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Old 08-28-2014, 12:28 AM   #31
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When the kids were small I would make my own bread quite often. I didn't have a KA to mix it, so it was all done by hand. Just like your grandmother did. I think my favorite part of it was the kneading. It always gave me time to just think whose head I had on that table top as I squished and slammed that dough. Got a lot of aggression out. Friday was usually my bread making day. A lot of times I would make the dough, and then bake it on Saturday before I put the beans in to cook.
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All it takes is practice... well.. that and a nice mixer.
That would help.
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When the kids were small I would make my own bread quite often. I didn't have a KA to mix it, so it was all done by hand. Just like your grandmother did. I think my favorite part of it was the kneading. It always gave me time to just think whose head I had on that table top as I squished and slammed that dough. Got a lot of aggression out. Friday was usually my bread making day. A lot of times I would make the dough, and then bake it on Saturday before I put the beans in to cook.
I've watched relatives make it since I was a young girl, Addie....sure wish I would've picked up on that and tried it while I was young and impressionable. I still might try it...I guess you're never too old to learn. My grandma used to put together the most wonderful and flakiest pie crust, just by the look and feel of the ingredients.
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Old 08-28-2014, 01:09 AM   #34
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I've watched relatives make it since I was a young girl, Addie....sure wish I would've picked up on that and tried it while I was young and impressionable. I still might try it...I guess you're never too old to learn. My grandma used to put together the most wonderful and flakiest pie crust, just by the look and feel of the ingredients.
Strangely, as fantastic cooks as they were, I don't ever recall my grandma or great aunt ever baking bread. They both made awesome piecrust though.
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Old 08-28-2014, 02:48 AM   #35
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When the kids were small I would make my own bread quite often. I didn't have a KA to mix it, so it was all done by hand. Just like your grandmother did. I think my favorite part of it was the kneading. It always gave me time to just think whose head I had on that table top as I squished and slammed that dough...
I always used potato-mashing time to relieve my annoyance with Himself. "Mommy, you sure made fluffy potatoes today".
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I've watched relatives make it since I was a young girl, Addie....sure wish I would've picked up on that and tried it while I was young and impressionable. I still might try it...I guess you're never too old to learn. My grandma used to put together the most wonderful and flakiest pie crust, just by the look and feel of the ingredients.
I can teach you to make pie crust the same way.

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I never knew they changed the recipe for Hellman"s?
Ditto here. What did they do to it?
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I'm not a baker, but I do admire those who can throw together a few loaves of homemade bread at any given time, with or without a bread machine. It seems so effortless when I read about them. I've made homemade bread twice in my life and it was pretty good, but I was clumsy at it.

My fave storebought breads that I always have on hand is pita and Orowheat Dill Rye bread. Love that stuff. I usually have some kind of white or whole wheat bread stashed in the freezer for when the grands are here and want PB&J or French toast.
Pepperidge Farms makes the Cinnamon (with/without raisins) Roll Bread. It makes the best French Bread. Well worth the cost. I buy the without raisins. For me it is like biting into wet bugs. YUK!
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Pepperidge Farms makes the Cinnamon (with/without raisins) Roll Bread. It makes the best French Bread. Well worth the cost. I buy the without raisins. For me it is like biting into wet bugs. YUK!
I prefer the wet bugs in mine!

That makes a great grilled ham and cheese sandwich for a lazy Sunday brunch!
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I've watched relatives make it since I was a young girl, Addie....sure wish I would've picked up on that and tried it while I was young and impressionable. I still might try it...I guess you're never too old to learn. My grandma used to put together the most wonderful and flakiest pie crust, just by the look and feel of the ingredients.
When I first started to make bread, it seemed to take forever to knead it into a smooth ball. Patience has never been my best personality point. I almost gave up the first time. I am so glad I didn't. Then I learned to daydream while doing it. The time would just fly by. I would make it for Saturday night to go with the baked beans that had been in the oven all day. I would keep the two loaves of bread warm and the kids never knew whether to dig into the beans or tear into the bread. No knife needed. They would just tear off a piece from the loaf. I never had leftovers. A warm slice of freshly made bread slathered with real butter. A dish of freshly baked homemade beans along with a knockwurst. No dessert. By the time they got through the main part of the meal, they were all full. Too full for desert.
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