corrvin: a half-pint jar of lemon-dill marmalade (marmalade)
Minimal bread baking recipe as follows:

4 cups flour-- measure using a 1 cup dry measuring cup
Some salt and sugar and spices-- I pour a tablespoonful or so of each into my hand and add to the flour.
1/2 stick butter-- cut with knife then wash knife

Cut in the butter to the flour mixture with a pastry cutter.

1 1/4 cups milk-- pour into Pyrex 2-cup measuring cup. microwave til warm.

Add 1 packet or 1 heaping teaspoon of yeast to warm milk. Stir with large spoon.

Add milk to flour/butter mixture and stir. Mixture should be sticky and almost raggy (pulling apart).

Take the spoon out, put in measuring cup, and immediately fill cup with water to soak.

Knead in bowl, adding extra flour if needed. Cover bowl with damp dishtowel and put in oven set on "warm" to rise for 30-45 minutes.

Take from oven, knead on flour-dusted countertop, then cut into pieces with sharp knife. Put pieces in baby loaf pans. Heat oven to 400 more or less, leaving bread pans to rise on back burner (oven vent).

Bake for 20-25 minutes, checking at 20, until golden brown on top.

Total utensils used:
1 mixing bowl
1 spoon
1 pastry cutter
1 butter knife
2 measuring cups, one wet and one dry
1 baby loaf pan
1 dishtowel

I'm a lot happier with this version of the bread recipe :)
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I crashed out yesterday about 3:30pm, and slept like the de... a lot. I woke up about 4AM and figured I'd best do something with my day.

So far:

Cleaned the kitchen counters
Unloaded, then loaded the dishwasher
Peeled 20 apples (go go gadget peeler-corer-slicer) and set them to boil a bit for apple butter. Prepped the crock pots and got them ready.

Still on the list:

Make at least 2 batches of bread
Call my folks at a reasonable hour, like 7:30AM, and find out if they got the court order yet
If court order, get dressed and head to Moore
Either way, clean out the trunk of my car. (The rest is already cleaned out.) Maybe a visit to the car wash might be in order.

Apples smell lovely. Here's my bread recipe and prep notes for future reference:
in which I use every tool at my disposal to make it all easy )

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