Friday, October 4, 2013

Keeper of the Bread Dough

I love making bread. There is something completely and utterly therapeutic about it. I know. Who has the time? But seriously, it doesn't really take that much time. Most of that time is spent letting it rise and you can just tend to the things you need to tend to while it does that. I can promise you that it is absolutely worth it.

I've made a lot of bread through the years, but my bread making has diminished considerably since we became empty nesters. We can't...nor should 36 Butterhorns and homemade bread is just better when it's fresh. So when I have a crew to feed, I get to indulge in my love for all things created with bread dough.

Sourdough bread tops the list, but sadly, due to the fact that we have cut back greatly on bread, my starter did not survive. DH became a connoisseur of sourdough some time ago and I can tell you that there is nothing like waking up to the smell of fresh sourdough biscuits being pulled from the oven to begin your day. He baked them in a dutch oven, of which we have many. He tinkered with each batch and every day he would inquire if we like THIS batch better than the one the day before and every day we would insist, with joyful, jam smeared faces, that the present batch was the very best ever...because it was.

So today I made Butterhorns. This is a recipe from my MIL, and I have made them umpteen times through the years. When T was here, I taught her how to make them. They are one of our most loved bread recipes although I'll probably repeat that sentence when I share the next bread recipe. I'm telling you, there is just something very lovely about fresh, homemade bread and if you've never made it, I'm urging you to give it a whirl. Pick a recipe. Any recipe, but here's the recipe for Butterhorns since that's what I made today.


1 pkg dry yeast - I buy my yeast in bulk, usually at Sam's and I use a TBSP of yeast.
1/4 C warm water
3/4 milk, scalded
1/2 C shortening
1/2 C sugar
1 tsp salt
3 eggs, beaten
4 1/2 C flour
melted butter

*Soften yeast in warm water. Scald milk and add shortening, salt, and sugar. Cool to lukewarm in large bowl (I use my Bosch mixer with dough hooks). Add yeast and mix well. Add eggs, then flour and mix to smooth, soft dough. Knead lightly on floured surface. I don't knead much. Just turn it over a few times. As you work with bread dough, you'll find that sweet spot and it'll tell you when it's 'just right'. It's all in the feel of the dough. Place dough in greased bowl, turning once. This is my bread bowl:

  It's bigger than I need, but I had my eye on these bowls for a few years and when they went on clearance, I snatched one up. I fretted over whether to get this one or the bigger one, but I am so glad I chose this one. It's 14" across and I have yet to fill it completely up with anything, but I use it all the time.

Cover with the cutest tea towel you ever saw:

and let rise till double - about 1-2 hours. Divide dough into 3rds; roll each 3rd into a 12-15" circle on a lightly floured surface. Brush with melted butter and cut into 12 wedges.

Roll each wedge , starting with wide edge and rolling to point. Arrange rolls on a greased baking pan. Cover with more cute tea towels:

and let rise until very light - about  a couple of hours. Bake in 400° oven for about 15 minutes or until lightly browned. Makes 36 rolls.

Note: Do not sit down to sew or make greeting cards or run out to the barn or garden. You will lose track of time and burn the rolls. Or maybe that's just me! :)


Michigan Gal said...

Crack me up! Thanks for posting this (and for the memories--good times!!).

Michigan Gal said...

Crack me up! Thanks for posting this (and for the memories--good times!!).

Gwynette in NW Arkansas said...

Interesting how you and I are usually doing the same things!! This time, it's homemade bread for company. I'm wimping out and doing crusty country bread. Just
quickly mix yeast, flour, salt, and water together, let it rise, then into the fridge to grab chunks for a quick loaf. Gives me time to visit and of course, the kitchen smells heavenly!!

How much longer for the fall works?

laverne said...

That looks so good!I haven't ever tried to make bread-don't think cornbread counts!I will try this !

Nancy said...

Nothing beats homemade bread (I love the heels the best) but I rarely make it.

Love your bowl and the tea towels. Enjoy your rolls and the jelly/jam.

Doniene said...

OOOOO I can smell it now!!! I too love making bread - but alas, don't make it as often either. I may just mix up my sour dough starter and make some home made sourdough bread - can't beat it!!!

Blessings sweet friend!

Pauline said...

Another great recipe! Thanks, I've already filed it and waiting for the opportunity to make them. To heck with my diet!

Nancy said...

These look addictive, Karin. I'll have to try them when I have family here. Thanks for sharing the recipe and beautiful photographs.

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Shelljo said...

Love the tea towels! Haven't see that pattern before.

I make bread every 2 weeks. We just don't "do" store bought bread. I freeze one loaf and the other we eat all week. Love making bread :)

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