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Now THAT’S Bread

Nice texture, great taste
Nice texture, great taste

Just broke out the butter and laid it on top of the still-warm bread. It’s really nice! The texture works and it’s definitely a real whole-wheat without weighing a ton. Not wimpy, but easy to eat and a natural companion to sandwich meats and cheese. Or, just on its own!

It doesn’t seem to be burned, either. The bottom crush is very dark but the taste is not affected. I’m pleased.

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Those Babies Are in There

Whoa! Those loaves rose fast. I thought I’d have enough time to bake up a chicken parmesan before they went in, but those babies had doubled in size and were rising up over the pans. So, in they went, along with the chicken.

Bread on the left, chicken on the right
Bread on the left, chicken on the right
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Day Two of Bread

Yup, I’m still in the mood. This time I’m going for a heartier loaf, so I chose a wheat germ bread from Bernard Clayton’s Complete Book of Breads. In addition to the wheat germ it also has significant amount of whole wheat flour, with a bit of white to soften it up.

I suspect this bread will be darker and a bit sweeter than the white beginner’s loaf I churned out yesterday. There’s about 1/3 cup of molasses, in addition to a few teaspoons of white sugar.

Off I Go!
Off I Go!

The wheat germs soaks in warm milk, then gets added to a combination of butter, salt, sugar, molasses and yeast.

 

Rich and sweet
Rich and sweet

This kind of bread really gives my heavy-duty mixer a run for its money. I’ve beaten the crap out of that thing and, although it complains from time to time, it still keeps churning.

Anyway, I beat the bread into submission, both with the mixer as well as my own two hands (I always finish the final knead by hand) and tossed it into a greased bowl. Covered it with wax paper covered with a towel and put it into a warm place to rise.

Brown Bread, Eventually.
Brown Bread, Eventually.

So, I’m waiting for the sucker to rise. It’ll be about 1 1/2 hours and while I’m waiting I can do something else. Let’s see what else, what else? Dishes? Dinner prep? Work at the computer? Oh, wait (*facepalm*), I can blog – duh!

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And Now For the Point of it All

NOT Wonderbread
NOT Wonderbread

Well, I’ve come to the end of my doughy journey with a passable loaf of white bread. The texture’s a bit rough, but the taste is quite, quite nice. I ate two slices and gave one to my husband.

2014-01-10 16.20.53You have no idea how hard it was for me to take this picture. I had a slice of half-eaten bread in one hand and with the other tried to monkey around with the settings on my smartphone so I could take the damn picture. There’s a little margarine on the bread, in case you were wondering.

Now I have to decide what I want to do next. Whole wheat? Rye? Sourdough? Something sweet, like cinnamon raisin?

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Ta Da!

The Whole Bread and Nothing But the BreadWell, okay! They’re out of the oven and that was easier than I had expected. I’m used to fancier breads that require more time and care. Maybe I’ll mix up a batch of sour, so I can knock out a few sourdoughs.

Hope they’re okay. They look fine, but my temperature gauge has gone missing. They look and smell done. I’m used to both of those as criteria.

Next: cool and eat!