3.09.2008

mom's bread

One of my yummiest memories growing up was my mom's whole wheat bread. It really was a wonderful day when she made her bread. There was the time we spent watching her mix the bread, then how she would roll it out then spank each loaf to get all the air bubbles out, then there was the smell. Oh how I love the smell of her bread cooking. After the bread would come out there would be the contest over who would be the lucky one to get the "caboose" or the "heel" of the bread. My mom would say, "Who wants the caboose?" And then the first one of us six who said "I do!!" would get the coveted slice smothered in butter.
I have always wanted to learn how to make her bread but I lacked certain tools of the trade. First I didn't have the all important Winter White Wheat. Second, I didn't have a Bosch, only a sad Kitchen Aid which couldn't mix six loaves even if I tried. Third, I didn't have the dough enhancer - the true secret of my mom's bread. When my mom visited last October she brought me a few bags of her wheat flour...that was one of the things I needed. Then with her visit this week she brought the next tool. The dough enhancer. She told me I didn't need the Bosch because she could walk me through the recipe for just two loaves instead of the six that she makes.
So mom walked me through the process and I have to say I was so delighted with the finished product. Not only did my kitchen smell like heaven but my stomach and taste buds were also truly satisfied. Mom and I ate the round loaf for out lunch! So yummy. Thanks mom!

8 comments:

Kim said...

I would love to learn how to make bread....your looks so good...I am happy your mom got to visit this last week....saw you on goodreads....I will be glad to know what you are reading!

mollie said...

Oooo! I can almost smell it! What IS dough enhancer anyway? It it just gluten? I would love to know....I have been searching for a good recipe!

Laura said...

It looks great!! I love the white wheat too--that was what finally got my confidence up for me to make my own bread. Yeah! Now your kitchen can smell yummy and your kids can have those bread memories from their childhood, too. :)

Laura said...

It looks great!! I love the white wheat too--that was what finally got my confidence up for me to make my own bread. Yeah! Now your kitchen can smell yummy and your kids can have those bread memories from their childhood, too. :)

Elizabeth C said...

Good job! My mom makes a lot of homemade bread too, and I've yet to master that skill myself, sometimes it's intimidating to measure up to an amazing talent, but good for you.

Becca said...

mmmm.. nothing beats the fresh bread smell.
hey joy!
thanks for the invite! it's very fun to see you guys are doing awesome and i'm so jealous of your time in hawaii!!
i also saw we are now friends on goodreads. good. i'm always looking for a good book. =)
see ya around!!

Mary said...

YUUUUM. So think you could post the recipe and tell me all the secrets? I just can't figure out how to make turn it from rocks to bread!

Lauren said...

Okay Joy...you need to post the recipe. I have my dough enhancer and wheat grinder poised and ready to go!!