2015: January 1 ~ New Year Bread

Yum

30 minutes at 400 and Voila!! Beautiful, crusty crust, great texture, smooth, delicious.

  • 1 1/2 COLD water
  • 1 T sugar (dissolved in water)
  • 1/2 tsp. salt (dissolved in water)
  • 1 packet of quick rise yeast
  • 4 – 4 3/4 cups plain white flour
Mixer

It’s time to put the new KitchenAid mixer to use. Bread bread bread.

  1. 3 cups flour in the mixer bowl
  2. Add in the yeast between cups.
  3. Add in water/sugar/salt mixture
  4. 2 minutes on 2
  5. Add in the rest of the flour, about a cup more, sprinkle in spoonfuls after that if your dough is super wet and gooey. Do not over flour the dough
  6. 6 minutes all together on 2.
  7. Put in greased bowl covered for about 2 hours, or until it at least doubles in size.
  8. Dump out on floured surface, punch it down and out into about a 12 inch by 8 inch “rectangle”
  9. Roll it up, using the long side as the length.
  10. Put on a cooking tray with parchment paper, cover loosely with plastic or a proofing bag for an hour or until it doubles.
  11. Bake for 30 minutes on the baking tray with the same parchment you just raised it on.
  12. Leave to cool for at least 30 minutes…IF YOU CAN.
  13. Cut, eat, cut, eat, repeat.
Recipes

I have a lot of recipe books, cook books, Vegan, Vegetarian, and others, but none of them have the recipe I want.

Mixer

So, what does it look like from inside the mixing bowl? A whole lot like Captain Hook is coming to terrorize the ingredients. Scary.

Mixer Parts

Be patient my pretties, you WILL get used in a recipe soon!!

SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURES

Yes, I know they look like condoms. But actually it’s cheap fast rise yeast:) No, they are not interchangeable.

Flour

All those snotty chefs on TV can suck it, cheap flour is fine and dandy to make amazing bread!!

Water

Dissolving the sugar and salt in the COLD water. Yike, all my life I was told you must use warm water/milk for the yeast to work. All my life I was LIED TO!!!

Yeast

Sprinkling the yeast into the flour, NOT letting it bubble up in warm liquid…this is uncharted territory!!

Cold Water

Cold water bread, who would have thought? Oh yea, lot’s of people! Will it work!!??

Mixer

OH husband, I love you for being thoughtful and generous and giving me this amazing mixer for Christmas:)

Dough

The yeast is working, it’s smelling good and already feeling like it’s getting poofy. That cold water might work after all!

Dough

Shy little guy.

Rise

Whoa!! 2 1/5 hours and wow wow wow….it works!! Cold water does not KILL THE YEAST!!

Dough

Time to punch it down and get the second rise started.

Dough

Flattened and rolled and put onto a baking tray, covered with a loose plastic tent and back in to the bathroom, yes bathroom, for the final rise. It’s the warmest room in the house.

Dough

Inside the tent.

Gluten

Dear Gluten, I know a lot of people don’t like you anymore, but I do…shhhh don’t tell anyone.

Dough

Do some cuts in the top to make it look professional. My husband said, it looks like it came from a store!! ahhh high praise:)

Dough

Whew, that yeast really loved the cold water, and about 4 hours all together of rising, punching down, messing around with it, rising again.

Bread

Yes, it’s almost all gone already:)

 

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