Thursday, April 5, 2012

Marie! The baguettes! Hurry up!

Name that movie! It's one of my favorite songs. Sometimes I'll text my friends and just say, 'I need six egg' and we go from there.

That, and my love of carbs, led me to this bread-making attempt.

And it. was. messy. So I just have pictures of the final product.

Are those the fattest loaves of bread you've ever seen? I won't be offended. I don't know what happened. Look how good these look:

Found via Pinterest, originally from here.

I followed the recipe exactly, only maybe let my yeast sit for a bit too long because I was expecting it to bubble more like a boil and less like two little pops. Is that supposed to happen? Really, I only got maybe five bubbles in two little bubble clusters. I expected a simmer. Note: as I'm writing this, I noticed this tutorial on working with yeast. This would have been super helpful to read before I started, so I suggest a little look-see!

Here's the recipe, reproduced from here to make it a bit easier for you (and easier for me to find again)- 

2 ¼ c. warm water
2 Tbsp sugar
1 Tbsp yeast
1 Tbsp salt
2 Tbsp oil
5 ½ -6 cups flour-stirred before measured

Dissolve sugar and yeast in the warm water. Let this proof—or sit for a few minutes until it bubbles. Then add salt, oil and 3 cups of flour and beat well. Add in 2 1/2 -3 more cups of flour. The dough should clean off the sides of the bowl and not be too stick – but be careful not to add too much flour. Knead for a few minutes.
Leave the dough in the mixer to rest for 10 minutes and then stir it down (turn on your mixer for 10 seconds) and then allow to rest another 10 minutes. Repeat for a total of 5 times. Then turn dough onto a floured surface and divide into two equal parts. Roll each part into a 9×13 rectangle. Roll dough up, starting from long edge of loaf to seal. Arrange seam side down on large baking sheet that’s been sprinkled with corn meal, allowing room for both loaves. Repeat with second part of dough. With a sharp knife, cut 3 gashes at an angle on the top of each. Cover lightly; allow to rise 30 minutes. Brush entire surface with egg wash (one egg beaten slightly with 1 Tbsp of water). If desired, sprinkle with sesame seeds. Bake for 30 minutes at 375 degrees.

My only regret? Not throwing in some rosemary. That would have made it AMAZING. But as it, it's AMAZing. So it's really close.
And I amended this problem by eating some bread with some olive oil and rosemary. SO GOOD.

I'm pretty proud of myself. I had avoided the bread-making for quite some time out of complete fear. Watch out now, world. I may be invincible. Or at least trying some cinnamon raisin bread sooner than later.

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