apple snickerdoodle bread


just in time for fall weather. the smell is fabulous! i have an apple tree, so time to pick and bake.

apple snickerdoodle bread



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i know some of you know that my mother is more than half native american.  we just say indian because anyone born in america is a native american, however, i digress.  this being my heritage, the NC cherokees, i thought you might enjoy our version of fry bread.  not only is it a treat to be eaten with honey or powdered sugar, you can also make a “taco” out of fry bread.  yummy!

cherokee fry bread recipe



  • Ingredients ( Edit )

    • 1 cup cornmeal
    • 1 cup all-purpose flour
    • 1 teaspoon baking powder
    • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
    • 1 tablespooon finely chopped fresh rosemary
    • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
    • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
    • 1 cup low-fat buttermilk
    • 1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • Instructions

    1. Preheat oven to 425°F. Spray…
    2. In a medium bowl, whisk…
    3. In a large bowl, whisk eggs,…

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When I first started prepping, one of the first things I started to store were buckets of wheat given that they are relatively cheap and have a shelf life of 30+ years.

Overall it’s a fantastic storage food – especially if you like baking bread like I do.

The only problem that I found though was with yeast.

Although you can store your wheat for 30+ years, yeast’s shelf life will only last about a year before it starts to die off and become ineffective. And unless you enjoy eating unleavened Matzah bread, you’ll be forced to eat a lot of bread bricks during a SHTF situation.

This realization led me on a journey to find out how to make homemade yeast. For years I had looked around but could never figure it out until I stumbled upon an awesome blog called In it, the author (I believe her name is Wao) learned how to make natural yeast while over in Japan.

These last couple of weeks I’ve been playing around with making natural yeast and have had some great success which I hope to share with you.


In this article, I go into detail on how you can make your own homemade yeast using common foods found in your home or in the wild.

7 up biscuits

7 up biscuits

7 Up Biscuits

4 cups Bisquick
1 cup sour cream
1 cup 7-up
1/2 cup melted butter

Mix bisquick, sour cream and 7 up. Dough will be very soft – don’t worry Knead and fold dough until coated with your baking mix. Pat dough out and cut biscuits using a round biscuit / cookie cutter. Melt butter in bottom of cookie sheet pan or 9×13 casserole dish. Place biscuits on top of melted butter and bake for 12-15 minutes or until brown at 425 degrees,

Recipe: Buttermilk Cheddar Biscuits with Fermented Jalapenos

Recipe: Buttermilk Cheddar Biscuits with Fermented Jalapenos

It’s been a cold, grey weekend.  You know the kind of weather – gloomy enough that you never fully feel warm yet warm enough that it isn’t quite cozy weather.  It’s just kind of dank, dark and droopy.  It’s that kind of weather.

Last night we decided to watch movies, curl up with a blanket and make a big pot of chili.  I’m a giant fan of having some form of bread to dip into chili and last night we made these awesome biscuits:

We fermented jalapeno peppers in the summer (similar to this recipe but stopped short of blending and adding vinegar for hot sauce) and use them for everything from regular cooking to these cookies.  They are a pleasant combination of hot, sour and savory.

We also used rendered beef fat for this recipe.  It’s similar to lard (which is from a pig) and can be used in the place of butter for many things (although it’s smoking point is much higher so it can be used in higher-heat cooking).  It’s consistency is slightly thicker than butter and it’s a great alternative to commercially produced lard and vegetable shortening.

It’s biggest downside is that it can be hard to find: an old-fashioned butcher store (like Sausage Partners, where we got ours).  You’ll have to ask if they have it (it’s rarely on display) and you could replace it with lard or duck fat.  If you’re really stuck, you could also buy duck breasts for a wonderful meal and use the rendered fat (like in this recipe) for the biscuits.

Lastly, these are really easy to make.  The biggest secret to biscuits is to touch them as little as possible and prevent the fats from melting with the heat of your hands.  The real magic of biscuits occurs when ‘clumps’ of butter and fat remain in the dough (as opposed to a smooth dough like you would make for bread).  The two ‘secrets’ I use to do this are: working with cold fat and grating it when necessary.  I explain how to do this in the recipe below.


  • 2 cups flour
  • 4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 2 tablespoons frozen butter
  • 2 tablespoons rendered fat (cold is best)
  • 1 tablespoon molasses
  • 1-2 tablespoons fermented hot peppers (more or less as you like).  Include a small bit of brine as well.
  • 0.25 cups of old cheddar grated super fine (I used my microplane which continues to be my favorite kitchen gadget for more than 2 years)
  • 1 cup buttermilk, chilled


  1. Preheat your oven to 450.
  2. Toss the dry ingredients (they are the first 4) in a large mixing bowl.
  3. Grate the butter into the flour (you can use a large cheese grated like we do with pie but I prefer the microplane).
  4. Stir the mixture with the handle of a spoon (this prevents your hands from melting the butter) so that all of the small pieces of butter are individually coated in flour.
  5. Chop your fat fine (grating didn’t work for me but it was easy to create small ‘pebbles’ with a knife).
  6. Stir the fat with the handle of a spoon into the mixture and coat with flout.
  7. Add molasses, stir to incorporate.
  8. Chop your fermented peppers, stir to incorporate.
  9. Add the cheese, use the handle of your spoon to stir and incorporate.
  10. Create a ‘well’ in the center of the mixture, pour in the buttermilk.  Stir with the spoon to incorporate until it won’t come together any further.  It will be sticky and not completely incorporated.
  11. Rinse your hands with very cold water for about 30 seconds.  This will help cool them (you could also use a glove but you won’t be touching the dough that much.
  12. Dump the dough onto a floured surface and fold it onto itself (incorporating any stubborn bits into the fold) 5-6 times.  It should be a sticky dough at this point.
  13. Roll the dough into a 1-inch thickness.  Cut 2-inch biscuits from the dough (I used a hearty wineglass to do so).
  14. Place each biscuit on a cookie sheet and ensure each biscuit just touches the one next to them (they won’t stick together).
  15. You can reassemble the excess dough and make extra biscuits from it but they won’t be as flaky as the ones that have been worked less – so know which ones came from the scraps and use them for testing the ‘doneness’ as they cook.
  16. If you wanted to increase the fermented flavor, you could glaze the biscuits with brine at this point.
  17. Place in the oven.  They should turn golden and be cooked throughout in 15 minutes.  I tested in 12, separated them and could see the sides were still a bit doughy.  I left them separated and they finished cooking 4 minutes later.

Who’s making biscuits tonight?