12.17.2011

Best Gift EVER!

I apologize for not blogging lately. The husband gave me a Birthday/Christmas gift that I have been very, very busy with. A Kitchen Aid!! Yay! I've longed for one of these beauties for some time now and now that I have been cooking and baking so much, it is the perfect time to have one in the house. My friend named her's the Tangerine Dream and now I feel compelled to give mine a name too. I feel it will make her feel more at home in my kitchen.


Isn't she lovely?!



I've made a lot of bread and scones with it this week, but I also made pita! (along with hummus and feta dip - recipes to be shared soon enough). I wasn't able to take photos of this process, but I was very impressed with myself. It was like real pita, I swear.


This morning I was really able to show my "skills" off because I invited some of my favorite runner friends up to my side of town for a run and breakfast. I made delightful french toast with my homemade bread and it was a hit!  I made a batch with the "traditional" bread and a batch with a loaf that I tossed fresh cranberries and pecans to the bread dough. Like I said, delightful!




Here is a photo on the Cranberry Pecan Bread.

I've posted the link to this recipe in the past but here it is again because I love it so much.


From Strudel and Streusel (awesome blog, I get a lot of inspiration from here - check it friends)


Best Bread Ever
Printable Version
Here's what ya need:
6 1/2 cups of all purpose unbleached white flour (845g).I measure it out in grams each time. 
1 1/2 tablespoon kosher salt
1 1/2 tablespoon active yeast (2 packets)
3 Cups warm water 



Here's what ya do:


  • Mix all the dry stuff in a bowl. 
  • Add the water and mix until it is crazy sticky. 
  • Once its mixed, cover it up with some plastic wrap or a damp towel and let it sit for 2-3 hours. It should double in size. 
  • After the 2-3 hour mark, you can refrigerate the dough for later or bake it right away. If you use it right away, dunk your hands in flour (this stuff is like glue) and mold the dough into a ball. You can also cut the dough in half and make 2 loaves or one big one, up to you.
  • Lightly flour a surface with flour and gently stretch the dough and roll it into the ball (take less than a minute to do this). Then, lightly cover a kitchen towel or tea towel with flour and let the dough sit in there for about 40 minutes. 
  • When your in about 20-25 minutes, turn your oven on 450 degrees and place a 6-8 quart pot of some kind in the oven with the lid. I use a heavy dutch oven, but you can use pyrex or ceramic too. 
  • Once the dough is ready and the oven is heated, take the pot out and place the dough inside. I kind of flip it inside cause that is the easiest way. The flour from the bottom of towel will be on top on the bread basically. 
  • Shake it around the pot a bit to get everything settled.
  • Cover with the lid and place bake about 30 minutes. 
  • After 30 minutes, take the lid off and bake another 15-30 minutes until golden brown. 
  • Cool on a rack and enjoy!
Additions: I added about a cup of fresh cranberries and a cup of chopped pecans in the dough before adding the water.

Easy French Toast adapted by Betty Crocker
What ya need:
8-10 slices of bread
3 eggs
1/2 cup milk
2 tablespoon granulated sugar
2 teaspoon cinnamon
(sometimes I add a tablespoon of honey too)

Here's what ya do:
  • Heat a nonstick pan/grilled on medium high. 
  • Whisk everything together 
  • Dunk your bread into the batter. 
  • Place on the griddle and cook 3-4 minutes per side or until golden brown. 
  • Serve with fruit or syrup!

I've also stuffed this french toast and to do that basically just get some whipped cream cheese and make a cream cheese sandwich. Then dip each side of the bread in batter and cook the same way. This way is super deliciouso too. 

P.S.
I haven't bought bread at the store since I started making my own. 

Enjoy!

{Erica}

5 comments:

  1. That's awesome! Nikki bought me one a while back and I use it to death. They are pretty amazing, especially if you love fresh bread, pasta, or almost anything you can think of! Check out http://www.kingarthurflour.com for some great recipes and a great community of bakers.

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  2. Thanks my friend!! love what you did for us! delicioso! So ready to make your bread! thanks for sharing the recipe with us!! you are awesome!! :D
    leilani :))

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  3. I just wanted to you to know that I'm working hard at coming up with a name for your kitchen aid, too. Tangerine Dream was just so automatic that I never had to think about it, so we might need to wait to see if something comes up naturally. But we'll make it happen! I'm so glad that you love it so much, friend! Happy holidays!

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  4. Thanks Morgan!! Glad you can help - I didn't want it to be the obvi and name is Cherry or Candy or something. I was thinking Lucy or Lucille (like Lucille Ball)?? Thoughts?

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  5. Yeah, every girl needs a kitchen aid! Don't know what I would do without mine. Merry Christmas!

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