My day, in photos

Thursday, May 05, 2011

Very productive day, but now I'm pooped and writing this in bed.

My dad's been bugging me about trying out his sister's recipe for what is supposed to be the most magnificent bread recipe ever created. Which means once in my hands, it will turn into something mediocre at best because when baking, Maxine simply cannot follow a recipe. This time was no different -- I omitted the salt, oops. But it was still pretty good. Good texture.

Started on Auntie Jean's recipe for bread.

Auntie Jean's Stupendously Chewy Bread 
(I just made that up)

6 cups of bread flour
1 1/2 to 2 teaspoons of salt
3 teaspoons of dry yeast
22 ounces of warm water

Step One ("we can have lots of fun")
Use 8 ounces of warm water and mix with yeast.
Add flour, knead. Add the rest of the water slowly and knead until the dough is soft, smooth and doesn't stick.
Cover dough and let it rise about two hours, or until the dough doubles in size.

Step Two ("there's so much we can do")
Punch the dough down and knead it, adding flour to keep it from sticking.

Step Three ("it's just you and me")
Separate dough in half and place halves into a span (spray it with oil first). 
Cover and let rise for another hour or until the dough doubles in size.

Step Four ("I can give you more")
Place pans in a 400*F oven for 25 minutes.

Step Five ("don't you know that the time is right?")
Flip pan over and lower temperature to 350*F for 15 minutes, then lower temperature to 300*F for 15 minutes.
Remove from oven (this wasn't part of her recipe, but I assumed).

I'm going to be sore in the arms and legs tomorrow because it took close to an hour for me to add 14 ounces of warm water to the flour/dough and knead it into a smooth and non-sticky consistency. 

I probably did something wrong.

Second rising.
I named them Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum. Identities remain unknown.

Lunch in the meantime.
I threw together some arugula and spring greens, pear and smoked salmon and dressed it with a little honey mustard. The pear balanced out the saltiness of the smoked salmon, and arugula adds that dash of peppery-ness that I love so very much.

Out of the oven.

Very 1600s Dutch painting-like. Ominous. Vermeer?


Caffeine. Horrible. A Land O' Lakes mix that tasted like cream of mushroom soup.

The afternoon sunshine hit a car's magenta-colored headlight at such an angle that it cast a strange light through my staircase banister.

I invited my father over for dinner (mostly to shut him up about the bread), so a lot of cleaning happened. In fact, I was just about to vacuum when I was distracted by the funny lights.

Thai green curry chicken with rice and mixed veggies for dinner.

And some of Auntie Jean's famous bread


Exhausted. I will sleep well tonight.

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