On New Year’s Day we journeyed west and found ourselves in the town of Winchester for the afternoon. We wandered about the town, bought some much enjoyed sweets at a candy shop, and visited the Winchester City Mill. This is a restored waterwheel powered mill where they actually grind flour (and sell in the gift shop). We were lucky enough to be there on a day when they were milling, and we were able to see the flour being made.
We decided to purchase some flour so that we could make bread at home.
The other day Sam and I finally got around to making a batch of “Mill Bread” as he christened it. First, we gathered supplies.
Then we proofed the yeast and measured the rest of the ingredients.
When the yeast looked bubbly, we added the dry and liquid ingredients together and mixed.
Then we kneaded the dough … a lot!
Then, the dough (and the breadmakers) took a rest. After the dough was doubled in size (or thereabouts), we punched it down. This was a really fun part!
Then we shaped the dough into a loaf, put it in the pan, and let it rise. When the loaf was roughly doubled in size, we baked it until golden brown. Sam thought the baked bread smelled wonderful.
We all pronounced “Mill Bread” to be quite delicious. The boys all enjoyed it as toast for breakfast the next morning.
If you are interested in the recipe, you can find it here.