first, homemade bread. i used King Arthur's flour recipe:
1 tablespoon (1 packet) active dry yeast
1 tablespoon sugar
1 tablespoon salt
2 cups warm water (not over 110°F)
5 1/2 to 6 cups King Arthur Unbleached All-Purpose Flour
(I used 3 1/2 cups all-purpose, unbromated, unbleached white flour from the natural food market and 2 cups Bob's Red Mill whole wheat flour)
(I used graham flour, which was probably a mistake)
boiling water (didn't even use this)
Basically, you mix together the first four ingredients. Let this stand until the yeast, sugar and salt are dissolved. I added the flour one cup at a time until it was was well mixed (which wasn't easy). Then I turned the dough out onto the floured counter and kneaded for five minutes, let it rest while I cleaned and greased (with olive oil) the mixing bowl, kneaded for another two minutes and then shaped the dough into a ball
I put it in the greased bowl, and let it rise for an hour and half, until doubled. Then I punched it down, kneaded it a little on the counter to get the bubbles out and shaped it into two roundish-oblong loafs..
As you can see, my oven has no racks so i have to improvise by putting the sheet pan on top of a cake pan.
Apparently, the idea to make a rounder loaf than the recipe called for (it said to make french or italian loaves) maybe wasn't the best idea..
Ha. Funny shaped bread. It still tastes great, though. I was modelling the loaf shape from a hearth bread I made from The Bread Bible (my copy of which is, alas, in a box in a storage building in Indiana. Why or why did I not have the presence of mind to take it with us?!)
I also made whole-wheat tortillas today, which while less adventurous, turned out fairly well but next time I am going to try to find a different recipe
Now, off to clean up, then make alfredo sauce for dinner tonight!