Tuesday, December 23, 2014

The art of baking bread.

There are many forms of art that people pass by everyday without even knowing the craft is an art. Did you know that cooking is an art? They call it Culinary Arts and baking bread is one step closer to learning more about this amazing art of mixing things that come from nature. Here is one way to cook bread (measurements vary depending on the size of the loaf):
  • 1 package of dry yeast or 2 Tbsp
  • Not warm but mild hot water about 95 to 115 degrees Fahrenheit  - 3/4 to 2 cups
  • Bread flour (not to be confused with regular flour all purpose is fine) - 3 to 5 cups
  • 1-1/2 to 2 Tbsp. of Sugar
  • 1 to 2 Tsp. of Salt
  • 1 to 2 Tbsp. of Oil (Vegetable shortening)
  • 1/2 to 1 and 1/2 cup of milk
  • 3 loaf bread pan
  • Thermometer preferable fast read
  • Heat the oven to about 375 degrees
Notes: Once the bread is mixed let it sit for about 8 to 10 minute. Mix until it looks like the surface of the moon adding about three more cups of flour in addition to the two you started with (depending on your loaf size); the bread should become doughy. Once doughy knead it with more flour then let stand in a butter laced bowl and let sit after shaping it into a loaf for about 30 minutes (some cooks cover with a damp cloth or towel while it sits). After the 30 minutes the dough should rise then cut three slashes in the top then let cook for 45 minutes or until golden brown. Once done let it cool then serve it.

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