I’m always behind in my Be Still assignments…here is one from several weeks ago where the photo was to contain four things–a loaf of bread, scissors, twine and linen.
Today was a dark and dismal day, perfect for making bread but not so great for taking photos in natural light, thus the high ISO and graininess in the photo.
The bread recipe is one that reminds me very much of the bread my grandmother used to make when I was a child so eating it evokes happy memories.
3/4 cup warm water
2 1/4 teaspoons active dry yeast
1 egg, beaten
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup granulated sugar
3 cups bread flour
1 teaspoon vegetable oil
Dissolve yeast in warm water and let sit for about 10 minutes.
In a large bowl, mix oil, eggs, salt, sugar and water and yeast mixture together till blended.
Add flour one cup at a time, mixing well after each addition.
Knead till smooth and elastic. Let rise till doubled, about 1 hour and 30 minutes.
Knead and let rise again till doubled.
(Who am I kidding? I throw it in the bread machine and skip the mixing, kneading and first rise.)
Cut dough into 2 pieces.
Let rise, covered for 10 minutes.
Shape into 2 oblong loaves, about 14 inches long.
Place on greased cookie sheets.
Cover: let rise again, about 50-60 minutes.
Cut slash down middle of bread or 3 slashes diagonally on top.
Bake at 350 for 20 to 25 minutes.