Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Cheesy Whole Wheat Bread

Sometimes carbs are a necessity of life.  Bread is the perfect example of doing so much with so little.  As I learned at Great Harvest Bread Company where I ate worked in high school it comes together relitively simply with just 5 ingredients: flour, water, salt, yeast, & honey.  Everything else is a bonus!  & when I say everything, I mean anything... *noms on white chocolate cherry swirled bread* Oh yes, that's real.

After licking my fingers I started searching for some really simple bread recipes; ones that can be used as a base to enjoy with any type of topping and for any type of mixin.

Hands down the best cookbook in the work is the Pennsylvania Grange 1984 Cookbook.  Every single recipe that comes out of this is fantastic, and it's pointless to put notes next to your favorites because you're going to end up annotating the cover with "great for: life".

1984.jpg (4144 bytes) <> Evidence 13 is a lucky number.  I'm without shame in promoting what is known as my childhood and what will be my adulthood.  Orwell knew 1984 was of note.  Luckily instead of dystopia it was this cookbook.

My quest was to make better bun for hamburgers, deer burger, actual hamburger, and any other grilled type of food.  (Who am I kidding any type of food)  I decided to take this base, fold in cheese chunks that would melt when the bread was fresh out of the oven, changed flour around to incorporate white wheat, and add pinches of various herbs to taste.

1 3/4-2 cups white wheat flour
1 1/4 cup whole wheat flour
1 tsp garlic salt
1/2 cup milk
1/2 cup water
1/4 cup olive oil
2 tsp butter (unsalted, salted doesn't matter) softened
1 egg
1 package yeast
1/2-1 16 oz package of cheese, cubed (I used white cheddar)
shredded cheese for a topping.  **optional

Combine flour, salt, and yeast together & mix.  Add milk, water, olive oil, butter, and egg.

Mix well since at this point it will solidify enough to be kneaded.  Add flour if needed but it's ok to be a bit more "sticky".  Kneed until smooth then cover and let rise for 1 hour. 

Preheat oven to 375.  Fold in the cheese pieces; I tended to fold them as into the center of the bread so they'd have a better chance of melting within the bread.

Form into a loaf.  Add to floured pan.  Sprinkle on the cheese topping or brush with olive oil.  Bake for 35 minutes.



Friday, May 25, 2012

Hello Blog!

So as any good host says when they first visit: HTTP 200!  Or for the industrious few who have scrolled back through the myriad (hopefully!  look at me being all high and mighty about my blogging ability hehe) of blog posts to get here.  I'd give you a special prize for getting here mostly because I myself am a completionist and know the power of FIRST!!!11!1!!!

The thing I like the best about the first post is that it has the unique chance to set the direction.  Right now at this very moment, this could go anywhere; maybe become a strict series of highly specified how-tos that essentially double as a resume, a forum for discussion, or out for drinks at a nice restaurant to talk about "feelings".  Before we get too many of these delicious stouts in, I'm going to throw in the first sidebar.

Basically a sidebar is cutting away from something to briefly bring up something else then go back to the normal train of conversation.  (a continue statement about which people are surprisingly bad on the whole.  They never just continue.... faulty coding)  Everyone needs a bit of interjection in their life.  Seriously.  Go about your daily life without any interruptions and you'll realize that unless you're Mike Rowe your life is pretty bland.  Any type of sidebar takes and breaks your monotony by forcing you to veer to address it.  The best part is you can't control it!  Sidebars are going to appear regardless, you can take them and enjoy as either a shot or as a full serving.

This bar specializes in coding, crafting/making, cooking, and traveling (local, domestic, international, over the rainbow, ect).  I was really going for a last "c"-word but the first c-related word that popped into my head for traveling was "commuting" & to get through that you need stuff you can get from those other bars.  For reals.  The other cool thing about sidebars is that they can also appear as helpful pieces of trivia or facts or things you used to not care about but now know & ohmygodit'ssocool!

I'm going to update on a fairly regular basis on as many of these topics as possible without being too "daily".  Because breaking out a sidebar after every statement is what's known as carrying on the conversation.  Or ADD.  On a plus side I'm also winning because it's letting me give back while also making sure my ass is getting kicked out the door to actually have something to write about.  The sidebartender appreciates the tip.  I do want to not be like a ghost town over here; it always makes me sad when I see a blog with few posts.  Like it's a waif waiting to be picked up from the bus stop all the way at the bottom of the hill.  (That one's probably just me.)

So sit back and enjoy those etched glasses (why yes I did make them. ha) and poke around a bit.  I've always got a comment or two that you can use in case of emergencies.