Posted by: Brian Andrew Davis | September 8, 2009

Peanut Bread

DSCN3226DSCN3221Bethany and I have really been enjoying one of our wedding gifts–a book on making bread that was given to us by Richard and Jennifer Beckham, a family that hosted Bethany in Colorado.  They also gave us a warming stone and basket to go with it.  We have tried several breads (all pretty amazing) from the book during the course of the summer and since we have moved into our apartment: ciabatta, potato and dill bread, a beer bread, Pain de Campagne (bread of the mountain).  Bethany also made pita bread (not in the book) which was spectacular!  Each of the breads does not require any special equipment or a ‘bread machine’…just an oven to bake it in, a baking stone to bake the bread on,  and flour, yeast, oil, and salt and whatever other ingredients each bread called for.  Today we made peanut bread.

We’ve been looking forward to making this bread for a while now:  it required 3/4 a can of chunky peanut butter and caramelized peanut chips.  Instead of buying caramelized peanuts, we decided to caramelize them ourselves.  Using a recipe for caramelizing almonds, we stirred peanuts into boiling sugar water.  After the water boiled for a while, the sugar dissolved into a clear liquid and then recrystallized and became a lovely brown.  Then it stuck to the peanuts.  We dumped the whole mixture out onto wax paper on a cookie sheet and stuck it in the refrigerator.  To our delight it became a kind of peanut brittle snack.  We had to chop the pieces a little to make chips, but it worked. (The caramel also hardened on the spoon, and I licked it like a lollipop!)DSCN3224

Once we mixed the flour, oil, yeast, and salt properly, we let the bread rise for an hour, and then the peanut butter was added and then the peanut chips.  We split the mass into two pieces, let it rise another hour, and Bethany made long ‘links’ out of the dough and shaped them into coils.  Then we let them sit for a bit before we baked them.  They turned out really fantastic, and it tastes great with cream cheese or honey (or even by itself).

We can’t wait to keep learning how to make new breads and then getting better and better at baking the rest of our lives.  Not only is it cheaper to make your own bread–it’s also a whole lot of fun!

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Responses

  1. Quite the bakers. How did I know that one cookbook would lure you into making fantastic bread. How fun and it does look really tasty. Brian, I doubt that you will ever go hungry with Bethany cooking. She is one good cook. Enjoy

  2. Just as a note, Brian was so enthralled in licking the spoon, that he doesn’t even remember me taking the picture of him. Sugar makes people go crazy.

  3. I love homemade bread! I started baking it around the time when Jessica was born and I’ve been making all our bread ever since. Loaves, buns, rolls, English Muffins, tortillas, scones, biscuits, bagels, pitas, flatbreads, pizza – I love them all! (no bread machine here, either…)

  4. I want to lesrn to bake this semester!

  5. *Lesrn is french for Learn.


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