Bread making

One of the great wedding gifts from my family was a Kitchen Aid stand mixer.  (Thanks again, Dad!  Thanks again, Tracy!)  We had been hoping that it was be making all sorts of delicious baked goodies for us, but when we looked in the box, we discovered it was just sitting idle.  So we decided to try bread making using the book Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day.  Here's a video of our inaugural use of the mixer about two weeks ago.

The kitchenaid at work

We've since made two batches of the master recipe from the book, which are big enough to make about four loaves of bread depending on the type.

After the dough was done in the mixer, it went into our bucket for it's initial rise:

In the bucket

After the two-hour rise, it has approximately doubled in volume:

Rise!

The dough goes in the fridge and the next day you can start making bread (hence the five minutes a day).  Here's our first loaf resting on the peel:

On the peel

The top is now sliced and it is ready to go in the oven:

Sliced and ready to bake

Happily waiting for fresh bread…

Mmm... bread...

Here's our first loaf.  A little too brown, but still very tasty.

It worked! Perfect crumb

Our second attempt was a little more done to my liking:

Getting better all the time

Using this recipe, in the last two weeks we've also made pizza on the grill, baked a loaf of sandwich bread, made baguettes, and tonight we made pita to go with dinner.  All very tasty.  We are no longer slaves to the artisan bread industrial complex!

1 comment for “Bread making”

  1. Gravatar of amberamber
    Posted Saturday, October 01, 2011 at 2:52:52 PM

    The wide world of breadmaking is so exciting. Can't wait to try new stuff

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