From the kitchen of One Perfect Bite...We've been buried in fog for the past several days. It's the kind you associate with Sherlock Holmes, Jack the Ripper and the clopping of horse's hooves on the cobblestones of a back alley in Merrie Olde England. Around seven this morning, the Silver Fox joined me at the table, had a few sips of coffee and then went out on the deck. While I couldn't see him, I could here him pacing on the deck and knew instinctively that cabin fever had the man in its grip. He came back into the house and issued one of his famous urbi et Maria pronouncements, "We're heading to the coast, I want to be out of here by ten." Normally, I'd have been thrilled, but I had committed to bring something to a coffee the following morning. Wanting not to disappoint on either score, I did a quick search of my "keepers" and found this old recipe for a super simple, yet scrumptious walnut bread. Fortunately, I had walnuts aplenty and immediately started work on the loaves which I knew would be perfect for the morning coffee. While I had to use the microwave to help bring the ingredients to room temperature, once that was done it took all of ten minutes to make the bread and throw it in the oven. I dressed while it baked and left its care to the kitchen gods who have been very kind to me of late. Both the bread and I were ready for our ten o'clock departure. We headed toward the coast and by the time we crossed the Siuslaw River, the sun was shining. We spent the day learning how to crab and inspected a three-master, called the "Sea Nile" whose owner may indeed have been. At any rate, downtown Florence, one of our larger coastal towns, was packed with folks who had the same idea as the sun-starved Silver Fox and he had to share the streets with them. We headed home and while our part of the valley was still smothered in fog, the aroma of the walnut bread as we walked in the door reminded me how very good this simple bread can be. I do hope you'll try the recipe. Make it the day before you plan to serve it and I promise you'll not be disappointed. Here is how it's made.
Simply Scrumptious Walnut Bread...from the kitchen of One Perfect Bite
1 cup butter or margarine
2 cups sugar
4 cups flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 1/2 cups chopped walnuts
2 teaspoons vanilla
2 cups sour cream
1) Cream butter and sugar until fully blended. Slowly beat in eggs. Sift flour, salt and baking soda and add to egg mixture. Blend in nuts, vanilla and sour cream.
2) Turn batter into 2 well-greased 8-1/2 x 4-1/2-inch loaf pan. Bake at 350 degrees 55 to 65 minutes or until wood pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool 10 minutes. Remove from pan. Yield: 2 loaves.
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