I have joined a new cooking club. Hard to believe isn't it. This club is much like the Secret Recipe Club inasmuch as we are each assigned another blogger and we sneak around their blogs without letting them know that we are assigned to them. We look for a recipe to make from their recipe files and we blog about the recipe and the blogger to whom we were assigned. The difference between this club and SRC is that we are given a "theme" each month and we have to find a recipe that fits in with that theme.
So the theme for this month was "In your Grandmother's Kitchen". We each had to find a recipe that our Grandmother would have made. My grandmother came to this country from Czechoslavakia as a young girl. She met my grandfather, who was from Sweden and they got married however when my Grandmother was pregnant with my Mom, my Grandfather was called home to Sweden as his father was ill. My Grandmother refused to leave the USA and my Grandfather went back to "the old country" as my grandma called it and was never seen nor heard from again.
When my Mom was 2 my grandma married the man who raised her and her older sister along with the 4 children they had together. My Pa died when I was 6 yrs old and I don't remember him too much. My grandma and I were close though and I have many fond memories of her. My Grandma made simple, hearty food. Stews and Soups were very popular. My Grandma also made the best Raisin Bread in the world and a mean Blueberry Pie. True to her heritage their was also Boiled Tongue and Head Cheese on her table.
My Blog assignment this month was Jean of Lemons and Anchovies. The first recipe I saw when I opened her blog was Cinnamon Raisin Streusel Muffins which of course caught my eye right away since I have such fond memories of Grandma's Raisin Bread. But that was only one of hundreds of recipes available to me. Jean has been blogging about food since 2010 so you can imagine the extent of her recipe file. I found a recipe for Braised Oxtail, which also would have been perfect for my Grandma but I had just made Osso Bucco for dinner and thought it was too similar to serve during the same week. Then I found a recipe for Swedish Dark Rye Bread that Jean had developed after a trip to Europe and I was sold. Not only was it reminiscent of Grandma's homemade breads but it was Swedish so it also referenced my biological Grandfather.
I made this bread with only one variation. I used regular rye flour instead of dark rye flour because that was what I had but with the addition of the molasses the bread was still very dark. I was afraid I over cooked it a bit because the top was very dark but there was no burnt taste at all. Just dense goodness with a hint of licorice and a nice nutty crunch. It definitely reminded me of "the Old Country" with it's rich heartiness and rustic flavors.
The batter was very thick and had to be spread into the prepared loaf pan.
I was afraid that I had over cooked it but there was no burnt taste to it.
Just yummy, nutty, hearty goodness.
You can see the flecks of sunflower and fennel seed.
Swedish Dark Rye Bread
slightly adapted from Lemons and Anchovies
1 2/3 c. rye flour
1/2 c. + 1/3 c. all purpose flour
2 T. baking soda
1/2 t. salt
1 heaping T. baking cocoa
1 T. fennel seeds
1/2 c. sunflower seeds
1 1/3 c. plain yogurt
3/4 c. molasses
2-3 T. half and half
Preheat oven to 350*. Prepare loaf pan by spraying with baking spray or greasing with butter and dusting with flour. Mix all dry ingredients in a large bowl. Add the yogurt and molasses and stir until combined. The dough will be thick, if it looks dry, stir in the cream.
Bake at 350* for 55-60 minutes or until internal temperature reaches 190*
Below is a list of participants in this months CLUES Society. Stop by and see what they found that reminded them of their Grandmother's Kitchen.
- Liz from That Skinny Chick Can Bake
- Kate from Kate is Cooking
- Christiane from Taking on Magazines
- Debra from Eliot's Eats
- Lisa from Authentic Suburban Gourmet
- Ramona from Curry and Comfort
- Janet from From Cupcakes to Caviar
- Christy from Culinary Diva
- Alice from A Mama, Baby & Shar-pei in the Kitchen
- Azmina from Lawyer Loves Lunch
- Kelli from Kelli's Kitchen
- Kim from Liv Life
- Susan from Create Amazing Meals
- Aly from Cooking in Stilettos
- Lea Ann from Cooking on the Ranch
- Kathy from Bakeaway with Me
- Anna from Anna Dishes
- Stacy from Food Lust People Love
- Jean from Lemons and Anchovies