How do you warm up your house when there is a -34 celsius wind chill keeping the temperature down? You huddle in the Little Kitchen with the oven on baking bread, that's how! My son and I are both on holidays until the next week. He has been working his way through a couple of novels for his English class ("To Kill a Mockingbird" by Harper Lee, "April Raintree" by Beatrice Culleton, and "Day of the Triffids" by John Wyndham. All great books but he has his work cut out for him. What better way to take a quick reading break than to punch out or knead some bread dough with your mom?
|Figured out the timer on the camera!|
Oh, and guess what? We doubled the recipe!!
- 4 1/2 tsp dry active yeast
- 2 cups warm water
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 1/ cup oil
- 2 tsp salt
- 5 -6 1/2 cups flour (depends on humidity)
|Measuring the oil|
Add 2 cups of flour and the salt. Mix with the dough hook to get it all combined.
Now start adding the flour one cup at a time. Keep the machine kneading until the flour is incorporated.
After the 5th cup of flour, test the dough with your fingers. If it is sticky, add another 1/2 cup of flour and knead until mixed. The dough should be somewhat stiff but still workable and not sticky. Knead for 5 minutes with the machine.
|Kneading by hand build muscles!|
He really liked this part. (I told him it would help his 'baseball muscles'!
Place the dough ball into an oiled bowl and cover with a clean tea towel for 1 hour, until doubled in size.
|So much fun!|
Punch the dough down, cover, and let rise for another 1/2 hour.
Divide the dough into 2 equal parts. Shape into two oval loaf shapes.
Place on a lined baking sheet, cover with a clean tea towel and let rise for a 1/2 hour.
In a small bowl, combine 1 egg white with 1 tsp cold water. Brush the egg wash over the loaves. This will give the crust a nice brown colour when baked.
Using a sharp knife, carefull cut some score marks across the top of the loaves.
Bake in a 400 degree oven for 20 to 25 minutes until golden brown and baked through.
|One happy bread baker!|
While the French bread was rising, we also put together a batch of the Honey Seeded Buns, since we were out and to provide some variety for tonight's dinner.
He did a great job weighing out the dough!
A very happy new year to everyone from the Little Kitchen. May the coming year be filled with family, friends, and food. All the best!