Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Moving to WordPress

After the ambitious amount of writing I've done (all 45 posts), I've decided to move things over to WordPress.  I have pretty much the same address just without the "blogspot."


The first post is up.  Not terribly stunning, just informative and short.  I hope you'll come visit me.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Herb de Provence Bread

Happy April Fool's Day!

I'm doing my taxes today.  What better day I figure.  Afterwards I usually need some comfort food.  I decided to make some homemade bread with a little twist.

I bought a breadmaker at Goodwill a few years ago for the sole purpose of having it make my dough and saving me the hard work of making homemade bread.  It has worked out wonderfully.  I put my ingredients in the breadmaker, select the "Dough" setting, let it do all the muscle work, and then pop it into the oven to bake some fresh bread.

The breadmaker came with a book full of bread and dough recipes.

I'm using the French Bread recipe for 2 pounds.  The ingredients are as follows:
  • 1 1/2 cups of water 80F degrees
  • 2 TBL oil (I used olive)
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 TBL sugar
  • 4 cups bread flour
  • 2 1/4 tsp active dry yeast
To make Herb de Provence bread I simply added 2 tablespoons of Herb de Provence after adding 2 tablespoons of sugar.

My bread turned out delicious!  You can tweak the amount of Herb de Provence to your liking.  This bread goes great with dinner or to make sandwiches.  (Also good if you're sulking about your taxes)

If you like super thin slices of bread, as I've done here, I suggest a bread slicing guide such as this.  I own this one and I love it.  It keeps the bread from drying out.  I put the link below.

Expanding Bread Keeper

I'm sharing this with:
Twirl and Take a Bow Tuesday