Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Let Them Eat Bread

Hey, that's what I say! Forget about Marie Antoinette, this is no time for history. So, I made some bread. I made a lot of bread. And it was good. And on the 7th day I rested. Wait, that's another story. But I really did make some bread. I'm not a good bread maker. It comes out too flat, too dry, too wet, too yucky. But not this time!! I used my friend Julie's recipe (at end of post). Not only was it good, but it was the perfect size for bacon! All you vegetarians and such, close your eyes. All this cholesterol will kill and offend you.

You'll notice that the cutting of the slices was a bit erratic. It was John's sandwich - he did the cutting and photographing. I know I'm easily amused, but I was so impressed that the innards fit on the bread so well.
Here's the recipe:

Amish Country Bread

4 T. sugar
2 T. melted butter or margarine
1 T. salt
1 ½ cup hot tap water
2 T. yeast
4 ½ cups bread flour (or 1 ½ cups whole wheat and 3 cups bread)
1 egg white
1 T. water

*Recipe calls for mixer with dough hook, but could be kneaded by hand.

Put the first 5 ingredients in the bowl of the mixer. Stir and let sit for a little while so that the yeast can start to work. Add the flour about a cup at the time, mixing between cups. Once the dough has come together, let the mixer knead for about 8 minutes. Place the dough in a bowl that has been greased, turn to coat and let rise until doubled in size (45 minutes or so depending on how warm your kitchen is). Punch dough down and divide into 2 round loaves. Place loaves on a greased cookie sheet. Let rise again until doubled. Lightly spray tops of loaves with spray oil. Bake at 350 degrees until browned.

Option: Cut slits in diagonals on top and let rise again until doubled. Beat egg white and water in a small bowl. Coat loaves in egg wash. Sprinkle lightly with kosher salt or sea salt.

Loaves may be sprinkled with Parmesan cheese and dried rosemary instead of salt.

Okay, so I used my dough hook on my mixer for the first time. I was quite thrilled that I didn't have to knead this bread by hand, so I puttered around the house while it was doing it's thing. When I came back, this is what I found.

Contrary to what you might be thinking, that is not a gigantic penis in my mixing bowl. This is what my bread dough does when you let the dough hook knead for you. When bread dough goes wild. Has this ever happened to anyone else, or do I just have a perverted mixer?


Beverly said...

You are so crazy! My bread machine never makes such interesting shapes. Same old large ball.

The sandwich looks yummy and I'm going to give the bread a try.

Jenny said...

Ha ha! I wonder if that's what my mom's mixer makes. Suzi does look blond in pictures, doesn't she? Jordan was very blond until 5 or 6 (they called him Cotton Top) but I think Suzi's hair is going to be mostly brown. She'll probably want to dye it all different colors when she gets to about middle school.

Julie said...

Yes, my mixer sometimes produces some strangely shaped dough. I've found that it sometimes tries to "crawl" right out of the bowl, so lately I've let it knead at a very slow speed. This bread is one of the best things I've found lately. I have two loaves rising now and they're already promised!

Theresa said...

My mixer makes strange shapes but not like that! lol I am going to try this bread and convert it to whole wheat. It looks like fun!