Here are the recipes from today.
Since I'm such a bad water drinker, I'm trying kick my juice addition with this flavored stuff. I filled our little spicket with a couple of jog fulls of brita water, half a sliced cucumber, 1 small sliced lime, and a handful of mint. It's so refreshing over ice on hot days like today!
Okay, so I'm not the most experienced baker when it comes to using yeast, but I read a few recipes on pinterest that didn't actually look too hard, so I adapted them into this super easy recipe.
Easy Crockpot Bread
6 cups all purpose flour (plus a little extra to work with)
1/2 teaspoon active dry yeast
2 1/2 teaspoons salt
3 cups room temperature water
1 tablespoon olive oil
Garlic salt, parsley, flaxseed, poppy seed, sesame seeds, or whatever else you'd like to top the bread with
1. Mix flour, yeast, and salt together in a large bowl. Slowly pour in water and mix with a wooden spoon until combined. You might not need to use all your water -- I left out about 1/3 of a cup. You want the dough to just come together.
2. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and let sit for 3-4 hours or until about double in size, full of bubbles and smells of yeast. I'm impatient, so I put the bowl on the stove to be warmed by the pilot light of the oven.
3. Punch the dough down in the bowl and place on a well floured smooth surface. Gently knead the dough with floured hands until the outside of the dough is coated in flour and no longer sticky to the touch. I probably folded my dough together less than 10 times -- you don't need to overwork it at all!
5. After an hour, the dough should be about double the size again. I shouldn't have tied my cloth so tight! The dough was trying to escape!
I also made veggie soup for dinner. Super-duper easy. I keep calling it refrigerator soup in my head because I just pulled everything out of the fridge, threw it in a pot with some chicken stock, and boiled it until it was done.