Rain and cold greet me as I start the day. Fresh coffee, and the scent of the pellet stove burning, sending out warmth and wood smell, lure me down the stairs to begin. I make breakfast, hot, hearty and healthy, to push us through to lunch. Lunch, salad, light and crunchy bites, fuel until dinner. And then, on this chilly fall Friday, a big bowl of soup and crusty bread for end of day. The soup simmers on the stove already, not because it has to, but because I want it to. Seeing the pot on the burner, giving an occasional stir as I wander through the kitchen, taking a break from my work-at-home office, I feel the comfort of tradition, the ritual of minding, tasting; and the anticipation of home cooked goodness to tuck us in to the dark of early evening. We’ll light candles, play soft music, and get cozy with bread baked this afternoon and soup for the season.
If you’re looking for homemade easy, this is a good place to begin.
3 packets dry yeast
1 1/2 cups warm water, divided
1 tablespoon sugar
1/2 cup dark molasses
1 tablespoon salt
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
2 cups whole wheat flour
3 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp of caramel coloring, optional
Dissolve yeast in 1/2 cup warm water then stir in sugar. Let stand until bubbly.
Combine dissolved yeast, remaining water, molasses, salt, oil, whole wheat flour, all-purpose flour and caramel coloring in a large mixing bowl. Beat, using a dough hook until smooth.
Knead dough for 5 minutes. Place in a large bowl then cover with a damp cloth. Let rise in a warm place until doubled in size.
Punch dough down and divide in 2 large round loaves and place on a greased and cornmeal dusted cookie sheet. Cover with a damp cloth and allow to rise in a warm place until doubled in size.
Remove cloth and bake in a 375 degree F. oven for 30 minutes or until crust makes a hollow sound when tapped.
(The caramel coloring will not affect taste, just the color of the bread. You can order this ingredient from King Arthur Flour.)
8 thoughts on “Pumpkin Soup and other goodness”
Whoa! I could just about smell it and your wood stove! Thanks for the recipes!
Hey, it’s good stuff! Can’t beat comfort food in cold weather! ~ Sheila
What can ever beat a hearty bowl of soup and fresh homemade bread? I wanna know where you live! 😀
I loved this phrase: “not because it has to, but because I want it to.” I am the same. If I had my way, there would be a big cast iron pot forever on the fire/stove. I would add and stir to my heart’s content while the aromas of robust health filled the corners of my home.
Yes, I’m a big stirrer! Very comforting ritual for me.
Just signed up to follow your blog…looking forward to your journey! ~ Sheila
I love this post. Your writing is absolutely beautiful 🙂
Must try that soup. Just made an Acorn & Butternut Squash Bisque. Delicious! I love Fall cooking!
Thank you for that lovely compliment!
Your soup sounds wonderful as well. I just tried a butternut squash pasta sauce…out of a jar, but delicious just the same. ~ Sheila
Yum!…sounds so good!…I would love the pumpkin soup but, not my guys…so no use me even going to the trouble…if you know what I mean…and the bread…nothing better on a cold night…makes me feel all cozy just reading about it…mkg
Hey, try making the soup and see what they think…might surprise them! My husband loves this, and I didn’t expect he would like the flavor. ~ Sheila