We need a thread full of delicious bread recipes.
Thanks to immigrating, I’m currently enjoying not being allowed to work yet (at first I thought I’d hate not working, then I discovered the joy of sleeping in every day for a month), so I’ve been indulging in all the baking I haven’t gotten to do in years. Top of my list was learning to bake really good bread, so I thought I’d start a bread thread! Whose got good recipes they want to share? Bonus points if you can work in some protection spells for the family.
So far my most successful has been honey-glazed challah (recipe below) and the wee beginnings of a sourdough starter (which I’ll try to share later).
1 cup of warm water
¼ cup + 1 tsp sugar
1 pkg (or 2 ¼ tsp) yeast
2 tsp salt
4ish cups of flour (plus more for kneading)
¼ cup water
2 Tbsp honey
Dissolve ¼ tsp of sugar in ½ cup of water, than add the yeast and let it dissolve. Add in the oil, rest of the water, rest of the sugar, 2 eggs, and salt and beat until you feel like it. Slowly add in the flour until nice and sticky. Let it rest for 10 minutes than knead for 10 minutes.
Next let it rise for about 1 ½ - 2 hours, punch down, and let it rise double again, this time about 45 minutes. Divide the dough into 3 parts (or 6, if you’re super fancy and good at braiding), and braid nicely. Place this on a lightly greased baking sheet and let it rise double one last time (about another 45 minutes). Should look something like this before the final rise :
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Preheat oven to 400 F. Beat the remaining egg and brush it over the top of the challah. Bake for about 30 minutes. While this is happening, make the glaze. Bring the water and honey to a gentle boil about medium heat, and stir constantly while the honey dissolves. The minute you take the challah out of the oven, brush it with the glaze and let it cool. (And stick a tray underneath unless you want a honey-covered counter).
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