Thursday, September 17, 2009

Yeah it's Thursday!!

Yes I'm still a cleaning fool!! I got 2 more closets cleaned out!
Than today I baked bread in my dutch oven. Is that not pretty?


3 cups very hot tap water
1/2 cup (1/4 lb) butter or margarine
1/3 cup sugar
2 1/2 tsp salt
2 pkg active dry yeast
9 to 9 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
Salad oil

In a large bowl, combine hot water, butter, sugar, and salt. Stir until butter has melted; let cool to about 110 degrees. Stir in yeast, cover, and set in a warm place until bubbly (about 15 minutes).

Beat in about 5 cups of the flour to make a thick batter. Stir in enough of the remaining flour (about 3 1/2 cups) to make a stiff dough. Turn dough out onto a floured board; knead until smooth and satiny (10 to 20 minutes), adding flour as needed to prevent sticking. Place dough in a greased bowl; turn over to grease top. Cover and let rise until doubled (about 1 1/2 hours).

Punch dough down and knead briefly on a floured board to release air; shape into a smooth ball. With a circle of foil, cover the inside bottom of a 5-quart cast-iron or cast-aluminum Dutch oven. Grease foil, inside of Dutch oven, and underside of lid with salad oil.

Place dough in Dutch oven and cover with lid. Let rise in a warm place until dough pushes up lid by about 1/2 inch (about 1 hour -- watch closely).

Bake, covered with lid, in a preheated 375 degree oven for 12 minutes. Remove lid and bake for another 30 to 35 minutes or until loaf is golden brown. Remove from oven and turn out onto a rack to cool (you'll need a helper). Peel off foil and turn loaf upright. Makes 1 very large loaf.

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Than I put a whole chicken in it with onions & garlic. It's in the oven for 1 hour than going to add 2 small cans of chopped tomatoes & cook for 1/2 hr. more! Smells yummy


Wendy said...

Wish I had time to get to your house for dinner...I can even smell it....look luscious....

sewmeow said...

Looks good, and I'll be right over for supper!

Pat said...


DDpie said...

Yum Tango! Both are equally awesome!

Needled Mom said...

Looks delicious!

Patti T. said...

You sure have been making some fabulous food!