And you’re all invited. It’s ok if you forgot to bring a gift, next time I see you I’ll hit you up for a bottle of wine. I’ve been baking bread. Warm baking bread is one of the most inviting smells. I didn’t want this new home to smell like plastic and circuits, fresh bread is way better. Today I’m giving up the recipes to 3 of my favorite breads.
If you have a bread machine, it makes it so easy to bake these too. I have one of the really old models that’s round. I use the machine to do the heavy work then I take it out fo rthe final rise and cook it all in a pan. It’s especially nice that way because I can bake several loaves of different bread at the same time.
Left to right – Ginger Raisin, Everyday White, Sourdough Rye
All recipes are for 2lb loafs.
I mix the warm water or with the yeast to get it going (If I’m using yeast.) I let it sit for 5 minutes while I get the rest of the ingredients together.
1.5 tsp yeast
1/2 cup warm water
12 cup milk
4 Tbs Margarine
2 cups wheat flour
2 cups bread flour
1 tsp each cinnamon, ginger, salt
.5 tsp cloves
1 cup raisins.
3 tbs Barley malt
2 tsp yeast
1/4 cup warm water
1 cup milk
2 Tbs Butter or Margarine
1 tsp Salt
4 cups bread flour
1 tsp yeast (only necessary if you want an extra fluffy bread)
1.5 cups sourdough starter
1 cup Rye flour
2 cups wheat flour
1 cup white bread flour
4 tsp Olive oil
4 tsp Caraway seeds
If you don’t have a bread machine:
Mix all the ingredients together – wet and yeast and let it stand while you mis the dry ingredients together.
Then mix it all together – You need to be able to touch this thing and it needs to keep together so if it’s too wet or too dry you can adjust with water or flour.
Flour your counter and hands (keep flour nearby in case it all gets sticky)
Knead the dough for 5-10 minutes
Set it in a warm spot – I put it in my micro – leaving the light on – my gram puts hers in the oven (the oven needs to be off) but turns on the light. Warmth helps it rise – usually 20 min to 30 min
Repeat the kneading.
Place it in a greased baking pan
Let it rise again for 20-30 min
Bake at 350 for 20 minutes or until golden.
I swear I didn’t spend my whole weekend messing with the new blog. I took much of Sunday off to work on my sweater. I’m about 2 inches from finishing the neck. Since it’s a raglan, that’s about 2 inches from finishing the sweater. I do still need to knit on button bands. I really like the band knit on afterwards as opposed to the ones knit on while working on the garment. I think they look better.
Please excuse the horrid photo. I was threatened by crazy dogs and screaming children. I’m lucky to get a photo at all.
*fingers crossed that the feeds are finally working