July 28, 2009

Keeping Grumpy Happy

These loaves of bread put a smile on my Grumpy's face. You see, we have been watching what we eat and Grumpy has been doing a great job of it - and it is showing! There isn't much in the house to just grab anymore though - not even bread! So, when I knew I was going to make my Chicken Penne Prima Vera, I knew I would need something bready to go with.

Sometimes I get the bread baking bug and nothing can cure it except to bake some bread! Fortunately we were home all day on Sunday and I was able to cure my need to bake! However, I am also lazy when it comes to bread making (did I just say that?!) and I did not want to be stirring and kneading by hand. Ahem, after all, I did just have surgery not that long ago and I really didn't "knead" to be doing all that arm work, right? ha ha. In any case, I hate stirring and kneading bread. Yes, I am one of the few who does not get pleasure from it. So, I went on a search on allrecipes.com and came across a recipe for Italian Bread using a bread machine. Perfect!


Then, as I am just beginning to mix my bread, something funky goes on with my old machine. Yes, it is old. Which is why I only use it to mix and never bake. It started to smoke. I have a feeling I won't be using this machine anymore and will be on the hunt for a new one. I still was able to finish my recipe and it turned out wonderfully!


I am pretty proud of this Italian loaf. My very first one. I think I should have cut the slice just a little deeper into the loaf but still it tasted awesome! 




Italian Bread using a Bread Machine

allrecipes.com

4 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon light brown sugar
1 1/3 cups warm water
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1 1/2 teaspoons olive oil
1 (.25 ounce) package active dry yeast
1 egg
1 tablespoon water
2 tablespoons cornmeal

Place flour, brown sugar, warm water, salt, olive oil and yeast in the pan of bread machine in the order recommended by manufacturer. Select dough cycle; press start.

Deflate the dough and turn it out onto a lightly floured surface. Form dough into two loaves and place seam side down on a cutting board generously sprinkled with cornmeal. Cover the loaves with a damp cloth and let rise, until doubled, about 40 minutes. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.

In a small bowl, beat together egg and 1 tablespoon water. Brush the risen loaves with egg mixture. Make a single long, quick cut down the center of the loaves with a sharp knife. Gently shake the cutting board to make sure that the loaves are not sticking. If they stick, use a spatula or pastry knife to loosen. Slide the loaves onto a baking sheet with one quick but careful motion.

Bake in preheated oven for 30 to 35 minutes, or until loaves sound hollow when tapped on the bottom. 

20 comments:

Mary said...

What lovely loaves you made , oh so you're going to make garlic bread , i love that . I haven't made it in a while , well i'll just wait to see yours. have a nice day!

Mags said...

Beautiful bread Shelby! The Bread Baker's Apprentice Challenge has us making Italian bread a few weeks from now. I'm excited...it's one of my favorite breads.

Barbara Bakes said...

Your bread looks perfect to me! I'm so glad you're posting the garlic bread recipe!

Donna-FFW said...

It looks lovely!! I have a bread machine that is new in the box, I may have to get it out just to try this!!

Jamie said...

Shelby,
I am a bread freak and yours looks so good. I haven't used by bread machine in years and my husband always teases me that I don't use it. I may have to pull it out for this one.

Frieda said...

Looks perfect to me...I wouldn't change a thing!

didolivescooks said...

Awesome bread Shelby! I have never baked a bread and am all excited to see such perfect bakers...and am defintely coming again for ur garlic bread...

Fallon said...

I love fresh bread. Absolutely amazing and worth eating!

Jessie said...

I need to invest in a bread machine. I'm like you, lazy to do kneading and making bread by hand hehehe

your italian bread looks like came fresh out of a bakery. I imagine you're going to be dipping that delicious bread into soup and having it as a side to a great salad :)

noble pig said...

That is one beautiful loaf! And all in the bread machine...even better!

Gera @ SweetsFoods said...

The attraction to see and smell warm bread just baked is pure happiness...like I’m enjoying now :)

Tomorrow a garlic bread....my weakness with butter!

Cheers,

Gera

Carrian said...

It's looks beautiful and delicious. I love fresh baked bread!

CookiePie said...

That is some gorgeous bread!! Definitely a great reward for all that discipline :)

Katy ~ said...

Shelby, those loves are GORGEOUS!!

Linda said...

Aw, c'mon...it looks awesome. I am not good with yeast baking so I am so jealous of those who can!! LOL

Finsmom said...

These turned out so beautifully!

Creative One said...

Bread looks awesome. Great job Shelby!

Linda said...

Shelby, how gorgeous! (Mouth open, salivating...) I would be proud too. I just printed out the recipe.

Amanda said...

That looks totally delicious!!

Helene said...

What a nice loaf made wiht love.

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