Yesterday was horrible.
I even had a bath last night in hopes of using the hot water to relax and untwist the muscles. And while it was enjoyable for my neck/shoulder/back, I got water lodged in my ear and it won't come out! So now I have sore muscles and I can't hear.
I guess I shouldn't complain about my day, it wasn't really that bad. I got some housework done, cleaned out my fish tank, finished off a book I was reading, and packed up some stuff for my sister (who is moving out of home). It was still a productive day, just not the most pleasant physically.
It also was rainy and miserable outside, so maybe it just wasn't my day at all.
However, this bread made it better. The yeasty smell of bread always reminds me of my grandmother. She was an expert at making homemade everything. Breads, buns, pies, jam, turkey dinners... she had it all going. I still haven't tried making her homemade bread yet, I'm still building myself up for it. I miss her very much, but I know she'd be happy that I was making my own bread! I just wish that she was around to give me hints about how to make bake during the summer! How do you keep the house cool?
This bread can make multiple appearances anytime in my kitchen! It's still a little bit more dense than I wanted it to be, but it's good for sandwiches, grilled cheese, french toasts.. peanut butter... what else can you imagine for a piece of bread?
This recipe is from the Honest Cooking blog.
Baker Batter Bread
Yeast - 2 1/4 tsps
Warm Water - 1 1/4 cups
Butter - 2 tbsps, softened
Salt - 2 tsps
Honey - 2 tbsps
Flour - 3 cups
Dissolve the yeast in the warm water for about 5 minutes. Add the butter, salt and honey to the mixture. Add half the flour. Mix with a spoon for about 300 turns. Or if you'd like, use a mixer and beat for about two minutes. My grandmother would always use her hands, so that's what I did as well!
Add the remaining flour and stir into the mixture. Place this bowl in a warm area and cover with a towel and let rise for about 30 minutes.
Stir the batter down, then place in a greased loaf pan (measuring 9x5x3), patting into the corners.
Back at 375Ffor about 45-50 minutes or until golden brown. It should be hollow when you give it a tap. Remove from the oven and let cool on a wire rack before cutting.