I've been grinding wheat and baking bread off and on since we lived in Hardin, MT.
Tuesday night, however, I went to a bread baking demo. I needed to get out for a bit. The kids encouraged this solution to my cranky attitude.
Twyla has been talking about mini-loaves and so I bought this pan when I saw it. It's CUTE.
Melissa makes "mini-loaves". From all the talk of this, I expected TINY loaves....she said to use 3/4 lb of dough. I've NEVER weighed dough....but we guessed that a "typical loaf" is probably 1 1/2 lbs....so I decided to try this with my typical recipe....aiming for 2 mini-loaves instead of one large.
Wednesday, I took my Seven Grain Bread dough, and instead of 4 BIG loaves, I made 2 BIG loaves and then added Cinnamon, raisins and Rapadura to 1/4 of the dough and Italian herbs to the other 1/4 of the dough. I aimed for 2 mini-loves of each of the speciality breads. Here are the MINI- which are quite a bit bigger than I envisioned when folks talked about "cute little loaves".
When the slices are stacked you can see the mini- is much smaller than my typical size loaf.
I began to think that the mini- is a good size for the youngers for sandwiches....and that with Mike and the older ones gone we really don't go through bread as fast as we once did.....I think it would be good to have varieties of several smaller loaves available (that said the kids ate BOTH giant loaves in less than 24 hours).
Thursday I set out to bake 4 Seven Grain mini-loaves and 2 doz hamburger buns. My Bosch malfunctioned....HOT dough, couldn't even handle and oil in the dough.....and I forgot salt....but I did end up with flat bread and mini loaves. LOL On the left is my typical sized loaf, in the middle I used 1/2 the dough, and a bit less on the right.....I think I like the middle sized loaf.
And now the freezer is stocked with mini Cinnamon Raisin bread, Italian Herb loaves, flat buns and a couple of seven grain loaves. Note the cracking in the mini-loaves....must be the overheated dough or lack of salt....but it still eats. LOL Thus ends my weekly bread saga.
Toy Story One entered our lives in 1995....Jared was 1 yo, Jamin was 4 - the perfect Toy Story Age.....I can remember scouring the shelves for a Woody....ah the fun memories.
Today, Toy Story 3 hit Misawa Air Base. We will be out all day tomorrow. I dreaded trying an Opening Day showing, but knew if I didn't do it today, we might miss a movie the kids were looking forward to (Ok, me too). We went to the 3 p.m. showing. No line at all, lots of space in the theater......
Great movie....I knew it might tug on the heart strings a bit as Andy is going away...but I was NOT prepared to have a memory loop of Jamin at four running through my mind during the whole movie....and I lost it totally when Mom saw his empty room, Andy driving away......Ah man...growing up is GREAT and we long for our children to be functioning members of society....but I sure miss those days when we had all the chicks at home in the nest.
If you had a Woody Lover, your husband is deployed and your Woody Lover is thousands of miles away....take kleenex....but come to think of it....many with children in college wouldn't have the excuse of a pre-schooler to take the movie to and may not even go. ::snort:: I think God is letting me live a rather extended childhood through the past few decades. LOL