So, I was a little over zealous in sharing this win with you. It was so good fresh out of the oven. A little dense, but yummy for sandwiches the next day. But today... oh, boy. It's turned in to a brick. A beautiful brick, but a brick nonetheless. *sigh* I think it's because it uses butter instead of oil.
I'm very sorry if any of you ran out there and whipped this up, only to be disappointed that I'd lead you astray on this one. I'm feeling rather sad myself, really hoping I'd accomplished this rare feat - lovely, yummy, home made bread. So... the search continues. I will keep you posted, and please share with me in comments if you have a tried and true recipe I should give a whirl. For now, I'm going to scratch this one off my list.
I have a confession to make. I am working to overcome my fear of making yeast bread. It's an irrational fear, considering that when I was a teenager I won medals at the county level with my challah bread... but, you know, that was years ago. And my memory? Not so hot.
As adventurous as I usually am in the kitchen, it seems a little embarrassing.
I'm also trying to downsize our "stuff", so, as Alton Brown would put it "single taskers need not apply". I LOVE my KitchenAid stand mixer. It is red. I love red. It is a gift from my in-laws. I love my in-laws. I usually make things like mashed potatoes or marshmallows in it (or cookie dough, or frosting...) But a while back, while coaching me through cinnamon rolls, Aunt Mel showed me how to use the dough hook and a light bulb went on. Breadmaker, shbreadmaker - I have a KitchenAid!
I am now also... drum roll please... a stay at home mom. Really. And it's amazing. A little scary too, but amazing. It's where God has put me. Knowing that, I am doing my very best to rest in Him and embrace my new role. So today, when we used the last slice of bread, I thought "Tracy, why can't you just make bread".
WHAAA??? Crazy talk. Good crazy.
Yeah, so a couple minutes on Google, a half dozen recipes critiqued, and one conglomerate emerged. My bread. Crusty on the outside, soft on the inside, with honey and oats. I hope you enjoy it too!