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Celebrating Bread Making 
Oct. 22, 2012 6:28 pm 
Updated: Nov. 25, 2012 9:07 pm

My mother-in-law (whom I love dearly) stayed with us for a couple of weeks about a month ago. She had come in from out of town to have cataract surgery. While here, she commented that she would love to have some sourdough bread like we used to make MANY years ago using potato flakes. I told her I would look up the recipe and make it the next time she was in town.

Well, I forgot about it until right before she was due to come back for the eye doctor to check out the other eye. I couldn't find my original recipe I had used those many moons ago, but my google search showed one on Allrecipes. So I decided to make the starter using http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Sourdough-Starter-I/< . I had no idea how it would turn out, but I decided to give it a go. I wished I had thought about it earlier because it takes 5 days just to make the starter. I followed the directions and waited...and waited...and waited. I couldn't tell a thing just looking at it. In fact, I wondered if I was wasting my time and money, but I pressed on. The last day I fed it again and then remembered to take a photo of it. It looked like this.

Then that night I moved on to the bread recipe, http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Sourdough-Bread-I/< . I added the required ingredients, put it all in a greased bowl, covered it with a tea towel, and set it on a cookie sheet in the laundry room on my ironing board. Then I went to bed. When I got up the next morning, I wondered if it had risen. I discovered not only had it risen, but it had overflowed on to the cookie sheet! Again, I wondered if this stuff would even turn out! Not to be discouraged, I put on some gloves and did the required 10 minutes of kneading, something I had never done before. I'm pretty positive my old recipe didn't have that step in it. I distinctly remember the bread rose overnight in the loaf pans and then was baked in the morning. Oh well, I kneaded and kneaded and kneaded for exactly 10 minutes. Yes, I set the timer for it. The dough was sticky and pretty elastic-y, but I didn't add any flour to it. When I finished kneading, I divided it in half, put it in 2 loaf pans, and put it back in the laundry room to rise again.

While the dough was rising, I carried my mother-in-law to the eye doctor. I was afraid the dough would overrise while we were gone. Is that even possible? At any rate, we arrived back home in 3 hours, and to my surprise, the dough still needed to rise some more. So I put the space heater in the laundry room to help the dough out a bit. While we were waiting, my sister-in-law came to get my mother-in-law to take her back home. What???? No!!! She has to taste this bread! But it was time for her to go, so she told me to keep feeding the bread so I could make it again when she comes back in a few weeks for the actual surgery.

Well, she left and I waited...and waited...and waited until the dough looked like it had doubled in size. I put the two pans in the oven and anxiously waited some more. I thought just maybe this bread was going to turn out when I smelled that enticing aroma, checked the clock, and saw that it was almost done. A few more minutes and a toothpick test later, and I pulled out two beautifully browned loaves. I could hardly wait to cut off the end of one, slather on some butter, and taste it. Yep! It was worth the expense, the waiting, the wondering, the effort, and the time. It was delicious! Now I can't wait to make it again and see what my mother-in-law thinks.

Oct. 22, 2012 6:44 pm
Wow!! the picture looks sooooo good. What a nice thing you did; bet you can't wait for her return....
Oct. 22, 2012 7:05 pm
Oh, yum! With the extended rise time, I bet it has a nice sour taste. Your MIL is so lucky to have you for a DIL.
Oct. 22, 2012 7:35 pm
Yes, MISTY, I am looking forward to her return. I sent her a text this morning telling her I had heard it was Mother-in-law Day. I just wanted her to know I was eating a piece of sourdough bread in her honor!
Oct. 22, 2012 7:36 pm
JANET, no, it doesn't have a sour taste at all. It's not like "real" sourdough bread. This bread has a sweet flavor.
Oct. 22, 2012 7:47 pm
This is how I used to make it, too, Paula, back in the day. I had to quit though, because I didn't think it did much for my figure! Nice job. Thanks for the memories!
Oct. 22, 2012 8:17 pm
Well, BIBI, I believe I can say this with certainty: I will only make this bread long enough for my MIL to taste it! I don't want it messing with what figure I have!
Oct. 23, 2012 6:47 am
Paula-I am new at baking breads so I didn't know there was a toothpick test for bread. This bread looks wonderful. A lot of work for bread. I had to chuckle when you wrote -you carried your MIL to the eye doctor. It brought back memories when I taught in Virginia. When I moved from Colo. to Virginia-I heard that expression. On the first day of school, I didn't know the parents very well. I asked, " Are you here to pick up so and so?" Parents would correct me by saying, "You mean- carry my child home?" I would ask a student to turn off the lights. The student would tell me, "You mean cut off the lights." I also was corrected for calling soda a pop.
Oct. 23, 2012 9:51 am
I've been wanting to try my hand at sourdough. That certainly looks delicious! I may just have to do it. Thanks for posting your beautiful pics. I hope you M-I-L loves it when she visits again. I am hoping her surgery goes well.
Oct. 23, 2012 9:57 am
Looks good Paula,guess the trouble was worth it?.Love sourdough,well really all bread.
Oct. 23, 2012 11:05 am
LELA - Hmmmm, maybe that toothpick test was all wrong. I just know it looked wet when I put it in the oven and I figured if the toothpick came out dry, the bread was done. Hey, I don't bake bread either, so I'm learning! I figured people would get a kick out of me putting on gloves to knead the dough too :) I just hate messy, icky hands and especially dough up under my fingernails. As for the idiomatic expressions, they are all acceptable...except for pop! Everyone in the South knows all sodas are cokes :)
Oct. 23, 2012 11:06 am
COOK and MANELLA - thanks for dropping by, and yes, it was worth it. Very good. Thanks for the well wishes for my MIL.
Oct. 23, 2012 5:20 pm
I love regional idioms! I heard some really fun ones when DH was in the service. Your bread looks very good. FYI just thump it and if it sounds hollow it is finished baking. I know your MIL will love it.
Oct. 24, 2012 7:44 am
"anxiously waited" That made me laugh. : ) Oxymoron?
Oct. 24, 2012 9:09 am
Oh, BIGSHOTSMOM - there are certain terms I'm not sure I will ever truly understand: soft ball/hard ball stage and a hollow thump are just two of them! No wait...that's three of them. See? I can't even count, let alone know what a hollow thump sounds like :) I'm thinking it's a thing you learn from experience though. Maybe there's hope for me. VICKY - glad I could give you your chuckle for the day. But, yes, somehow I was able to do both...at the same time! :) :) :)
Oct. 25, 2012 7:20 pm
After your great blog I can't wait to try it myself. Thanks
Nov. 25, 2012 9:07 pm
I am going to try both starters and both breads. I have made a friendship bread and starter that a friend made for me and then gave me the recipe for for the starter annd the bread hers used instant pudding in the bread another online friend from California said mine sounded like the friendship bread she has burt hers has a cup of fruit mixed in and no instant pudding in the one she has. It could change from the way eastern and central part of united states makes it as to how the people on the west coast makes it but both ways should be good.
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