Amish Bread Like Manna From Heaven; AKA Give a Dog a Loaf of Bread

18 Feb

Wif found a new best friend. And it’s name is Mr. Bread Machine.  Not only did Mr. Bread Machine produce those mmmmmdeliciousmmmm cinnamon buns yesterday but he also busted out the MOST delish homemade bread wif has EVER had.  Ahhhhh!  It is all I can do not to INHALE that whole loaf!  Oh wait. THE DANG DOG DID. Yes – you read that right.  The little doggie girl that hubby and I are dogsitting this week ate a 2 lb. hunk of delightfulness while we took a nice little romp in the snow.  Bread was fresh out of the maker and wif couldn’t have been prouder.  The joy was overwhelming.   And then we fenced her off from the kitchen *like always* and headed out.  Came home to find the sad chewed ziploc as the only remnant of the manna from heaven.  Awesome dogface, just awesome. But what was a wif to do but throw another batch into the bread maker *immediately* and give little stinker the silent treatment for a couple of hours.  Most fortunately the first loaf wasn’t just a freakish strike-of-lightening success – the second one came out equally incredible.  Which means wif will clearly make this the new Webby staple :)

Amish Bread

*Recipe originally from: http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Amish-Bread/Detail.aspx

Ingredients

  • 2 3/4 cups bread flour *Wif used King Arthur – and is still singing his praises.*
  • 1/4 cup canola oil *Vegetable oil is a wonderful substitute:)*
  • 1 teaspoon active dry yeast
  • 1/4 cup white sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 18 tablespoons warm water *Which is a fancy/obnoxious way of saying 1 cup plus 2 Tbsp…*

Directions

  1. Place ingredients in the pan of the bread machine in the order recommended by the manufacturer. *Wif recommends: salt, oil, warm water on bottom layer then sugar and flour in next layer and finally yeast in a small indentation in dry layer (not breaking through to liquids though!).See... Like dis!
  2. Select White Bread cycle; press Start.
  3. When the dough has raised once and second cycle of kneading begins, turn machine off. *Your Mr. Machine might yell at you but just give it a few minutes to calm down before you plug it back in and restart it.* Reset by pressing Start once again. This gives the dough two full raising cycles before the final raising cycle prior to baking.

This amazing loaf is so soft fluffy and sweet on the inside but had perfectly crispy edges – mmmmm.  If you don’t like your bread very sweet then you could probably cut some of the sugar?

The recipe says it yields a 1.5 pound loaf but hubby and I weighed it and LIES! We weighed it with the official Wii fit and it was a bit over 2 pounds.  That said – doggieface is now 2 pounds heavier than yesterday:(  But you know what, that girl is 15 years old and she busted through the baby gate and snagged the loaf off a 3.5 ft. counter.  And in the end, it was probably the best meal of her life and that gives wif just a *tiny* bit of joy and satisfaction:)

Heaven Topped With Homemade Blackberry Jam

Side Note:  Turns out peeking on your progress is really NOT  a good idea.  Resust the temptation… or else … dun dun dunnn:


I suppose it tasted alright (the inlaws ate the whole loaf in one sitting).. but it was so depressing to look at..   Just keep that lid closed!

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  1. Thankful Notes and Puppy Feasts « Baking Life By The Horns - November 17, 2010

    […] – how can I hate on him for that?  It kind of reminds me of the time Zoey ate an entire loaf of fresh bread while we went for a quick walk… When a dog gets that lucky, and no permanent harm is done […]

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