Monday, February 13, 2012

Sunday afternoon bread project...

I love cooking projects with the kids... This particular Sunday afternoon I decided to attempt bread. I really think it is a science, as to me it is impossibly hard to master. I have tried a number of times and failed... miserably. I was watching the cooking channel and the 'Barefoot Contessa' whipped up this 'Honey White Bread' like it was nothing! It looked so easy!!

Here are my little helpers (who are quite experienced 'making bread' as they have done it before with Uncle Perry - the bread master) .....

It was a very east bread recipe.. not that much fussing as making bread goes... I love the smell of bread cooking in the oven... fresh and warm with butter I could eat a whole loaf!

And the best way to eat bread? According to the boys with breakfast... so breakfast for supper it was!! Here is the recipe below.. try it out!

Honey White Bread - Barefoot Contessa

½ cup warm water (110 degrees)
2 packages dry yeast
1 teaspoon sugar
1½ cups warm whole milk (110 degrees)
6 tablespoons (3/4 stick) unsalted butter, melted and cooled
1½ tablespoons honey
2 extra-large egg yolks
5 to 6 cups all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon kosher salt
1 egg white, lightly beaten

Place the water in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a dough hook attachment. If the bowl is cold, be sure the water temperature doesn’t drop below 110 degrees. Add the yeast and sugar; stir and allow them to dissolve for 5 minutes.

Add the milk, butter, and honey. Mix on medium speed until blended. Add the egg yolks, 3 cups of the flour, and the salt. Mix on low speed for about 5 minutes. With the mixer still on low speed, add 2 more cups of flour. Raise the speed to medium and slowly add just enough of the remaining flour so the dough doesn’t stick to the bowl. Add the flour slowly; you can always add more but you can’t take it out. Knead on medium speed for about 8 minutes, adding flour as necessary.

Dump the dough out onto a floured surface and knead by hand for a minute, until the dough is smooth and elastic. Grease a bowl with butter, put the dough in the bowl, then turn it over so the top is lightly buttered. Cover the bowl with a damp towel and allow it to rise for one hour, until doubled in volume.

Grease two 9 x 5-inch loaf pans with butter. Divide the dough in half, roll each half into a loaf shape and place each in a prepared pan. Cover again with the damp towel, and allow to rise again for an hour, until doubled in volume.

Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 350 degrees. When the dough is ready, brush the tops with the egg white and bake the breads for 40 to 45 minutes, until they sound hollow when tapped. Turn them out of the pans and cool completely on a wire rack before slicing.


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