On Sunday, I attempted, yet again, to bake the perfect loaf of bread. And I failed, again. What is it with me and yeast??? Either the bread doesn't rise at all, or it rises so high, that it falls flat if I touch it, and bakes to a fine brick-like consistency. On Tuesday, I decided I was going to try several different recipes until I had accomplished what I set out to do...bake the perfect loaf. I decided to start with a whole-grain recipe, spend my time perfecting that, then re-visit the whole white bread/artisan/french bread-type. I decided to start with this recipe and oh, man, did I pick the right one! It calls for 7-grain hot cereal mix, which I didn't have, so I used oatmeal. It turned out moist, soft, and absolutely delicious! I think I may have even converted my oldest son, whom I affectionately call "Wonder Bread Boy" when we discuss his eating habits...it was that good. I then bought some 7-grain cereal mix and made the recipe as written. It still turned out great, but much more dense than the oatmeal. I will now be making both kinds every week.
Now, to find the perfect french bread recipe....
|Ready for its first rise|
|After first rising|
|Ready for second rise - in the oven with the light on|
|After second rise. Please don't ask if I took a photo of the finished product. Because I didn't. Dork!|
|Free from a local horse farm. Gotta love free!|
|The part of the garden I'm expanding - the chicken wire fence is temporary.|
|The Mister and his girls|
|Garden in the foreground - chicken coop and run in the back|
|Kasie - my guard dog. HA!|
Oh, and I brewed another batch of beer with my Mr Beer Brew Kit. The first batch should be ready in a few days!