October 20, 2011

Rollin’ in the dough

While the children were involved in their “reading hour”,  I made some bread dough.  I was planning on making a French bread loaf, which I did.  I’d show you a picture but a French loaf is always lovely, nothing surprising. 

However when my youngest joined me, we decided to try something a little bit different.

First we decided to make a sunflower.

sunflower dough   sunflower bread

Then we decided to make a face.  Not just any face… but Moustache Man!

moustache man       moustache man bread

As you can see, these are adorable!  Our mustache dropped down a bit as the dough rose in the oven.  Next time we will make the moustache thinner and lighter.  And in case you wanted to know… his ‘stache was good!  As was his hair, and nose, and ear, in case you wanted to know.

I haven't yet posted our 30-day challenge regarding bread, so I’ll go ahead and give you my favorite dough recipe here:

  • 8 Cups of Flour (I prefer to use a combination of White Wheat and All Purpose Flour)
  • 3 Tablespoons of Instant/Fast Acting Yeast
  • 3 Tablespoons of Brown Sugar
  • 2 teaspoons of Sea Salt
  • 3 Cups of Hot from the tap Water

Note: This recipe makes a large batch of dough (enough to make 2 large loaves).

I use a stand mixer with a dough hook.  I add 6 cups of the flour and the remaining dry ingredients.  I mix them for just a few seconds, then I add the water slowly as it is kneading.

Once you’ve added all your water and it has mixed in, you will need to add your remaining 2 cups of flour.  Depending on the humidity or alignment of the Earth, you may or may not need all of the flour.  Add flour slowly until the dough is “cleaning” the sides of your bowl.  You can knead this for as long as you prefer.  I just mix it thoroughly until it makes a dough ball on my hook and call it good.

Next, place your dough ball in a large bowl.  I spray mine with oil and make sure it coats the entire dough ball.  Cover with a warm damp hand towel to aid in rising.  Sometimes, I turn my oven on for just a few minutes and then turn it off.  I  place my bowl in the oven during the rise time.  Do not put your bowl or dough in a hot oven to rise, it could melt your bowl and cook your bread.  You just need a warm oven.  Use common sense here.

Once your dough has risen for 15 minutes, punch it down.  Divide your dough.  Shape it and you are ready for cooking. 

With this recipe you have two cooking options, which is another reason I love this recipe. 

Option 1 – Put your shaped dough in a COLD oven and turn it on to 400 degrees.  Check on it in 20 minutes.

Option 2 – Preheat your oven to 400 degrees.  While it is preheating, cover your shaped dough and let it rise on the stove until the oven is ready.  Check on it in 20 minutes.

I love this recipe because it consistently yields good bread.  It freezes well and is quick.  I’ll share more about all that when I post about our 30 day bread challenge.  Along with tips and tricks I’ve learned along the way.

6 comments:

  1. Oh, wow! Those loaves are so cool and fun! I've been making our breads from scratch (using a bread machine) for over a year now, but never thought of letting the kids do something more interesting with the loaves. What a GREAT idea!

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  2. Those are fun. I haven't thought about making stuff from our bread. I make HUGE batches, but never thought about playing with it! :) Looks like we are playin with our food tomorrow. LOL

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  3. What a fun and neat idea! Looks great!

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  4. This looks good. Such a fun idea. Thanks for the recipe too.

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  5. Wow those look delicious. I may have to try to make those. They looks so cool.

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  6. I just found your blog. I have enjoyed reading it. :)

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