Monday, January 5, 2009

what better way

to spend an evening than watching the UC game and making homemade bread.......uc wasn't offering us much entertainment. we had to occupy ourselves somehow.

here we mix the yeast (2 packets) with warm water (2 1/2 cups at 105-115 degrees)

add 1 tablespoon of melted butter and 1 tablespoon of salt to yeast mixtures. mix it. we used a mixer so it quite easy. place it in a greased bowl and let rise in a warm place until doubled for approximately 1 hour. there's crosley in the photo, eternally crumb rummaging.

punch dough (krissy's favorite part) down after it has risen and divide it into 2 parts. hell yeah! i can take out my aggression! it's so satisfying.

roll it out with rolling pin. then take the corner of the rolled out dough and roll up into a log. place the 2 loaves on a greased baking sheet that is sprinked with cornmeal. cover and let rise until doubled for approximately another hour.

once its rises again make 4 diagonal cuts on each loaf of bread. bake at 450 degrees for 25 minutes. Remove from the oven and brush with egg and water beaten together. bake for another 5 minutes after brushing with egg/water mixture.

baking bread isn't half bad if you have an activity while the dough rises. we do not recommend watching uc lose miserably.

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