Wednesday, August 4, 2010

New Baked Good Tuesday

Yes, a day late in posting. I did make it yesterday.

We recently spent a few days at Disney (which in the middle of July is NOT the Happiest Place on Earth, just saying) . Anyway, I was inspired to pull out an old cookbook. Mickey's Gourmet Cookbook.

I knew I wanted a simple bread. While I like to spent time baking there are times I want quick and easy, so that is what I did.

Italian Bread (makes 7 small loaves)

3 c. ICE COLD water
7 c. bread flour, divided
2 pckgs quick rise yeast (I use jarred so I used 4 1/2 tsp)
1 T salt

In an electric mixer with a dough hook, add ice water. Sift together 5 cups flour and yeast. Add to water and mix well. Blend until a sticky dough forms . Sift together remaining flour and salt and add to sticky mixture. Blend on medium speed for approximately 5 min until a drier dough forms. Remove from bowl and knead for 2 to 3 minutes. Let dough rest for 30 minutes, covered, in a warm place.

Divide dough into 7 equal pieces and knead each piece, forming a small round loaf. Place formed dough on a lightly greased baking sheet and let rise til double in bulk (30 to 40 minutes)

Bake in a preheated 400 degree oven for 30 to 40 minutes until nicely browned

These were very simple and very good. We really enjoyed it and I shared extras with friends . I also froze a couple for a later date .

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