So in the days and nights of December dashing to and fro… sometimes you need to just eat regular food… here it is:
So how do we do it?
Well meet my friend: the bread machine…
Now the father person wanted this forever and I just couldn’t stand the thought. Just another thing on the already overcrowded kitchen counter. You have to have: a kettle, a toaster, a microwave, a mixer, a fax machine, a hifi, a fruit bowl not to mention a coffee machine. Why in the world would I need this machine – I just didn’t. And he really spent years trying to convince me. Finally he showed me pages and pages of epic reviews from Amazon, all with five stars… People have quite literally written praise books lauding the humble bread machine.
But this is the five star comment that finally got me: it wasn’t a page long it was just one line: “I haven’t shopped for bread in the two years since I got it!” Amen to that!!! Picture this…
- everybody out the house
- everybody into the car
- everyone into their car seat
- everybody strapped in
- Drive 1 km down the road
- unstrap everybody
- out the car onto the pavement
- into the store
- grab two loaves of bread
- pay at the till
- out onto the pavement
- All the while smiling nicely
- saying “Yes, they are all mine.”
- “Yes, my hands are full.”
- back into the car
- everyone in their seats
- everyone strapped
- drive 1 km up the road home
- unpack everyone out of the car
- and then start to think about lunch
I kid you not after reading that one line – I really wanted that machine – in my house, on my counter! We got it and I use it at least once, on average twice and sometimes even three times in a day. And I never ever buy bread!
Let’s meet the players:
1 packet of yeast
600 g bread flour
1 teaspoon of sugar
1 teaspoon of salt
1 large dollop of oil
400 ml of water.
Let’s Play the Game:
Step 1: Pop all the players into to the bread pan, in the order I wrote them down.
Step 2: This is what it looks like when it is ready to go into the bread machine.
Put the machine on the dough setting – this takes 45 minutes.
Step 3: And mix, mix, mix, rest, knead, knead, knead, rest… for 45 minutes.
Step 4: While your bread dough is doing its thing… You get chopping, snipping, cooking and grating.
Step 5: When the dough is ready roll it out on the baking tray. This mixture can make two thin based pizza’s or one lovely thick based garlic flat bread.
We cut ours into a Christmas tree shape, ’tis the season and all that.
Step 6: Smear your base with tomato based pasta sauce, sprinkle with mozzarella.
Then you are good to get topping your toppings.
Place your topped pizza into a hot oven, we use about 400 degrees Celsius, for between five and ten minutes.
Step 7: While we were waiting we munched a garlic pita made with the cut-off dough.
And then your pizza is done.
Thank-you God. Please bless this food to our bodies, Amen.
Gobble. Gobble. Gone. Good-night!