BAKING BREAD-RECIPE-ERNEST

22 09 2012

HELLO

Yesterdays bread came out terrible.  It did not mix well so the chickenS will enjoy it this morning.  In looking at the recipe the ratio of liquids to flour wasn’t right.    I decided to use my favorite bread recipe and make it by hand today.  I have used this recipe for almost 30 years.  WHen I lived in Belchertown I made home-made bread almost every week.  So today I added a few new ingredients to the recipe didn’t add the poppy seeds on top and we will see.                                                  

Here is the recipe:

GARLIC AND DILL BREAD

4 MEDIUM CLOVES OF GARLIC CHOPPED FINELY

2-1/2 TSP. DILL WEED

1/2 CUP OF SUGAR

2 TSP. SALT

1 CUP HOT MILK

1/2 CUP BUTTER

2 BEATEN EGGS , SEPARATING THE WHITES

2 PACKAGES DRY YEAST  (IF YOU BUY YOUR YEAST IN BULK ITS 4-1/2 TSP.)

1 CUP WARM WATER

6-61/2 CUPS KING ARTHUR WHITE FLOUR

PLACE SUGAR, BUTTER AND SALT, GARLIC AND DILL  IN A LARGE MIXING BOWL. ADD HOT MILK AND STIR TO SOFTEN BUTTER, COOL, THEN ADD IN THE EGGS AND BEAT TILL WELL MIXED.  PUT YEAST IN A SMALL BOWL AND ADD WARM WATER.   LET SIT FOR A FEW MINUTES.  ADD THE YEAST TO THE BUTTER MIX AND STIR THEN ADD 4 CUPS OF FLOUR, BEAT TILL SMOOTH.  ADD ENOUGH OF THE REMAINING FLOUR TO MAKE A SOFT DOUGH.  TURN OUT ONTO A FLOURED SURFACE AND KNEAD TILL SMOOTH 8-10 MINUTES.  PLACE IN A GREASED BOWL ,IN A WARM PLACE FOR 1-1/4 HOURS TO RISE TILL  DOUBLE IN SIZE.  LET REST 10 MINUTES.  CUT DOUGH IN HALF AND GREASE 2 LOAF PANS.  PLACE THE DOUGH IN THE PANS AND LET RISE TILL DOUBLE AGAIN APPROXIMATELY 45 MINUTES.  PREHEAT OVEN TO 400.  BRUSH LIGHTLY  THE BEATEN EGGS WHITES ON TOP OF EACH LOAF.  PLACE IN OVEN AND BAKE FOR APPROXIMATELY 25 MINUTES.

THIS RECIPE WAS ORIGINALLY CALLED POPPY SEED BREAD AND I BRAIDED THE BREAD AND PUT THEM ON COOKIE SHEETS TO RISE THE SECOND TIME .  I ADDED POPPPY SEEDS AFTER PUTTING ON THE EGG WHITES.  A VERY GOOD BREAD TO SERVE WITH SPAGHETTI.

Thanks for reading my blog and I hope you have a wonderful day.                                                                                                                                                                             Ernest is doing better today.

Carole


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