February 17, 2021

Good afternoon!

I’m in the hospital right now – waiting for my bloodwork and then getting chemo. Still having muscle soreness/pain/stiffness.

So, I often say what I’m baking but I never give recipes. I love my own baking but others may not. I used to (not anymore) aim for outcomes that mimicked the texture, flavor, etc. of my favorite commercialized products – like chocolate chip cookies. But who’s to say? Everyone has his/her own idea of what the BEST chocolate chip cookie should taste like – buttery? crumbly? moist and soft? crunchy? big chunks or regular chips? It goes on and on …

Anyway … I make great quick breads (leavened with baking powder or soda) but fairly lousy yeast breads until the cinnamon rolls last week and yesterday – my first loaf of white bread made with yeast that was actually edible. So, I’m going to share the white bread recipe – I’ve only made it once and it might fail on time two – and it’s not really a recipe – I just threw some stuff in a bowl (literally), stirred it, let it rise, plopped it in a loaf pan (cast iron) and into the oven it went. IT WAS GOOD!!!

3 cups all-purpose flour

1/4 cup dry buttermilk (you may not have this in your cupboard but I add it to anything that requires milk – it’s always on-hand)

1 tbsp. sugar

1 tsp salt

2 tsp dry yeast (Bob’s Red Mill is fresh, excellent)

2 cups of warm water (barely warm to the touch – once it feels really warm it’s probably hotter than the yeast can handle and they’ll die)

Preheat oven to 400 degrees

Butter a loaf pan (don’t use a nonstick pan – you’ll get an anemic loaf)

I put everything in a bowl, stirred it for just a couple of minutes (a very wet dough), let it rise for about an hour (tripled in size), and then put it in the loaf pan. No second rise (people will say that negatively affects the flavor but honestly it was good). Right into the oven it goes! About 30 minutes later – DONE!

For those of you who don’t bake bread, you know if the loaf is done by turning it out of the pan and tapping it on the bottom – if it sounds hollow, it’s done.

Also, the reason I have 2 cups of water is because I’m using 1/4 dry buttermilk and it needs 1 cup of water.

Here’s the thing – make it easy and keep it fun. Your house will smell so good.

Going to sign off now.

Love, Molly

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