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Beef Stew and Fresh-Baked Bread

The weather was wet and chilly all day long.  Perfect for a pot of stew and a loaf of bread.  I’ve been craving a stew for a while now, but the weather just wasn’t cooperating.  It finaly did, today.

My recipe for stew is pretty basic – beef, potatoes, onions carrots and celery.  Garlic powder, a splash of red wine, beef broth…  I don’t go too crazy when I’m making plain ol’ comfort-food stew.  No recipe.  I just throw the stuff in the pot .

My mom used coffee in her stew.  It made for a really rich broth.  Back in those days, we had a coffee pot going in the house 24/7.  Someone was always brewing or drinking a cup.  It was easy to add – it was always available.

I tend to eschew the coffee in favor of a cup of red wine, although if there’s coffee in the pot, I’ll always throw it in.  It really does add flavor and you don’t taste “coffee” when you do it.

And I made more bread.

This egg white recipe really rocks!

It is crusty-crunchy, soft and chewy.  It’s my favorite of the no-knead breads I’ve tried thus far!  And it is so simple.  It’s adding 3 egg whites in the measuring cup to make 3 cups total of liquid, following the basic recipe, and brushing the bread with an additional egg white before going into the oven.

It is seriously good!

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    Billie
    September 26, 2010

    I'm gonna have to make both the stew and bread. They look too good!

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    Vanessa
    September 27, 2010

    The crumb on that looks amazing. Definitely going to try out the three egg white technique on my next batch. The brioche dough from the same book is actually quite passable too, and makes amazing sticky buns. Homemade sticky buns with pumpkin butter filling and cream cheese icing? I think so.

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    Tim
    September 27, 2010

    I agree with the brioche dough. I made brioche lollipops for Easter using that dough! LOVE the idea of pumpkin butter-filled sticky-buns! :)

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