May 31, 2012

HELP ME, KING ARTHUR, YOU'RE MY ONLY HOPE:

My Well-Seasoned Life: My bread baking journey (Kim McCallie, 5/31/12, Savannah Now)

[Y]ear after year, I've declared that "this" is the year that I learn to bake bread! Until now, that resolution hasn't been kept. I've thumbed through recipes and, seeing the word "yeast" in the ingredients, have quickly turned the page. Just looking at that long list of directions was more than I could bear. [...]

Now, I've partnered with King Arthur Flour in an attempt to jump start my bread-making journey. Not only am I trying to perfect my bread-making skills, but I am also trying to incorporate more whole grains into my family's diet. It has been quite a learning process. I wasn't sure that I would like whole wheat bread because it tends to be bitter. But, I've learned that adding orange juice to the dough will greatly reduce the bitter taste.

The recipe I am featuring here is perfect for beginners because there is no kneading. All of the ingredients are combined into one bowl and then placed in the loaf pan. The bakers at King Arthur Flour include helpful hints as to what to look for as the bread rises. As a beginner, it gives me confidence to know that I'm on the right track.

This wheat bread is dense and flavorful. The hint of molasses in the background reminded me of the bread served at steak houses. All this bread needed was a light spread of softened butter. With this bread under my belt, cinnamon rolls can't be far behind. 
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Posted by at May 31, 2012 5:36 AM
  

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