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Tuesday, August 30, 2011
Baking Bread - Not a Quilty Post!
After reading this post on Kathy's Quilts blog and watching the video I decided to start making my own baked goods. I had been feeling a bit icky for quite a long time about the freshness dates on bread. I don't ever remember bread staying fresh in the cupboard for that length of time ever before in my life. Not only that, it is really ridiculous to pay $3 or more for a loaf of bread that is full of chemicals and additives. I made two loaves of white bread and I used my Kitchen Aid mixer to knead the dough. I think it was a bit much for it to handle so I think I will just make one loaf at a time. Who knows - I may even just start trying to knead the dough by hand. It may lead to getting some upper body strength that I so need!! As I said, my first attempt was white bread and it turned out pretty good - I took a picture after I we had eaten most of it. I also made 2 carrot nut loaves at the same time - my son is soooo happy.
Dough after rising
Fresh baked buns!
My next attempt was making buns - it was so easy. The recipe I used did not require any kneading and they turned out great. The recipe was supposed to make 48 small buns but I made 20 larger ones instead. I wanted them big enough for my son and husband to use for sandwiches. My son has requested that I make them into longer buns and my husband requested they not be so thick. These ones turned out like mini-loaves. I guess with practice I will figure out how much dough to use and how to shape it. Once I get these recipes down pat I will attempt to make whole wheat bread - much better for us!