Wednesday, December 2, 2015

All The Bread

Many have asked about the bread recipes we use, so I thought it would be easiest to post them in a follow-up to our food post from last week. :)

Assortment of rolls from The Bread Bible

We use both of these recipes below on a weekly basis:

Whole Wheat Sandwich Bread
This recipe originally came from our good friends, The Hammari's, but Jon has adjusted a few of the ingredients for our family as we've worked with it for the past year. It can be a bit crumbly, so we are going to keep experimenting, but overall this bread is easy to make, has great flavor and the kids love it! Also, if you aren't used to making bread already, whole wheat bread is a combo of wheat and white flour. If you use ONLY wheat flour it will be incredibly dense. Trust us. Just don't do it.

2 cups white flour
2 cups wheat flour
1-3 Tbsp sugar (depending on preference)
1-2 tsp sea salt
1 Tbsp active dry yeast
1.5 cups warm water
1 egg
2 Tbsp oil
optional ingredients: 1/3 cup chia seed, 3/4 cup oats

Mix all dry ingredients together (including yeast).
Add in wet ingredients all at the same time.
Knead by hand (or with machine, like your Kitchen Aid mixer) 5-10 min on a lightly floured surface until ingredients are fully integrated. Be careful not to overwork the dough! When it looks like things are good and combined, stop and coat the big ball of dough with oil or butter.
Jon typically leaves the dough in a mixing bowl to rise for 40 minutes. On a warm stove-top is ideal. Place a damp towel over the top of the bowl so that the dough doesn't dry out.
Take out dough and shape it into a greased bread pan.
(This makes 1 large loaf)
Let this rise again for about 25-30 minutes. Place the damp towel loosely over the top again while it rises. When the dough is done rising, lift the towel off gently so that it doesn't flatten your bread.
Bake at 350 for 30 minutes.
Top should be golden brown, and the bottom of the bread will sound hollow when it is tapped.
Cool in the bread pan for about 10 minutes and then transfer to a cooling rack.
I LOVE eating this bread hot out of the oven!


Hamburger Buns recipe click here!

These aren't the hamburger buns, but these rolls are still freakin' delicious :) Get a bread recipe book and go crazy!

We hope you have a fantastic winter indoors with your house smelling of successful baking experiments! :D

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