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Bread Adventures...Part II 
Nov. 2, 2011 10:16 am 
Updated: Nov. 5, 2011 3:11 pm
So in my last blog I said I was going to conquer my fear of bread baking.  I never was any good at it, always ending up with a loaf that was either dense and tasteless or full of holes.  Well, I'm happy to gosh I think I've got it!  In the past months I have been making homemade loaves of bread (haven't bought a loaf of bread at the store in over a month...the kids are loving their sandwiches!), bagels of all varieties, Challah bread, quick breads, and today...English muffins!  I have to say, I'm really loving creating breads!!  And...I don't miss paying $3 a loaf at the store!  Really, I think my mistake all along was not using the right ingredients and putting them together in the right way.  I bought a 50 pound bag of organic bread flour to replace all-purpose and commercial brand whole wheat, which I believe is the biggest change that made all the difference.  I learned to proof my yeast with sugar and to be patient with the rising process.  All in all, I would say I have finally gained my confidence with bread baking.  Although...this sourdough thing still eludes me.  Now that I know I can make a hearty loaf, I might try my hand at it again.  Afterall, persistance pays off!  :)
Nov. 2, 2011 10:24 am
Foodwiz I have had the same bread baking fears. Perhaps you would like to share recipes that worked for you. The English muffins sound great. I'm curious where do you store a 50 pound bag of bread flour?
Nov. 2, 2011 10:53 am
I have a lack of baking gene, even in the bread machine!! I was looking through a King Arthurs flour catalog during lunch, might check out some of their special flours, etc. Awesome that you've overcome your problems, I hope I get there someday :)
Nov. 2, 2011 11:04 am
Lela, well storing the flour was a challenge LOL! I put some of it in a big plastic container in my pantry, and the rest of the bag in a rubbermaid storage bin in the backroom. That way, I have some on hand and some that is accessible. I would love to share some of the recipes! exactly should I do that? Can you get it on my profile?? And Angellina...keep trying! :) Once I put my bread machine in storage, I made much better bread. Though it is good for making dough if you don't have a Kitchenaid with dough-hook!
Nov. 2, 2011 11:51 am
I recently blogged about my failures re: bread making also... I've had no problem with English muffins, quick breads, but as yet no Challah, or bagels.... "Bread"(food) for thought, that one! I also am DETERMINED to learn how to bake a "good" loaf of bread, rather than a "brick!" lol Be well, and good luck! Keep us posted!
Nov. 2, 2011 1:14 pm
I can just see you lugging that 50 lb. bag of flour LOL. Yes, Foodwiz, we can access your page by clicking on your name as long as you clicked shared on the recipes. Can you give us the name of the recipes? I was also blogging about bread and I got some really good advice. Check out my blog Lela's Cooking Journey. I do like bread flour better than all purpose flour for bread making. I used King Arthur's Flour for the fluffiest cinnamon rolls- Mama Jo's cinnamon rolls I found online. They turned out great.
Nov. 5, 2011 2:06 pm
For my basic loaves of bread (ie sandwich bread) I like the Amish White Bread recipe (even though my flour is organic wheat bread flour, it works great!). Sy's Challah was the recipe I used for Challah bread, and it was easy to follow and produced beautiful results! There's also a monkey bread recipe using homemade bread dough...AWESOME! :) Hope that helps!
Nov. 5, 2011 2:08 pm
PS: Monkey Bread II is the recipe for monkey bread. :)
Nov. 5, 2011 2:52 pm
I just have to chime in and say that I too had a fear of bread making. I recently bought a Kitchenaid and decided to give it a try. I have made bread several times now, all with sucess. My neighbor raises bees so we have some wonderful honey. The first bread I made was the Honey Wheat Bread 1. It came out perfectly and gave me the confidence to keep going. Even made some homemade hamburger buns a few night ago! I too hope to never buy bread from the grocery store again! King Arthur's flour rules!!
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Nov. 5, 2011 3:11 pm
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