Monday, December 15, 2014

Oh, Christmas Tree!!

New lights and a few new ornaments, everything is good...Sew until next time, have a great Stitches kind of day....

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Dilly, Dilly

I made some Dilly Casserole Bread this morning and my house smells so good!!  This recipe was a Pillsbury Bake-off winner in 1960..It was made and entered by Leona Schnuelle from Crab Orchard, Nebraska and she won $25,000!!!  My Gramma was the one that first made this in our family.  My husband hated cottage cheese but this was one of his favorite breads..we didn't tell him it had cottage cheese in it, until after he tried and like it. :-) 

Ready to add the remaining flour and knead a little bit.

All ready to raise the first time. When I get ready to make some bread, I turn the oven light on. Then I can preheat my oven to 100 degrees, shut it off and open the door. By the time my dough is ready to rise, my oven is warm and I put my dough in there, close the door and let it raise.
I put my Pumpkin silicon lid on the bowl and it keeps it air tight. I love these lids, they are so handy!!
They call this bread, a "batter" bread as you really don't need to knead it....but I do. I don't make it into a loaf but I make buns..They make a wonderful sandwich or just plain with a smattering of butter.  Here is the recipe that I use:   Dilly Casserole Bread
(2) 1 pkg. yeast                                     (4 t.) 2 t. dill seed
(1/2) 1/4 cup warm water                     (2 t.) 1 t. salt
(2 C.) 1 cup creamed cottage cheese    (1/2 t.) 1/4 t. baking soda
(4 T.) 2 T. sugar                                     (2) 1 egg
(2 T.) 1 T. instant minced onion            (5 C.) 2 1/4 to 2 1/2 cups of flour (I use bread flour)
(2 T.) 1 T. butter (the ingredients in parentheses is for a double batch)

Dissolve yeast in water. Heat cottage cheese to lukewarm. Combine sugar, onion, butter, dill seed, salt, baking soda and egg in a bowl with cheese and yeast mixture.  Add flour to form stiff dough.  Cover and let rise until doubled in bulk.  Stir down dough. Turn into well greased 1 1/2 qt. casserole or 8 inch round pan. Let rise 30 - 40 minutes or until light.  Bake in 350 degree oven 40-50 minutes. Brush with butter and sprinkle with salt. Makes 1 loaf.  (As you can see by the pictures, I make buns, and I cook each pan 10 minutes and then I switch around the pans on the oven grates and cook another 10 minutes. 20 minutes total for the buns. Doubled recipe makes about 22-24 buns)
Sew until next time, have a great day and try making some Dilly Bread!!!!

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Time is Rushing By

I am dragging my feet about getting ready for Christmas this year .  I have very little decorating done so far!!  I have a Christmas cloth on my kitchen table with a centerpiece. And one of my favorite quilts "Welcome to the North Pole" hanging on the wall. I really need to begin getting ready for Christmas in July, it gets more over whelming every year, could it be that I'm getting older every year?
Click on Welcome to the North Pole, if you would like to see more of this quilt and maybe another one or two.  I hope my #1son  (and my only one)  will come today and carry my tree upstairs for me so I can get started decorating it!!! Sew until next time, I hope your decorating is ALL done and ready for Christmas.  Have a Stitches kind of day!!!!