Well, my goal today is to make some lighter yeasty bread than the recipe with my breadmaker calls for. So I got out my trusty Joy of Cooking - the blue one. The new one is awful. I decided to use a basic recipe for two loaves of bread as the one for three was too large for my bread maker. Well, the ingredients fit for two loaves, but after rising I would probably have a huge mess and a non-functioning bread maker:-( I hadn't added the yeast mixture yet, so I scooped out all the flour down to the milk mixture. Let that cool down to 85 degrees (didn't see that step even after reading three times). So I popped it and a kitchen thermometer (best investment ever for a kitchen device after the bread maker) in my fridge. Took about thirty minutes to cool down after scalding it. Then I had to add the milk to the yeast and start stirring in flour, manually. Then yep, you guessed it, I had to knead it. Hopefully I did it long enough. My hands were killing me. Now it's raising for two hours before I have to deal with it again. Now I know to halve that recipe and do it in the bread maker next time. I am using all purpose flour as the loaves with the "bread machine" flour has so much gluten, it's way more dense than I like. John said he could understand now how people lived off of bread and water in the past as it's super filling. Good but just not as tasty as what I remember Grandma Wilson (Dad's mom) made. I don't think they worried about things like bleached vs. unbleached flour back then. So I used regular old all pupose flour like the recipe called for. Now to go clean up my mess and start a recipe for cinnamon rolls with cream cheese frosting. Mom and Dad are particularly anxious to try those!
I don't know what's gotten into me lately but I have been a bread making fool. So far I have finished twelve loaves. Today will be the equivalent of four more. Biologically both my birth Mom and half-brother Loris were both big into breadmaking or so I have been told. So maybe it's been "bred" into me. . . Har, har!
Boy the yeast from that rising dough sure smells good. Y'all have a good day.