Monday, February 12, 2024

French Bread and Log Cabin Chicken PIe

I have the easiest French Bread recipe to share!  

I used some of the leftover slices of the bread for my morning breakfast tray to dip in my cheese covered egg.  

This is a nice tea to have for Valentine's Day!

This pretty red transferware Johnson Bros Olde English Countryside teacup blends so well with my heart plate that came from a neighbor's garage sale. 


I received this recipe for the bread from a mom of one of Mike's college girlfriend's.  She's also the one who gave me my bread starter from the Civil War, which I've kept going for over 20 years.   This bread also makes for great French Bread Pizza or you can use the dough to make pizza crusts.  

Yield: make two-three loaves
Author: Kitty
French Bread

French Bread

This bread dough is made in the food processor and is so easy!


  • 1/2 cup warm water
  • 1 T. yeast
  • 1 T. sugar
  • 4 1/4 cup flour
  • 1 1/2 t. salt
  • 1 T. butter
  • 1 cup ice water


  1. Mix sugar & warm water together in a small bowl. Sprinkle on the yeast & let proof for about 5 minutes.
  2. Put flour, salt & butter in food processor & mix with the plastic blade. Pour the warm water mixture down the food tube while running & let run until well mixed.
  3. While running, slowly pour the ice water down the tube & let the processor run (and knead) until the mixture balls up. After it balls up, let it run another 45 seconds.
  4. Put dough in a greased bowl, cover loosely & let rise several hours until it has quit rising. Punch down on a clean, dry counter & roll out into a rectangle about 12 x 16 inches. Now you can either cut it lengthwise into 2, for larger loaves, or 3 for baguette size loaves. You can also make 6-8 sub-style "hard" rolls. Cut 4-6 slits slits on the diagonal on the top. Cover & let rise until double.
  5. Preheat oven to 425 degrees. I usually moisten the top of the bread. If you want a very shiny crust, you can brush with a beaten egg white. You can sprinkle with sesame or poppy seeds, if you wish. Bake about 15-20 minutes, or until golden.
  6. Let cool on wire racks.

The story about this Log Cabin Chicken Pie is that I got the recipe from Lazarus Department Store, in Columbus, Ohio, when I was newly married.  Then I came across it in my Pillsbury's Best 1000 Recipes Best of the Bake-Off Collection, copyright 1959, that one of my mom's friends gave to me because she knew how I loved to cook.  I've been saving recipes since I was a teenager.  

This is a different kind of chicken pie and very good!  I like to make this around President's Day because when I was young, we celebrated George Washington and Abraham Lincoln in February.  

Yield: 10" pie
Author: Kitty, adapted from a Senior Winner in a Pillsbury Bake-Off
Log Cabin Chicken Pie

Log Cabin Chicken Pie

Here's the story behind the recipe from my Pillsbury's Best 1000 Recipes Best of the Bake-Off Collection cookbook. " Abraham Lincoln stopped by Mrs. Parker's great, great grandparents' log cabin. This tasty chicken pie was served."


  • 1 pie shell, partially baked at 425 degrees for 10 minutes
  • 1/2 cup chopped celery
  • 1/4 cup chopped green pepper
  • 2 Tablespoons chopped onion
  • 3 Tablespoons butter
  • 3 Tablespoons flour
  • 1 1/2 cups chicken stock
  • 1/4 teaspoon poultry seasoning
  • 3 cups cubed cooked chicken
  • 1 cup bread crumbs (2-3 slices)
  • 1/4 cup melted butter
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon poultry seasoning


  1. Saute' the celery, green pepper, & onion in the 3 tablespoons of butter in a large skillet about 5 minutes. Blend in the flour & then add the chicken stock, poultry seasoning & salt to taste. Cook, stirring constantly, until thickened. Stir in the chicken & simmer.
  2. Combine the bread crumbs, melted butter & the salt, pepper & poultry seasoning.
  3. Pour the hot chicken mixture into the partially baked pie crust. Top with the crumb mixture. Bake at 400 degrees for 10-15 minutes.

Thank you for your visit!  xo


  1. Thank you for the recipes!!

  2. Both recipes sound delicious! I actually have a turkey pot pie on the menu for this week since we just had a turkey last night and I have a bunch of leftovers.

  3. Your chicken pie sounds so tasty and easy Kitty! I love the addition of bread crumbs on top instead of a pie crust. Your French bread sounds good and easy too, I love food processor recipes. Love your pretty Johnson Brothers teacup and I bet your Harney & Sons chocolate tea is wonderful. Wishing you a wonderful week ahead ♥

  4. Kitty, It is amazing you have kept your bread starter going for 20 years. You bake and cook all the time and never gain weight! Such a blessing.
    Your chicken pie looks delish and your pretty tray is impressive. I love the english tea cup from your neighbors garage sale. Have a nice week.

  5. Kitty, I used to shop at Lazarus in Columbus, OH. We took our sons at Christmas to see Santa, and we had lunch in the dining room. That was way back in the day. The recipes look so good. A warm slice of bread with a cup of tea would be wonderful right now. Have a blessed day.

    1. Lazarus was such a great department store. I took my kids to see Santa and they also had a shop for kids to buy their own gifts. Thank you for stopping by with your memories. ❤️

  6. Hi Kitty,

    All your food looks so good to me this morning!! :D I love the pretty tea tray you've set up, and that Johnson Brothers pattern is one of my favorites. I would love to have a set of dishes in that pattern! That is such a pretty Harney & Sons tea tin, and I'm sure the tea tastes lovely. I would love to try your French bread recipe, but I no longer have a full-size food processor -- just a small one. I doubt it would be big enough. I do love good French bread, though. This chicken pie looks yummy! I like this different version, and it looks like it would be easier to make than the two-crust version. :)

    Thank you for sharing the recipes, Kitty!! Happy Valentine's Day to you, dear friend!


    Denise at Forest Manor

  7. Mmm...both recipes look delicious. I'm a chicken pie and bread girl. I could eat them both every day of the week. I also love all your red accents. My favorites! Happy Valentine's Day, Kitty!!

  8. Love your valentine's pretties for your table Kitty. You have two of my favorites here, bread and chicken pie! Wishing you a very happy Valentine's Day..........

  9. Love your pretty red, and you even have tea to compliment your table setting. Wishing you a very happy Valentine's Day! I pinned the chicken pie to make at our cabin :--)

  10. What an odd coincidence - Michael and I were JUST talking about old bread starters about 20 minutes ago!!!!!! And then I sit down to finally read some blogs and emails and look at your post. From the Civil War? WOW! He was telling me a bread baker at his work has a 50 year old recipe and we were shocked......I just read your post about the Civil War starter and it blew his mind!!

    Thanks for sharing, Kitty! Hugs! ♥♥♥

  11. Both recipes sound like keepers Kitty! I haven't made bread in a long time... Think I need to heat up the oven while it's still cold outside:@)

  12. Kitty, both of those recipes sound so good. I would love to make that chicken pie sometime. That tea looks so good and perfect for Valentine's day. I love how you always have such nice teas. I hope you have a nice week Kitty.

  13. How delightful Kitty. The bread sounds amazing and so easy and that Log Cabin Chicken pie looks pretty delicious. The bread crumbs on top are a nice surprise. Love the pretty Johnson Bros tea cup and that decadent Harney & Sons chocolate tea. The tin is darling.
    Happy Valentine’s Day Kitty.❤️

  14. 💘 Happy Valentine’s Day, Kitty!

  15. Happy Valentine's Day, Kitty!

    H&S has the prettiest tea tins. Was the Valentine tea more floral?

  16. Happy belated Valentine's Day Kitty! Both your recipes look and sound so good! I love Pillsbury recipes, and the pot pie with bread crumb topping is calling my name :) The tea sounds wonderful too ❤️

  17. Oh, my! The bread and the chicken pie both sound so delicious! I can't believe there is a bread starter that dates back to the Civil War! How amazing! You are such a wonderful cook, dear friend. May God bless you always.

  18. Both recipes sound great! I'd love to try the French bread recipe. It sounds like such a quick and easy recipe with the food processor! My starter (named Kitty) is still going strong too. I keep in the frig and sometimes I forget to feed it for two weeks and it always bounces back to life. The Chocolate/Rosebud tea sounds delicious and your cup is lovely. Happy Valentine's week!

  19. Great bread recipe. Baking bread weekly, so will have to give this one a whirl as well.
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  20. Kitty, I always love my visits to your Kozy Kitchen. Your breakfast tray looks so inviting, I want to stick a fork in it. And the pie and bread really speak to me as well. If I hadn't already made my chicken pie yesterday, with leftovers for today, I'd try this one today! Oh well, soon enough.

  21. Kitty, the chicken pot pie looks delicious! I am a fan of chicken pot pie and make it often. Amazing that you have kept the bread starter going for 20 years. The red transferware cup and saucer looks so pretty with the heart plate. Wishing you a lovely week!

    1. Most of my comments seem to disappear once published! I don't know why?
      I do enjoy your posts.

      All the best Jan


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