Sunday, August 8, 2010

How I Spent A Lazy Sunday

I decided that I would try my hand at baking bread. I haven't baked bread in over a decade and those loaves were considered lethal weapons (if ya know what I mean). The other day I went to my local bookstore and got a copy of Betty Crocker's Cookbook. I figured it was time I amped up my cooking repertoire. The first thing I made was homemade mac 'n cheese, simple. Then yesterday, after returning from the Farmers' Market, I cooked up a lovely lamb steak for my son & I. 2 for 2 in the cooking dept.

Today I tackled bread making. The loaves you see pictured are Honey Whole Wheat. It took me about 3 1/2hrs to make them from start to finish.
My son was mommy's kitchen helper, doing the dirty dishes as I finished with them. He also helped pour in the flour as I mixed. Oh yeah, I don't have a bread machine (hate them) so this was done the old way. We played the Wii while the bread rose, to pass the time more quickly. I was worried that I didn't knead the bread long enough or if the dough was too doughy, anxiety when you're new to this whole bread making thing.

After cutting the dough in half
I made
2 tubes of dough that went into the pans. They had to rise again, so more Wii time for the 2 of us (btw, I kick butt at Wii bowling). After baking in the oven for 45 min, my apt smelled like heaven, the bread came out and cooled. Now mind you, being a natural blonde under my auburn hair, I only then realized that I should've been taking pix, so I grabbed my camera & got these 2 lovelies taken. My son & I had a few pieces of warm bread, butter melting with a drizzle of honey that we got yesterday at the Market. It was a great mid-afternoon snack.

To the lovely Goddess who aided me in the kitchen, there will be an offering of bread just for you tonight.



Rue said...

Beautiful looking bread! I'm not a bread baker, but you've inspired me to try! I will have to wait until it cools down a bit though...not so interested in having the oven on when it's this hot outside!

Rowan LeBoutillier said...

Today was a rare cool day, so I jumped at the opp.

Diandra said...

Wow, they look great!

When I still had a real oven (at the dorm), I loved to make sourdough bread. Most of the time, I'd eat the whole loaf within 24 hours, with nothing but butter and a pinch of salt.

Man, it's time I start that bread-making again...

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