Loafing around? No, it's not what you think.
I baked a loaf of bread today.
And I finally got smart and tried out my old mixer to see if it would knead bread dough. It's definitely not a KitchenAid, but it worked well enough for the amount of dough I had. (Thanks, Toni and Kate for suggesting I try it!)
But even though the mixer did knead the dough for me, it wasn't entirely hands free. The mixer is so small that when I turned it up much higher than its lowest speed, the mixer nearly vibrated itself off the counter. So I ended up standing there with my hands on the mixer, holding it in place. But at least I didn't have to do the kneading—just the holding.
I was a little afraid that I'd messed up the yeast again, because the recipe I used said to let the dough rise for about 40 minutes until it had doubled in size—but after 40 minutes, my dough had hardly risen!
But I had faith. And I even thought I probably should have just let it rise for longer—I was in a bit of a time crunch because of our evening activities—I went ahead and put it in the loaf pan and let it rise a "second" time. But this time I stuck it in the oven with a bowl of hot water and by the time I checked it again an hour later, it had risen sufficiently.
I baked it for 40 minutes and here's how it turned out!
And it was completely gone in about 15 minutes.
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