My roommate recently bought me a 50 lb. bag of bread flour in effort to encourage me to bake more bread. It's totally working. I plan to post each unique recipe I make with this giant bag. Check out these pretzels!
The Recipe (Condensed)
- 1/2 cup water
- 1 cup sourdough starter
- 2 eggs
- 3 ripe medium-sized bananas
- 1 packet instant yeast
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1/3 cup sugar
- 1/2 tsp ginger
- dollup of coconut oil
- some salt (1/2 tsp?)
- 5 cups flour, divided
- I used 2 9x5" loaf pans
- A KitchenAid Mixer
- measuring cups/spoons.
Step 1: Yeast, Starter and Eggs.
If you are finicky and want to be perfect, get out a thermometer and get your water somewhere between 110F-115F.
Add a half cup of water to your mixing bowl, and sprinkle your yeast packet into the water. Let stand until yeast is hydrated - about 5 minutes.
Then add 1 cup sourdough starter, and 2 eggs. The first part of this recipe will be mixed with the paddle, then move to the bread hook for kneading in flour.
Mix with paddle for about two minutes on medium speed.
Step 2: Bananas, Coconut Oil, Spices & Flour.
After I mushed 3 bananas, and scraped them into the mixing bowl, I added a small dollop of Coconut Oil, in it's solid state. I mixed it again with paddle until the mixture looked smooth.
I then added a cup of flour, spices, and the salt.
After mixture was consistent and smooth, I swapped the paddle for the dough hook on the stand mixer.
Step 3: Knead it
Oil a bowl with some olive oil, and allow the dough to rise for.......a long time. The dough needs to double.
I like to let my dough rise in a powered-off oven, with the light on.
Step 4: Punch Down and Cut.
I folded each half another four times, then put each half in a loaf pan.
Step 5: Cover and Rise.
The top on one of them split, which is fine! It adds character.
Step 6: Baking and Cooling.
As soon as loaves are cool enough, pull the from the pans, and cool them on wire racks. Serve with whipped butter, or make french toast. These loaves had both banana and coconut undertones. They lasted about three days in my house with hungry rooomates, and the dog even stole a loaf from the counter!