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Baking Bread: A Photo Essay

A few weeks ago I posted a recipe for Amish White Bread. Today I decided to do a photo account of how it's done. This is very photo heavy.

Also, I'd been to the thrift store and one of my scores was a housefrau dress for $1. It's unflattering as hell but madly comfortable, so I decided to wear it for that Prairie Muffin effect. You have been warned. (I also bought a pair of Adidas running shorts, also for $1. When my lungs heal, I'll wear them running.)

We start with a tablespoon of yeast in a half cup of warm water:


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Mix that into the other ingredients and start mixing. I use a Kitchenaid, but the old-school method is just a big bowl and your hands:

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Six cups of flour, a bit more to dry it, plus flour on the kneading board. I was alone, so unfortunately there are not photos of me kneading. Put the dough in a greased bowl and put it in a warm place to rise, covered with a clean tea towel. I put mine in my gas oven.

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The dough should double or more in size. You know it's ready when you poke a finger into it and it doesn't "heal" (close up).

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Cut the dough in half, put them in greased loaf pans. A lot of cookbooks talk about rolling the dough into a cylinder and curling in the ends for a perfect loaf. Meh, too much work. I just pat mine into the pans and cover them with the tea towel again:

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When they're nice and high as in the photo above, turn on the oven and bake. The loaves are ready when you tap them and they sound hollow. Bon appetit!

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miafeliz
Jan. 14th, 2009 04:17 am (UTC)
That bread looks fabulous. The house frau dress isn't that bad. I was really picturing something truly hideous. It was definitely worth a dollar.

Hoping your lungs clear up soon. It sucks not to be able to do the things you love. I hate people who can breathe sometimes, it's just so unfair. ;-)
electorprince
Jan. 14th, 2009 04:18 am (UTC)
Big surprise: my mom had an outfit just like that one.
kishiriadgr
Jan. 14th, 2009 04:38 am (UTC)
Uh....

I admit to often feeling maternally responsible for you but I try for the "elder sister Annerose" spin. The dress gets given back to the thrift store ASAP.
electorprince
Jan. 14th, 2009 07:02 pm (UTC)
No, no, it's cool. Hers was off-white, so I'm not projecting or anything. Just wanted to comment that it's not the first time I've seen someone actually USE that outfit. ^_^
napoleonofnerds
Jan. 14th, 2009 04:21 am (UTC)
Hey, my mom can be found in a hausfrau dress and addidas sneakers, so it isn't all bad.

I like any bread that looks like a Ferengi's head.
miafeliz
Jan. 14th, 2009 04:33 am (UTC)
The one on the right does look like a Ferengi's head.
kishiriadgr
Jan. 14th, 2009 05:51 am (UTC)
The Ferengi effect is from being baked in a flexible silicon loaf pan.
miafeliz
Jan. 14th, 2009 02:37 pm (UTC)
Oh really? I've never used those before, I've thought about trying them. I take it they work well?
kishiriadgr
Jan. 14th, 2009 03:48 pm (UTC)
They distribute heat well and you just sort of peel it off the bread when it's done. On the other hand, your loaf won't hold its shape well during rising and baking, hence the Ferengi head.
garpu
Jan. 14th, 2009 04:33 am (UTC)
Bread looks good! I think we'll stage an intervention before you get to the Prairie Muffin stage, though.
helenkacan
Jan. 14th, 2009 05:11 am (UTC)
Hausfrau dress = one dollar.
Baking ingredients = mere pennies.
The look on your face = priceless!
kishiriadgr
Jan. 14th, 2009 05:27 am (UTC)
I AM CRAZED CHRISTIAN LADY! MUST HAVE 19 KIDS AND BEAT THAT COW MICHELLE DUGGAR!
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kishiriadgr
Jan. 14th, 2009 05:29 am (UTC)
Quite an easy recipe too. Make it with olive oil as the only fat in it (for greasing bowls, pans, and in the dough) and use white flour only and it makes for a good Italian bread.
brotherskeeper1
Jan. 14th, 2009 06:43 am (UTC)
Your bread looks delicious! I'd like to have a warm slice with soup.
kishiriadgr
Jan. 14th, 2009 06:48 am (UTC)
It makes great grilled cheese sandwiches.
brotherskeeper1
Jan. 14th, 2009 07:01 am (UTC)
There is nothing that beats home made bread.

You're making me hungry! Please eat a slice for me!

BTW, an elderly lady who used to give me bread about 10 years ago brought a loaf to me as the mixer made two loaves and she could use only one. The bread was wrapped in foil and still warm. I set it on the kitchen counter.

A few minutes later we heard the aluminum foil rustling. My Red was ripping open the foil and had managed to get at least one good size bite. Talk about thieving kitties ...
hagazusa
Jan. 14th, 2009 09:12 am (UTC)
You're a fabulous hausfrau and I wish I could taste that bread!
kishiriadgr
Jan. 14th, 2009 04:17 pm (UTC)
The recipe is under my "recipes" tag, duh. However it's Imperial measurements, not metric.
dropsofgleam
Jan. 14th, 2009 11:58 am (UTC)
*seriously pondering to translate the recipe into Spanish and hand it to my dad so he can bake this...* =D
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