Now that summer is here, I like to cook outside as much as possible. I don’t mean grill or BBQ, I mean just cook. I have a proper wood smoker bbq and I also have my gas grill, more accurately outdoor oven.
This recipe is from the King Arthur site and is a nice basic white bread for toast or sandwiches (especially PB&J).
The details of the recipe are available here but it’s a basic 50% water recipe, with some butter for fat and some powdered milk for some additional protein.
1 cup + 2 tablespoons lukewarm water
1 heaping tablespoon honey
2 1/4 teaspoons instant yeast
1 3/4 teaspoons salt
2 tablespoons soft butter
17 ounces Bread flour
1/2 cup dry milk
Work the dough together and knead by hand or in the stand mixer for 8 minutes. Let the dough double, punch it down, shape it for a loaf pan and then let it double in the pan.
When cooking, I use my gas grill, a 4 burner (running front to back) with the 2 side burners on medium, and the center 2 on low. I invert a cast iron frying pan to elevate the loaf pan while cooking.
Bake the bread for 15-20 minutes, checking once or twice to make sure your temperature is good. Then tent some tinfoil over the loaf (to avoid over cooking) and bake another 15-20 minutes.
Check the internal temperature with your meat thermometer, should be 190 or so. Take it our, remove from the pan and let cool before eating. Since there aren’t any preservatives this bread will go stale quickly, but that usually isn’t a problem with homemade bread.
It’s easy to cook and bake in your grill, and avoid heating up the house in the summer months.
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As sure as any other sign of the changes in season, my desire to bake bread is a signal that fall is coming. The feel of the dough and the smell of baking yeast fill some unknown void that the shortening days seem to create.
My standard loaf seems to be a hit around the house, especially with the baby, who likes nothing more than to carry around a warm crust of bread and munch on it.
1lb bread flour
.65 lb warm water
1 tsp kosher salt
1 tsp instant yeast
2 tbsp melted butter or olive oil
Bring all the ingredients together in a bowl till the dough comes together. Kneed for 3-5 minutes (by hand or in a stand mixer with dough hook). Lightly coat with additional butter or oil and let rise on a warm location for 2 hours till doubled in size.
Turn out the dough and gently flatten, fold and flatten 3 times in thirds, leaving the dough in the same spot so that the bottom is always on the bottom. After 3-4 folds, flip over and tuck the loose corners in the base and shape into a ball. Place the ball into a round pottery vessel 6 inch round and 10 inch tall and allow to rise till dough reaches the top of the container.
Once the dough has risen, slash the top of the bread with a sharp knife. Preheat the over to 400 with a glass container of water on the bottom rack.
Once the oven reached temperature, allow 10 more minutes before putting the bread in the oven. Watch out for the steam when you open the door and place the bread on the top rack with the top of the vessel 3-4 inches from the ceiling of the oven.
Cook for 25-35 minutes. Use an instant read thermometer to test for doneness, look for a reading of 195-205 (over 212 and you are burned because all the water has boiled out of the loaf as steam). Remove loaf from vessel and allow to cool.
After a year of wanting this new toaster, I finally got it. Its so cool and even though I was afraid it was going to be more hype than good after the first day at least it seems to work really well. I know its not rocket science but sometime a new gadget is all you have to look forward to.
Talk about mixing 2 great things!! Motorcycles and BBQ. Aparently the guys at Orange County have mae another monster of coolness with this BBQ smoker motorcycle for some restaraunt in NY. Yeah, BBQ in NY.
You don’t have to be parents to have a problem with remembering what you have in the freezer. How many times have you carefully packed some leftovers and put them in the freezer, neatly labelled with what it is and when you put it in there, only to come back 6 months later and not recognize it. Storing leftovers is a great idea, but remembering to use them is always a challenge.
Enter the simple solution. Remind yourself when to use your leftovers. If you don’t already have an online calendar, get one. Google Calendar is my favorite but there are plenty of other choices (online calendars). Once you have that its a breeze to keep track of your leftovers.
After you pack your leftover dinner and put it into the freezer, log into your calendar, go a couple of weeks into the future and set up a reminder to use your freezer supplies for dinner. Most online calendars have the ability to send you an email reminder, so set it your “appointment” for dinner time and then set the reminder for 2 hours before. That should give you plenty of time to defrost it. You can also set it to remind you the day before so you can move them to the fridge to defrosting.
This way you can use your leftovers in a timely manner and not have to worry about cooking dinner every night.