Thursday, February 3, 2011

My Bread Fix

There are some things I hope to never have to give up- chocolate, rice, and bread.  I'm a proud carb head and would more than likely give up all meats before giving up carbs.  Ever since I started making bread last summer, I have not purchased any store-made bread. It is so much more enjoyable for me to make my own with ingredients I know are fresh.  Recently, I decided to step it up and actually bought bread flour. Boy, does it make a difference! I buy the organic bread flour by King Arthur which I generally find at Whole Foods. I slightly modified a recipe (see below), to add in a little more whole grain and reduce the sugar, from one of the best blogs for bread.  I've made it with the original recipe as well and it is DELICIOUS! Had 2 slices with toast and a bowl of Farina. Life is good:)

After kneading the dough for 5 minutes in my Kitchen-Aid, I let it rise for an hour in a greased bowl.
Put it on a floured piece of parchment paper and divided it in half. (Had to add a little more flour because the dough was too sticky.)
Degassed it by rolling it out into a rectangle.
Tightly rolled up to fit into a loaf pan.
Pinched the seams and placed in greased loaf pan.
Let rise for an hour then brushed with egg wash.
Baked for 30 minutes. Loosely covered with foil after 20 minutes.
Let cool on rack for about 10 minutes.

Ingredients modified from Cooking Bread:
  •  cup water (lukewarm 110 - 115F)
  • 1 cup buttermilk (room temp.)
  • 1/4 cup oil
  • 5 cups bread flour
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1/4  + 1 tbsp cup sugar 
  • 2 large eggs (beaten)
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 4 teaspoons instant yeast


  1. The bread looks amazing , i love the freshly baked bread smell , mmmmmmm.

  2. Nothing can beat the taste or aroma of the homemade bread. Beautiful loaves!

  3. What a beautiful bread!I came across your site from the foodieblogroll and I'd love to guide Foodista readers to your site. I hope you could add this bread widget at the end of this post so we could add you in our list of food bloggers who blogged about recipes for bread,Thanks!