Crusty Rustic Bread

Recipe originally found on Cooking Classy.

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Crusty Rustic Bread
I love cooking fresh bread. This is a simple bread that does not require a lot of time.
Course bread
Course bread
  1. Take yeast and water and let sit for 10 minutes. Should be foamy. Add flour and salt. I used the hook on my kitchen aid to mix. You can use a wood spoon to mix Should create a ball. Cover with plastic wrap and let rise for 12-18 hours. Heat oven to 450. Once ready cook on baking pan for 30 minutes. If you want it browner keep an eye on it for about 5 more minutes.
Recipe Notes

Mine is a bit wonky looking but that was because I cut a C in it and it didn't spread out like I thought it would. Bread is delicious I was just trying to be more creative then needed be.

Oscar Party Recap and Cookoff

Every year we do an Oscar party.   We have been doing this as long as I can remember.  We have family and friends join us and always a contest the ballot contest.  Whoever gets the most wins.  This year we also had a cooking challenge.  The challenge was to cook a dish inspired from any nominated film in a year ending with an 8.     We also did a match the film to the dish contest.   Here is the dishes and films, see how many you get right:

We started off the night with the Colony Cocktail which represented Thoroughly Modern Millie.

All of the dishes were really good but we still had to vote and declare a winner.  The winner was this Butter Chicken Dish served with rice from Slumdog Millionaire made by Rachel.   We thought we would share the game winning recipe.

Our adopted sister Pam made Chicken Fried Rice for Last Emperor.




I did a Rosemary and Garlic Roast Beef paying tribute to Titanic.


Mom did a hash brown casserole for Farmer’s Daughter.


I made a rustic bread for Camelot and had the butter churner out for guests to make their own butter.

Rachel did a Potato Gratin Dish for The Martian.

The food was delicious and mostly all gone by mid Oscars.  We then moved on to desserts.

The most festive was Moms.  She did a Lemon Curd Padawan Cake for Star Wars.   The light saber and the planes lit up. Rachel’s coconut pie is next too it, I didn’t get a good picture.

I did a Lemon Blueberry Cake with a Lemon Zest Butter Cream frosting for Marie Antoinette.

One of the better Oscar parties we have had.





A nice light popover to accent a meal

  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp ground pepper
  • 3 lg eggs
  • 1 1/2 cup milk
  • 2 tbsp butter (melted)
  1. Mix dry ingredients in a mixing bowl.   Add the eggs and blend.  Mix in the milk and melted butter.  Spray muffin tin with cooking spray.  Pour into muffin tins

    Cook for 30 minutes at 425.   Check about 20 minutes in, my convection oven only needed 25 minutes.

I used a silicone muffin tin that had a flower shape so it is not the round shape it usually is.