Thursday, July 8, 2010

Something is growing in my kitchen


IT'S ALIVE...

and it's growing in my kitchen
and I am OK with that.

I recently learned to make homemade bread (recipe posted below) and although it turned out gloriously wonderful (like even better than sliced bread - to use a common phrase) I love sourdough bread more than anything (well, except chocolate, but I don't see the growing and processing of cocoa beans in my immediate future) So I searched out how to make sourdough bread. In my search I came across "Sweetbread" and got excited at the prospect of a homemade bread that had a slightly sweeter taste. Then I learned that "Sweetbread" is not bread at all. Disappointment and disgust is all I feel at this point.

Moving on...

Sourdough bread requires the use of a starter. You can cheat and get a starter from an outside source or you can be a pioneer (like me, but not to be misconstrued with me being The Pioneer Woman) and make your own.

From what I found, it's pretty easy. Flour, water, sugar and stuff mixed and stored at 70-80 degrees until it begins to grow or become alive. Every 24 hours you have to feed your creation, but sometime within a week I should have my sourdough starter. Until then I am dealing with the emotions that only a housewife feels from growing something in her kitchen.

Here is the bread recipe for just plain ole' white bread (You are going to love me for it and sending "Thank You" notes is totally acceptable and expected!)

Old Fashioned Bread (this means it didn't come from the store with a twist tie)

Original Recipe Yield 3 - 1 1/2 pound loaves

Ingredients

  • * 3 cups warm water
  • * 3 tablespoons active dry yeast
  • * 3 teaspoons salt
  • * 4 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • * 1/2 cup white sugar
  • * 8 cups bread flour

Directions

1. In a large bowl, combine warm water, yeast, salt, oil, sugar, and 4 cups flour. Mix thoroughly, and let sponge rise until doubled in size.
2. Gradually add about 4 cups flour, kneading until smooth. Place dough in a greased bowl, and turn several times to coat. Cover with a damp cloth. Allow to rise until doubled.
3. Punch down the dough, let it rest a few minutes. Divide dough into three equal parts. Shape into loaves, and place in three 8 1/2 x 4 1/2 inch greased bread pans. Let rise until almost doubled.
4. Bake at 350 degrees F for 35 to 45 minutes. The loaves may need to be covered for the last few minutes with foil to prevent excess browning.

5 comments:

Courtney said...

I have never tried making homemade bread. One of these days I'm gonna get brave and try it.

Hazel Nut said...

First, I totally love that movie! Second, I totally love homemade bread! I usually use plain ole all purpose flour, you know, so I can use it for everything. I might have to try your recipe. How about a vloggie tutorial, I loved seeing you in the kitchen making butter.

Lady Hill said...

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This post just made me hungry!

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The Ninja said...

How awesome that you make bread! I have always wanted to get a machine, but no more room at the inn!! New follower from Friday Follow!

Julie @ My Life...Inspired said...

mmm homemade sourdough bread sounds delish! Good Luck :-)

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