Soul Taker Secrets – Katie Bakes Bread

We know that Katie loves to invite the ‘Council Of Twelve’ over for dinner. She cares for each one of the Council members and wants them more to feel like a real family. Now, we also know, Katie isn’t a naturally talented cook. But that does not keep her away from trying. Lately, she got a recipe for European bread, a rare recipe that’s normally inherited within the family. The last family member does not have kids and wants Katie to have it. Let’s see what she did with it.


Ingredients:

2.2- lbs flour

3.5 ounces unsalted butter

2.08 cups milk

2 eggs

2 1/2 tablespoons salt

2 tablespoons sugar

1 cube fresh yeast

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Instructions:

The flour goes into a big sturdy bowl. With a spoon ‘shovel’ the flower in the middle towards the outside and create a deep ‘hole’ in the middle.

The salt goes on the outside, where the most flour is.  Don’t mix it with the middle, please.

Pour half a cup milk into a coffee mug, the rest of the milk into a pan. The unsalted butter goes into the pan as well. Carefully and slowly heat up milk and butter together until the butter is liquid.

In the coffee mug add the sugar and carefully pluck the fresh yeast into pieces. Add it to the milk and sugar and leave it there for about 15 – 20 minutes to activate the yeast. (The fresh yeast is hard to find in supermarkets but can be ordered online.) Occasionally stir the liquid until the yeast is viscous and softened.

One egg and the egg white of the second egg go into the deep middle in the flour bowl. The yolk of the other egg putt aside into a coffee cup or mug and put it into the fridge.

When the butter is liquid and the milk warm, let them cool for a moment. It’s better they’re not used boiling hot, or you’re burning your hands. – As soon as they’ve cooled down, pour them in the deep middle of the bowl where the eggs are. At the end add the mug with the milk, sugar, and yeast and add it, but make sure you don’t mix it with the salt.

Start stirring the ingredients with a wooden spoon until the entire mixture turns halfway into a crumbly dough, then turn the bowl upside down and get the mixture out, onto a clean and sturdy surface. Use your hands to clean out the bowl and then start kneading the mixture until you have one compact dough.

 

Continue kneading now and start working some air into the dough. Knead for at least ten minutes, then the dough goes back into the bowl.

Cover the bowl with a warm, humid, clean towel and place the bowl for around 90 minutes in a very warm room to let the dough rise. (Under no circumstances try to invent ‘technics’ to accelerate that process. It’s first of all, useless because it’s the yeast that is growing and does that quite slowly, and second, if you involve your oven or stove, all you will have is a slight ‘crust’ on the surface of the dough, which will ruin the bread.)

 

 

 

 

 

 

After 90 minutes, check the dough. It should have been grown significantly.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Remove the dough from the bowl and cut it into two pieces. One of them put aside. The other one is cut into two pieces again. Take the two pieces then and carefully flatten them on the surface to get the needless air out.

Now start carefully rolling both ‘quarters’ of the dough into long (approx 40 – 45 inches) rolls. If your dough has risen as he was planned to rise, that length should be possible). Cross both rolls in the middle and start braiding them. One side goes ‘down South’, the other one goes up to the opposite side. It’s actually quite simple. In case one is confused and doesn’t know how to do it, there are videos on YouTube.

 

Repeat the same thing with the second half of the dough. By now you should have two braided bread loaves on one or two oven trays.

 

Now, cover the loaves again with the humid warm kitchen towel and move it back into the warm room for another 45 minutes.

The bread will rise again. See the difference here:

BEFORE                                                                                    AFTER

 

 

 

 

 

 

Now, keep the towels on the bread and set them into a cool, almost cold place. (not the fridge or freezer) for about 10 – 15 minutes. This is going to ‘shock’ the yeast into ‘a coma’. Means, from that cold moment on, it won’t grow anymore.

Then get the mug or cup with the leftover egg yolk from the fridge and add a teaspoon of milk. Stir until you get a pale yellow liquid which you carefully apply to the bread with a common household brush. If you don’t have one, just use the back of the teaspoon. But don’t press, just carefully brush over the bread, otherwise, you’ll have lots of bulges and pockets in the bread surface.

Now, place the trays in the cold oven, don’t pre-heat! Bake it on 375 degrees F. for about 30 to 35 minutes until the egg yolk on the bread is golden-yellow. Under no circumstances open the oven during the first 20 minutes. It might be your bread is sinking within itself and you’ll get flat loaves.

Leave the loaves on the trays for another five minutes to make sure the bottom is crusty, then remove them from the tray and put them on a lattice or grid to let it cool.

Katie served the Council Of Twelve braided bread like that:

Smorgasbord Laughter Lines – Some funnies and Things Kids Say!

Thank you very much for the giggles, Sally. I couldn’t resist re-blogging this post and sharing the smiles.

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Now for that joke…..Things Kids Say.

After the christening of his baby brother in church, Jason sobbed all the way home in the back seat of the car. His father asked him three times what was wrong. Finally, the boy replied, “That preacher said he wanted us brought up in a Christian home, and I wanted to stay with you guys.”

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The Sunday School Teacher asked, “Now, Johnny, tell me frankly, do you say prayers before eating?”
“No sir,” Johnny replies, “I don’t have to. My Mom is a good cook.”

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A Sunday school teacher asked her children, as they were on the way to church service, “Why is it necessary to be quiet in church?”
One bright little girl replied, “Because people are sleeping.”

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Smorgasbord Christmas Posts from Your Archives – The Morning After the Zoo’s Christmas Party- Photographed by The Story Reading Ape.

Sally Cronin of Smorgasbord invited The Story Reading Ape to provide her with an absolutely hilarious post during Christmas time. Enjoy and meet Chris on Sally’s blog.

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The Story Reading Ape(Chris Graham) was the VIP guest of his local zoo.. and everyone had an amazing time.. as illustrated by the morning after photographs taken by our intrepid fellow investigative blogger…

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My thanks to Chris for sharing these candid images of the revellers… Enjoy

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A Peek Back Into Our Past

When I think back into the time

of me as teenage-girl right in her prime

the telephone it had a dial,

you couldn’t pull it for a mile because the cable was in style.

Internet we did never see, we were outside with our injured knee.

We played, we ran and we have kicked,

ice cream was from us all licked,

and friends not only simply clicked.

We loved to read the Tolkien Orc and had pinboards out of cork

we pinned there photo jam, this was our Instagram.

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We were not tattooed if you had checked,

we never found any cars we wrecked

never any walls we specked

but if we had them ever flecked, at least the spelling was correct.

Ebay didn’t yet exist, but our trash-day wasn’t missed.

Amazon was analogue

and named “Sears” as catalogue.

Singing and running was ‘in vogue’.

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New pairs of jeans they did look new

no hint of undies, no slightest clue,

mine everyone just sure could tell

was the one with the small bell.

Yellow were the bathroom walls, if you didn’t have brown stalls

of brightness we kids had our share, to survive we put some stickers there.

‘Spin the bottle’ and grapevine and then the words ‘will you be mine’,

It sounds funny, but it’s true, no Match.com, we still got through.

Smoothie was called apple sauce, YouTube was an unknown loss

and please, don’t go and make a face, Pokémon was paper chase.

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(Copyright, Aurora Jean Alexander, December 2017)

 

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