"experience is what you get when you didn't get what you wanted." -randy pausch

Thursday, January 7, 2010

revolving around my shoes

from this point forward,
all outfits will revolve around these shoes.
i cannot say i won't wear them with things that don't match either.
desperate times call for desperate measures.
i made bread that worked.
like REALLY worked.
it's all about the moisture.
tacky dough.
that's the key.
oh, and adding your oil after everything else soaks for 10-15 min.
notes to follow.
ok, i'll buy bread again, but really, i may never eat a ham sandwich on bread that's not my own creation.
eat in heavenly peace.
all of you half moon bay people will understand when i say i made my very own version of san benito.
without all of the "out of code" food though.
Herb Whole Grain Wheat Bread
(i used my kitchen aid mixer with dough hook for all mixing)

2 c hot water
1/3 c honey
1 c oatmeal (i like quick oats)
*put together, set aside for later, let stand 15 minutes

4 c whole wheat flour
1/4 c dough enhancer (next to the flour at the grocery store)
2 tbls yeast
1/4c parsley flakes
1 tsp thyme
1 tsp rosemary
1 tsp basil
1 tsp majoram
garlic powder, a few shakes
1 c shredded cheddar cheese (i left this out this time)
*mix all together in bowl

1. add flour/herb mixture to wet mixture once 15 min has passed from first step.
2. mix well.
3. let stand 10 minutes.
4. add 1/3 cup vegetable or canola oil.
5. mix well, adding more whole wheat flour until dough is tacky (stick your finger in dough, it should stick to your finger, but not be runny. i added flour in 1/4c increments).
6. mix 10-15 minutes.
7. cover, let rise until doubles in size (about 30 min)
8. mix down with dough hook for about 30 seconds (dough will fall to half size)
9. divide into 2 loaves, cover, let rise until double in size.
10. bake 350* for 30-40 min or until log sounds hollow when tapped.


Amy said...

Ooooh, I cannot wait to try this recipe out. It sounds divine and we all know nothing is better than homemade bread!

Sue said...

I never have luck making anything with yeast. It's like I'm cursed.

And on the "shoe" side...at the end of my pregnancies, the only shoes I could get on my feet were my Birkenstocks.


**Amanda** said...

YUM! That looks delicious! You'll have to teach me :)

Emmy said...

That looks good! And those shoes look so warm and comfy and perfect for the end of pregnancy.

Katie said...

I am a major chicken when it comes to baking my own bread, but I have been wanting to try lately. I think this post has inspired me to finally do it.

Amy said...

I tried the bread today... it didn't rises. I am thinking I know the problem though. Correct me if I am wrong, but in the first step do you add the yeast? Or do you add it with the flour herb mixture? I added it with the flour and am thinking that is where I went wrong. Also, I had to do the kneading by hand, which can be fun, but I am wondering if that is part of my problem as well.

Since it didn't rise, I made it into breadsticks, and really, they were mouthwateringly good. Truly Scrumptious! Thanks for the recipe