2 cups all purpose flour
4 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
2 tbs sugar
1 tsp salt
1 cup freshly fed sourdough starter
1.5 cups milk (plant or dairy)
1 duck egg (or two chicken eggs)
2 tbs coconut oil
1 tsp vanilla or lemon zest
Combine dry ingredients with a whisk in large bowl to remove lumps. And wet ingredients and mix to combine. Heat your favorite pan or griddle (we use cast iron) and grease with butter or oil. Drop a ladleful of batter onto the skillet and continue cooking as you would a typical pancake.
I feel there are certain badges a homesteader earns along the way; making a decent bar of soap, learning to can goods, and knowing how to bake a great loaf of farmhouse bread. We're big bread people so the last one is important to us here at the farm! Here's our recipe for a super easy, last minute loaf:
1.5 cups warm water
1 Tablespoon honey
1.5 tsp salt
1 tsp olive oil
1 Tablespoon dry yeast
About 4 cups bread flour
Combine water, honey, salt, oil and yeast in a bowl. Let sit until bubbly (about 5-10 minutes). Knead in the flour until well mixed and dough forms. Cover with a dish towel to rise for 20 minutes. Heat the oven to 400F. Divide dough into two balls and roll out two loaves and place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Place in the oven. Immediately grab six ice cubes and toss into the bottom of the oven, being quick to close the door to keep the steam inside (steam creates a crisp crust). Bake for 15-20 minutes. Remove when the loaves are a nice golden brown color and let cool on a wire rack before slicing.
You need ROSE PETAL JAM in your life. It's pectin- and gelatin-free and it's made from fresh rose petals right out of the garden. It's a bit thinner in consistency than traditional jam but also makes a great sauce over ice cream or cheesecake.
1.5 cups water
2 cups fresh rose petals
2 cups sugar
3 Tablespoons lemon juice
2 Tablespoons chia seeds
Combine water and rose petals in a small pot. Simmer for ten minutes. Add sugar and lemon juice, stir, and simmer for five minutes. Add chia seeds and simmer for 15 minutes more. Add to sterilized jars while hot and apply lids. Store in the refrigerator for up to five days. This is NOT a canning recipe for shelf storage.
Throughout the summer months the flies can be ruthless on the farm. I'm sharing my homemade flyspray recipe because we all need this for our horses! It's easy to make, all natural and it really works.
4 cups apple cider vinegar
1/8 cup olive oil
2 Tablespoons MTG*
2 Tablespoons of dishsoap, unscented
20 drops lavender essential oil
20 drops rosemary essential oil
20 drops peppermint essential oil
Mix everything and pour into an unused weed sprayer or clean spray bottle. Shake before use and spray away on your horses! For best use, spray on once in the morning and again in the late afternoon. Also best applied after a sweaty workout.
*MTG is an equine grooming product called Mane•Tail•Groom. It's available at most agricultural and feed stores and also on Amazon.com