Foodie Friday: Baking Adventure: Milk Bread

Cooking is an art. Baking is a science. I’ve always heard that but didn’t realize quite how true it was until I made bread for the first time last weekend. I’m a darn good cook and I’m a pretty good baker of cookies, pies, and sweet breads but a loaf of white bread? That was an adventure for me.

In all honesty I’ve had the cookbook that I used for this project for some months now but I’ve been nervous and busy so I was slow to get around to actually baking something. I won’t say that my first attempt ended with the best bread I’ve ever eaten but it wasn’t bad. Here are some of the things that I learned:

  • My oven runs hotter than it should, I need to turn it down about 25 degrees next time.
  • My liquids (milk and water) need to be slightly hotter next time before I add them to my dry ingredients.
  • Give my dough longer to rise.
  • I need a bread (dough?) knife.
  • Kneading bread is going to work muscles I didn’t realized I had.
  • I really like fresh, homemade bread.   

I read my recipe book before I did anything…several times.

Mixing in the flour 1/2 a cup at a time.

Kneading the dough.

Shaping the dough after it has risen once.

Dough rising number two.

Finished Product!

We had my bread for dinner that night along with:

  • Chicken fried steak with from scratch gravy
  • Red beans (the kind you have to soak over night)
  • Salad (with homemade dressing)I spent a lot of time cooking last Sunday but I love it.

If you are curious here is the name of the cookbook that I used: Bread Made Easy: A Baker’s First Bread Book. It is an older book that I found at the best used book store: Recycled Books. If you have questions or advice please feel free to leave them in the comments below.

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