After the gym on Saturday Michael and I went to our friend’s house for the day. The boys went off and did boy things and I learned how to bake bread from Kat. It was so much fun!
On The Menu:
Sourdough Herb Bread
Banana Nut Bread
Baked Squash Mac n’ Cheese
Kat already a sourdough starter going. She used that to make the Herbed Sourdough Bread and the Banana Walnut bread. She melted the butter in the milk and then waited for it to cool before pouring in the sugar and yeast. Apparently you don’t want it to cool too much (or be too hot) because either direction will kill the yeast. It sounds complicated to me, and I’m guessing that was the part of the equation I always got wrong when I tried to make my own bread in the past.
The next step was to make a puree of the squash. I scooped out the squash meat and she mixed it in the blender with sour cream and butter. It was creamy and sweet.
Kat added different spices and tasted the sauce. Salt, pepper, cayenne. basil and I think oregano. It was a mild flavor. Next in was the shredded extra sharp cheddar cheese. It melted into a creamy sauce. Mix in the cooked pasta and then pour into a buttered dish.
Earlier we’d made a Banana Walnut Bread.
By that time, the sourdough had risen and Kat instructed me on how to knead the bread and get the air bubbles out.
It was so much fun spending the day in the kitchen with Kat. Baking is something I always loved to do because it made the kitchen smell so great and there’s nothing better than eating the freshly-out-of-the-oven creation. I really want to try and make my own bread now!
QUESTION: Have you made your own bread? What kind did you make and how did it turn out?