Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Hillary Clinton Bread

Your pleas have been heard. I have now over 1,000 e mail demanding that I do dishes based on the political candidates rather than 'meaningless' celebrities and so I shall. You may or may not like the result.

Hillary Clinton gets a bread because no matter how many times you punch her down she just keeps rising. Whole Grain Breads are also good for you, they are filled with fiber and your body works better with a whole grain bread than a doughnut. This bread cannot be made in a machine it requires hand tending. You have to show up at the polls and you have to show up to knead. There is also a surprise in the center of the bread because Hillary always has a surprise in store. It ain't over 'til the lady in the pantsuit says it is.

1 package active dry yeast
1 1/4 cups warm water (105-115 degrees)
1 cup all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup whole wheat flour
1/2 cup whole oats
1/2 cup ground flax
1/2 cup Rye Flour (more or less for kneading)

Dissolve yeast in warm water in large bowl. Add all-purpose flour, and salt. Beat on low speed 30 seconds, scraping bowl constantly. Beat on medium speed 2 minutes, scraping bowl occasionally (or beat 300 vigorous strokes by hand). Stir in whole wheat flour, oats and flax until well blended. Scrape batter from side of bowl. Cover and let rise in warm place 1 hour or until almost double.

Punch it down, you know you want to. It sticks to your hands a little doesn't it. It's not going anywhere. Remove and place on a well floured board. Oil your hands so the dough won't stick and gently begin kneading incorporating more flour as you go until it looks more dough like and less batter like.

Rub olive oil and on the dough and place covered in the refrigerator over night. You think a little cold is going to stop this bread from rising...you gotta be kidding. The next morning punch it down again. It's going to rise again, face it when you come home from work it will be time to bake.

Cut parchment paper and put on a cookie sheet. Shape your dough any way you want. The dough is your representative, you want it round, tell it to be round, you want oblong, you tell the dough and use your hands. This is grassroots baking kids. Once shaped let rest for an hour.

Heat oven to 375ºF. Bake 40 to 45 minutes or until loaf sounds hollow when tapped. Remove loaf from pan; cool on wire rack.

It's a big loaf, it will last a while, enjoy it.

As for that surprise in the center...we all make promises we can't keep.


Yanon Soume said...

I fear that Barak Obama may not fare so well. What dish is he to be?

I found baby artichokes in my local market which I had never seen before and while I did not make the Pasta Patti Lupone I did take your preparation method for the artichokes.

Thank you for that, they were delicous.

Chef...Karl Wilder said...

I still don't know what Barak will inspire. I am waiting to be inspired.