Tuesday, October 26th, 2010

Many Loaves

After being out of bread for many, many days I decided to do something about it.  I experimented with a recipe for pain de mie a couple of weeks ago and it was pretty good.  Then I came across this recipe somewhere in the blogosphere and decided to try it.  

The only reason I decided to give it a go was that the recipe yield is six loaves.  Six!  Again, it seemed like a really good idea at the time.  I have a heavy duty kitchenaid.  No problem. right?  Do you have any idea what six loaves worth of bread dough looks like?  Big, huge, unwieldily quantities of dough that threaten to completely envelop your mixer and turn your otherwise enthusiastic helper into a skeptic.  It’s escaping, mommy!

Right, so I made all of this dough and then it occurred to me that I only have three loaf pans.  Soooo, I have three balls of dough in the fridge.  We’ll see how they cope with the extended rise but I think it will be fine.

I baked the other three tonight and just cut a sliver off.  Pretty tasty but I can’t say for sure because I couldn’t find the butter.  The real test will be how tomorrow’s pb and j goes over.  If she likes it I’ll do it again.  Now that I know how much dough to expect it will be fine.  It’s a really easy recipe to throw together.  It was in a bowl for the first rise in 30 minutes.  Shaping the loaves couldn’t have taken more than 20 more.  A special trip to the store for bread would have taken me at least that long… I think.  Hmm, I guess I won’t be saving any time if I have to go to the store for butter, will I?

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