Monday, February 1, 2010

Easy Home Made Bread

So, there I was....I wanted to make Fondue this weekend. I also wanted to make bread to go into the Fondue. I grumbled and ooffed and uffed getting the bread machine out of the pantry.

Mission accomplished.

I added my ingredients and turned on the machine. Uh oh...that sound isn't right! I peered inside and the dough was not moving...DANGIT! Where the paddle? I didn't remember seeing it when I added the ingredients. Ugh. It's lost! I looked all in the pantry and even called my husband to see if he knew where it was! NADA! Great!

So, I tossed out what I could and soaked the bread machine bin in soapy water. Friday, I was on the hunt online for a new paddle. I found a guy who sold them and tagged the site for later.

I went to clean the soaking bin in the sink, and what do I find? The paddle. It must have been in the bottom on the bin, just not attached as I tossed the ingredients on top. Typical Aspie that I am, I didn't do a pre-check but just rushed into making the bread.

SO, all that said...I ended up making bread from scratch. It was very easy and the kids love to help.

I found the recipe at The Heart of New England website :

**The only thing I did different was add a teenie bit of honey to the recipe.


5-6 cups all-purpose flour (you can substitute whole wheat flour for 1 or 2
2 tablespoons of dry yeast
2 tablespoons brown sugar
1 tablespoon salt
2 cups hot water (120-130 degrees F.)

A cake pan of hot water

Mix 3 cups of the flour with the yeast, sugar and salt. Pour in the hot water
and beat 100 strokes (or 3 minutes with a mixer).

Stir in the remaining flour until the dough loses its stickiness. Turn onto a
floured surface. Knead for 8 minutes.

Place dough in a greased bowl and cover with a warm damp cloth. Let rise
for 15 minutes in a warm spot (away from drafts).

Punch down and divide the dough into two pieces. Shape into round loaves
and place on a greased baking sheet. Cut an "X" one-half inch deep in each of
the loaves with a wet sharp knife.

Place baking sheet with loaves in the middle of a COLD oven. Place a pan of
hot water on the lowest shelf. Heat the oven to 400 degrees and bake 40-50
minutes until golden brown.

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