Baking Bread and Other Things!


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A photo of Tricia MillixSo, I had finally conquered bread making 101 and was progressing to level 2 when the unimaginable happened! My beautiful Kitchen Aid Ultra Power Mixer had enough! I was so engrossed in what flavor I could whip up next that I don’t think I even heard the warning sounds my mixer was sending me. I had made a very yummy Salted Sweet Basil Bread and was feverously working on a Garlic Butter Bread when it all happened, the hook stood still and the clicking began. I stood there in disbelief, I wasn’t done yet, now what do I do? I was only about one minute into the kneading process when this event occurred and I needed about four more minutes before my dough would be ready to pop into the greased pans that were ready and waiting.

I knew what I would do; I would give the mixer a rest and try it again. Needless to say that was not what it needed; the hook still stood still and the clicking almost sounded like a persistent “NO, NO, NO!”

I was at a loss when I figured out that the only real tool I needed was right there attached to the end of my flailing arms, my own two hands. The way my father used to make bread, and the way my mother still to this day makes bread. I was quite frightened by this whole idea of going it alone with out good ‘ole Mabel (the mixer). Like I said before this is a task that has long eluded me due to failure. Had I actually come this far and had success to have it all just slip away so quickly? There was only one way to find out, I’d have to give it a try.

The kneaded ball of bread dough.

I grabbed a handful of flour, dusted my counter top, slipped the dough off of the silent still hook and began kneading. It felt right, like I was doing it correctly and the way my mom had always shown me. I continued for exactly five minutes, per the recipe, split the dough in half and placed them in their respectful loaf pans. Now all there was to do but wait and pray! Well, after forty minutes they were touching the rim of their pans!

The dough rising to the rim of their pans.

2/28/2010 5:23:30 PM

Susan- I can't remember the last time I bought bread, once I mastered bread making! Well, I shouldn't call it mastered. I love the smell of fresh baked bread...the entire house smells so inviting! I use my normal bread recipe and throw in some dried garlic bits and I replace some of the salt with garlic salt for added flavor. When the bread is done baking I brush the top with my garlic butter mixture (garlic salt & butter) and sprinkle Italian Seasoning mix on top. I love mixing in different dried herbs for new flavors! Thanks for reading....I promise I will be posting some new stuff soon! Tricia

Susan LoVette_4
2/25/2010 8:14:33 PM

Hi Tricia: Your post is great! I've been baking bread for 27 years using the Bosch Mixer. I have made bread by hand and we've enjoyed the fruits of my labor. There is nothing better than bread fresh from the oven with butter and homemade jam. I make all our bread and would love to have your recipe for your Garlic Butter Bread - sounds wonderful. Happy Baking - Susan

9/23/2009 8:53:00 AM

Peg- It is so true how baking bread from start to finish with your two hands can create such a feeling of pure accomplishment. I do miss that darn dough hook some days, it makes fast work of whipping up some bread! I am learning that the old-fashioned way is usually the best way. I did get a new mixer....stay tuned! Tricia

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