Spud died – may he rest in peace

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Above is Spud’s replacement -presented by Martha McHaney.  I’m calling him Drew Brees, because he’s The Man!

Several weeks ago, I bragged about my bread baking venture using a sour dough starter gifted me by my neighbor.  I named it “Spud” because it was like a pet and dined on potato flakes.

It had to be fed, massaged and allowed to rest just like a human.  Sometimes I had to get up at 3 a.m. to perform the prescribed instructions to keep him viable.  While I was in Shreveport, Spud died. I froze one of his babies, but not sure it will “incubate.”

Spud is still in the fridge because I can’t bring myself to dump him down the drain.  He gave me such pleasure while he was living.

Along comes my friend, Martha, who said I was nuts to jump through all these hoops.  She had a fool-proof recipe for homemade bread that you mix up, don’t even knead and it can hang out in the fridge for 14 days without even needing a kiss! (No shugah in this recipe!)

Best of all, I can dump the ingredients into my bread maker and forget it.

She arrived in Starkville yesterday bearing a loaf of her wonderful bread along with the recipe, albeit a bit sketchy.

Here’s the recipe – I may go on line to see if there are more complete instructions, but here’s what she does: Mixes in a 5 quart bowl that has a lid – if it doesn’t have a lid she said it will escape and take you hostage like Spud – the following ingredients:

3 cups lukewarm water

1-1/2 Tablespoon  granulated yeast (2 packets)

1-1/2 Tablespoon kosher or other coarse salt

6-1/2 cups unsifted, unbleached white flour (I’m trying it with at least half whole wheat)

Refrigerate the mixture at least three hours, then you can start baking bread at your leisure – loaves, rolls, whatever. The rest will keep for 14 days – if the edges begin to harden, just toss them in the trash.

Place any amount you like into your pans and bake 40 minutes at 450 degrees.

I love this idea and, of course, I will experiment with my flax seeds and other interesting ingredients like Parmesan cheese and herbs. I’m a happy homemaker again! Thanks Martha.

2 thoughts on “Spud died – may he rest in peace

  1. Hmmm. It does. She actually told me she only cooks her bread for about 15 minutes because her oven doesn’t work right. Martha, you listening?

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