No kneed bread!

I was browsing the http://www.facebook.com/#!/biblicalhomemaking facebook page and she has a link to a video on how to make this bread.  I am definately going to try this.  I love bread and with only 4 ingredients I have to try it!  If you try it let me know how it goes!  Visit her site for more great ideas.

 

• Yield: 4 1lb loaves
About This Recipe
“This is the basic ‘Boule’ bread mix from the book “Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day” by Jeff Hertzberg and Zoe Francois. I’ve mainly posted this recipe so that I don’t have to hook out the book every time. The dough is stored in the fridge for up to 2 weeks, taking out a bit each day as you need it, forming it and baking it. A forum I belong to love this bread, which is what inspired me to get the book. Most of them cook it in a Remoska, which is a gadget that I find invaluable. Remoska’s are from Checkoslavakia, and I believe they’ve just come to the States. In the UK they’re available from Strongly recommend getting the book, if you like this bread. They have lots of different kinds of bread which you make in this way (also sweet ones), plus ideas on how to ring the changes, recipes to use up the stale bread, etc. PS Someone said they were having difficulty getting hold of the book, so I tried to post an Amazon link for it here. But it just comes out as html gobbledey gook! If anyone knows how to do it, please let me know. Otherwise, try Amazon, guys 🙂 Very, very worth getting the book.”
Ingredients
o 3 cups lukewarm water
o 1 1/2 tablespoons granulated yeast ( 2 packets)
o 1 1/2 tablespoons kosher salt or 1 1/2 tablespoons other coarse salt
o 6 1/2 cups flour, unsifted, unbleached, all-purpose ( not strong)
Directions
1.Preparing Dough for Storage:
2.Warm the water slightly. It should feel just a little warmer than body temperature. Warm water will rise the dough to the right point for storage in about 2 hours. With cold water it will need 3-4 hours.
3.Add the yeast to the water in a 5 quart bowl or, preferably, in a resealable, lidded (not airtight) plastic food container or food-grade bucket. Don’t worry about getting it all to dissolve.
4.Mix in the flour and salt – kneading is unnecessary. Add all of the flour at once, measuring it in with dry-ingredient measuring cups, by gently scooping up the flour, then sweeping the top level with a knife or spatula. Don’t press down into the flour as you scoop or you’ll throw off the measurement. Mix with a wooden spoon, a high-capacity food processor (14 cups or larger) fitted with the dough attachment, or a heavy duty stand mixer fitted with the dough hook until the mixture is uniform. If you’re hand mixing and it becomes too difficult to incorporate all the flour with the spoon, you can reach into your mixing vessel with very wet hands and press the mixture together. Don’t knead, it isn’t necessary. You’re finished when everything is uniformly moist, without dry patches. It takes a few minutes, and will yield a dough that is wet and loose enough to conform to the shape of its container.
5.Allow to rise. Cover with lid (not airtight or it could explode the lid off). Allow the mixture to rise at room temperature until it begins to collapse (or at least flattens on the top), approx 2 hours, depending on room temperature, and initial water temperature Longer rising times, up to 5 hours, won’t harm the result.
6.You can use a portion of the dough any time after this period. Fully refrigerated dough is less sticky and easier to work with than dough at room temperature.

7.On Baking Day:

8.prepare your loaf tin, tray, or whatever you’re baking it in/on. Sprinkle the surface of your refrigerated dough with four. Pull up and cut of a grapefruit-size piece of dough (c 1 lb), using a serrated knife.
9.Hold the mass of dough in your hands and add a little more flour as needed so it won’t stick to your hands. Gently stretch the surface of the dough around to the bottom on all 4 sides, rotating the ball a quarter-turn as you go. Most of the dusting flour will fall off – that’s fine, it isn’t meant to be incorporated. The bottom of the loaf may appear to be a collection of bunched ends, but it will sort itself out during resting and baking.
10. The correctly shaped final product will be smooth and cohesive. The entire process should take no more than 30 – 60 seconds.
11. Rest the loaf and let it rise in the form, on the tray/pizza peel, for about 40 minutes Depending on the age of the dough, you may not see much rise during this period. That’s fine, more rising will occur during baking.
12. Twenty minutes before baking, preheat the oven to 450°F Place an empty broiler tray for holding water on any other shelf that won’t interfere with the rising bread.
13. Dust and Slash. Dust the top of the loaf liberally with flour, which will allow the slashing knife to pass without sticking. Slash a quarter inch deep cross, diagonal lines, or tic-tac-toe pattern on top using a serrated knife.
14. After a 20 min preheat you’re ready to bake, even though the oven thermometer won’t be at full temperature yet. Put your loaf in the oven. Pour about 1 cup of hot water (from the tap) into the broiler tray and close the oven to trap the steam.
15. Bake for about 30 minutes, or until the crust is nicely browned and firm to the touch.
16. Store the rest of the dough in the fridge in your lidded (not airtight) container and use it over the next 14 days. The flavour and texture improves, becoming like sourdough. Even 24 hours of storage improves the flavor.
17. This is the standard bread. There are loads of variations – both savory and sweet – in the book.

Psalm 119: 136

Streams of tears flow from my eyes, for your law is not obeyed.

Do you have this kind of remorse and sadness that God’s commands are not being followed?  I don’t and now I feel guilty that I don’t.  I even sometimes let my children get away with things that I know are sinful, but I don’t want to deal with at that moment.

I feel like I don’t give my children enough spiritual guidance.  I am the diciplinarian in our house, so I guess I play the roll of bad cop.  Ugh!  I don’t like the title, but I guess I am perfect for the part.  I am a yeller.  I feel like I can’t help it, but I know from God’s word that I can.  I have a short fuse and a tiny bit of a temper problem.  There I said it.  I am working on it I promise!  I pray and read my bible and I am really trying to listen for God.  It just always seems like the distractions get in the way.  I have to empty my head, so to speak.

Thank you Jesus for these realizations.

We should not only praise God when things are going well.

Humble and peaceful servant

Loving and submissive wife

Caring and doting mother

It seems as though I waited forever for all of these to come into my life and now I can’t seem to keep it on track.  Everyday I am falling short in one area or another.  Some days I fall short of all of them.  I pray for love and peace and I get hit with the devil stealing them.  As I have mentioned in previous posts patience is not a strong trait in my genetic make-up.  I pray that the lord will grant me paitence first and foremost.  Thank you Jesus!

Bible Camp

I don’t know if I have written about this before, probably but I don’t care.  Some of my favorite memories as a child are of Bible Camp and Vacation Bible School.

We always went to Galilee Bible Camp in Lake Bronson and it was sooooo much fun!  I want to go so bad and I just can’t wait for Ben to get old enough to want to go.  Now they have all these new fancy camps like Blue Water and Pathways and I am sure they are great, but when d you go to a camp and every year there are some of the same people and better yet some new people to get to know and hang out with, it is unbelievable!  I miss those days of ante i over and tag.  The shy looks over at boys you liked or the giggles shared by girlfriends.  Oh how I feel so old when I look back through that memory bank.

Another day in paradise

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Yesterday was such a busy day at work it flew by!  I felt like I didn’t accomplish one thing completely, because there was always something else tugging at me to get done.  Oh well, I like the fast days!  I hope today goes equally fast.

Ben went back to school and had a great day.  His cough is still there, but he looks better than he did the other day.

My mom and dad are off to see Kylar and Kodye in Montana!  I wish they didn’t live so far away, but I wish more that I could go and see them more often.  It’s such a long trip and it’s not cheap to drive or fly.  I am just so glad my mom and dad can go and spend time with them.  We get to see them at Christmas.  I hope they are here for a week! 

Ben built a fort in the living by tipping over my rocking chair and draping a blanket over the top.  What is it with boys and forts?  They love them! 

I am so glad it’s Friday!  I am hoping to start working on Lizzie and Harry again soon.  I am waiting for the right time.  I haven’t had any energy or inspiration lately.  I wonder if I should stop stalling and just dive into it?  It’s like I am afraid to finish it.  Oh well I will keep praying and the answer will come.

Have a blessed day!

Today’s verse

Love bears up under anything and everything that comes, is ever ready to believe the best of every person…

1 Corinthians 13:7

Lord please help me today to have a clean heart.  Deliver me from my selfish thoughts.  Make me a good wife, a great servant, and a loving mother!

In your heavenly name, Amen.

Today’s verse

Love bears up under anything and everything that comes, is ever ready to believe the best of every person…

1 Corinthians 13:7

Give me faith Lord, to abide by your word.  Help me to have faith always and in every situation.  Thank you Heavenly Father!

Amen

The “also” principle

I have been attending a bible study luncheon at my church on Tuesdays and it has been very enlightening! 

Devi teaches about The Home Experience.  I have learned a lot about myself and I have only attended three sessions.  She goes in depth about how to take care of our families and our house while doing all the “other” things we have to do.  It really boils down to prioritizing and just getting it done. 

This week she talks about the also principle.  Which basically is just going the extra mile.  She talked about driving around in a $30,000 trash can on wheels for example.  Why can’t we just take the stuff out of the car  every time we get out?  Well because we may be juggling groceries and hurrying to make supper and whatever else there is to do when you get home.  But the trash and bags and what have you will still be in the car the next time you get in there.  Not to mention the fact that now you may have double the amount from this trip.  Just take the two or three minutes and take the trash out each time, so you don’t get overwhelmed with it at the end of the week!  Well I have to say my car is a trash can on wheels at times, because I am in the car for more than an hour a day to and from work, but the principle makes perfect sense, because when I do have a spare minute to clean my car it takes me half the day! 

Devi recommends applying this principle to every part of your life and I agree, however I am taking it one step at a time.  If I tried to get all the undone projects done in one day I would not sleep.  So I am working on my car and my bathroom.  I am trying to contain the trash to one spot and taking my books and bags out everyday when I get home.  This isn’t always the case, but I am trying.  I am also keeping my bathroom very tidy.  I clean off the vanity in the morning and wipe all of the excess toothpaste and water splashes from the sink and make sure the floor is picked up.  Before I would have clothes and towels on the floor and water all over the place.  But I have to tell you since I have been tidying up it is so much more pleasant to walk into!

I hope to keep applying the principle to each room and project, but as my friend Mary just said the other night, “Rome was not built in a day”.  So I guess I am on my way.