Wednesday, 1 May 2013

Spice Bread

Spice Bread

2 sec cast

Yeah....right. Here is the recipe I will attempt:

5hr cast - movement will not break cast.

  • 1 tbsp active dry yeast
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 cup warm water
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, soft
  • 2 eggs
  • 5 cups flour
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 tsp allspice
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon

1. In a large bowl, mix together 2 cups flour, sugar, yeast, salt, water and milk. Cover bowl with plastic wrap and set aside at room temperature for 2 hours. 

2. Next, stir down the mix and add butter, eggs, allspice, and cinnamon. Mix in enough flour to make a soft dough, most of the remaining 3 cups. 

3. Turn dough out onto a floured board. Knead the dough for 10 minutes, adding small amounts of flour until dough is soft and not sticky. Put dough in greased bowl. Turn dough over in bowl so that the dough top is also lightly greased. Cover bowl with plastic wrap and let rise in warm place for 1 hour.

4. Punch down dough. Turn dough out onto board and knead for 5 minutes. Divide dough into two equal parts. Shape each half into round loaf. Put loaves on greased baking sheet. Cut a 1/2-inch X onto the top of each loaf. Cover loaves with clean kitchen towel and let rise for about 45 minutes or until double in size.

5. Bake at 350 degrees F for about 45 minutes or until brown. Cooled loaves can be bagged and frozen for later use, though I wouldn't recommend trying to place them in stacks of 20.

There probably are easier bread recipes, but I didn't find them. I modified this recipe because of the lack of ingredients and too many exotic ingredients should be reserved, in my humble opinion, for a more complex World of Warcraft recipe.  The bread turned out a little dry and not as chewy as I think the recipe intended. I omitted aniseed and molasses, but I also made a noob bread maker mistake and used Cake and Pastry flour because I did not have bread flour. I should have used All Purpose flour, especially since the WoW recipe called for Simple Flour. My bad. The bread was still very tasty, and the mild dryness is cured with jam, honey, etc. Please share any recipes here, cause this took way too much time.

As promised, I cooked over an open flame. Yahoo! Propane tank is full and the BBQ is rawrin' to go!

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