Living an involuntary hermit's life. Working towards living a healthier, gluten-free, hopefully cancer free life with my 2 dogs, 3 chickens and loving family.

Living with intention

When stumbling through life isn't good enough anymore..... decide to be yourself and enjoy life, and pay attention to Gods gifts all around.

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Finally I Made Some Good Bread

One of the things I have talked about in previous posts is my wanting to do some things, goals, that I have put off doing. Things like taking a photography and cooking class. Travel. Take Yoga classes. Well my "digestion" at this point keeps me from doing a lot of things on my list. But one thing I've always wanted to learn is how to make bread. I have tried to make bread in the past. It was always edible but nothing to write home about. To make good bread I think you need to do it often if you want to improve, and I wouldn't try it again for months. But now I have the time to learn and practice.

Last week I checked out a book from the library called Baking, by James Peterson. I really checked it out because it looked like it had some really good cake recipes in it and you know how out of control I am lately with my sweets. Anyway, I noticed he had a large, very detailed section on breads. It has step by step pictures and he goes into not only how to do steps but why. I am a visual learner so pictures are always good. First thing I noticed is in the past I probably used too much flour and did not knead long enough. I have a short attention span. He showed exactly how to make it in my mixer so that's how I did it. So here it goes........................

Put 4 cups flour, 1 1/2 cup warm water and 1 1/2 teas. yeast in mixer.

wait 10 minutes. Mix then add one teaspoon salt. Mix for 2 minutes. Cover with damp towel and wait 20 minutes. Mix on medium with hook (kneading) for 7 minutes.

Put dough in a oiled bowl and cover

Let dough rise until it doubles. around 2 hours.
While it was rising, I took the time to make my juices for the next few days. I juiced 2 lbs of carrots which made a little over a pint of juice and a little over 3 lbs of apples which made almost a quart of juice.
Back to the bread.
After it rose, I punched it down, followed the instructions on how best to form the loaf, then put it in the oiled pan.
covered and I let it rise again for about an hour.
Preheated the oven at 425 degrees with a sheet pan in the bottom rack. when heated I poured about 4 cups water in pan. put bread on rack above it, sprayed the oven walls with water, waited 30 seconds and repeated 2 times. I baked it for about 50 minutes.
I might take it out a little earlier next time but this is the best loaf of bread I have ever baked.


dreamer said...

Well done, that looks delicious :) said...

Yum! Looks amazing! I am so looking forward to summer when I have time to bake bread again!