Resolution 1: Make yeast bread by hand.

Resolution 1: Check!

Saffron and Raisin Breakfast Bread (recipe courtesy of Cooking Light)

2 loaves, 20 servings (serving size: 1 slice)

1 1/3 cups warm fat-free milk (100° to 110°)
1/4 teaspoon saffron threads, crushed
1 package dry yeast (about 2 1/4 teaspoons)
1 teaspoon sugar
1/2 cup warm water (100º to 110º)
5 1/4 cups bread flour, divided
1 1/2 cups raisins
1/4 cup sugar
3 tablespoons butter, melted and cooled
1 teaspoon salt
Cooking spray

Combine milk and saffron; let stand 10 minutes.

Dissolve yeast and 1 teaspoon sugar in warm water in a large bowl; let stand 5 minutes or until foamy. Stir in milk mixture. Lightly spoon flour into dry measuring cups; level with a knife. Add 5 cups flour, raisins, 1/4 cup sugar, butter, and salt to milk mixture, stirring to form a soft dough. Turn dough out onto a floured surface. Knead until smooth and elastic (about 8 minutes); add enough of remaining flour, 1 tablespoon at a time, to prevent dough from sticking to hands (dough will feel sticky).

Place dough in a large bowl coated with cooking spray, turning to coat top. Cover and let rise in a warm place (85°), free from drafts, 1 1/2 hours or until doubled in size. (Gently press two fingers into dough. If indentation remains, dough has risen enough.) Punch dough down; cover and let rest 5 minutes. Divide in half. Shape each portion into a 5-inch round loaf. Place loaves, seam sides down, 3 inches apart, on a large baking sheet coated with cooking spray. Make 2 diagonal cuts 1/4-inch-deep across top of each loaf using a sharp knife. Cover and let rise 30 minutes or until doubled in size.

Preheat oven to 375º.

Uncover dough. Bake at 375º for 30 minutes or until loaves are browned on bottom and sound hollow when tapped. Remove from pan; cool on wire racks.

Cooking Light, DECEMBER 2003

Things I learned today:
1. Yeast bread isn’t so hard by hand.
2. Kneading bread by hand is actually pretty satisfying.
3. I should do some upper body lifting. I can’t believe how tired my arms are!

All packed up for my husband to take to work for breakfast… plus a heart shaped drop of honey that happened completely by accident!


2 responses to “Resolution 1: Make yeast bread by hand.

  1. Oh my goodness YUM! What a GREAT bread to be your first! I LOVE IT! And I have a mixer, but I actually PREFER to knead by hand. You can really get a feel for it and it’s a good way to take out anger. lol!

  2. That’s one of my resolutions/goals too! The saffron/raisin combination sounds so unusual and delicious.

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