Here is my rambling story about making bread for the very first time. Enjoy.
I’m a little dubious about this. Making bread. A new experience. All kinds of things can go wrong.
At this moment in time I’m worried that the dough will not rise. It’s been an hour since I first kneaded the dough and it appears to have not changed in size. Maybe I should start again. The original recipe called for regular flour. I thought I’d spice things up with wheat flour. Maybe this changed the chemistry in the mixture too much. Humm. I think I’ll need to do a little research into this whole bread making thing. I’d like to make French bread a la Julia Child’s Mastering the Art of French cooking, but I need a pizza stone to bake it on. Time to check the dough again.
Well I guess that the dough did rise. I’d just forgotten how big it was to begin with. I kneaded it a second time then placed it in the buttered pan. Time to rise for a second time after Alex decide to slash the top. I’m fairly sure that you do that after it rises, oh well.
Miracle of miracles it rose again, not as much as I thought it would, but oh well. Into the oven it goes. Timer set for 30 minutes. Here we go, the final step. My mouth is watering in anticipation. I cannot wait to taste my newest creation.
Warm bread out of the oven. Yum. Melt a little butter and some honey on the top. So good. I think I might eat the whole thing by myself.
The Pioneer Cookbook
- 1 teaspoon active dry yeast
- 3 cups wheat flour
- 1½ teaspoons salt
- ½ teaspoon sugar
- 1½ tablespoons honey
- 1 tablespoon butter (soft)
- ¾ cup barely warm buttermilk
- 3 ounces warm water
- In a large mixing bowl, combine the buttermilk and water.
- Then stir in the yeast until it is dissolved.
- Sprinkle the flour over the liquid.
- Make a well in the center of the flour and place the remaining ingredients in the well.
- With your hands, knead the mixture until it forms a dough.
- Cover it with a towel and let rise until it doubles in size (about 1 to 1½ hours).
- Lightly coat a bread pan with butter.
- Knead dough again, then form into a loaf.
- Place the dough into the prepared pan and cover with a towel.
- Let rise for 1 more hour.
- Then bake at 375ºF for 30 to35 minutes or until the bread is golden brown and cooked throughout.