Friday, January 6, 2012

If you make any bread EVER Make this bread!

Why that title? This bread has everything! Bacon/Caramelized onion/ Bacon Fat! Plus the bread is Super easy it doesn't require a lot of kneading like other breads

Ok Soooo Here are the Ingridents:
 1/2 cup Crumbled Bacon
1C Whole Wheat Flour
4C A.P  Flour
2 Packages Dry Yeast
2Tsp Salt
1/4tsp Ground Corriander
1/2C nonfat Dry milk
2C Hot Water (120-130)
1/4C Firmly Packed Brown Sugar
1 Egg (room Temp)
2Tbsp Bacon Fat

(I also added 1 Caramelized Yellow onion to the recipe because Bacon and onions are tasty)
for the onions first I melted some bacon fat in a pan

 Throw in one Diced Onion over Med Heat
 The onions will slowly cook down and start to pick up color
when They start to pic up color make sure to Watch them  so they don't burn
 And in about 10 mins  you'll have some Nice Onions,  let them cool before starting the bread

 Ok Now to start the bread  you heat up your water to about 120 degrees
 Mix together:
whole wheat flour
3 of the 4 Cups of  A.P. flour
Bacon Fat
Hot water

 After you mix the dry with the water  you add:
Brown Sugar
The Egg
the Onions

 Mix  for 3 mins, Then add the remaining Flour(1C)
 The dough will be " too thick to pour, and  too wet to lift with your hands"
 Scrape down the sides of the bowl
 Cover Tightly with plastic wrap and let it rise 50 mins
 While the bread is rising I greased up my Dutch oven with more Bacon fat
The recipe makes 2 medium loaves (8x4 pans)
 I used a large dutch oven which  took some tweaking to get the  bread done
I'd suggest just using the loaf pans because then it'll be easier to slice and make tasty Grilled Cheeses with
 After 50 mins of rising beat down the bread and transfer it to the Pan
 the easiest way to transfer is to scrape down the bowl then get the spatula under the dough ball and Pull it from the bowl , dropping it into the pan
Next you smooth out the dough into one smooth layer on the pan(use a spatula sprayed with nonstick spray)
 next wrap the pan and allow to rise another 30 mins
OPTIONAL: ( i did this to experiment because the book suggest it helps with the crust I think it helps mostly with baguettes)
10 mins into the rising preheat the oven to 375 with an empty 9x13 in it
heat about 1.5C of water in a pot
after you unwrap the bread  in 30 mins  put the hot water in the empty pan this will create steam  in your oven
 When the dough has sat another 30 mins it's ready to go into the oven
 My loaf in the 10inch dutch oven  took
35 mins at 375
then an additional 20 at 350
If you use two 8x4's  it should take around 40 mins at 375
 After cooling the bread , Slice and enjoy!( the round loaf makes for awkward slicing)

 The morning after I made this it was half gone, I like this bread cause it's a perfect blend of sweet and Savory

I used the bread to make a turkey Swiss Melt on our Pannini Press the next day with a little bit of spicy brown mustard and it was delicious!

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