Speaking of Bread, here's one of my favorites. We just call it 'good'.
HOMEMADE SOUR DOUGH BREAD (From Another Time)
Phillip C. Norton, 1995
* An abundance of flour from the golden wheat grown along the north bank of the Cimarron and ground by journeyman miller Aremus (Wing of the Hark) Clendennon in the Tonkawa Tribal grist mill powered by the flowing waters from another time,
* Sugar made from a blend of the robust beet grown along the Snake River in Walla Walla County, Washington, and the graceful cane, nurtured by the sea breezes and tropical sun, from San Cristobol Plantation, St. Johns, U.S. Virgin Islands,
* Yeast, patiently aged in the Gregorian Caves by the Andalusian Monks of the Saint Cyr Monastery, made from the aggregated cells of the unicellular ascomycetous fungi constituting the genus Saccharomyces, and related genera,
* Salt hand-mined from the Great Salt Plains of Alfalfa County Oklahoma, and dried by the autumn prairie wind,
* Fresh, not yet chilled, golden butter from Grandma's churn made from the morning milk of the fertile Hereford, and
* Clear, crisp, flowing water, carrying with it the ancient tales of clouds, storms, streams, rivers, lakes, and life. Water from another time.***
* From the ancient vats of Braumeister Hienrik von Mach the perfectly aged brew made from the finest hops grown in the rolling plains of Volda and hand-harvested under the bright October morning sun.
3 Heaping cups bread flour STARTER
1 1/2 cups starter 2 cups all purpose flour
1 pkg dry yeast 1 Tblsp sugar
1/2 cup warm beer 1 Tblsp dry yeast(1 pkg)
1 tsp salt 1 tsp salt
2 Tblsp sugar 2 cups warm beer
2 Tblsp butter, cut up
FOR STARTER: Mix all ingredients and stir with wooden spoon until well-combined and pasty. Cover with a towel & set aside in warm spot. Stir several times a day for three days. On 3rd day it should smell pleasantly sour and there should be many bubbles. You may need 4 days to reach this point. If after 4 days you are not successful, or if the mix smells rancid, start over. Check the expiration date on the yeast. Store in an earthenware air tight crock and refrigerate.
When ready to use the starter, stir and bring to room temperature. Reserve what is left over and replenish with equal parts of flour and water. Let it rise for three hours, then refrigerate.
TO MAKE BREAD: Mix all ingredients in a large warm bowl until smooth and sticky. Cover with a towel and place in a warm area to rise for one hour. Flop out on a floured bread board and begin kneading with firm, but gentle, strokes using the heel of your hands and your fingers. This is good exercise for musicians who play fretted instruments. You may want to add caraway seeds, poppy seeds, or onion flakes at this point. Knead until firm and silky. Cover, and let rise again for about 40 minutes. Hit the dough hard with a closed fist and form into two loaves. Let rise in the loaf plan or bread sheet for another 20 minutes then place in a pre-heated 350 oven for 30 to 45 minutes
Now sit in a comfortable chair, listen to good music, and breath in the earthly aroma of the yeast spirits dancing in the colorful harmony created by the harvests of wheat and sugar carried by the mysterious steam of the water from another time.
** NOTE: If you cannot find the specific ingredients, then you may use stuff from your favorite grocery store with only minor, perhaps unnoticeable, affect to the overall recipe.
***REFERENCE: "Water From Another Time", written by John McCutchen, contemporary folk singer/songwriter, and repeated, in part, as follows:
"Primed with wisdom from another time........."
"You don't take much, but you gotta have some,
The old ways help, the new ways come,
Leave a little extra for the next in line,
Gonna need a little water from another time."
"Though Grandpa's hands have gone to dust,
and Grandma's pump reduced to rust,
Their stories quench my soul and mind,
Like water from another time."