Sunday, May 17, 2009

Solar Cooking

Today I set up the solar oven to bake a loaf of dilly bread. We cranked it up to about 300 F, kind of on the low side since it is partly cloudy today. I also used an egg from my friend Merrily's goose, since I made two loaves (one goose egg = two hen eggs). One was baked in the solar oven and one in the conventional electric oven. Both loaves of bread turned out great! Here is the recipe, which is an old favorite from my mom:

Dilly Bread
1 package of yeast (~2.5 teaspoons)
1/4 cup warm water
2 T. sugar
1 cup cottage cheese (heated on stove until smooth and creamy)
1 T. butter
2 t. dill seed
1 small onion or 2 shallots, minced
1 egg
2 1/2 cups flour
1/4 t. baking soda

Blend yeast with water and sugar. Stir creamed cottage cheese, butter, dill seed and onions together. Beat egg and add to cottage cheese mix. Stir in baking soda then add flour 1/2 cup at a time. The batter will be very sticky. Don't knead it, just leave in the bowl and let rise till double. Turn into buttered round casserole dish or pie pan. Bake at 350 F for ~45 minutes or till golden brown.

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