Today I put my to do list Slightly on hold. I really didn't as "learn to bake bread" was on my list of things to do. And guess what I did it! I found a great site called cookingbread.com and found a simple white bread recipe in their extensive lists of bread recipes. The one I used was the Hungarian White Bread I omitted the anise and fennel seeds. Above is my dry ingredients all ready to go waiting for my yeast to activate.
Here is my yest activating in some luk warm water.
All Mixed up and ready to rise!
This was after about an hour and a half it was double its original size. At this point in the recipe you had to "punch down" the dough and cut in half
I did exactly that and placed my two halves in loaf pans. Here I covered them and let them rise for about another hour.
They doubled in size again and puffed up. Now it was time to bake them for 50 min at 350. As the loaves baked the wonderful smell of baked bread filled my apartment. It made our place seem so warm and cozy.
50 Minuets later I had this!
Here they are out of the pans after a few minuets of cooling, I couldn't wait to slice into one and see how it turned out!
Delicious! That's how it turned out! Bread was a lot easier to make than I thought. I think the part that makes it seem hard is the yeast and waiting for the bread to rise. This was more an exercise in patients, but I can now proudly say I can Bake bread. I think this may become a weekly thing.