Thursday, July 30, 2009

Ways to Beat (Eat?) the Winter Blues #1

1 and 1/4 cups hot water
1/4 cup honey
3/4 cup milk
1 Tblsp yeast
6 cups flour
1 and 1/2 tsp salt
50g butter

Put on 'baking music' (I recommend Radio Dept, Belle and Sebastian or Carole King) Combine hot water, honey and milk. Leave to cool until lukewarm. Sprinkle yeast over and leave 10 mins or until frothy. Combine 5 cups of flour and salt in bowl.

Cut in butter and rub till mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs. Make a well in the centre and add frothy yeast mixture, stir till mixed. Use left over flour to lightly flour surface and knead dough till smooth and elastic. Add extra flour if it's still sticky.

Lightly oil a bowl and stick dough in... cover and leave in a warm place until double in size. Go do something else for a while - this can take about an hour (suggested activity for break: read my blog!) Punch dough down the centre (yeah!! take that ex-boyfr... I mean "dough") then lightly knead. Divide dough in half. Plait halves into hippie style bread braid if you so desire (if you have been listening to Carole King you will want to do this for sure!) or shape into ovals. Place onto greased tray. Bake at 200 degrees C for 40 mins or till loaf sounds hollow when tapped. If you want really yummy bread, grate cheese on the top for the last ten minutes of baking. BURN YOUR STOMACH SOMEHOW GETTING THE GODDAMN BREAD OUT OF THE OVEN!!! (Not recommended)

Feel much more cheerful now you have made something yummy and fun instead of watching the godawful reality tv program that was on (which you may or may not have snuck peeks at whilst baking... opps!) Draw picture. Go to bed.


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