Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Mini Country Loaves

Since we were snowed in last Saturday, I decided it was as perfect a day as any to bake some bread. The last time I attempted homemade bread, it did not turn out well - just not the right taste. But Saturday must have been my day because our little loaved turned out splendidly! I think I owe it to Adam's superb kneading skills.

Our pans were bigger than the recipe calls for so we did 3 loaves instead of 4. I am just disappointed I did not double the recipe because the loaves were gone in no time!

Also I did not have a food processor to use. I used a mini chopper to pulse the oats into flour but the rest I mixed with a wooden spoon and it worked perfectly!

From the December 2009 Country Living Magazine....

Mini Country Loaves
1 package dry active yeast
2 tablespoons sugar
3 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for kneading
2/3 cup warm (110°F) milk
1/2 cup old-fashioned oats plus 2 T more for sprinkling
1 1/2 teaspoons fine sea salt
2 large egg yolks
2 tablespoons olive oil
1/4 cup (up to 1/2) warm water
1 egg white, lightly beaten

In a medium bowl, combine yeast, sugar, 1 cup flour, and milk. Cover bowl with a towel; let yeast mixture rise until doubled in volume, about 1 hour.

Using a food processor, grind oats into a fine flour. Add sea salt and remaining 2 cups flour; pulse to combine. With motor running, add yeast mixture, egg yolks, and olive oil. Drizzle in water until dough forms.

Remove dough and knead on a lightly floured surface until supple, about four minutes. Place in a large, well-oiled bowl, turning dough to coat with oil. Cover bowl with a towel; let dough rise until doubled in volume, about 1 hour.

Heat oven to 400 degrees F. Punch down dough and knead for 1 minute. Divide into 4 equal portions; shape into loaves to fit into 5 3/4- by 3 1/4- by 2-inch pans. Cover pans with a towel for 20 minutes.

Place loaves on baking sheet, lightly brush tops with egg white, and sprinkle with remaining oats. Bake until golden, 25 minutes. Cool completely before bagging or wrapping if you're giving as a gift!

Adam kneads away!

Final products! I actually could have made only 2 as you can see they didn't fill up the pans. If once they're out of the pan, they look cute!

1 comment:

  1. Jesse was just talking today about how he wanted a recipe for some good homemade bread. You don't even know how often that happens. We talk about needing a recipe and then BAM! it shows up here! Maybe it's a Christmas miracle!!!