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LESSON #8: Making Bread

January 8, 2010
By EMILY DOMINICI, The Scene

By Emily Dominici

The Scene

January.

Snow.

More snow.

Oh look! It's snowing again! Happy day!

Spring seems like a distant dream that will never come.

Obviously, long leisurly walks are not an option! You've caught up on your cleaning and there's nothing on TV. What to do?

As long as your stuck in the house, why not take time to brush up on your baking skills? Your family will love you for it!

Making this yummy bread recipe from ehow.com will have your house smelling warm and cozy in no time.

Here's what you'll need: 2 tablespoons active dry yeast, 4 to 5 cups of flour, 2 cups water, 1 teaspoon salt, and a large mixing bowl.

step 1 - Dissolve yeast

Pour the water into a large mixing bowl and add the yeast. Stir it until it is dissolved.

step 2 - Add flour

Now add about 1 cup of flour and salt. Stir well.

step 3 - Add more flour

Continue to add the flour until it is too hard to stir and the mix is a shaggy mass. Now call the children as the fun time begins!

step 4 - Form into ball

Sprinkle a work area with flour and pour the shaggy mass on it. Pull it together and push and pull on it until it forms a ball.

step 5 - Knead

Normally this is the time when the bread dough gets kneaded, but the children can play with it by punching it and stretching it and rolling it out - just keep it moving for about 10 minutes.

step 6 - Let rise

Cover the dough and let it rise for about an hour. Now is a good time to get the kitchen cleaned up of all the flour and particles of dough!

step 7 - Shape

Now form the dough into the shape you desire. It can be a conventional bread loaf, or it can be little rolls, or it can be any shape you like. Just make sure that you lightly grease any baking container.

step 8 - Bake

Let it rest again for about 40 minutes or until it has doubled in size. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees and then bake for about 30 minutes depending on the size of your creation. Bread should be golden brown and sound hollow when thumped.

step 8 - Enjoy!

Be sure to let the bread rest for 15 - 25 minutes before cutting.

Dominici can be reached at edom@timesleaderonline.com.

 
 

 

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