Tammy's Recipes. I opted for a whole wheat, homemade bread recipe that wasn't too scary!
My first attempt at making the bread was....ok. The bread wasn't as fluffy or light as I had hoped for. It was dense and cakey..like a banana bread type thing. My loving husband ate it joyfully, but I still wanted to master this homemade bread thing. I am a bit of a perfectionist, and well, I just couldn't leave it at that.
Not willing to give up, I researched the internet as to why my bread didn't come out as fluffy as I had hoped for. Turned out... it was the kneading. Hmmm...you mean the part I kinda didn't really follow the first time...yeah...so I should have listened to Tammy when she said knead for 15 minutes.....oops. Lesson learned, actually do what the recipe tells you. Duh.
So attempt number two...
I kneaded the bread for the full 15 minutes this time. I floured up my table, and worked up a full on sweat! Also note, if you have a 5 year old at home, that a floured table is the most amazing thing in the world, and MUST be touched and blown at.
But, this time...out of the oven came a beautiful, fluffy, mile high loaf of bread...thanks Tammy.
My tips for baking bread for your family:
1. Don't be afraid, it really isn't that hard, just follow the recipe...um, like I didn't do...:)
2. Knead that dough for the full time listed! Work up a sweat! (I pretend it is my exercise for the day ;)
3. Buy active dry yeast- quick rise (I didn't like the instant)
4. Have fun trying something new. If you don't succeed, well, maybe you have a sweet husband, like I do, who doesn't mind eating your kitchen blunders :)
Happy Friday and Happy Homemaking!