Monday, August 24, 2009

What's Baking In My Kitchen?

I love to bake and find myself a little picky about the things I eat because of this. One of the things I don't like is store bought bread, especially white bread. Although I prefer wheat or whole grain bread, I've had a huge problem in finding a recipe where the bread isn't like sawdust once it's baked.

In comes my friend
Judy, author of Gramma’s Quilting Room blog. We participate in a couple of quilting group’s whose members generally live in Washington State. We have lots of fun attending sew-ins and other group activities, as well as online events. So, Judy sent me a link to a blog with a Whole Wheat Bread recipe that she uses.

I printed the recipe and decided to make if for the first time yesterday.

I was surprised at how easy this recipe was as it only requires one rise after kneading. To get a good rise out of my dough, I preheat my oven to 170° before turing it off and placing the dough inside with a warm, wet towel over the dough. This provides a warm place for the dough to rise without the risk of cold air disturbing the process. This is the dough after allowing it to rise in my warm oven for about 1 hour. I placed the pans onto my counter while the oven preheated to the proper temperature to bake the bread.

After baking for 30 minutes, this is the end result. See how much rise I got out of the dough?

Here is the ‘crumb’ shot of my bread. I am very impressed with this recipe as it produced a tender, moist texture without it being dry like sawdust.

Once in a while you come across a great blog with a plethora of information. Patchwork Times is one of those places. So stop on by, print out a couple of recipes, and browse the Patchwork Times blog. She has some great quilting information too.


luv2quilt2 said...

I haven't made bread in a long time, but that looks yummy!

Lurline said...

I have sourdough bread proving in the fridge at the moment - hope it turns out as beautiful as yours looks!
Hugs - Lurline♥

Sharon T in Lynden said...

your bread looks very inviting!! I saw Alton Brown do that oven rise thing, called it "proofing" the yeast. Very cool. I sold my bread maker several years ago during a garage sale, and am thinking of getting a new one.
Happy fall!!

Judy said...

Wow Dena, this is quite a surprise, being blogged about! Thanks.Isnt' that the best recipe??? I've never risen my bread in the oven but I need to bakes some today so I think I am going to do it. Thanks. Hugs.