Friday, February 19, 2016

Half-and-Half Bread

There was a period in my life when I dreaded cooking... it was such a chore.  Now I love to cook ... Perhaps because I am now retired and have time to cook if and when I want to.  I invested in a Viking Range in 2001 and loved it but no longer own it.  It was a gas range and hubby and I moved into a home equipped with an electric range in 2012.  The kitchen is much smaller and the Viking was too large to fit the space... bummer.  Nevertheless, I've invested in other cooking gadgets that I love.

One of my favs is a Zojirushi Home Bakery Breadmaker.  I've made many loaves of bread in it... for hubby and me, my mother, my sister, my in-laws... whoever... whenever.  Today I tried my hand at a recipe I saw on-line... "Half-and-Half Bread - Half Wheat and Half White.

Half-and-Half Bread

1 7/8 cups water
3 cups whole wheat flour
2 cups white bread flour
3 Tbsp sugar
2 Tbsp dry milk
2 tsp salt
2 Tbsp vital wheat gluten
2 Tbsp butter
2 tsp active dry yeast

Measure ingredients precisely and add to the baking pan in the order listed.  Make sure that the yeast does not touch the liquid.

Place the baking pan into the Home Bakery, close the lid and plug the power cord into the outlet.

Select the BASIC setting and press START.

When baking completes, press and hold the START/RESET button.  Take out the baking pan using oven mitts and gently shake the loaf out.

Let bread cool and serve.