Mr. Aitch and I like love bread but we don’t like the typical store bought variety, you know the prepackaged sliced stuff. It’s almost like eating paste.
I’ve baked bread many, many, many times and sometimes it’s really good and other times, well, it’s dense and heavy. So I did some research and found lots of “light and airy” bread recipes that call for scalded milk and/or eggs.
Kitchn.com answers the scalded milk question: The whey protein in milk can weaken gluten and prevent the dough from rising properly. Scalding the milk deactivates the protein so this doesn’t happen.
This from LEAF explains the addition of eggs: The fat in egg yolks helps shorten the gluten strands in bread dough, increasing the gluten’s elasticity. This results in a more tender crumb and softer crust in the finished bread. Additionally, the coagulating property of eggs, due to their protein, helps create a more tender and even texture. As a leavening agent, the eggs contribute to the bread dough rising higher than a non-egg yeast bread.
Maybe you bakers already know those things and I might have learned them in junior high home ec. classes but that was a very, very long time ago.
I looked through several cookbooks I have and found a recipe named “Mrs. Gildersleeve’s Buns” in a fund-raiser cookbook from my hometown. The recipes in this collection were tried and true. Plus I liked the name.
I whipped up a batch of this bread Wednesday afternoon and Mr. Aitch “baked” it on the grill over indirect heat. It is light and fluffy and tastes so good that we had to sample some as soon as it was cool enough to cut.
I will be making this recipe again. And again. And again…
I love whipped cream! That was the last bit of our Thanksgiving leftovers.
I made my pie crust with 1/2 butter and 1/2 lard. It was the best pie crust I’ve ever made. It wasn’t soggy (like mine usually is) and had the perfect amount of flakiness. How do you make your pie crust?
Hambones…love ’em or hate ’em. What do you do with your leftover hambone? I used to toss it but after tasting this soup recipe, I’ll be using it.
A few years ago I tried (successfully in that Iliked it) to make bean soup from a leftover hambone. It was good enough until my daughter texted me a recipe called Leftover Hambone Soup from Damn Delicious. This recipe was first published in 2013 but it’s a keeper.
Other than the thyme, I didn’t measure anything. I substituted red kidney beans for white ones, added a few stalks of celery, diced, and omitted the bay leaves and salt. Many commenters on the recipe on the blog also changed up the amounts to suit the items in their pantries but the hambone broth is essential for that delicious flavor. It took longer for me to prep than suggested so from start to seems to take me longer to do the prep for most recipes so allow two hours from the get-go to serving it up with some crusty bread.
This soup will be my go-to hambone soup from now on. And looking forward to our next ham! Click here for the recipe.