This week's challenge was to make a loaf of Soft Whole Wheat Sandwich Bread, Hamburger/Hot Dog Buns and one loaf of Apple Strudel Bread.
I frequently make loaves for sandwiches so that wasn't new but I had not made this particular recipe. I had a little bit of trouble adequately mixing it up. I don't want to overmix/knead so I think I err on not enough mixing. There ends up being all these floury chunks in the bottom after rising. I just discard those when making bread but I need to improve my mixing technique.
It was raining all day so my 3 year old and I stayed home and baked all 3 types. A gray sky was a great time to bake bread. First we made the loaf - rose nicely as you can see from the pics.
AFTER BAKING AND BEFORE EATING! Everyone really like this bread.
Next up - hamburger buns! I really hate the buns at the store. I have never been able to find a great bun that wasn't loaded with stuff we don't want to eat. So I was excited to try these buns. Easy to make so far - this is what they look like just after forming and before they rose.
They rose nicely. I think some are going to be mini hamburgers but that will be good for the kids. Here are the finished buns - I think I will make them a little bigger next time but I like how they turned out and they actually resemble hamburger buns.
YUMMY HAMBURGERS FOR DINNER!
Next up Apple Strudel Bread. I figured this would be a great after school snack on a cold rainy day (well it is rainy and it did get into the 50s I think - remember this is Arizona). I used all the dough I had left since I wasn't going to have time later to use up the dough and this kind only last 5 days in the fridge. My 3 year old helped spread the apples and 3 raisons. It was supposed to be more raisons but of course someone ate them and only left 3. Why 3? I mean if you are going to eat them - eat them all. Anyway, since I used more dough than necesssary I cut it in half to put in the loaf pan but that made a mess. So I kind of stuck it back together and left it on a jelly roll stone to rise.
It came out well despite my butchering. And was once again another hit with the family. I can't remeber if there was any left before my husband came home - oops. These 3 recipes are winners in our home and I will be making them again!
One last note: all of my stones and most of my other kitchen items are from Pampered Chef. I was a consultant a few years ago and was able to get some great things.
Hope your bread turned out well too!
Happy Baking and Eating.