I'm relatively new to the whole baking bread thing. Mom made bread and I would help her, but having the full responsibility from flour-to-loaf was intimidating to me! Before we married, my husband would make bread and invested in a fancy machine to make it easier. Since I stay home and he works full time, it seemed logical that I would take over the bread-making chore.
Well, I like detailed instructions until I get the hang of things, and the recipes I was using didn't tell me exactly how to work with said fancy machine--a Bosch. So like any modern kitchen maven *cough* I googled it. As in specifics. As in "make bread bosch machine". I landed on the perfect step-by-step guide--with pictures!!! And it works. Ever since then my bread has been great. This was at least a year ago.
Just last week when I was making bread I realized my snazzy instructions were from a real live blogger. Like me! I finally took the time to comment and thanked Jennifer at Colourful Threads for allowing me to be the bread-maker for my bread-winner husband. :)
I'm going to go ahead and post my pictures and some additions to the basic whole wheat flour that I like to include, but go here to get the details. I'm sure you could adapt it to work with a stand mixer or even by hand. Enjoy!
|Handy-dandy bread-making machine|
|Ingredients for sponge (+ flour)|
|Whole wheat flour|
|Things I like to add just for fun|
I use unbleached white flour, whole wheat flour, flax seeds (sometimes I use a coffee mill to grind them up), wheat bran or wheat germ, gluten flour, and of course salt. I sometimes add a cup of oatmeal, dry or leftover 7-grain cereal, corn flour, sunflower seeds, or ground nuts.
|When the dough doesn't stick to the sides,|
you've added enough flour.
|The Bosch kneads the dough so effectively|
that it eliminates the first rise!
|Properly kneaded dough|
|Turned out on the work surface|
|Shaped into a loaf|
|Lined up and waiting to rise|
|All done--and the house smells SO good!|
|Turned out to cool on racks.|
|Seriously, it's so good! Try it!|
|The worst part of the job:|
Washing the bowl and dough hook.