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!  

DOUGH:
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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19 comments:

  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

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  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!
    Jamie

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

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  4. Beautiful! I love heart-shaped anything!

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  5. Yum! Thanks so much for stopping by www.inspiredbyfamilymag.com 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! www.inspiredbyfamilymag.com

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  6. Adorable idea, Thanks for sharing.

    ~Mrs. Delightful
    ourdelightfulhome.blogspot.com

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  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: http://tutusandteaparties.blogspot.com/2012/01/pinteresting-party-week-twenty-two.html

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  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. :)

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  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.

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

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

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  12. so fun, and what a cute helper!

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

    www.bearrabbitbear.com

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  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.

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  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 http://craftymomsshare.blogspot.com/2012/01/sharing-saturday-3.html. Thank you!

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

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

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  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.

    http://www.kadie-sevenalive.blogspot.com/2012/01/link-it-up-thursday-4.html

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  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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