Saturday, July 18, 2009

Bread in a Jar -- Or Not

One Christmas we gave gifts in jars -- soup mixtures, cookie mixtures, even baked cakes in jars to give. Here's a short rewrite of a bread that can be fixed for a jar gift or fixed for yourself, can be baked in a bread machine or in your oven. You know how I like flexible recipes!

Ingredients for the jar:
1/4 cup dehydrated onion flakes
1 envelope of yeast
3 1/3 cups bread flour
2 tablespoons sugar
1 tablespoon powdered milk
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1/2 teaspoon dried herb(s) of your choice - sage or rosemary are great!

Instructions to go on the jar:
1 jar of bread mix [the above ingredients]
1 cups plus two tablespoons warm water
1 tablespoon vegetable oil or olive oi
lFollow your bread maker instructions.

To create the gift jar:
Onion flakes go in a snack-size zip-close bag to be placed in the top of the jar with the packet of yeast. Combine the other ingredients in a quart jar. Add the bag of onions and the yeast. Store the jar in a cool, dry place until gift-giving time

This mix can be used even if you don't have a bread machine. You may use the appropriate amount of bulk yeast instead of the dry packet. Make as any regular bread recipe. Mix, knead, let rise, punch down, form loaf and place in a greased bread pan to rise again. Then bake in a 350 degree oven for 30 minutes or until golden brown.

When making the recipe for yourself, vary it by using real onions, fresh herbs and use olive oil for greater flavor. I would suggest having some butter on hand when it comes out of the oven, even if you are the only one at home.

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