I have always enjoyed baking. There is pure joy and satisfaction in mixing up simple ingredients and producing profound results.
No single ingredient is particularly wonderful all on it's own, but combined and baked together they can become a taste sensation!( Isn't this sort of like people? Many of us become better indviduals when others bolster and encourage us to be all we can be!)
If perhaps you have never tried baking bread from scratch I thought I'd 'show ' you today...
in a large bowl, put;
4 cups water,(I use 2 cups boiling, and 2 cups cold)
4 tblsp. oil (or shortening)
3 tblsp. sugar
in a smaller bowl, put 4 to 6 cups of flour, and add 2 generous tablespoons yeast.( I use Fleishmanns instant yeast,this is the kind to mix with flour,not water)
Now add the flour and yeast mixture to water (which should still be warm)
Keep adding flour.(you may add wh. wheat flour here, ground flax or wheat germ etc.)The dough should be soft, not sticky, once you have enough flour.
Dump out the dough onto a floured surface and knead.....
this is the fun part...:)
a therapy of sorts...
I wonder if there would be
world peace if everyone
after all this...
place in bowl, cover and find a warm spot to let it rise.(i use my stove top if the oven is going)
in an hour or two, it should look like this....
(kids love this..)
here they are...
tucked into their pans, ready to go back to the stove top to rise again!
(I cover them to keep warmth in,I use a plastic bag and then a tea towel)
once the loaves have risen slightly higher than the pan , they are ready to bake.
Temperature really depends on your oven..350 to 375 degrees Fahrenheit for 20 some minutes is a guideline.
now bake...oops no picture!
after you have removed them from the oven,butter the tops slightly and cool.
I've heard it said...if you're looking to sell your house. the smell of freshly baked bread will do it!
(I wonder if it could also make them want to keep it??)
there you have it! Four delicious loaves, waiting to be sliced and
enjoyed with butter, honey or cheese.
In honor of my mother ( who taught me bread making) I want to include this verse.... I remember her reciting it on occasion.
Be gentle when you touch bread
Let it not lie uncared for--unwanted
So often bread is taken for granted
There is so much beauty in bread
beauty of honest toil.
Winds and rain have caressed it,
Christ often blessed it
Be gentle when you touch bread.