David and Nadi had way to much with the charcoals before we started with the bread.
I love to make bread. Love it. I am just not crazy about the time it takes and the amount of mess created while making it. This weekend I made Cuban Bread from The Complete Tightwad Gazette and I was delighted to see how quickly it came together.
In about an hour and a half we had lovely fresh bread for dinner.
Check out the recipe.
5-6 cups all-purpose flour (you can use 1/2 wheat and 1/2 white)
2 Tbsp dry yeast
2 Tbsp sugar
1 Tbsp salt(I did not use this much and it was fine)
2 c. hot water (just hot from the tap)
1 T. sesame or poppy seeds or oats( I used Chia seeds)
1. Pre heat oven to 400 degrees
2. Mix 4 cups of the flour with the yeast, sugar, and salt.
3. Pour in hot water and beat 100 strokes, or 3 minutes with a mixer.
4. Stir in the remaining flour until the dough is no longer sticky.
5. Knead 8 minutes.
6. Place the dough in a greased bowl and cover with damp towel.(I greased the bowl with coconut oil)
7. Let rise 15 minutes.
8. Punch down.
9. Divide into 2 pieces, shape into 2 round loaves and place on
10. Cut an X 1/2 inch deep on top with sharp knife. Brush with
water and sprinkle with seeds or oats.
11. Bake 40-50 minutes until deep golden brown.
I have also seen this recipe online where instead of preheating the oven, the oven is turned on once the dough is placed inside. I have not tried this, but I
imagine it would save on electricity $$.
Try it out. You will not be sorry.
Pretty fancy right?
Let me know if you try it and like it!
Joining in with Nadja at Patch o’ Dirt Farm for Monday Musings!
I am trying to get the kids ready to go to Mount Vernon today for the annual free admission day! This is a huge savings check it out! David is splashing around in the kitchen sink. I hope that some of the water reaches the floor as our floor is quite dirty!
This weekend…. This weekend was very busy with playing outside, lots of Nerf gun fights and tons of laundry. Lots of tears were shed because we lost our dear pet chicken Aphrodite. She was our first chicken and was one a kind. We will miss her dearly.
Stephen spent lots of time working on his Persuasive speech for the tournament this weekend. Our speech and debate club has been such a blessing. We just love NCFCA. The girls spent lots of time crafting. Nadia just loves using charcoals and spent most of the weekend with them smeared across her face.
Some plans for the week…Our speech and debate club has a tournament. Thankfully it is in local! A tournament spans from Thursday to Saturday all day and can be quite hard on the littles ( and me!) Both Stephen and Katie have a Persuasive speech. I am so proud of them. Each speech must be memorized and about ten minutes. They are judged on poise, speech, dress and content. I cannot imagine standing up in front of strangers at that age. They are amazing. We are also going to work on some Lenten activities. A friend of mine has created a blog to highlight some of the amazing activities and traditions she does with her children during holidays and feast days. I am excited to share some of these with my littles as I sometimes fall short in this area.
If I find some time for myself, I would like to…..Read, organize and budget. This winter has left us with a ton of clutter. I also want to refine our budget to be sure it meets Dave’s Standards.
I am grateful for…..This little coffee maker I picked up at Goodwill. We are out of coffee filters and this little wonder makes the most delightfully strong decaf coffee. Perfect since I ditched Starbucks for our budget and coffee from the pot is not strong enough.
Some special prayer intentions for this week: special intention
Something that makes me smile: The fashion choices of my Nadia always make me smile. This girl just loves patterns and prints.