life list: a loaf of bread from scratch

November 16th, 2011

I’ve had a list going for years, a list of things I want to do one day. Some are big (have another baby) and some are small (sing karaoke.)

Inspired by Maggie Mason I decided to actually tackle some of these things and this weekend I baked a loaf of bread. From scratch. By myself.

I love bread and always wanted to make a loaf myself. Homemade bread always sounds so good, like the perfect addition to every meal. I picked up a never used bread maker for $20 bucks and it sits in my kitchen, still never used.

When Liz referenced her grandmothers whole wheat bread I thought it sounded like an amazing recipe to have in my mental cookbook so I picked up some ww flour. Then the giant sacks of bulk purchased at the food co-op whole wheat flour sat on the kitchen counter for a week. Since we only have the 1 kitchen counter it was kind of staring me in the face so last weekend I set Asher up with some “trucks and gravel” and went to work.

The gist of the recipe is easy. Mix wet ingredients, mix dry ingredients, put them in the mixer together slowly. knead with a dough hook, put into a warmed oven in greased pans, let rise 2 hrs, cook, eat.

The mixing was easy, even figuring out how to work the kitchen aid mixer was easy. I did have to google dough hook.

its this one


not this one

FYI. I mean, the hook does look more hooky but you can never be too sure.

All set with that I had to start mixing the dry into the wet and I didn’t know what speed to put it on so I called Matthew. MAAAAAATTHEW didn’t know because he only kneads his bread by HAAAAAAAAAND. Also he was at work in Boston and could only help me so much.

Not confident winging it went back to my other husband, google. There are 10 levels on the mixer.

“kitchenaid how fast to knead bread”

Anyway some said 1, some said 2 so I switched back and forth. (shrug)

Then after doing it forever and not knowing when to stop I went back to google

“kitchenaid how to know bread is kneaded”

The answers were inconclusive so I had to call husband #1 again who tried describing it over the phone.

It finally seemed “not as sticky” (??) so I put it in the loaf pans, turned off the oven and packed Asher up for our Saturday night hamburger date and trip to the bookstore.

When we got home I turned the oven on and threw him in the bath. By the time he had jammies on it was done.

Its not perfect but I’ll try again. Bake a loaf of bread from scratch. Check.


Entry Filed under: At the stove,The life list

7 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Grandpa P  |  November 16th, 2011 at 11:30 am

    Nice work. Very humorous. How did it taste?

  • 2. Danielle  |  November 16th, 2011 at 12:27 pm

    Your bread looks great! I have a really delicious no-knead bread recipe, if you’re interested. It’s from the Sullivan Street Bakery and is delicious. There’s about half the work involved and NO MIXER REQUIRED, which makes me happy. ;)

  • 3. Theresa  |  November 16th, 2011 at 3:55 pm

    That bread looks AMAZING! Christmas morning toast anyone? :)

  • 4. bari  |  November 16th, 2011 at 4:09 pm

    Thanks guys! I really feel like it was an accomplishment because I have wanted to do it for so long. I am maybe almost ready to tackle another bread recipe but want to get this one down before Christmas for sure.

  • 5. Carolee  |  November 16th, 2011 at 9:13 pm

    Bravo! Looks wonderful.

  • 6. SHARON  |  November 18th, 2011 at 11:26 am

    WOW!!! I am impressed.

  • 7. Ramona Collier  |  November 18th, 2011 at 5:53 pm

    Yay for the life list and baking such beautiful bread!

    I think we should make a challah together some day! And lets go karaoke.

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