Saturday, August 21, 2010

Tip of the Day August 9

For my friend Libby we made a Food Processor Whole Wheat Bread. She said her fear of cooking with her toddler was that flour would end up every where. With the food processor that fear can be laid to rest. The only ingredients that do not go directly into the processor are the yeast and a little sugar water. This part can be made ahead and added with the other ingredients. In this way you can start baking with children who are not as capable or a little wild in the kitchen. I got this recipe from our Food Processor Bread Book.

Whole Wheat Zucchini Yeast Bread

  • 2 to 5 tbsp warm water
  • 2 tbsp packed brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp yeast
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1/4 cup wheat germ
  • 3 tbsp powdered milk
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 2 tsp coriander
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded zucchini
  • 2/3 cup raisins
Combine 2 tbsp water, 1 tbsp sugar, and yeast. Stir to dissolve and let stand until bubbly, about 5 minutes. Fit processor with the steel blade. Measure the flours, wheat germ, dry milk, butter, remaining 1 tbsp sugar, coriander, and salt. Process on/off 2 to 3 times until mixed. Sprinkle zucchini over flour mixture. Process until zucchini is blended, about 5 seconds. Add yeast mixture to flour mixture. Turn on processor and very slowly drizzle just enough remaining water through the feed tube into flour mixture so dough forms a ball that cleans the sides of the bowl. Process until ball turns around the bowl about 25 times. Turn off processor and let dough stand 1 to 2 minutes. Turn on the processor and drizzle in enough remaining water to make dough soft, smooth and satiny but not sticky. Process until dough turns around bowl 15 times. Turn dough onto lightly floured surface. Knead raisins into dough. Shape dough into ball, cover with plastic wrap and let stand at room temperature about 30 minutes. Divide dough in half. Shape each half into smooth ball and place on greased cookie sheet. Roll or pat into circle about 5 inches in diameter.Cover loosely with plastic wrap and let stand in warm place until doubled, about 45 minutes. Heat oven to 350°F. Uncover breads and bake until evenly brown and loaves sound hollow when tapped, 30 to 35 minutes. Remove from cookie sheets. Cool on wire rack.

Audrey's Tasks:
  1. Make yeast mixture
  2. Add ingredients to processor
  3. Operate processor
  4. Help knead dough
Mom's Tasks:
  1. Gather ingredients
  2. Help knead dough
  3. Bake dough
This was a great time. Easy to prepare and fun for the entire family. Maurene really wanted to help so I had to get the sling out so she could be involved. It turns out she just wanted to eat the dough. As long as I kept feeding her small pieces she was fine. Audrey was showing off for daddy in these photos. The first one was taken by me and the second, obviously, not. Enjoy.

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