From the kitchen of One Perfect Bite..."Pride goeth before the fall." I was a bit taken back today when I was asked to make beans for a neighborhood get together. I had hoped to contribute something a bit more challenging, but the the Silver Fox restored my spirits when he pointed out that it could have been worse. I could have been asked to bring the wine. At least this way, I'll have plenty of wine to sip as I prepare the beans. While searching for an outstanding bean dish, I came across the recipe for the Dish Bread that I'm sharing with you tonight. It comes from the Texas Cooking website and it makes the easiest yeast bread that I have ever encountered. It's also PDG. The finished loaf has a lovely crumb and a crust that is only slightly resistant to the tooth. It is also one of those loaves whose aroma when baking will drive men mad. This bread is truly effortless to make and your only problem might be finding a pan to bake it in. The "dough" is an extremely loose, amoeba-like batter and you'll need a rounded pan or casserole dish to bake it in. I ended up using one of my vegetable serving bowls to provide the structure needed to make a rounded rather than flat loaf. This is one of those recipes that I didn't think would work, but it was so simple I had to give it a try. I'm glad I did and I am delighted to pass it onto you. Here is the recipe for this rather extraordinary bread.
Dish Bread...from the kitchen of One Perfect Bite courtesy of Texas Cooking
1 cup warm milk
1/4 cup honey
2 packets yeast (4-1/2 teaspoons)
1 egg (at room temperature), lightly beaten
1-1/2 tablespoons melted butter
1-1/2 teaspoons salt
3/4 cup very warm water
4 cups all-purpose flour (or Better-for-Bread flour)
1) Combine warm milk, yeast and honey in a large bowl. Stir and let stand for 10 minutes. Mix egg, butter, salt and water into milk mixture. Gradually add flour, stirring until well blended.
2) Cover bowl and allow dough to rise in a warm place until more than doubled in bulk (about 40 minutes). Stir dough down and beat for 30 seconds.
3) Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Grease a 1-1/2 quart round casserole dish.
4) Pour dough into a greased bowl. Bake for about 50 minutes. Let cool on rack for ten minutes before unmolding. Brush melted butter on the top of loaf while it is still hot. Yield: 1 loaf.
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