PLAGue Marmelade (Pear, Lemon, Apple, Ginger) – 52 weeks of recipes – 5/52

February 25, 2013 · Posted in Recipes 

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PLAGue Marmelade (Pear, Lemon, Apple, Ginger) – 52 weeks of recipes – 5/52
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PLAGue Marmelade
(pear, lemon, apple, ginger)

2 lemons 2
1-1/2 cups water 375 ml
4 cups slice peeled pears 1 L
4 cups slice peeled apples 1 L
¼ tsp baking soda 1 mL
4 cups granulated sugar 1 L
3 tbsp finely chopped candied or crystallized ginger 45 mL

Remove thin outer rind from lemons with a vegetable peeler and cut into fine strips with scissors or a sharp knife, or use a zester.

Remove white rind in large pieces from lemons and place in large stainless steel saucepan with outer rind and add water. Boil over high heat, cover, reduce heat and boil gently for 20 minutes.

Finely chop lemon. Add lemon, pears, apples, and baking soda to saucepan. Bring to a boil over high heat, cover, reduce heat and boil gently for 20 minutes, stirring frequently.

Using tongs, remove and discard the large pieces of white rind.

Add sugar and ginger to saucepan. Return to a boil over high heat and boil rapidly, uncovered, until mixture will form a gel, about 20 minutes, stirring frequently.

Test for gel formation by dipping a cool metal spoon into the hot fruit mixture and immediately lifting the spoon so the mixture runs off. When mixture ‘sheets’ from the spoon (the drops become very thick and two drops run together before dropping off), it will form a gel on cooling and no further cooking is required.

Remove from heat. Laddle into sterilized jars and heat seal jars covered in boiling water for 10 minutes.

Makes 5-1/2 cups (1.375L)

Mushroom Bread – 52 weeks of recipes – 6/52
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Mushroom Bread

3 cups warm water 750 ml
1 tbsp yeast 15 ml
1 lb flour (whole wheat or white) 500 g
1 tsp salt 5 ml
3 tbsp honey 45 ml
3 tbsp olive oil 45 ml
1-1/2 cups mushrooms, sliced and sauted 375 ml

Pre-heat oven to 450 degrees F about 20 minutes before baking.

Place warm water in a large mixing bowl, stir in the yeast and let stand for 5-10 minutes. Add half the flour, the salt, honey and oil. Mix well until mixture resembles a smooth batter. Gradually add additional flour until a soft smooth dough is obtained. Pour dough out onto a floured surface and knead until smooth and elastic, about 15 minutes.

Oil a large mixing bowl and place dough inside. Turn dough over to cover all surfaces with oil. Cover with plastic film and a damp towel, let sit until doubled, about 1 to 1-1/2 hours. Deflate dough, knead briefly, re-cover and let sit until doubled in volume, about 1 hour.

In a saucepan, sauté the mushrooms in oil. Porcini, bolettes, chanterelles or use what you like (or have available). Dehydrated mushrooms should be first soaked to re-hydrate in warm water for at least 30 minutes before cooking. Remember to keep the broth used to hydrate mushrooms for other uses. Can be frozen in ice-cube trays and used later.

Deflate dough, mix in the mushrooms and gently knead to mix. Divide dough into two portions. Place on a floured surface, cover with damp towl and let rest for 10 minutes. Lightly oil and baking sheet and set aside. Roll the dough out into a 10 x 12 sheet and tightly roll up lengthwise. Place on the oiled sheet seam-side down, cover with a damp cloth and let rise until doubled in volume, about 1 hour.

Just before baking, make ½ inch deep slashes in loaf, about 2 inches apart. Using a water jug with a misting nozzle, spray the loaf with water just before baking. Bake until loaves are crusty and golden brown, about 30 minutes.

Can also be used for buns, as well as loaves.

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