Monday, February 2, 2009

Baking bread with Steve

Steve wanted to learn to make bread on Saturday morning...so I gave him my recipe and said

"OK, I always double it. Oh, and there is not enough flour in the recipe so add another 2/3 cups bread flour...one more thing, I always add 1/4 cup gluten too. You know how to bloom the yeast right?"

SILENCE...BLANK STARE. Sometimes, I get a little annoyed when he cooks because he asks about every single step, ("why don't you just READ the directions!") Now I realize that I am not exactly a recipe "follower." Recipes are more of a "guide" to me...so the following is the complete recipe with the added notes Steve took. He did a great job...such a good job, he ended up making two double batches. We left the house Saturday afternoon, and the kids blew through both loaves.

Wheat Bread
3 cup warm water
2 Tbl dry yeast
1/2 cup honey
2 Tbl molasses
2 Tbl oil
4 cups wheat flour
4 cups bread flour
4 tsp salt
1/4 cup gluten

1. Water (100F - 110F + Molasses + dry yeast (mix and let sit for 10 – 15 min (let the yeast get foamy looking)
2. Add honey and oil to #1 and mix.
3. Put liquid mixture (#1 & #2) into mixing bowl.
4. Add wheat flour, bread flour, salt & gluten. Mix with dough hook for ~5min.
5. Let rise for ~1hr in big bowl. Grease the bowl with some veg. oil and put the dough in. (cover with plastic wrap).
6. Form loaf by rolling out long and as wide as the bread pan. Roll up, fold ends under & place into greased bread pan (grease w/Crisco)
7. Let rise 30 – 40 min, bake @ 350 for 35 min.
8. Cool in pan 10 min, then cool on rack.

Here is what he started with...

Wheat Bread
Great easy recipe
1 1/2 cup warm water
1 Tbl dry yeast
1/4 cup honey
1 Tbl molasses
1 Tbl oil
2 cups wheat flour
1 1/3 bread flour
2 tsp salt

Mix with dough hook for 5 minutes. Turn into greased bowl and rise 30-40 minutes. Form into a loaf and rise 30 min more. Bake at 350 for 30-35 minutes.

OK, I get it now...I'll try to be more patient in the future.

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