Monday, January 16, 2012

Watch Your Love Grow

I love Follow Me on Pinterest - like, LOVE LOVE.  And when I found this amazing bread recipe, I knew I had to try it.  Baking bread reminds me of childhood, when I stood at the table and watched my mom knead bread.  Plus, it makes your house smell amazing and it's good to eat!  Never one to do things the easy way, I decided to make heart-shaped loaves.  Miracle of miracles, it worked on the first try!  I made the dough 3 days ahead of time because that's how crazy life is right now - but that's one of the great things about this recipe - it keeps in the fridge for up to 2 weeks!  

3 cups warm water
1 1/2 Tablespoons yeast (I used bread machine yeast because that's what I had - worked great!)
1 1/2 Tablespoons coarse salt (I used kosher)
6 to 6 1/2 cups of flour (I used bread flour and used a bit more than 6 1/2)
Mix all together - it will be sticky.  Let rise in a lightly covered bowl/container for 2 hours.  Store in refrigerator in tightly covered bowl/container for up to 2 weeks.
When you're ready to bake, the first thing you're going to need is a design assistant turned sous chef to ensure you have adequate flour coverage.   Turn your dough out onto the (lightly - heavily - really doesn't matter!) floured surface and let rest for 30 minutes.  Our dough did not get much rest - it is too hard to explain to a child what the "first rise" is - the final product seemed none the worse for wear.
After the dough has been out of the fridge for 30 minutes (resting or not), knead a bit of flour in until it's not so sticky, then shape it as desired.  I took two fistfuls of dough and made each one into a teardrop.  This will yield a loaf that is just the right size for 2 people to share over dinner.
 I gave a fistful of dough to my sous chef and she liberally kneaded it, piled flour on top of it, kneaded it again, poured more flour on . . . you get the idea.  Amazingly, her rolls were just as delicious as the rest - I LOVE this recipe!
 Back to the heart-shaped version...take those two teardrops and mush the tips together.  Place finished loaves on a pan coated with cornmeal (or on parchment paper).  Let rise again for 30 minutes in a warmish area, lightly covered.  I placed them on top of the oven while I let it preheat to 450 with a pan of water in it (the water makes the bread more delicious - and chewy!). 
 As you can see, the sous chef's loaves are a little heavy on the flour - but I promise, still wonderful to eat!
 We coated our loaves in an egg wash before baking - this makes the crust a little yummier (& crust is my favorite part)!  Take 1 egg and separate, keeping the white.  Add about 1 tablespoon of water to the white and whisk.  Then lightly brush across top of each loaf.  You can also decorate the top by cutting a design into it.
 Bake 20-30 minutes (the small ones took took 20 minutes, the hearts about 25).  Let cool on a wire rack until cool to touch.  

 You may want to take a moment to bask in the domestic beauty of your creation - there is nothing like homemade bread to make you feel like you've really accomplished something!  
I wrapped these up and gave them to our neighbors with a little note that said,
 "We (heart) being your neighbors!"  
 Fortunately, we had all our sous chef's little loaves to eat for ourselves - and they were mighty good.  We made bread again today - a car, a flower, a butterfly . . . but we ate them too fast for me to get pictures!  We still have about 1/3 of the dough left - so I think I'll make a few loaves to take into work . . . see, best recipe EVAH!
This is a sneak peek of tomorrow's fun project . . . 
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  1. Yay, you made something from Pinterest, too! Looks yummy, and that's one cute little sous chef you've got! Thanks for stopping by my blog and leaving a sweet comment. I'm your newest follower. Hugs ~ Mary

  2. Hi Cameron!
    Thanks for your sweet comment on my crafty clutter! And thanks for following my blog. I've come over to return the favor!

  3. I love bread recipes that can stand up to a beating...LOL! Thanks for sharing!

  4. Beautiful! I love heart-shaped anything!

  5. Yum! Thanks so much for stopping by and leaving a sweet note. You know we all love them! I am a new follower, stop by our place again and follow along too!

  6. Adorable idea, Thanks for sharing.

    ~Mrs. Delightful

  7. I love those heart shaped loaves! Super cute. I've never made bread before...but this I might have to try.

    I'd love for you to link up and share:

  8. Wow, Cameron these look amazing! Thanks so much for linking up. I am definitely going to try this. I {heart} Pinterest as well! Oh, I am a new follower BTW. :)

  9. This looks sooo good! Thanks so much for stopping by today. Did you have a chance to check out our challenge? It's not too late to join. I'm now your newest follower.

  10. Love homemade bread and love the heart shape! Thanks so much for sharing at the Kiss & Tell party over at I Gotta Create!

  11. Love homemade bread, your heart shaped bread came out great! Laura

  12. so fun, and what a cute helper!

  13. I think all the cooking tired her out!! :) Great recipe. Glad to have you at Things I've Done Thursday!

  14. I LOVE homemade bread. Nothing makes your house smell better than bread baking! The heart shape is so cute. Thanks so much for link to our party this week.

  15. What a great idea. I love baking bread with my daughter. I would love it if you would share this at our sharing party at Thank you!

  16. Fabulous idea and so pretty! Thank you for sharing this wonderful post at Potpourri Friday!

  17. That bread looks delicious and your helper is just adorable :) Thanks so much for sharing at Taking A Timeout Thursday!

  18. Hi Cameron I wanted to let you know that I featured you bread today. I can't resist homemade bread!! Stop by and grab a button if you would like. Also feel free to link up any other projects you would like.

  19. Hi Cameron, stopping by from Made by me Wednesday link party. That bread looks really yummy! My mouth is watering! :) I'm totally trying this but I have a doubt, you say "Take 1 egg and separate, keeping the white. Add about 1 tablespoon of water." What do you use to coat the loaves, the white or the yolk? or both? Thanks for sharing this recipe. I'm following you now!
    Greetings from Spain


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