Saturday, July 19, 2014

White Bread

The Basic tenets of bread making are flour water, yeast that is it.  What you add after that it is extra
When you are going through these recipes remember fresh ground wheat flour acts differently then store bought flour. Do not be afraid of failure. 
Most failures come from bad yeast . I love Hodgens mill yeast but I also enjoy red star when Hodgens mill is not available.

1 1/2 c warm water
1 tbl spoon yeast
1 tsp salt
3-4 c flour

buy a nonbleached flour.  King Arthur is my favorite

follow the mixing and rising prompts in the post getting started. this recipe will make one loaf of bread.
bake at 400 degree oven if you want a crusty bread do no preheat the oven. Place your bread on the rack and bake 25-35 min. always variations because of location location location.

Also as you allow your bread to rise- do not rush it, in the recipes here I give approximate times, you are the best judge. One reason I give you photos is so you can see how it should look. Do not rush your rise, within that rise the gluten is developing flavor is developing. Your best loaf comes from taking time and let your creation create.

Friday, January 31, 2014

Brown crusty bread

It has been awhile since I have posted here. Basically I had nothing to add till now. There are many ways to have a very crusty bread. Egg wash, brush with water; these are good but I found a new trick that I have now been doing on all my loaves.
The rule has always been to preheat the oven to the desired temp for me it is 400 degrees. I no longer preheat the oven I slide my bread in and bake it till it is golden brown. To be sure it is done I stick a meat thermometer in it 190 is what it should be in the center. You know it is done and crust on the outside and chewy on the inside. Try this trick I think you will like the outcome.

Saturday, June 16, 2012

Hamburger buns

Use the recipe in getting started

I have found a special way of making each hamburger bun the same size.

using 1/2 cup measuring; put in a blob of dough.

Then using a hamburger press to press them round like a bun.

Let them rise 20 minutes;  Bake 375 for approx 45 min.

I use a cookie sheet

Monday, June 11, 2012

Bread: Pizza

Bread: Pizza: Pizza dough is basic;  1 3/4 c warm water - 2tbl. yeast -enough flour so the dough is slightly sticky-tsp salt optional Today  it is going...

This makes 2 large pizzas. If you have never worked with bread dough before check out the page I wrote on getting started.
Preheat oven 425
When making pizza dough I double rise dough as in my post getting started. Once you form the crust on your cookie sheet or pizza stone or pizza pan you do not need to let it rise as you would rolls or a loaf.

This pizza had garlic salt-  Brats- onion- (Precooked together) Sliced tomato on top.

I sprinkled the garlic salt on the crust all over it- then placed my precooked items- oven is preheated 425
 I place the pizza in the hot oven for 10 minutes then  after adding cheese  another 10-15 minutes with cheese till it is bubbly. Some like their cheese slightly browned. I like mine well melted.


IT WILL GIVE YOU STEP BY  STEP. The recipe I wrote below in my last post can make 2 large pizzas  I opted for one pizza and 6 hamburger buns

With this pizza because I was lazy I used King Arthur unbleached bread flour.

Friday, June 8, 2012

Bread: making pasta today

Bread: making pasta today: I have some fresh herbs from the garden;  Italian parsley, celery parsley, basil, cilantro, precooked marinated beef cut into thin strips to...

making pasta today

I have some fresh herbs from the garden;  Italian parsley, celery parsley, basil, cilantro, precooked marinated beef cut into thin strips toss in hot olive oil enough to warm meet but not cook the herbs, add garlic, salt now toss in the pasta coat thoroughly.  Sometimes at this point I will add cherry or grape tomatoes toss and serve. Great summer meal.