pan. I place a wire rack in the Dutch Oven to elevate the loaf pan slightly. This recipe assumes you know the basics of raised bread dough techniques.
Prep Time 1 1/2 Hours
Cook Time 30 Minutes
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Prep Time 1 1/2 Hours
Cook Time 30 Minutes
Servings
Loaf
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. SET BREAD MACHINE to “Quick”, “Dough” Start so pre-heat is going. PLACE Flour in bread machine. Make a little depression in the flour and add the salt in the depression. Cover the salt with some of the flour.
  2. COMBINE in a separate bowl the Warm Coconut Milk, warm Agave, and yeast. Whisk and allow to "grow" 5 to 15 minutes.
  3. Crack egg into a clean bowl and whisk until uniform. Whisk the egg into the milk and yeast mixture, Then whisk in the melted butter.
  4. POUR combined liquid mixture into bread machine with the flour and covered salt. Let the bread machine starting running through Quick, Dough, cycle (Mix & First Rise 45 Minutes) This is normally a manual override setting on most bread machines. Monitor the initial mixing stage until the dough just begins to clump together and form a ball. Adjust flour mixture to correction consistency. If liquid is required add small amounts of warm water a little at a time.
  5. PREHEAT oven to 375 degrees F. Grease Bread Pans. The warmed stove top will become your warm place 45 minutes later to raise your dough the second time. The bread machine will provide the raise the first time. ( If you are using a mixer/dough hook or hand method to create your dough, both raises will occur on the stove top or other warm place)
  6. TURN DOUGH OUT (dough that has raised one time) on floured surface and roll out into a 12X8 inch rectangle. Roll as a jelly roll 8 inches wide. Pinch seam, tuck ends under and pinch seams, coat with light coat of oil, and place in greased bread pan, seam side down.
  7. COVER Dough AND let RAISE, on warm stove 30-45 minutes. This is your second rise.
  8. BAKE at 375 for 25-30 minutes (Until golden Brown and sounds somewhat hollow when tapped.
  9. Remove from pan and rub all surfaces with butter for a softer crust. Cover with towel until cooled
Recipe Notes

Liquids should be warm not hot. Rather than getting all technical and breaking out the thermometers. Test on inside of wrist as you would baby bottle milk. Proper temperature aids in the dough rising quickly. Overly hot will kill the yeast. Cold temperatures, and the yeast will not rise. On both Raise cycles the dough should double in volume. Your flour and other ingredients should all be at least room temperature. Make sure to oil the dough, and oil your rising bowl, or container. Cover and raise dough in a warm draft free location.

We use a bread machine to speed mixing the dough and the first rise. The benefit of a bread machine is consistent results. When baking multiple loaves you can keep producing a ready batch every 45 minutes, ready for the second rise in your bread pan.

This dough can be made using any traditional method including the old fashioned by hand method, or a mixer with a dough hook. By hand, the more you knead, the better the bread. Many people that get poor results when baking bread fail at the temperature, and or not enough kneading. Other yeast killers are combining your yeast and salt in the liquids. The salt will kill the yeast. Mix your yeast with warm liquids and allow it to "grow". Combined ingredients as recipe indicates. With any tried and tested recipe you might be following pay particular attention to how and when the salt is added.

Just prior to placing in bowl or bread pan to raise, lightly coat all surfaces of the dough with olive or or vegetable oil.  Loosely cover it with a light cloth towel and place in a warm place.

Rising works best in a warm moist environment. I use (2) stainless steamer trays. The 6 inch deep, half size steamer tray 10x12 inch.

Or full size if doing English muffins or multiple loaves. In the bottom tray, add a 1/2 inch of very hot tap water. A wire rack placed in that hot water (Rack should be slightly above the water level). Then place the bread pan with the oiled dough in it, on top of the rack. The second stainless tray placed inverted as a domed cover. This is placed on the top of the warm stove with the oven preheating. This warm, moist environment raises your dough quickly, usually in 30 minutes so. Standard size loaves have plenty of room to raise.

Full size steamer tray shown with English Muffins being raised.
Top inverted tray is removed to photograph the bottom.

There is a wire rack under the muffins (English Muffin Photo) that is foiled covered for this English muffin technique.

Trays and properly sized racks are available at restaurant supply places

Other options are foil type trays, Dutch Oven with a trivet inside, then set in the sun, etc. I have also used an ice chest with hot water and pans to lift the loaf pans above the water...no ice 🙂 Anything you have around the house that can trap the warmth and moisture. Also before starting the "raise" process, remember to coat the dough with vegetable oil or olive oil. Spray Pam works great and is easy to apply with no waste.

After removing the baked bread from the oven, and still hot, rub all surfaces with butter for a soft crust.

Note: Dough can be made ahead of time and stored in the fridge. See the link below for more details.

No...this bread does not taste like coconut.

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DIP – CILANTRO WHITE BEAN


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DIP - CILANTRO WHITE BEAN
We served chips with this dip as an appetizer with rewarmed Stuffed Peppers. This dip recipe is simple and fast. Blend it up in a food processor and immediately serve. Keep a couple cans of white beans handy for unannounced guests. It could be made with the fresh Cilantro. You could substitute with dried cilantro, parsley flakes, or dried chopped chives. Recipe: Rick Beach
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  1. Place the fresh Cilantro and garlic in a food processor. Drizzle the oil on top of the Cilantro. Pulse to chop ingredients fine. Do not liquefy.
  2. Add the remaining ingredients and pulse until well blended
  3. Serve with corn chips.
  4. Alternate option. Substitute 1 Tbsp Lime juice for 1 Tbsp of Olive oil. Also could substitute the fresh cilantro with other dried herbs such as cilantro leaves, parsley flakes, or dried chopped chives.
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WINDSCREEN or WINDSHIELD for your Dutch Oven or Camp Stove

A wind screen or windshield is often necessary to properly cook in the outdoors.  Especially if you are cooking on some type of raised platform.  A platform such as a cook table, or a camp stove placed on a picnic table.

While both cook tables and camp stoves may come with their own shield, they are often too low, and inadequate.

THE THOUGHT
This DIY project was thought out to use readily available materials.  With the idea in mind during fabrication, to use the simplest of tools found in nearly any household.  Best of all, workable by nearly anyone with minimal tool handling skills.

This DIY project shows the basics of building a Windshield for your Camp Stove or Dutch Oven. Numerous modifications could be made to suit your personal needs.

I prefer the higher shield as shown. Both for use, and for ease of construction.

The long sides of mine are made from a 18X25 inch cookie sheet.  The smaller ends are 13X18’s cookie sheets.  These sizes will avoid the need to make any cuts concerning the cookie sheets. These cookie sheets are clamped together with easy to fabricate aluminum angle clamps.

The clamps are snugged up using Thumb Bolts and Wing Nuts.  No tools are required during set up.

While an electric hacksaw, drill press, and drill press vise, makes for an easy job of it. A simple hacksaw and hand drill will do just fine.  Since the DIY clamps are soft aluminum, any required drilling is fairly easy.  Do practice tool safety to protect body parts during fabrication.  Eye protection is mandatory.

My initial build was a Windscreen for my Partner 4 burner stove.  Made with three 18X25 cookie sheets.  I later bought the 13X18’s for use when Dutch Oven cooking on a metal Dutch Oven Cooking Table.

For the Dutch Oven Cook Tables that are wide and rather narrow front to back.  Two sets of an “L” Shape configuration can be arranged to adapt to most Dutch Oven Cook Tables.  They can slide to adjust for whatever width table you may have.  The two longer rear cookie sheets can be clamped together with a C-Clamp or Spring clamp.

In a good wind you might have to use small bungee cords to hold the shield down to the table. (Bungee attached at points away from high heat of course)

OBJECTIVES
*Something simple with minimum amount of complex fabrication.
*Free standing without the use of supports.
*Large enough to surround on 3 sides.
*Minimal cost.
*When not in use, something that stores flat for storage and transport.
*Multi-purpose.
*Easy to setup without the use of any tools.

All objectives were met. I am sure a good scrounger or person that has usable used material can beat what they cost me. For this article, all parts were purchased new, at full retail prices.

Additional benefits are this Windscreen is also easy to clean, and if not being used as a shield, the trays can be used for other purposes such as food prep, as serving trays, or perhaps other functions I am not even thinking of.

MATERIAL
(3) 18X25 Cookie Sheets ($6.75 each) (For a 25X25X25 setup)
or
(1) 18X25 Cookie Sheet ($6.75) + (2) 13X25 Cookie Sheets (2 Pack $10.25) (For 13X25X13 Setup)

(2) Aluminum Angle 1/16 inch 1×36
Both cut in half to make (4) 18 long pieces of angle ($5.37 each)

(4) Thumb Bolts 1/4inch, 20 thread, 1 ½ inches long ($1.18 each)

(4) Wing Nuts ¼ inch, 20 thread ($0.55 each)


These are local all new material prices. Cookie Sheets from Costco or Sams Club. Or a local restaurant supply retailer.   Hardware was obtained from Home Depot. A good scrounger might be able to find this material at a thrift store or garage sale for much less.

FABRICATION (Read through this before starting)
Cut the two 36 inch Aluminum angles both in half to create (4) 18 inch angles.  Make sure all pieces are of equal length.  Trim if necessary.

Mark the 18 inch angle aluminum at 2 inches in from both ends.  Keep these pretty exact so pieces will be interchangeable with each other during set-up.  Meaning the holes will line up with one another.  Its critical, that the distance measurement between the drilled holes on one piece of aluminum angle,  is that same measurement on all pieces of aluminum angle.

If you decide to make additional wind screen parts in the future be sure to use one of your existing parts as a pattern.  That way they will be interchangeable.

Stack 4 of your 18 inch aluminum angles together.  Clamp in a vise if available to avoid having the stack twirling around and hitting you during drilling.   If no vice is available use another method and proceed with caution.  Drill a hole at your 2 inch marks, and drill down through all 4 angles stacked together.  You start the hole on the inside of the V of the the angle.  Use  a 5/16 inch diameter drill bit.

Make sure the drilled holes on the first end of the stack do not become misaligned.  Then Drill the other end at your mark using the same method.

The idea is to create 4 identical parts that can be interchanged even if flipped around or used with any other piece.  Identical meaning the measurement distance between the drill holes are equal on all angle parts you fabricate.

Clean up any drill burrs and sharp edges with a wire bush, wire wheel, file, sandpaper, etc.

SET-UP
Insert your Thumb Bolt through a stack of two angles.  The  Flattened Thumb end of the bolt should be on the inside of the V of the angle aluminum.  When held in place with a finger the angle aluminum prevents the bolts flattened thumb head from spinning. (No wrench required)

Loosely thread the wing nut on the threaded end of the bolt.

Repeat the bolt insertion and wing nut on the other end of the two aluminum angles.

Hold 2 of the cookie sheets up in a vertical position, with the top cooking surface side facing each other in an “L” shape.

Slip the clamp over the joint of the cookie sheets.  One angle of the clamp with be on the inside of the cookie sheet joint.  The other angle of the clamp will be on the outside of the cookie sheet joint.

Tighten the clamps wing nuts when correctly positioned. Repeat for the other corner to create a three side wind screen. (No tools required)

The whole set-up pretty much stores flat when not in use.

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APPLE CREAM CHEESE DANISH PASTRY

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APPLE CREAM CHEESE DANISH PASTRY RECIPE
This Apple Cream Cheese Danish Recipe can be used in your home oven. Or easily adaptable for use in a Dutch Oven by cutting the pastry in half to fit in two Dutch Ovens.
Prep Time 30 Minutes
Cook Time 30 Minutes
Passive Time 30 Minutes
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PASTRY
ICING
Prep Time 30 Minutes
Cook Time 30 Minutes
Passive Time 30 Minutes
Servings
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Ingredients
PASTRY
ICING
Instructions
  1. Pastry Prep Pre-heat oven to 375°F
  2. Lay out frozen Puff Pastry on a greased or spray oiled sheet of aluminum foil. Allow it to mostly thaw and come to room temperature. Spread the ½ Stick of soft butter over the entire top surface. Use more butter if necessary.
  3. Dump the entire can of apple pie filling on the Puff Pastry. This has to be roughly down the middle of the long dimension. Prior to baking you will be folding the pastry dough in half to create a 8x24 baking dimension. Do not fold yet! Keep the filling about 1 inch away from all edges.
  4. Spread the filling the best you can over half the puff pastry avoiding the edges.
  5. Mix the Sugar, Cinnamon, and salt together. Sprinkle that sugar mixture over the apple filling.
  6. I use (4) 1 oz foil packs of cream cheese for the next step. You could cut a softened 8 oz brick of cream cheese as an alternative. Nothing says you can't use 8 oz and use up the cream cheese. In my case I lay a 4 oz ribbon of cream cheese down the center of the filling from side to side.
  7. Once the pastry is completely thawed and foldable without cracking, fold the pastry over the top of the filling on to itself to create a pocket. Use a fork to seal the top dough to the bottom dough on both ends and the long edge.
  8. Cut some vent strips through the top of the Puff Pastry using a wet sharp knife.
  9. Slip the aluminum foil onto a cookie sheet. Bake in a preheated 375°F for approximately 30 minutes or until golden brown and flaky.
  10. Once baked slide the pastry and foil off the hot cookie sheet onto a wire rack to cool.
  11. Icing Prep
  12. While the pastry is baking prepare the icing. Mix the softened butter, orange juice, and vanilla together in a small but kind of deep bowl. Using a spoon, start beating small amounts of powdered sugar in by hand.
  13. Continue adding and beating in powdered sugar until you obtain a desired stiff, but pipe-able icing. Adjust to taste. If adding any additional liquid, do so in very small amounts. Then beat in additional sugar to get a stiff consistency.
  14. I then move the icing into a quart sized freezer zip lock. Snip one of the corners off with scissors, and this becomes a disposable piping bag.
  15. Once the baked pastry has cooled some, pipe the icing across the top.
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STARGAZER CAST IRON

Stargazer gave us authorization to use some of their photos and info.  The images and their story is lifted off their website.  We would like to extend a huge thank you to Stargazer’s Luke Trovato for corresponding with us and authorizing the use of their images and text.


Also today I placed an order for one of their skillets.  We will have a future article to let you readers know how this all went.  We also intend to do some cooking as soon as it arrives.  We will be putting the cast iron through its paces.

I personally am drawn to the Stargazer brand Cast Iron due to the fact this is made in USA.  Secondly I own numerous vintage skillets such as Griswold, BSR and the like.  Vintage pieces from back when the cooking surfaces were smooth, compared to other rough modern Cast Iron Cookware.

I am very curious to test out this surface.  As a member of an active Dutch Oven Cooking group I often cook in competition.  There isn’t an event that goes by that we aren’t discussing Cast Iron.  The cooking surface is often a topic.  All of use have wondered why no one was producing smooth cast iron cookware like the “old days”.  We also all want USA made.

I just hope they start producing some Dutch Ovens too.

Check back for the rest of our story.  The Cooking and the Testing.  Most importantly the tasting!

The Stargazer Story:

In the cast iron marketplace, we’re the new kid on the block. Stargazer Cast Iron was founded in 2015 by three old friends with a shared vision: creating the best cast iron cookware around.

It started with an obsession. Peter Huntley, professional designer and hobby cook, went searching for the perfect skillet and came up empty-handed. Dissatisfied with the options on the market, he turned to vintage cookware to find the quality he was looking for. After nearly a year of collecting, restoring, and cooking with vintage cast iron, he saw the untapped potential and decided it was time for something new. He created a unique cast iron skillet from the ground up: reimagined, redesigned, and revitalized. Huntley enlisted the help of two friends to bring the vision to life and Stargazer Cast Iron was born.

Our cookware is made using the same proven materials and manufacturing processes that were used over one hundred years ago, now aided by CNC machining for unrivaled precision. Our designs are practical and our quality is second to none. We believe we have created the finest cast iron skillet available today, or anytime for that matter.

Click here for their Website.

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CAMP STOVE LEVELER

I was tired of not having a level camp stove when using a picnic table.  Fabricate a leveler.  Here is a simple, relatively inexpensive solution.  It uses common materials.   If you have a welder and a hack saw this is a couple hour project.

The idea for this leveler has been rattling around for some time.  You may have to alter this to accommodate your stove.

(4) Sections of 1 inch x 1/8 angle iron
(4) 3/8 Coupling Nuts
(4) 3/8 x 2 1/2 Elevator Bolts.

While I buy my steel at a steel supplier, it is available at Home Depot or Loews. Just be prepared to pay double at the big box stores.

4 pieces of appropriate length 1 inch by 1/8 angle is used. The ends are cut at 45° angles and the length is made 1/4 inch longer on the inside measurement, than the outside dimensions of your stove. That gives a little bit of play (1/8 inch all around) in case something is slightly off.  Be sure to square up each corner before welding.  Also gap all weld joints to create your exact dimensional length measurement, before welding.  Depending on your stove you may have to add a middle support(s) using 1 x 1/8 strap.

My 4 pieces that create a rectangular leveler frame, are clamped to a welding table upside down. The bottom of the 45° seam is welded. The vertical corner seam is welded. (DO NOT WELD THE INSIDE OF THESE SEAMS)

When all four corners of the leveler are complete.  Grind your welds to your finished preference. Clamp the rectangular frame down to your welding table, top side up.

Weld your “coupling nuts” to the sides flush with the front edge. End of nut should be flush with the table top (and the finished bottom of the frame) Grind welds if needed.

Finish paint with high temp flat black.

 

 

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RETURN OF THE LODGE 8 inch 2 qt L8C03 Dutch Oven

I was pleasantly surprised to see Lodge is once again producing the 8 inch, 2 qt, L8C03, Camp Dutch Oven.

I have 3 of these smaller camp style Dutch Ovens.   One unmarked, and 2 Lodge marked.  I had picked all of them up in the past.  New then, they were selling for around $39.00.  Then Lodge started revamping their foundry and these were suddenly discontinued.

As with anything you can’t get, someone is willing to pay to secure one.  At the highest I saw them new in the box, listed on eBay for $125.00.

These smaller Lodge are some of my most coveted pieces of cookware.  I normally solo camp.  They are perfect for that, or for two people.  I would even stretch and say they would accommodate cooking for 4.

Try our lasagna recipe that works perfect and fills it to the brim.

Do you need to only bake a half dozen homemade biscuits?  How about a small cake, or deep dish apple pie?  The L8C03 handles it with less food waste and fewer charcoal briquettes.   Less space and weight for your vehicles or small camping trailers.

 

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Its Nearly Time – Cathedral Gorge Dutch Oven Cookoff

Final preparations are going on for me today.  Loading the trailer and taking inventory of camping gear and cooking utensils.

This coming weekend is the annual Cathedral Gorge Dutch Oven Cookoff (September 16th, 2017)  Sponsored by the Nevada State Park and surrounding businesses.  The weather is looking to be near perfect.

This cookoff is a big deal.  At least for the competitions we normally attend.  There are normally around 50 cooks, and some of those preparing multiple recipes.  We have seen crowds of people (250+) showing up to taste, vote on their favorite, and just plain enjoy the day.

If you are in the area, be sure to come out and support the event.  Enjoy the food, enter the raffle, and enjoy the beautiful Nevada State Park.

Cathedral Gorge State Park Website

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Monterey Chicken Wraps


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Monterey Chicken Wraps
Recipe and Images courtesy of : Rick Beach
Note: This is one of my personal recipes
These can be prepared in a cast iron skillet, Dutch Oven bottom pot, standard skillet, or a wok. This recipe makes 12. But only expect that to feed 3 people. Perhaps 4 if you have some sides. These make excellent appetizers when cut in half after frying them.
Prep Time 30 Minutes
Cook Time 8 Minutes
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Prep Time 30 Minutes
Cook Time 8 Minutes
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  1. Fry bacon until very crispy, then crumble. Set aside.

    Pour off the bacon grease and use the pan with the remaining stuck on bacon drippings to cook the chicken breast. Roll the raw breast in the Montreal Steak seasoning before starting to cook. Using medium high heat quick sear the seasoned breast on all sides. Once all sides seared, lower heat to medium low and cook covered. Turn occasionally for about 20 minutes but avoid drying it out. Once thoroughly cooked dice into small pea size cubes.

    Toss the Chopped Tomatoes, Cilantro, Onions, and Garlic to combine. Then stir in the cooked and diced chicken, and cooked crumbled bacon.

    Lay out an Egg Wrap and spoon about a 1/4 - 1/2 Cup (fill as much of the wrap that it will hold) of the combine Tomato and Chicken mixture onto a wrap. Sprinkle a generous amount of shredded Monterey Jack cheese on top of that. Start rolling/wrapping from a corner diagonally. About half way through the rolling, tuck the two side corners toward the middle of the roll. Continue rolling to seal the roll. Set on a clean surface with the tail of the wrap on the bottom to prevent unrolling of the egg roll.

    In a wok, skillet or pan, cover the bottom with vegetable oil and bring up to temperature using medium high heat.

    Place the egg rolls in the hot oil with the wrap tail down until that surface is golden brown. Rotate the egg roll with tongs and brown all surfaces. Once browned remove from the hot oil and place on absorbent paper towels to remove excess oil.

    Serve hot.

    Ranch Dressing by itself makes a wonderful dipping sauce. If you want to ramp it up a bit stir in very small amounts of Sriracha Sauce, taste testing as you go, until you get your desired taste. (Remember many don't care for spicy hot).

    Though this recipe makes 12 Rolls. You will find 4 will be required per person if this is all you are serving. A side of seasoned rice and a nice salad may stretch this to 2 per person. But they are kind of addictive and I doubt 2 per person will be enough.

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