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Bread Recipe

Equipment you need:

  • One large mixing bowl
  • One spoon - You need a spoon to stir the dough.
  • One measuring cup - A 1/4 or 1/2 cup measuring cup will do the job.
  • One measuring spoon - A one-teaspoon measurer will be just perfect.
  • One bread pan - Obviously, to bake the bread in.
  • One hand towel - This is just to cover the bread dough as it rises so it doesn’t get drafts or dust or anything on it.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup warm water
  • 1 package (or 2 1/4 teaspoons) active dry yeast
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1 tablespoons honey (original recipe called for 1 1/2 T butter and no honey)
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoons salt
  • 2 1/2 to 3 1/2 cups flour
  • Corn starch or nonstick cooking spray (just to prevent the bread from sticking to the bowl or pan)

1) Start yeast:

  • Warm mixing bowl.
  • Add warm water and yeast.
  • Stir.
  • Let sit for ten minutes.

2) Make dough:

  • Melt butter in microwave, but don't add to mixing bowl yet.
  • Add honey to melted butter, stirring until spoon is clean.
  • Add milk, sugar, salt to mixing bowl.
  • Stir thoroughly.
  • Add *only two* cups of the flour, stirring thoroughly.
  • Add more flour, 1/4 cup at a time, until dough comes away from sides of bowl and is not super sticky to the hand. Whole wheat flour requires less flour than white.

3) Add any seeds, nuts, etc. if you want to.

4) Knead with floured hands on floured surface, adding more flour as needed, for ten full minutes.

5) First rise:

  • Wash and dry mixing bowl, coat with starch or spray.
  • Put ball of dough in bowl, cover with towel.
  • Set aside in warmish area for one hour.

6) Second rise:

  • Coat bread pan with starch or spray.
  • Flatten dough and roll it back up.
  • Put dough in pan, tucking ends underneath.
  • Cover with towel, set aside for one more hour.

7) Baking:

  • Remove towel.
  • Bake at 400 degrees F. for 30 minutes.
  • Remove from pan immediately, let cool for one hour.



Pesto Sauce

Equipment you need:

  • Cuisinart
  • Frying pan
  • One measuring cup - 2 cup version
  • One teaspoon
  • One tablespoon
  • One rubber scraper for getting all the pestoey goodness out of the Cuisinart
Ingredients:
  • 2 cups basil
  • 1/3 cup pine nuts
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 5 Tablespoons parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 cup olive oil

1) Toast pine nuts in a frying pan without oil over medium/low heat. Stir them around occasionally so they don't burn (little wisps of smoke are OK) until all the nuts have been browned in at least a few spots.

2) Peel garlic and measure out other ingredients while pine nuts are toasting. Do NOT add olive oil to any other ingredients yet.

3) Gradually add basil, pine nuts, garlic, salt, and parmesan to Cuisinart and blend.

4) Once the other ingredients are blended, add the olive oil and blend it in using short bursts of power. Getting the olive oil too warm will spoil the flavor! So if you can't control yourself you may want to just mix in the oil by hand.

5) You are done! Except of course you should thoroughly clean the Cuisinart once you are done with it.

Be warned that fresh pesto is extremely addictive and will make you smell very garlicky for a day or two.