Sunday, January 30, 2011

~Two Loafs of Bread~

 Gary and I made "tried" to make bread...We were going to use the Basic White Bread recipe, but after going through the Kitchen Aide book of recipe's again we decided to go with the Rapid Mix  Cool Rise White  Bread recipe, it said it was the best for beginners. We followed the directions and timed every minute.. yep we sure did.
 Mixed the flour, sugar, salt, yeast and butter.
Checked the water to make sure it was at the right temp. 120 to 130 F.. with my Moms old candy thermometer.  
 Covered the bowl with plastic wrap and a towel for 20 minutes.
Then  rolled the the dough according to the directions.  I think I rolled one loaf to looked really weird! but I was afraid to re-roll it.
So into the creased loaf pans they went and into the refrigerator for 2.5 hours.  I used my Mom's bread pans she used to bake bread in when I was a little girl.
 I watched a Lifetime movie and Gary went into his office to Work... until the time had passed until we were able to put the bread into the oven..
 Well here they are...I know don't laugh, stop laughing now....O.K. you can laugh, we laughed too! Our bread turned out so funny looking!
 The loaf on the right looks OK, but the one on the left, well the poor little thing is not so pretty...
We saved the best loaf for Mom and Dad and brought it over to them..Gary cut the not so pretty loaf for kinda looks like french bread instead of white bread don't you think..I thought so...

 All thou our bread didn't look pretty, it tasted really good! we added some butter,

and then spread some home made apricot jam on top..our sweet dear friend Dolores made the jam and gifted Gary and I a few jars, she even made strawberry jam..
Gary and I had fun baking together..we will diffidently try baking bread again...I must say our bread looked nothing like the beautiful photo in the Kitchen Aid cook book, big sigh...but that's O.K with us. We will keep tyring.
Thank you so much for all your helpful hits, we really appreciated them... 

Love you all and happy baking..

Big Hugs, Elizabeth and Gary


Jenna said...

As long as they tasted good, that's all that matters! they looked really good to me... yum :O)

Happy To Be/ Gl♥ria said...

How fun Elizabeth..I also made 2 loaves of Zuchinni bread for Len's Birthday tomorrow and one for his Mama..she calss it cake ha ha!! Don't you love your kitchenaide it's the best thing I have in my kitchen..of course mines harvest gold from the 70's ha ha!! Hope you have a GREAT week my dear friend..Hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

Shirleyanne said...

Your bread looked really good! I bet it smelled great aswell!
Yum! Have a good week!

Becky said...

Looks don't have a thing to do with it up!!!

Connie said...

That still looks better that ANYTHING I ever tried, sugar. I have up...even with a bread maker. I just can't bake it. Sigh...

Penny from Enjoying The Simple Things said...

Not bad! And that they tasted good was the real test....Don't you love the way bread smells when it is baking?

Sandy said...

I love bread...and yours turned out great. There's nothing like fresh baked bread. I haven't made bread since the 1980s. I never thought to use a Kitchen Aid mixer to make bread. Maybe one of these days....I can dream can't I?

Cindy said...

Hi Elizabeth,
So sorry that it didn't turn out right. It took me a year or so to make good bread way back when I learned. Since then I have taught several ladies and I think it should be a hands on lesson, not one learned from reading about it. There is a certain feel that the dough must have as you kneed it, as well as the temp of the water and the room. But the most important is the feel of the dough and that is hard to explain in words. Don't feel bad, just keep trying and remember what you did each time it works out better and do that again and it will soon be perfect!!!
I know it must have tasted lovely and the smell! That is my favorite thing, I think, bread baking smells so good.
I'm proud of you for trying!
Hugs, Cindy

Lallee said...

May I please, please, pretty please have a slice? Buttered with jam? I haven't baked bread in years. Oh how I loved that wonderful yeast aroma during the process!

Catherine Holman said...

I love the smell of homemade bread fresh from the oven. As long as it tastes good that's all that matters!

campwandawega said...

This looks delicious. The kithenaide is the best thing ever/