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Thursday, October 14, 2010

Making Bread

I've been making bread lately. I have my moms' old bread machine from when the fad first started back in the 90's. With some help from some Facebook friends (see? FB is good for something), I learned that adding some wheat gluten flour gives the bread a better texture. I've been mostly making wheat bread, although I experimented with a loaf of "Cinnamon Roll Inspired Bread." I drizzled a sugar glaze on top... it was GOOD! Here is my wheat recipe:
1 1/8 C whole milk
about 1 tsp salt
about 2-3 TBSP butter
2 TBSP sugar
2TBSP wheat gluten flour
2 cups whole wheat flour
1 cup white flour
2 tsp yeast

Today I bought two unglazed clay tiles at Home Depot. I put them on the grill, and proceeded to experiment.
 One of the tiles had bird prints in it! Ryan says that's good luck. That's cool, because I need all the help I can get. I had picked up some pizza dough mix from Winco out of the bulk bins to try it out. I mixed it according the directions on the little card that I thought I had... I think it was 3 cups mix, 1 cup water, and 1 packet yeast (about 2 tsp). I used the bread machine to do the mixing and kneading. That part went pretty well. The part that I couldn't do was roll it out. I spread it out as best I could and then I put some pizza sauce, chopped olives, and diced garlic on there. I rolled it up like a jelly roll, through it one my clay tiles over a pre-warmed BBQ set at medium-low, (forgot to put the cornmeal on there...but did remember to oil the tiles first!) and baked for about 20 minutes.
It worked! 
The bottom was more done than the top. Burnt, without the blackness. So, burnt in texture? The next time I try this, I will turn down the heat and cook for a longer time period. I will be on the hunt for a rustic bread recipe. Mmmmm.

I like the idea of being able to use my BBQ as an alternative to an oven. (Because I don't have an oven.)


  1. About bread... Danny leaned over to me during the Sacrament on Sunday and said "I miss the bread in KV"
    I like to buy the premade pizza dough at Winco. The kids love to make their own pizzas with it.

  2. That looks delicious! I still want to get together with you and cook. How much longer until we have a finished kitchen? ;)

  3. The bread was pretty tasty, flaws and all. Mel- I WISH my kitchen was done soon. Give me six months. (Hopefully less!)But, when it's done, it's gonna be awesome! (That's what I keep telling myself, anyway.)