Monday, August 24, 2009

Whatcha making Monday

Well with the signs of fall all around I decided yesterday to do some baking. I have tried and failed many times at homemade bread. One of my fondest memories as a child was going to my grannys and the smell of fresh baked bread just smacked ya right in the face when you walked in. My brothers and I would fight to get the end and smother it with butter. OHHHHH so good. So I just happened to stumble blog and there was a recipe for bread. So I thought why not? You can also find this that moves: the lunch box post. 2 cups warm water (110F)1/2 cup agave nectar (honey or sugar is fine)1 1/2 tablespoons active dry yeast1 1/2 teaspoons sea salt1/4 cup light vegetable oil (your preference)4 cups all purpose white flour (we use organic white whole wheat, germ still in)2 cups whole wheat bread flour
1. In a large bowl, dissolve the agave in the warm water, add yeast. Allow to proof until yeast resembles a creamy foam, about 10 minutes.
2. Mix salt and oil into the yeast. Work in 6 cups of flour. Knead dough on a lightly floured surface until smooth. Use a little more flour if needed. Place in well oiled bowl, and turn once to coat the entire surface of the dough with oil. Cover with a clean damp cotton cloth. Allow dough to rise until double in size., about an hour.
3. Punch dough down. Knead for a few minutes, and divide in half. Shape into loaves and place into two well oiled 9x5 loaf pans. Allow to rise for 30 minutes.
4. Bake in a 350F oven for 25 minutes. When you thump the top of the bread it should sound hollow.
TIP: My house tends to be on the cool side, even in the summer. I turn my oven on 200 and allow the bread to rise on the stove top. Works really well. It turned out great and it was very simple. It Tasted just like Grannys.

So then I decided what would go good with homemade bread? Soup of course. So I made my broccoli cheese soup. It was A very good dinner and all was happy. The kiddies went back to school today so I will have a little extra time to bake. I really do love it.


Tomatoe Creek Prims said...

That looks so good, I remember my mom baking bread every week!
Have a great evening!

Colleen/And Baby Makes Five said...

Isn't that bread divine, Tracie?! I'm so glad you made some ... and enjoyed it! It's my very favorite everyday bread recipe these days. And so easy too.


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