Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Amish White Bread

Drop whatever you are doing and make this bread NOW. It is that good. I should have known. It has been on the top 20 list of for years. However, due to my fear of failure (and kneading) concerning bread products, I never attempted it. Well I am glad I did. The bread came out with a beautiful brown crust and a slightly sweet, chewy, soft interior. I ate almost half of a loaf with butter straight out of the oven. Please make this bread, you will not be disappointed!!!

Adapted from:

2 Cups of warm water
2/3 cup of white sugar
1 1/2 Tbs active dry yeast
1 1/2 tsp salt
1/4 cup vegetable oil
6 cups of bread flour

In bowl of stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, dissolve the sugar in warm water and stir in yeast. Proof for about 10 minutes, the mixture will begin to foam.

Mix the salt and oil into the yeast mixture. Add the flour, one cup at a time. Change attachment to dough hook and knead until all of the flour is incorporated into the wet ingredients. Place the dough into a  separate bowl lightly coated with oil. Cover and allow to rise until doubled in bulk.

Punch the dough down and divide into two even loaves and place in two oiled loaf pans. Allow to rise again for another half hour.

Bake at 350 degrees for 30-45 minutes (exterior should be golden brown.

Slather with butter or dip in oil and enjoy!!!

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Chocolate Peanut Butter Torte

I know this post is a little  over two months late. Things have been pretty hectic in my life lately and I haven't been giving the blog much attention at all. I am sorry for that.

This torte was made in honor of my father for Father's Day this year. Anyone who know him knows that he has an unhealthy obsession with peanut butter. I mean, I LOVE peanut butter but he takes it to a whole new level. Growing up I was always amazed at how he could eat the giant mountain of peanut butter he would slather on one slice of bread and lightly top it off with a little jelly. Actually, I am still pretty amazed by that since I'm pretty sure if I tried to eat something like that my mouth would be sealed shut.
Anyways, back to the torte. TO DIE FOR. Chocolate and peanut butter are a match made in heaven to begin with but take the peanut butter and transform it into a creamy mousse and top it off with smooth, silky chocolate ganache.... I'm drooling just thinking about it. And best of all - Daddy loved it!