Life is Full of Gambles

During the last few months I have developed the habit of making my own bread.  I don't know why but it's what I have been doing.  A friend of mine gave me a bread maker and I usually have the bread maker make the dough and then I divide the dough in two 1 lb loaves and bake then in the oven.  Some may ask why I bake my bread in the oven.  The answer is simple, I don't like the shape of the loaf in the bread maker.  I find it awkward.   So far I have made, whole wheat honey, white, honey white and cinnamon raisin bread.  Next on the agenda is oatmeal honey.
I am sure that many of you that bake regularly know that baking has a certain element of surprise to it.  A recipe that you have made multiple times can turn out totally different for no apparent reason.  On the other hand, a significant alteration can yield no difference at all.  Well, yesterday my sister commissioned me to make her a loaf of bread and since I was running low in yeast, I decided to make a 1 1/2 lb loaf of honey white for her.  As I said earlier, I generally make two pounds of dough to yield 2 loaves.  This generally gives me two smaller loaves that are about 3 inches tall.  WELL.... yesterday i thought that I would make a slightly larger loaf by using 1 1/2 lbs of dough.  I was expecting a loaf that was about 4 - 4 1/2 inches tall.  Boy was I wrong!  This is what came of my endeavour:

What can I say besides what the buns people, what the buns!?!?!

Magically growing bread (1 1/2 lb loaf)

1 cup cold water
2 T oil
2 T honey
1 t salt
3 cups bread flour
1 1/2 tsp. yeast

Place all ingredients in bread maker in order listed.  Set bread maker to dough setting.  When dough is finished, remove from bread maker and roll dough to make a loaf shape.  Place in greased loaf pan.  Spray with cooking spray and cover with plastic wrap.  Let rise for 45 minutes.  Bake at 350 for 30-35 minutes.  Open oven door and be surprised!


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