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French Loaves with a twist top

Yesterday I went  shopping with my friend, as I was getting ready I grabbed my boots and threw one of them on the bed while I put the other on and a giant spider crawled out of my boot and onto my bed!!!! As I started to scream it ran under my sheets and I couldn’t find it so I called my dad and asked him to bring home one of those bug bomb things. When I arrived home I decided I would spend the day making bread since I was much to terrified to go in my room. Before I started I ran in my room grabbed my thermometer, my american cooking cookbook and my camera..I then (with the help of my dad) covered my computer and radio and printer with towels and set off the bug fogger. With that whole spider scare behind me I headed out to my kitchen and started making bread..now I havent made bread in a few months so I was terribly excited. I looked through my cookery book and chose French Loaves with a twist top, bread that is amazing toasted with honey.

So I started making the bread and of course I put on some music (you must have music on when you bake and cook). Now when you cook the music has to be (of course this is just my opinion) Big Band music…but when you bake…thats when you turn on some rock music..any type..Yesterday I turned to an awesome band called “Flogging Molly”. It is SO much fun to bake when Flogging Molly is on..I really cant explain why..just go and bake with Flogging Molly on and you’ll get it. Anyways I get the butter melted and the milk warmed and then combined and I pour it over the yeast and then mix till its dissolved. I then go out to the freezer in the garage and get my giant bag of flour and add in the 2 cups..then mix…then 2 cups..then mix..then again 2 cups, when it’s all combined I add in the salt last..just because im paranoid the salt will still kill the yeast so I always add it last. I the set the dough on a cutting board..wash the bowl, spray it with cooking spray..place the dough in the bowl and put a towel over the top and let rise for an hour (I always let mine rise in the microwave). No Reservations…here I come (:

After waiting close to an hour I check on my dough again…

Its ready!! I wash my hands, lightly flour my cutting board and turn the dough out on to it. I knead the dough until it’s absolutely perfect..meaning its smooth and there are no lumps and its soft and perfect. Then I cut off the 1 cup of dough (for the twist top) and then cut the dough in to equal halves. I then take one piece of dough and form in to an oblong loaf and then set it on the pan I already greased..I then do the same with the other half of the dough. Then this is the part that was most difficult for me the first time I made this bread…the twist top..(this gets easier after you’ve made pretzels a few times) anyways you take the extra dough and divide it in half..then you take one half and roll it out as long as you can get it..I then like to pick it up and stretch it out (softly) with my hands until it is double the size of the oblong loaves. Now you get to twist it YAY! haha, I put my pointer finger in the middle, then sharply twist it..then just keep twisting it till your done and place it one the bread

Now you set the bread aside and let it rise until doubled in size (about 30 to 50 minutes)..after waiting you beat one egg and brush the bread with it..then you slide the bread in the oven at 350 degrees and bake (the book says 20 but mine takes 30) for 20-30 minutes and then you get this.

Allow the bread to cool for at least 20 minutes (if you cut it too soon the bread will dry out) and then enjoy! This bread is beautiful!! it’s a pretty sweet bread so it doesn’t go well with soups but its amazing with breakfast or as a snack.

Oh and back to the spider..later when it was safe to go  back in my room and I was pulling the sheets off my bed to wash em I found the spider..dead..under my covers so its all good haha (:

Have an amazing weekend!!!

Oh and Daisy..my lovely dog, of course joined me in the kitchen while I made this bread :).

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6 responses

  1. pawpoint

    looks amazing, you are seriously talented. I made bread, once, it was an epic fail because I got impatient waiting for it to rise and I forgot to add the sugar anyhow so the yeast wasn’t going to rise anyway so I just stuck it in the oven and it turned out as a huge flat, black (left it in there a biiiit to long) mass, that was about the consistency of hardened concrete.
    Like the photos 😉 and the post.

    December 18, 2010 at 10:38 pm

    • thank you, and yeah i hate waiting for the dough to rise..it helps if you have a favorite movie on and waiting for you.

      December 19, 2010 at 8:04 am

  2. Jessica

    Wow! Beautiful bread – wish I could bake like that.
    You’re afraid of spiders? No, you have to be modern girl and pick them up in the palm of your hand and place them safely outside. Be brave!
    Oh, and a Boxer dog! My uncle had one of those, he was crazy. he would run straight into trees and just bounce off them!

    December 21, 2010 at 11:32 am

    • haha that dog sounds awesome and omg noo i would have never picked up that spider it was huge! like the size of a peppermint patty(:

      and thank you im sure if you tried your bread would come out just like that

      December 22, 2010 at 7:05 am

  3. jaswrites

    The end product looks fantastic!

    Spiders? I do not like them either, but I feel a bit saddened killing them.

    December 21, 2010 at 8:56 pm

    • i have no problem killing them, im just afraid to make sure they are actually dead haha

      December 22, 2010 at 7:04 am

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