Bread and Jam for Frances – Toasted Sourdough Bread with Goat Cheese and Raspberry Spread


Bread and Jam for Frances –
Toasted Sourdough Bread with Goat Cheese and Raspberry Spread

Growing up, going to the public library was a big event. Once a week my mom would take my brother and I to our home town library. We were allowed three books sometimes four, if they were small. If we visited on the right day and everyone behaved, we were able to stay for story hour too. This may not sound like much today, with all the internet options we have now but in the 1960’s in a rural area is was wonderful to have access to all those books. I loved books and I still do both in print and in ebook form. But I digress, who is Frances and why does she have bread and jam.

“Bread and Jam for France’s,” is a children’s book by Russell Hoban. The author had a series of books about a little girl badger who is a very picker eater and will only eat bread and jam. She was just my “bull headed,” ideal. ┬áNot that I was a picky eater, no never, but I liked to do things my own way. Some say I still do.

I passed on the love of the book to my daughter, as well as a love of cooking. Who says it skips a generation? When I bake bread or make jam I think of Frances. So here are a couple of recipes the might hit the spot.

Sourdough Bread

(King Arthur Flour Site)

1 cup “fed” sourdough starter
1 1/2 cup lukewarm water
2 teaspoons yeast
1 tablespoon sugar
2 1/2 teaspoons salt
4-5 cups all purpose flour or bread flour, or a combination of the two.

Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
Combine all ingredients and knead to a smooth consistency. Allow to rise for 90 minutes in a grease bowl covered.
Divide the dough in half and shape into loaves.
Cover and allow to rise 1 hour.
Spray loaves with warm water, slash loaves and bake for 25-30 minutes.




Raspberry Spread

1 pint raspberries
1/4 raw sugar

Combine in a sauce pan and reduce down. This is more of a sauce than a jam but drizzled over the goat cheese this is the right consistency.


Toasted Sourdough Bread with Goat Cheese and Raspberry Spread

6 – 8 slices sourdough bread
4 ounces goat cheese
Raspberry Spread

Slice and toast the sourdough on the grill, the flavor you get from the grill is awesome. Spread with goat cheese and drizzle raspberry on top, no picky eaters here!

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