Okay! I love reading all these beautiful blogs about food, like my cousin Erica's cooking blog! So I thought I would attempt to do a lovely post about making bread! It didn't exactly go like I hoped but the end product was good, so that is really what matters.
So, first you mix up your ingredients according to the recipe. I was just waiting for the yeast to activate in the water so I thought I would take some pictures of the ingredients, all artsy and posed (like a cooking show). However, I only have two ingredients clearly showing...not so clever!
Here is the messy (but fun!) part...kneading the dough! Notice my rings carefully set aside in the background! I thought that dough plastered to the side of my wedding diamond might not be so cool.
Then, you let it rise and carefully cover it with a beautiful towel that your mother embroidered for your hope chest (or any towel that you might happen to have...but I am sure it won't work as well).
After punching it down twice, form the dough into loaves and let it rise again. Notice how my loaves are all lopsided and one side is bigger than the other? I am happy to say that it doesn't affect the taste.
Okay...here is the recipe:
(from Elaine Nissley's kitchen in Lancaster, PA)
4 cups milk
4 tsp. salt
4 T butter
4 T honey
1 T yeast
1/4 cup warm water
9-10 cups flour
(I use 3 cups whole wheat and the rest white)
Mix together and let rise twice before forming into loaves. Bake at 350-375 for 30 minutes. Enjoy!!