One year ago
I was cutting bolts of burlap
into table runners
for our daughter's wedding!
It's so hard to believe that a whole year
Somewhere on Pinterest I saw
fabric pumpkins and thought
I might try to make some
with all that left over burlap.
|Stems are cut from an apple tree branch and grape vine|
curls and twine was used for decoration.
It was fun making a mess on my
kitchen table, attempting my hand
at a craft - something I haven't done for so long!
Meanwhile, the bread dough was rising
Giving me a couple of hours to play.
This all sounds ideal but truth be told,
the rest of the housework was being left undone
and I was feeling a tad guilty for just
having a "play day"....
Anyway, here is the recipe for my
latest favourite bread.
This bread uses no oil and has a
nice rustic texture for slicing.
3 Cups warm water
1 Tbsp. yeast
1 tsp. salt
¼ Cup sugar
6-7 cups all-purpose flour
Combine water, yeast, sugar, and salt in a large warm bowl or in your stand mixer bowl. Leave for five minutes to make sure yeast is working. Stir in first three cups of flour. Add the next cups of flour a little at a time as needed, stirring until dough becomes too stiff and pulls away from sides of bowl. Transfer dough to a floured surface and begin kneading, adding more flour if still too sticky. Knead till dough is smooth and elastic. Form into a ball and place into a greased bowl. Cover and let rise until doubled (I cover it with plastic wrap and a warm kitchen towel and place it into my oven on "proof"). This usually takes about an hour.
In the meantime, get out your craft project and make a mess - smile!
Uncover bowl, sprinkle in a little more flour and knead again before dividing in half. With floured hands, shape dough into loaves, twisting the loaves several times and placing them into two greased loaf pans. Cover and let them rise again until double in bulk.
Continue with your project while the bread rises again!
Bake for 25 minutes in a preheated 350-degree oven.
That was fun!
Now I have a little burlap pumpkin display
for my front hall sewing machine
and fresh bread for supper.
Till next time ........... don't forget to play sometimes!