A Daily Loaf

If I could only live on two things for the rest of my life, I think it would be bread and cheese.  I tend to not bake that much bread in the summer time, but it was a bit cooler yesterday and I just had a jones for fresh bread.

But first, I have to show you Tony’s breakfast masterpiece he made for me yesterday – my guess is that is about 15 points, but it was a breakfast/lunch combo!  Toasted waffles with cheesy ham eggs in the middle and some of the best canteloupe we’ve had all summer.  Thanks Tony!

I brought out my Complete Book of Breads book and found a recipe for “Pain Ordinaire” or A Daily Loaf.  It was interesting because it had three rise times totalling almost 5 hours – but it was definitely worth the wait.  I actually made the dough on Saturday, punched it down three times, left it on the counter and baked the bread yesterday morning.

A Daily Loaf (makes 4 baguettes)

  • 6 cups bread flour
  • 2 cups packages dry yeast
  • 2 1/2 cups hot water (120-130 degrees)
  • 2 teaspoons salt

Using my stand mixer, I mixed the yeast and 4 cups of the flour together.  Then added the salt and hot water and let my mixer knead it for 10 minutes.  Add up to 2 more cups of flour (I used all of the 2 cups) so that when it mixes around it doesn’t stick to the side of your mixing bowl.

The first rise takes 2 hours, then two more rises for 1 1/2 hours.  Heat your oven to 450 and place a broiler pan in the bottom of the oven.  When you bake your bread, add 1 cup of water to the empty broiler pan – you’ll get a super crunchy crust with the steam.  Bake for 35-40 minutes (mine took 35 minutes).

This is how the dough looked after about 30 minutes.  After the second rise, it almost bubbled over!

Super crusty on the outside, and tender on the inside.  Love.

I think I had at least 6 points in bread with a tiny bit of asiago cheese – so.fricken.good!

I also had some bananas that desperately needed to be used up – they were almost rotten, but my MIL says that is the best time to use them because they are extra sweet.  I used Cooking Light’s recipe, except I subbed in 1/3 cup buttermilk in place of the Greek yogurt – the substitution worked just fine.

I tried a new rub for our ribs last night.  At about 1:30 in the afternoon I realized I never defrosted a slab of ribs – so threw caution to the wind and threw them in the oven frozen and baked at 250 degrees.  At 5:30 I poked the ribs with a knife and they were perfectly tender.

I then mixed this rub together and cooked it for 30 more minutes with the rub, then finished off on the grill with K.C. Masterpiece bbq sauce.

  • 1/4 teasppon cayenne pepper
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 2 teaspoons paprika
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • pinch of black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

Mix well and coat the ribs generously.  Sadly, I went back into the house to get a plate for the ribs and I came back to a major flare up!

And while letting Ed out last night I saw our first balloon of the summer.  They used to fly over our house all the time when we first moved here.  We are on the channel of the Fox River so they would float up and down the river.

Alright – off to make a breakfast calzone – in my head it turns out good, but we’ll see – have a wonderful Monday!

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32 thoughts on “A Daily Loaf

  1. your bread sounds awesome! You’re a stronger woman than I if you stopped at 6 points with that bread!

  2. I need to come to Biz’s bread school 🙂

  3. Mmm nothing like homemade bread-especially when its nice and crusty on the outside-delicious.

  4. Me too, bread and cheese. One of the hardest parts about getting older is that it’s harder to maintain my weight with my love for bread and cheese.

  5. Hmmm……..I wonder if I can get Wallene to help me make that luscious bread. You sound like my Mom and my MIL [and me!] we could live on good bread and cheese.

    Tony’s breakfast is gorgeous. I can’t believe that is only 15 points. That is fabulous. We love to put over easy eggs between pancakes or waffles – my FIL’s trick – I thought it would be gross but everyone loves it here.

    Don’t waffle irons rock? Everyone should own one. And have a fabulous husband like yours. 😀

  6. Riding in a hot air balloon is on my dream list. They look so peaceful and beautiful.

    Your bread looks incredible. One of these days I really need to bake my own bread.

  7. Pretty much all we eat for breakfast/lunch when we go to St. Martin is bread and cheese. I never get tired of it either. There are just so many different kinds of bread and cheese, how could I?

    Breakfast Calzone? Yum. Can’t wait to see that!

  8. that bread looks awesome! i wish i had your confidence when it comes to bread baking…you make it sound so easy 🙂

    but 2 cups of yeast sounds insane! where do you buy it in that quantity???

  9. I never make bread at home. I could easily put away a loaf or two so the temptation would be too high! Add jam and cheese and that is my perfect dinner. Yum!

  10. My reaction to the recipe for bread was the same as katecooks. Where do you find that much yeast? Also, how much did you invest in it? Yikes! It does look delicious but I know better than to make something like that around my house. Sigh.

  11. That bread looks yummy! I need to make some sourdough bread once my no grain challenge is finished.

  12. Those breads look delicious. I always find that I crave them once the weather starts to cool down. Yours turned out so beautiful, too.

  13. I love baking bread at home! I was lazy this weekend and picked it up at the grocery store, but I’m already thinking about what to make this weekend 🙂 We spent $3-$5/loaf when we buy it at the grocery store so it’s much more cost effective for us to make our own as well!

    Also, I could live on bread, cheese and marinara…gotta have some fruit/veg for dipping 😉

  14. Fresh hot bread and butter? I am SO THERE. 🙂

  15. I want to make that bread – gorgeous! Is it 2 cups of dry yeast, really? Maybe 2 tsp? Tbsp? Verify, please! I need this bread in my life!

  16. Your breads are off the hook! *craving*

  17. Roz@weightingfor50

    I know I’ve said this before Vat, but let’s meet half way. You bring the baguette, I’ll bring some cheese and a bottle of wine….see you in Montana in an hour!!! 🙂 I wish! Have a great Monday!!

  18. Hot bread is irresistible haha! I want one of those loaves 🙂

  19. I thought the same thing about the yeast. Maybe 2 packets??

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    Great eats Biz!! Marky would love those ribs!

    • Even though they were charred, they were super tender – I was worried about throwing frozen ribs straight in the oven, but it turned out great. 😀

  20. Mmm….fresh bread….there’s really nothing better, is there?

  21. My mom used to make homemade french bread that was to die for. Definitely the thought of it alone is triggering me! It looks and sounds lovely.

  22. Ok..so awesome bread but I have to ask the same question as others…. 2 cups of yeast?? I LOVE your other bread recipe…the one you can stick in the fridge…hubby likes it too…

  23. I’ve been tweaking with a CL banana bread recipe and I posted my best one under my recipes section.. the craziest part is that its the absolute leanest one i’ve ever heard! but mightyyyy tasty 😀 Your bread looks great, as do your ribs! I’ve been looking for a good rib rub.. I’m going to give this a shot! Thanks Biz!

  24. I’m with you – bread and cheese…and maybe a beer:)

  25. oh my gosh that loaf of bread looks absolutely fantastic! I’m drooling! YUM and the bbqed ribs. I want a grill…now!

  26. Such a beautiful looking loaf of bread. Banana bread too. I just love baking 🙂

  27. We all need our daily bread. There is nothing better than fresh hot bread. Not sure how I survived a whole year without it. I’m glad I came to my senses because life without bread is not worth living.

    I’m with you. I could live happily on bread and cheese. Of course there would have to be coffee (for me) and wine (for you) too. 😉

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