"THEN Jesus was led by the spirit into the desert, to be tempted by the devil. And when he had fasted forty days and forty nights, afterwards he was hungry. And the tempter coming said to him: If thou be the Son of God, command that these stones be made bread. Who answered and said: It is written, Not in bread alone doth man live, but in every word that proceedeth from the mouth of God." Matthew 4:1-4

Monday, March 22, 2010

Rediscovering Bread

Thanks to a book tip from a friend, The Bonny Glen, we're baking bread again. And lots of it. Find the miracle book here: Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day.
Then make yourself some bread. LOL
We live in an RV. We travel a lot. Padrecito knew that a person could make bread, but he's only seen the process occasionally. College-in-a-Camper and The Soprano fondly recall years of mainly homemade bread. Bud sighs happily in his sleep and agreed to eat bread with a little more whole grain in it. Boy Howdy and Freckles are happy that they can rustle up a recipe.
We're not using a stone yet as the place where we are parked doesn't have a store with such specialty items. Also we have made many of these recipes in pans.

So far we've had success with several of these recipes. We mostly half the recipes since our fridge is about as big as a bread box.

The Basic Master Recipe - Boule - used for pizza pinwheels.
Olive Oil Dough: makes a wonderful ciabatta for dipping or panini.
Brioche: Delicious as cinnamon rolls even if you forget the eggs.
Light Whole Wheat: Even Bud liked this and he generally forswears whole grains. Delicious as sandwich loaf and dinner rolls.
Challah -Almost Heaven. So glad that the Lord brought the Israelites to the Promised Land and that they could develop this bread instead of manna! Absolutely wonderful for cinnamon rolls and for herb and cheese dinner rolls.
Buttermilk bread: Tried this for hot dog rolls. I would have liked a softer texture, but they did enhance the taste of plain ol' dogs.

Up next: Deli Rye with variation. It's resting/rising so more tomorrow on that! The plan is to refrigerate this tonight and bake in the morning so it's fresh and ready for the lunch sandwiches. Now if I can just find some alfalfa or bean sprouts. Perfect.

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Welcome! The most important bread is the Bread of Life. I am Catholic and do my best to know, understand and live what that means that I might "know Him, love Him and serve Him." My husband, Bud, and I have been married for 24 years and we have seven children. Because of his job, we travel the country in an RV with five of them, learning as we go.