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Final Verdict

All Ready for Lunch

My original plan was to eat this bread tomorrow.  However, life happened, and at 12:30 this afternoon we were still muffin-less.  Tomorrow’s PB & J’s came a day early.  I set out a variety of options for topping the bread (PB, jam, butter, honey, bananas) and let everyone choose.  We had just about every possible combination you could think of, and all were delicious.

This bread was soft, as advertised.  It had a slight tang to it, almost like a mild sourdough, because of the yogurt.  I love that it is a “dump in the bread machine and walk away” recipe.  I will definitely be making this one again!

 

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The Finished Loaf

This lofty golden loaf came out of the oven several hours ago.  About twenty minutes after it came out of the oven, I took it out of the pan.  After it cooled completely, I double bagged it in two reused bread bags from purchased loaves.  I have always found that homemade bread doesn’t fit in a Ziploc, and this is my cheap skate solution!

My Loaf in Used Bread Bags

We don’t actually plan to eat the bread until lunch on Friday.  So, I will be putting this recipe to the test.  Ann and her Dad assure me it should still be soft.  Perfect!

To read my final thoughts on this recipe, click here.  To see other handy kitchen tips, visit Tammy’s Recipes.

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Time for a bread update!  Of course the dough cycle was complete when I was in the middle of making lunch, so it had to wait 15 minutes or so.  I pulled the risen dough out of the machine and plopped it onto a lightly floured flexible cutting board.  It works quite well when the counter is dirty.

Bread dough just coming out of machine

Next, I rolled the dough into a rectangle-ish shape.

Dough Rolled Out

Then, I rolled the rectangle up into a loaf.

Dough Rolled into a Loaf

My last step was to place the loaf into an oiled bread pan.  I used coconut oil since that is what I had sitting on the counter.

Loaf in the Pan

Now it is sitting in my oven to rise.  As soon as it rises, I will bake it!  Stay tuned . . .

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Since I posted my menu plan earlier this week, I have been dying to try this new bread recipe.  I’m not even sure how I happened upon Sumptuous Spoonfuls, but I do know I’ll be back.

I found a recipe she had shared for her Dad’s (I love that!) Soft and Wonderful Yogurt Bread.  It is a whole wheat bread, made with yogurt obviously, that supposedly stays soft and lovely for days.  Her pictures won me over.

Normally when I make bread, I make two loaves and knead them by hand.  Not because I don’t have a machine that can do it – I have both a Kitchen Aid mixer and a bread machine – but because I just love the feel of the dough.  I love getting my hands into it.

But there are times, many times, when lack of time and a dirty counter space make kneading by hand out of the question.  So, not only does this recipe look delicious, the instructions are for one loaf in the bread machine.  Dirty counter – check.  Very little time – check.  Today is the day.

Yogurt Bread in the Machine

I pulled my bread machine out of the back of my pantry, dusted it off, and dumped in the ingredients.  And wondered why I don’t use this machine more often.  I did substitute sucanat for the brown sugar, and I used all white whole wheat flour, since that is the only kind of flour I own.

I don’t bake my bread in the machine.  But, I will use the dough cycle to knead it and for the first rise.  Then, all I have to do is reshape and plop in my bread plan!  I’m going to get some things accomplished while my bread machine works its magic.  I have high hopes.  I’ll keep you posted 🙂 . . .

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Day 3 – This thing still stinks.  Really stinks.  I am looking forward to the day the good bacteria win out and the little waft escaping from the underside of the loose plastic cover is a pleasant, yeasty one.  For now, I am going on faith that will happen.  I feed.  And wait.

Day 3 - Still bubbly and smelly

Day 3

Half way through the day, it sort of went flat.  It was growing nicely, and the next time I looked it was about half the size.  Does that mean something?  I dunno.  Never done this before.  I will forge ahead and assume that because bubbles exist, we (we being this sourdough and I) are still headed in a good direction.

Click here for Day 2 and for step by step picture tutorials on how to start your own sourdough visit The Purposed Heart.

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At least it was a productive day.

Option 1:  Tackle massive pile of dirty dishes accumulated throughout a very busy, long day OR

Option 2: Put off tackling mound of dishes in order to feed my sourdough and write about my dishes.

Things I did today:

  • Showered (other mothers of many young children will agree that this alone qualifies as a productive day)
  • Taught the kiddos
  • Baked two loaves of Oatmeal Bread
  • Made Potato Corn Chowder (Yum.)
  • Baked a batch of Breakfast Cookies – this time with walnuts, dried cranberries and chocolate chips.
  • Took all five children to the dentist for cleanings (no cavities :))
  • Let the kids play with clay
  • Filed and paid quarterly taxes for Blessed Roots Farm
  • Created a pile of dishes that spans half my kitchen
  • Stepped in poop on a bathroom rug and lost a pair of undies, the rug, and my sock in the incident
  • Fed my sourdough starter

A full day, indeed.

Alas, the dishes did not do themselves while I was typing.  Guess I better get back to work . . .

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