I used to be the primary dietitian for college eating providers, charged with one major job: planning monotony breakers for residential eating. Together with the meals service managers from the 4 dormitories, we mind stormed themes for the 12 months. Some monotony breakers had been seasonal-some had been meant to impress the dad and mom.
The 4 resident halls ranged in dimension from 200-1000 college students. I examined the recipes in massive and small settings. Each corridor offered the meals otherwise. The employees dressed for the event and loved the time.
The pepperoni rolls, a West Virginia favourite, went over massive within the tailgate meals. The recent oranges flung onto Mountaineer Field when the Syracuse Orangemen arrived had been a nasty concept.
Popular recipes just like the hen enchiladas had been positioned on the cycle menu. These had been made onsite from scratch. My favourite item-Challah bread-was loved on Rosh Hashanah Eve.
I used to be recruited to return to the hospital as a senior dietitian. My first job was to revive the bake store choices.
There was a motion then to forego bakers’ labor and purchase processed baked items from purveyors. I by no means thought that was a good suggestion! Our bakers made breads, Challah, Three-flour braided bread, Reuben loaf (for which we gained an award), apple strudel, pineapple nut espresso cake and pumpkin roll. We enlarged our repertoire of connoisseur cookies (chocolate cordial cups was one in all my recipes).
St. Lucia’s Wreath, a vacation bread, got here full with candles and ribbon. Our bakers acquired coaching for cake adorning.
Patients acquired embellished gadgets to coincide with particular occasions.
Catering for every day conferences and particular occasions turned routine. There was loads of recent fruit and greens.
Many hors d’oeuvres had been selfmade. I realized a lot from the catering managers, manufacturing employees and director.
While the division now not had a meat cutter, the cooks nonetheless roasted meats. There had been few processed meals and no pre-washed or pre-cut produce. We nonetheless purchased milk from the college dairy.
I used to be happy to seek out the Three-flour braided bread recipe within the hospital amount recipe books from the early days. I used to be much more happy to seek out the home-size model in my very own recipe assortment. This bread is made with half complete grain flours and is moist and mushy. The recipe begins with one base dough, divides it in thirds, then provides the opposite 2 flours (so you should utilize the identical mixing bowl). The solely draw-back is it requires fairly just a few bowls for rising!
Three Flour Braided Bread
(1 loaf-16 servings)
Melt butter into heat water. Gradually add to mixing bowl, beating at medium velocity 2 minutes.
1 cup 2 tablespoon water, heated to 125 F
2 tablespoon butter
Add 1/2 cup flour. Mix at medium velocity for two minutes, scraping down sides of dough.
1/2 cup all objective flour
Divide dough in thirds, inserting 2 of the three batters in separate bowls.
Whole Wheat Dough
To the dough within the mixing bowl, add molasses and complete wheat flour. Knead at low velocity for five minutes. Place complete wheat dough in one other bowl greased with olive oil spray. Cover bowl.
1 tablespoon molasses
1/2 cup 2 tablespoon complete wheat flour
Place one other piece of the unique dough within the mixer. Add molasses, caraway, cocoa and complete rye flour. Knead at low velocity for five minutes. Place rye dough in one other bowl greased with olive oil spray. Cover bowl.
1 tablespoon molasses
1/2 teaspoon caraway seed
1 1/2 teaspoon unsweetened cocoa
1/2 cup 2 tablespoon complete rye flour
Place the remaining piece of the unique dough within the mixer. Add all objective flour. Knead at low velocity for five minutes. Place white dough in a separate bowl greased with olive oil spray. Cover bowl.
1/2 cup 2 tablespoon all objective flour
Allow all dough items to rise till double, about 45 minutes.
Punch dough down. On a floured floor, roll every bit right into a rope, about 14 inches. Braid Three ropes collectively, forming one loaf. Pinch ends collectively and fold beneath. Place braided bread dough on a parchment lined baking sheet. Cover and permit to rise till double, about 45 minutes.
Bake at 350 F for 40 minutes. Cool on wire rack.