whole wheat bread in a warm kitchen

summary: whole wheat bread rises fast in a warm kitchen; awards galore! (one lovely blog, lemonade stand, best friend, sisterhood); (click on photo to see larger view and more photos)

Dad also sent the photos of the bread that I made while my sister and I were visiting my parents.

wholewheat bread I mixed the bread dough relatively early on the morning before we were flying home. My parents’ kitchen is significantly warmer than our kitchen; their thermostat is set higher and their house is newer with good insulation. (hmmm, perhaps we should look into getting proper insulation??)

Consequently, the dough rose very quickly. Much more quickly than I expected! I had to push it down at about 10:00am (in our kitchen during the winter, I don’t have to check the rising dough until mid afternoon at the earliest). And it had doubled again and was ready to shape at 11:00am!!

We were putting together some shelves for one of the basement rooms and I completely forgot about the rising loaves. At around 2:00pm, I went up to the kitchen to get a glass of water and there they were bursting and ready to bake.

Luckily, the breadstone (yes!! my parents have a bread stone!) was already in the oven and the oven was already quite hot because Mum was preparing part of that night’s dinner. I decided against slashing the overblown loaves and just baked them as they were.

They turned out beautifully!

I made two loaves to leave with my parents and two smaller loaves for our lunches on the airplane home. My sister sliced her loaf to make a number of little sandwiches. I cut my loaf in half to make two hero-like sandwiches with left-over roast beef from the previous night’s dinner. Our sandwiches were brilliant and I’m certain our fellow passengers were suitably envious as they choked down whatever they had purchased from the rolling cart on the plane.

  • rustic whole wheat bread (used 1c all-purpose & ¼c whole wheat flours in the starter dough and 2¾c all-purpose & 3c whole wheat flours in the final dough)
Blog Awards
“Triple Award: Sisterhood, Best Friend, Lemonade Stand” and “One Beautiful Blog” (click on awards to see larger views)

One Lovely Blog
Triple Awards!! Not long ago, I was pleased and surprised to see that Katie (Thyme for Cooking) had given me 4 (count ’em! FOUR!!) awards!!! Actually, it’s really just two awards: “Triple Award: Sisterhood, Best Friend, Lemonade Stand” and “One Beautiful Blog” but as I never get awards, I’m going to stick with “four” rather than “two”. I particularly like receiving the Lemonade Stand award for the blogger who

turns lemons into lemonade.

The rules for all four (both) of the awards are the same (my additions are in italics):

  • Include the award logo in your blog or post.
  • Only if you want to, nominate any number of at least 10 blogs which show great Attitude and/or Gratitude!
  • Be sure to link to your nominees within your post.
  • Let them know that they have received this award by commenting on their blog.
  • Share the love and link to this post and to the person from whom you received your award.

Here are my nominations:

Some or all of these blogs may already have received these awards; obviously if you have already received the award(s), you don’t have to do anything except bask in the glory of receiving the award(s). And if this is your first time, you don’t have to do anything either. (I couldn’t be more pleased at receiving the awards but I really don’t believe in the viral aspect of them.)

 

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  • Jude

    I always think twice before slashing proofed loaves. I’ve screwed that up more than enough times. Looks like they browned and puffed up really nicely in the oven!
    Thanks for the nomination!

  • Well, that was a far more positive baking experience than the horrible power-failure-cold-kitchen saga!! Those loaves look fit to burst with gluten goodness :) And thank you so much for the award! I never knew what the three components of the Triple Award were, even though I’ve received the award before. I do like that lemonade/lemons aspect :)

  • ejm

    I too have really messed up when slashing loaves, Jude. So much that I almost never slash anymore, even when I suspect it would be okay to do so.

    I didn’t know what the triple awards were either, Jeanne. I found myself squinting at the images and after pretty much rejecting the idea that one of them was a “Jiderhood” award (who knows? Maybe there is a new bluejeans company out there… ;-)), I had to google them.

    -Elizabeth

  • The bread looks so beautiful and evenly brown…congrats on all your awards :-)

  • Gorgeous bread! I have an oven now… I could be baking soon…

    And thank you, thank you!!!

  • ejm

    Woohooo!!! Oven at last, Katie; you must be so pleased! But at least when your kitchen was ovenless, you could still get decent bread – what with you living in the land of great bread. I don’t know what we would do here if we had to go for ages without an oven. Most of the commercial bread available to us is absolutely dismal.

    Thank you, Usha. The bread was very good. Crusty on the outside, soft (but not too soft) on the inside. :-)

    -Elizabeth