Wintery days always make me want to cook and bake. I love to cook and bake- but, I have to be in the mood and have the time.
I admit many days get away from me- surrounded in kids, errands and paper. But, when the kids were little, toddling around our home- and we had nowhere to be, I loved to bake and cook extravagant meals and desserts. They were happy to sit up on the counter next to me, helping me make measurements and pass me the eggs. There wasn’t a recipe I wouldn’t try- and I would even come up with my own recipes from time to time. And, I always seemed to add or change something about the recipes to make them uniquely ours.
I miss those days- I miss my kids being that small. Though, I am grateful that they are both still so eager to help in the kitchen. Today, Jaxen was my helper, since Alexis was still at school. So, we started one of my favorites, Pot Roast in the crock pot. We made some changes, because we were low on some of the normal ingredients we use. The recipe I use for Pot Roast is here, if you’re interested. I used different seasonings and switched a white onion for green onions.
Once I get started in the kitchen, I can’t seem to stop. I guess once the mess is started, it doesn’t hurt to keep making more of a mess, right?
So, I started my cinnamon rolls for tomorrow morning (snow day or not). And, I thought it would be nice to have a fresh loaf of bread to go with our Pot Roast- so I made some Amish White Bread- with Jaxen’s help. He loves watching the yeast start to activate- and we both love the smell. (are we the only ones out there?)
We are not Amish, as you know–but, I have been to Amish Country in Ohio. And, everyone knows if’s it’s Amish- it’s probably good. It’s been awhile since I made this bread, (probably since the kids were still sitting on my counter) but it was just as good and easy as I remembered.
The whole family loved the bread- and gobbled it up like it was dessert. They also loved the “Roast Beast,” and cooked carrots and potatoes.
Are you ready for the Amish White Bread Recipe-so you can try it for yourself?
- 2 c warm water
- 2/3 cup white sugar
- packet of yeast
- 1.5 t salt
- 1/4 cup vegetable oil
- 6 cups bread flour
- Dissolve sugar and yeast into water. (about 5-10 minutes)
- Mix salt and vegetable oil into yeast mixture.
- Mix in flour, 1 cup at a time.
- Mix together, knead and place in greased bowl.
- Cover with plastic and let rise in warm place for at least an hour.
- Punch down, divide in half, shape into 2 loaves
- Rise 30 minutes more
- Bake 350 for 30 minutes
I love making bread and here are some things I’ve learned: Sticky dough is okay- it doesn’t need to be so filled with flour that it isn’t sticky any longer. Placing a warm damp cloth on top of the plastic wrap is a good way to help it rise. Placing the bowl on top of stove, with oven preheating is a good place to let the dough rise. Make sure the liquid you are using to dissolve your yeast is just warm- not hot. If it’s too hot, it will kill the yeast. Think baby bottle warm. 🙂