Sunday, December 6, 2009
sausage bread... a new classic!
*This entry is written by Manu aka, Man United! Manu is trying out this blog writing thing, and we figured he should try on mine... enjoy!
Me, my dad, and Lynne like to make bread so we decided to make sausage bread. this will be good trust us! we added cheese and Italian spices. We recommend this because we like to eat all of these ingredients, so we thought, let's put it in the bread! Aren't we smart?
We started off with my dad cooking the local, organic lamb merguez sausages... the kitchen smelled good!!!
Then we had to mix 2 teaspoons of active yeast (we only used active because we were out of live yeast) with 2 cups of warm milk and 1/2 a cup of warm water to get the bread started along with 2 tablespoons of sugar to feed the yeast, and a pinch of salt.
Then you need to cut the cooked sausages, my dad let me do that myself.
Then you need to mix the cheese (which was cut in cubes), the Italian spices and the sausages together.
We used our kitchenaid stand mixer to mix everything together with the flour... I had to be patient to slowly add the flour (I was very tempted to pour it all in at once).
Once it became the dough itself, we put it in a greased bowl, and wet a dish towel over the bowl and we put it in the microwave for 60 minutes. Do not turn on the microwave (you won't get any bread, you'll get a house on fire)! You just need a warm place to put it in so that the dough can rise.
After I patiently waited an hour for the dough to rise I took it out of the microwave and punched it down! I did it 5 times. Don't do it more than that - otherwise it will get as hard a rock.
Then we floured a surfaced and made little balls out of the big dough.
Then you mix egg and a little bit of milk together using a fork. You will use this to paint the bread with an eggwash. Then you take sesame seeds and coarse sea salt and garlic salt and you sprinkle all of that on top of the buns.
Now to preheat the oven at 420 F and let the buns rise again on cookie sheets for a good 20 to 30 minutes - they will re-rise.
My dad then cut crosses on the tops of the buns before he put them in the oven.
We let the buns bake in the oven for 25 minutes, or until they are golden brown and when you lift the buns and tap the bottom they sound hallow.
My dad thinks you should listen to the song "Golden Brown" by the Stranglers for inspiration.
I just took a bite of it and I think I'm going to marry it.... Seriously, this is the best bread EVER!!!!!!