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Bread baking – sixth loaf

Posted in Baking, Entertainment, Food, Health, Home, Liberty with tags , , , , on 2013/08/09 by rmolby
English: Baked loaf from Bread Machine

English: Baked loaf from Bread Machine (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

OK, after several loaves of collapsed bread made in the Oster bread maker my dad got me, I decided to re-read my recipe, re-read the basic country white bread recipe in the bread machine manual, take my dad’s suggestions into consideration, read the the basic white bread recipe out of the book Breaking Bread with Father Dominic, and found the following issues:

  • I was using too much yeast, 2 tablespoons vs. 2 teaspoons
  • I was using all-purpose flour
  • Reduce flour to 3.5 cups
  • Add more honey
  • pre-start a pinch of yeast in the warm milk and water mixture while getting all the ingredients together
  • don’t add the salt to the liquid (duh)

Here is the new recipe:

  • ½ cup warm milk
  • ½ cup warm filtered water
  • 1.5 tbsp. butter
  • ½ tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 large egg
  • 1.5 tsp. Himalayan salt
  • 2 cups Gold brand bread flour
  • 1 cup Bob’s Red Mill Spelt flour
  • 1/2 cup Organic Gold brand all-purpose flour (to use it up)
  • 3.5 cups flour (I can’t find my scale, yet)
  • 1 tbsp. organic sugar
  • ¾ tbsp. honey
  • 2 tsp. bread machine yeast

I mixed the water and the milk, added the honey and a pinch of the yeast, set aside to let yeast start, then per bread machine instructions in the manual, I added all the wet ingredients including the egg and butter, then added the bread flour, Spelt and all-purpose flours on top, made the hole for yeast and added that, put the sugar on top of the yeast and lightly mixed the yeast and a little surrounding flour, sprinkled the salt over the flour dome, selected the basic bread mode, and let her rip.

All went well, and it rose awesome the first rising, so I let it go and kept checking it every so often, and with every rising it formed a perfect dome all the way up to 1 minute before the baking.

I figured all would be fine, so I walked away and came back 5 minutes later, and the dome was flat, and as it kept baking it just continued to collapse in the center. The final bread was very delicious, though, and we ate about a third of it by this posting.

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Bread baking – second loaf

Posted in Baking, Entertainment, Food, Health, Home, Liberty with tags , , , , , , on 2013/07/27 by rmolby
English: Baked with love using a personal brea...

English: Baked with love using a personal bread making machine. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

OK, so after my first attempt of making bread in the bread maker, I decided to modify the recipe a little based on some tips from my dad. Here is the recipe:

  • ½ cup warm milk
  • ½ cup warm filtered water
  • 1.5 tbsp. butter
  • ½ tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 large egg
  • 1.5 tsp. Himalayan salt
  • 3.5 cups flour (I can’t find my scale, yet)
  • 1 tbsp. organic sugar
  • ¾ tbsp. honey
  • 2 tbsp. bread machine yeast

Per machine instructions in the manual, I added all the wet ingredients, but this time I mixed the sugar and honey into the milk/water mixture, and mixed the room temp egg and butter into that once the sugar was dissolved, then added the flour on top, made the hole for yeast and added that, put a pinch of sugar on top of the yeast and lightly mixed the yeast and a little surrounding flour, selected the French bread mode, and let her rip.

All went well, and it rose awesome the first rising, then I ran my errands, and when I got back it was in baking mode, and the top was collapsed… I wonder if it’s my flour, maybe?

It’s Gold label organic all-purpose flour, so I wonder if that is causing the bread to not hold it’s shape?

Anyway, not sure what the problem is, yet, but I’ll figure it out.

Ramblings for 2013.07.20

Posted in Blogging, Food, Gardening, Liberty, Nature, Technology with tags , , , , , , , , , on 2013/07/20 by rmolby
English: Baked loaf from Bread Machine

English: Baked loaf from Bread Machine (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Well, today I got the bread machine that my dad ordered for me. I am really excited to be making my first loaf of bread. I already have a few of the ingredients, but I am lacking instant yeast, organic sugar, and dry milk to try the basic recipes, so I will have to get those on one of our next shopping trips.

In the mean time, I cleaned the machine’s bread bowl with dish soap and warm water, and it is drying right now, and I am studying the manual to make myself familiar with the machine. There doesnt seem to be that much to it, really. There is even a sourdough recipe, but it still calls for active dry yeast… I will have to try that, and slowly reduce the amount of active dry yeast over time… I bet I can let the dough rise over night on starter alone and then let it run like a normal basic loaf… something to try later once I’m comfortable with the bread maker.

Ramblings for 2013.07.14

Posted in Blogging, Food, Gardening, Liberty, Nature, Technology with tags , , , , , , on 2013/07/14 by rmolby
Sourdough spelt loaf

Sourdough spelt loaf (Photo credit: GabeD)

I had a really nice conversation with my father via Skype.

We spoke at length about making our own bread using a bread machine, using non-wheat flour, sourdough starter using seed starters from Sourdoughs International, and a variety of other tangential subjects.

We also discussed pizza crust and how to use your grill to do some baking, such as portrayed on Breadtopia. This website is an amazing resource, and I need to order a few things from them so I can grill pizza and bread – I need a good peel for the pizza, and a cloche and proofing basked for the bread.

Dad said that he had wanted to get me a bread machine for some time, and asked me what brand and model I would like, so I looked up the bread machine that Steven Harris uses and mentioned on several of The Survival Podcast episodes he has been on. My dad promptly ordered it. Wow! I love my parents.

We also discussed capturing rain water and storing it, using collapsible rain barrels I ordered from Amazon, here and here.

So we had a good time discussing the above and I am very grateful to have such caring parents, as I see so many families struggle with their internal relations and many families get torn apart in the process.

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