Thursday, February 13, 2014

Random Bread

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1. I love fresh home made bread! I really enjoy making it, but it's been pretty difficult to do since *MS has robbed me of much of the muscle strength required to knead the dough.
 
2. I tried a bread machine, but I use organic ingredients, and there is no such thing as organic "rapid rise" or "bread machine" instant yeast, so the results weren't that good.
 
3. I picked up a fantastic book last weekend at the bookstore, "The Bread Bible" 
by Rose Levy Beranbaum. Each recipe has instructions for making bread by hand, or using a stand mixer or a food processor
 
4. Hubbers bought me a KitchenAid food processor last Christmas. It's a beast of a machine, weighing at least a ton, so I only ever hauled it out of the cupboard once or twice to make coleslaw! I never even considered kneading bread dough in it...duh!
 


5. Well, now the food processor sits on the kitchen counter, and I can make fresh delicious organic bread every day with ease! My first bake (above), was a basic soft white loaf, and it was yummy. Tomorrow, Honey Whole Wheat, then Pumpernickel...Golden Semolina...Ciabatta...Seven Grain, well, you get the picture!

*MS- Multiple Sclerosis

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48 comments:

Carole M. said...

glad you've found a really good use for your big machine Karen. I'm with you - keep what you need at arms reach instead of hiding it. Your bread looks scrumptious

Nancy J said...

That looks one mighty machine, and like my sewing machine, too heavy to lug out every time you want to use it.I have a super recipe for zucchini loaf, originally from Gayle at " The White House", I shred the zucchini in a processor, and after draining off the excess fluid, you could do it all in the same bowl. Easy-Peasy.I'll post it on my blog tomorrow. Love those loaves, nothing smells so great, or tastes as nice as that home-made loaf. Cheers from Jean.

Navigating Northward said...

Your husband sounds like a smart man!

Mascha said...

Oh yes, home-baked bread is the best!
Anyway I use a baking machine, it goes well with fresh yeast and heavy meal. But the machines are different, probably it does not go with everyone.
Have a great Valentine's Day :-)

Elephant's Child said...

Yummo. And, how WONDERFUL to reclaim something you thought the beast had stolen permanently. I'll bet the bread tastes even better just because of that.

DeniseinVA said...

Oh that does sound good! Where do you buy your organic ingredients? I was especially wondering about the yeast?

DeniseinVA said...

Happy Valentine's Day :)

deb @ frugal little bungalow said...

Beautiful bread ! So glad the processor is the solution! :)

EG CameraGirl said...

It has never occurred to me that you could use a food processor to make bread! I love the aroma of homemade bread fresh from the oven.

Diane Baker-Williams said...

I use the dough cycle on my bread machine to do all of the kneading then turn it out into a bread pan, let it rise and bake. Home made bread simply can't be beat, so glad you found a way to make and enjoy it.

pragmaticsoul said...

Wow..your bread looks delicious and list of the bread you will be making sounds mouth watering too!

So glad you have a way to make your bread now, Karen!

Beth @ E. Lizard Breath Speaks said...

fresh bread - yum!! that would be so yummy this AM ... i need some. you enjoy!!

Happy <3 Day!! ( :

Nancy said...

I am fascinated how you fold your loaf before baking... I will try this next time! :)

Snap said...

I love home made bread. So delicious and the smell -- WOW! Keep that mixer on the counter and use it. It really does make life easier. Happy Friday!

Sarah Huizenga said...

Oh yes, Love my Kitchen Aid Mixer. I have had mine for ten years. We tried making pizza crust at Christmas. It didn't turn out quite right.

Buttons said...

Oh now I am hungry what a great little machine. Oh that sounds so good the closest I get to homemade bread now is a recipe I found for beer bread. Don't laugh it works I cannot knead anymore either. Hug Happy Valentines day Hug B

Terri @ Backward B Ranch said...

That's a super way to make bread- I hadn't thought of it. I don't like all that kneading either. Like Diane above- where do you buy your organic ingredients? My best friend's mother used to make pepperoni bread- oh my gosh- it was so good!

Robyn Goddard said...

Karen,

Homemade bread is the best! Glad you found a way to make it.

I use the bread machine for my dough, then form my own loaves or buns.

Food Processors are fun little machines.

TexWisGirl said...

OMG! i am so glad you live miles and miles away. :) i would follow the aroma to your door, otherwise!

what a great way to use that food processor!

Jill of All Trades said...

My mother had that book and loved it. Glad you have found a way to make that lovely smell in your house.

eileeninmd said...

What a great use for your food processor. The homemade bread looks delicious!

Happy Valentine's Day and have a great weekend!

Rose said...

You're making me so hungry!

Betty Manousos said...

drooling over that fresh bread. looks delicious!yum!

happy valentine's day!
xo

Sylvia K said...

What a great gift from your husband! When my kids were growing up I made all of our bread and I do love it, but over the years and going back to work, I stopped baking all that good stuff! You brought me lots of memories of the fragrance of fresh, baking bread! Nothing better! I can almost taste it!! Hope you have a great weekend, Karen!! Enjoy your bread!!

Lisa Gordon said...

There is nothing quite like homemade bread, and this looks so yummy, Karen.

A beast is such a good way to describe the Kitchen-Aid. I LOVE mine.

Have a great weekend, and Happy Valentine's Day.

Stephanie said...

Love your bread making collage! This one thing I like to learn how to make and I have all those appliances. And I actually have that book collecting dust on the shelf. Need to find gluten free receipes.

Muffie said...

Looks and sounds yummy. I use my Cuisinart processor for everything, and my Kitchen Aid stand mixer is a godsend when I bake. Glad you're enjoying getting doughy!

Gattina said...

I can't complain about the bread which we have here in Belgium. It is really very good and the bakeries have always fresh bread, not industrial once.

RedPat said...

I hardly ever use mine and I love bread sooo....! ;-)

Dotti said...

There are definitely few things better than homemade breads and yours look so wonderful, I can almost smell them. Good for you ... using that processor to do the hard work!

Cheryl @ TFD said...

Homemade bread can't be beat! Looks yummy. Have a Happy Valentine's day!

Debbie said...

homemade bread is the absolute best!! i am so happy there is a way for you to make it!!

i LOVED all the pictures!!

happy valentine's day!!

beep said...

They look sooooo good!:)

augcott said...

I swear I can smell freshly baked bread as I read your post!
Mmmmm...there's nothing like it.
Just bought a freshly baked loaf of Cheddar bread....can't wait to dig into it.
Have a great weekend.
diane @ thoughts and shots

Beverly said...

Oh, your bread looks fabulous and delicious!! With a bread machine I don't have near the mess, but I do miss getting my hands on the dough and feeling the texture change to a nice smooth piece. The Kitchen-Aid is awesome! Love your collage.

abrianna said...

I am so glad you found a way to make bread again. I wonder too if a high quality blender could be used for the dough.

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Yummmmmm..... If you can't stop yourself and make too much, just e-mail me a slice or two (I'll even take the heels!) Oh I'd de finitely leave that mixer out on the counter all the time if I were you.

Judy at Peace Be With You said...

Looks yummy!

HOOTIN ANNI said...

This all looks so tempting and divine tasting!!! I too love bread. My favorite part of making homemade is the fragrance from the oven when it's baking!

Jill Foley said...

Your bread looks delicious....so glad you found a way to make it more easily.

Me said...

Fresh bread daily, yay! I am so looking forward too this. Lucky me.

Kim Klassen said...

oh ... my... what a treat... love the smell of fresh baked bread.....
such fab photos of your process.

Sharon said...

Oh, your bread sounds so good -- and nothing smells better than a fresh-baked loaf. I'm glad you are enjoying baking!

Linda R said...

I used to make bread dough in my kitchen aid.. I sure do miss it. Your bread sure does look yummy.

Hugs~

aspiritofsimplicity said...

oh my!!! yum! I absolutely love fresh bread and used to make it all the time. But, I have to eat gluten free now and do not want to buy all the different types of flour to make GF bread. So, I don't make it anymore.

Gail Dixon said...

What a great kitchen tool! And the bread does look amazing. I try to go organic and gluten free when possible. I believe our current food supply is causing so many diseases and health issues. Go YOU!

Phil Slade said...

You have been busy Karen. I'm putting my name on some of that ciabatta, warm please.

Carletta said...

There is nothing like the smell of fresh bread baking in the kitchen!
I'm craving it as I look at your photos.