Today's Mondays with Myrt took an interesting twist today, when the subject of making homemade bread came up in the context of "how do we do things the same or differently from our ancestors?" My great-grandmothers certainly didn't use the 45 second Cuisinart method Ol' Myrt here uses as shown in this video. Folks have requested the recipe, so I've included a YouTube video as the best method for explaining the process. I'm making several batches today, and will bake one batch tomorrow.
I don't have a bread paddle. I do use the cooking stone, though I've heard in a convection oven that wouldn't be necessary, and might even hinder the bread's baking. (My new stove has two ovens, and the lower one has a convection option. I'll experiment tomorrow.) I do have a clean iron skillet in the lower rack where I put the ice cubes, though I originally started with just water. I haven't ever put rocks in the skillet.
If you want a lighter, fluffier bread page 54 of The Best Bread Ever Book by Charles Van Over explains we would stop the food processor after about 20 seconds, and let the dough rest for 5-10 minutes, then mix the remaining 25 seconds. (This little break gives me time to clean up and put away the salt, yeast and bread flour.)
What about the part where I just put the dough in the fridge? I like the idea of making 3-4 batches at a time, so I don't have to get my kitchen scale and all ingredients out every day. Then when I wish to have fresh baked bread, I pull a batch out of the fridge as described in the video. The longer you keep the dough (3-4 days) the richer the flavor.
Tomorrow I'll also experiment with the microwave strawberry jam recipe from +Cary Bright posted as a comment to today's Hangout on Air.
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