Sunday, April 25, 2010

New Additions

Well, I'm way late in posting this bread assignment. We now have some new additions to our family, three florida white rabbits. One male, Hemingway, and 2 females, Bette and Judy. Yes, they are in seperate hutches, so no baby bunnies until we decide. So, one excuse for not getting this post done sooner was that I was testing my carpentry skills building a shelter for the rabbits. Now, I never claimed to be that efficient with power tools, but it came out pretty well. A little off plumb, but then again, so I am; it fits right in!






The other excuse for not getting this post done was that I didn't have most of the ingredients for gluten free bread, and I knew that it would probably go over like a lead balloon, so I ducked out. Bad me. :) To see what the other bakers did with the bread check out their posts here, http://www.bigblackdogs.net/search/label/HBinFive.

Instead of the gluten free bread, I saw Ina Garten make some Irish soda bread that looked really good, so I made it. Although it's not leavened with yeast, it's still no knead. :) MJOL really liked it and so did I. The recipe is available on the Food Network website, here: http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/ina-garten/irish-soda-bread-recipe/index.html. It has a touch of orange and some currants. Very tasty.



I also made the soft whole wheat sandwich bread which was a big hit at our house. This time I used molasses instead of honey. I know, how awful since I'm a beekeeper, but I use honey all the time, so thought I would use something different. It was tasty, but I think I like it with honey better. :) I think that I'm a little partial!



For those of you not from Kentucky, we here in the Bluegrass are gearing up for The Kentucky Derby. All this week there are festivities, a parade, a steamboat race, hot air balloon races, chow wagons, concerts and lots and lots of parties. Yesterday Churchill Downs opened for the spring meet and we attended. It's always a lot of fun. Check out the goings on here: http://kdf.org/ and be sure to watch the Derby on May 1st.




Until our next baking adventure.

14 comments:

Michelle said...

Actually the molasses sound pretty darn good to me today which is a drizzly, cold day here in Northern IL.

Love the rabbit hutch, sort of like a rabbit condo complex! Your new rabbits are adorable.

Growing up we had a black and white rabbit named Fred and he would come if you whistled. Our cat was scared to death of the rabbit!

Raelyn said...

Love your rabbit house!

Chow and Chatter said...

cute bunnies my Mum loves rabbits and love the idea of molasses

Old Pop said...

Way to introduce power tools into the HB in 5 braid! Nice work.

Femalechef said...

Your bread looks pretty!!!

SavoringTime in the Kitchen said...

Exciting day in Kentucky! Both of your breads look wonderful. The orange and currants sound delightful together.

~Susan

Bonnie said...

The bread looks wonderful, both loaves. I love soda bread. And the molasses in the other loaf sounds pretty good to me too.

Brenda said...

The bread looks great. My oldest daughter inherited a rabbit from her nieces. Youngest daughter got tired of cleaning up after it. Was not a big move though because oldest daughter lives with youngest daughter and her daughters. lol, see if you can follow that story! Have a great day!

Ezzie said...

I love your idea of the use of molasses. I'll have to try that. The breads came out as great as the rabbit shelter! Very good post!

Cathy (breadexperience) said...

How cute! I love rabbits! The bread looks good too! :)

Mama Peck said...

Molasses is one of my favorite sweeteners- great idea!

Clarice said...

Pretty cute additions to your family! They look like they have a cozy home.

I love Irish Soda Bread.

Cristie said...

The tulips are beautiful! My husband watched the race via TV, does that count? I had rabbits as a child and I was a terrible care taker, no doubt you'll be wonderful- the hutch alone proves that, it looks beautiful! Your breads look great as usual. I didn't do the gluten-free varieties, but must try them out when I have more time.

Elwood said...

Thanks for all the comments. The rabbits have grown so much already.

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