25 January 2010

A Foray Into Bread Baking

The little lady that resides here eats a peanut butter and honey sandwich everyday for lunch. Since she's consuming so much bread I got tired of shelling out upwards of $5 per loaf. Crazy! I could easily make a loaf or two a week, thus cutting down our grocery bill, and controlling the quality at the same time. So I've been "auditioning" bread loaves to see what will become my weekly standard. Last week I made a Semolina Loaf. Well, I attempted to make a 100% Semolina Loaf; but I didn't buy enough Semolina flour. So I added a bit of wheat. Then I realized that I didn't have any olive oil, so I subbed some melted butter. The results? Surprisingly really good, especially given the fact that I had to sub so many ingredients. Tasty, soft crumb and the little lady ate it right up. So good in fact, that I want to try it again with all of the correct ingredients!

See that little bit of yellow in there? That's the Semolina Flour, pretty isn't it?


Wait, who's that? Checkin' to make sure I'm doing it right?


Add the melted butter and some warm water.


Mix it all up, until a dough forms. Really, much easier than you think.


Knead it for ten minutes. This is the nicest dough I've ever worked with, nice and supple.

Now let it sit and rise until double in size. The picture for this would have been really boring,
good thing I forgot to take it.


Flatten it out, roll it up and stick it in a greased loaf pan to rise a bit more.


And there it is in all of it's brown and crumby glory. Looks delicious, doesn't it?
Oh, and it is!


Glad you approve Little Miss.

3 comments:

  1. make me one make me one .... you bakers drive me bananas or just make me jealous... I tried to make pita once.... once.

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  2. That looks sooo good! I use Artisan Bread in 5 Minutes a Day. So easy and so good! Where is your recipe from? I'd love to try it.

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  3. Here's the recipe I basically used. I think I used 1c of Whole Wheat flour instead of the entire of Semolina. Let me know how it turns out!

    http://www.thefreshloaf.com/node/4213/semolina-sandwich-loaf

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