Sunday, August 1, 2010
Armed with a simple but knowledge packed 32 page book on basic bread making I set off for my first bread making adventure. Its simply called "basic bread baking" by glenn andrews. Its by my favorite publication company storey.
So I heated up my stove and slowly simmered milk sugar salt and butter till melted and warm. Then I proofed the yeast. I added the milk mixture to the now proofed yeast. Stirring. I Added 1 cup of flour and mix real well. Then add another repeat. (It takes 6 cups of flour (I use unbleached)).
I knead and knead and knead then let rise. It seems like that part (the rising) took forever (more like a hour : D) then i punched it back down rolled it out formed it into loaves and let rise again this time in the cast iron bread pan. While it was rising for time #2
I preheated the oven and noticed it took about half the time to rise the 2nd go around! : D I threw the loaves (I made 2) into the oven and seemingly watched the minutes tick by.
A bad smell filling my house reminding me that I keep forgetting to clean the stove.
After 40 minutes their ready I take them out of the oven and realize holy cow poop they are rock hard.
Gritting my teeth and cursing under my breath I wonder what I did wrong.
It easily slide out the loaf (this is why I'm loving cast iron)
I butter it and let cool. Even though they are rock hard I figure I can chisel it open and see the inside. After all this was my first time and I was curious as to what the inside looked like.
Well as its cooling on the kitchen counter and Google "rock hard bread" not finding any answers I go back to my trusty book. What could I have done wrong? Maybe the yeast was bad? Maybe I used bad flour? to much flour? *sigh*
After 45min I'm cooking up my homemade noodles and pesto and baking my garden herb flavored chicken I decide to cut into my bread....
Its perfect!!!! As it cooled the rock hard bread was no longer rock hard. A wonderful buttery crisp crust with a white fluffy warm inside. I cut slices and added it to my homemade dinner. All I can say it yummmmm
And it went great with the meal and to wash it all down garden herbal tea!! Sweetened with local honey!
What a great adventure!!