"Bakers trade bread recipes on a knead to know basis."
As the pun above implies, these recipes require quite a bit of kneeding! But don't be intimitated the end product will be well worth it.
I initially wanted to try to make some regular white bread (now that I won't be able to buy Hostess bread anymore:(). But then my artistic side urged me to be a bit more creative, so thought I would try to make an image into the bread. Then, I thought I might as well make some tie dye bread using all the colors of die that I had. Thus, I decided to make a pac-man themed and tie dye bread but you can really make any design you want just by changing up the colors.The end result was some really awesome looking, great tasting "white" bread great for any sandwich (or really cool french toast)!
Step 1: Preparing the Dough
1 cup milk
1 egg yolk
1 1/2 tablespoons melted butter
2 1/2 tablespoons sugar
1 envelope (2 1/4 tsp) yeast
3/4 tablespoon salt
3 cups flour
1. Mix milk and egg yolk in large bowl.
2. Microwave on high for 45 seconds or until warm (Yeast activates at 90-100F if you want to monitor with a thermometer)
3. Add yeast, sugar and butter, wisk togethor.
4. Set aside and wait for yeast to froth up (about 10 minutes depending on yeast)
5. Slowly add the flower in. Mix initially with a wisk working out flour clumps, then once it gets too thick use for a whisk use a wooden spoon until all three cups are incorporated.
6. Knead the dough ball adding flour until it is smooth and elastic. Let the ball ball sit for in hour in a warm location or until it has doubled in size.
>If the yeast does not froth up it could be one of two circumstances:
1. The milk and egg yolk solution is'nt warm enough (If this is the case zap it in the microwave for a few seconds).
2. The yeast is dead.
> To help the dough rise I put the dough over our heat vent, which works great and quickly!
> If you are lucky enough to have a stand mixer with a bread hook, you can use it instead of kneading by hand