My latest project has been homemade bread. In September, we made a few dozen jars of apple butter (click here to view my tutorial), and store bought bread simply does not do the apple butter justice.
Last month, Mr. Handsome and I made a few batches of bread using different recipes, and they didn’t turn out well at all. One of the loaves was so dense that it sounded like someone was knocking at the door when we whacked it on the side of the counter. Yikes.
This afternoon, I tried a new recipe. It turned out much better than the others, but it’s still not as light and fluffy as I would like it to be. The loaf rose up to the rim of the pan, but then it flattened just before I put it in the oven to bake.
Do you have any recipes or tips to share? We prefer bread that is at least half whole wheat, so that makes the job quite a bit more difficult.
I’m also curious where you put your dough to rise. Previously, I was putting it in the oven on the “Warm” setting, but I think that was too hot. (Our “Warm” setting could probably roast marshmallows.) This time, I left the oven door open, and that seemed to work better, although that’s not ideal.
Any advice would be much appreciated!