I Made Bread and He Made Pie

Two declarative sentences that make it sound oh so easy.  Now, the Man of the House has been making pies with homemade pie crust for years.  He makes berry pies in the early summer, peach pies in late summer, and apple pies in fall. We all love them, and when he is busy and enters a “pie drought,” complaints are registered (especially by the eldest).  So today, he used up the last of the peaches, and a few of the apples from the market, and made a scrumptious pie. 

Not so unusual for a fall Sunday in our house.

But I made bread. 

And it was good.

And that is new! 

I regularly make banana bread, and zucchini bread, and apple bread, and biscuits — any form of bread that does not require yeast.  That is easy and fun.

But my history of making good old crusty bread with yeast is fraught with failure.  I can never get the temperature of the water right, and kneading never seems to work, and my bread never ever rises.  I have tried beer bread — which has worked okay – but its always better when others make it.

Earlier this week, however, a friend of mine on FB posted that he had used Mark Bittman’s recipe for quick yeast bread and had great success with it.  Knowing that today was relatively quiet in our household, I decided that it was my day to make real bread.

And so I did, following the directions in How to Cook Everythingwhich are below in an abbreviated form (please, please read his recipe if you want to make this – he has all kinds of helpful hints and illustrations, which are not included here).

After hand mixing 3 1/2 cups of “Better for Bread” flour, 2 teaspoons salt, 1 teaspoon rapid rise yeast, and a scant 1 1/2 cups of water, I kneaded the dough for 10 minutes. 

 

Then I let it rise covered in the warm kitchen for 3 hours.  I preheated the oven to 450 degrees, and sprayed water in the oven. 

 

Then placed the dough – which had risen!! – on a floured baking pan – and popped it in the oven.  After 5 minutes another spritz of water.  And then 25 minutes later there was a marvelous loaf of bread. 

 

Wow!  It worked.

And it really wasn’t hard.

Now, if I can do it again, I may have to make this a regular part of my week!!

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2 Comments to “I Made Bread and He Made Pie”

  1. Liz,
    This is my favorite homemade bread – you have to plan in advance, but it produces a hard crust/soft inside bread that is amazing! It is from Cook’s Illustrated, “Almost no Knead Bread.”

    Also, we made the chickpea curry dish last week, too, thanks to your menu posting. It was good, but the kids thought it was too spicy. What did you think?

    • Oh – I’ll have to give this recipe a try too.

      The chickpea curry dish was a bit spicy – but the boys ate it all up. We served it with rice, so maybe that cut the spice a bit. The daughter, whom you know well, did not participate in the tasting of the curry….she just had a sandwich. I actually found that the flavors melded well overnight, and that the dish was even better the next day.

      So, I’m not sure if it will make it onto the regular rotation.

      Thanks for the comments, and the recommendation!

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