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A New Tradition of Melissa's Kefir Bread!

Posted Wednesday, October 17, 2012, at 10:04 AM

Melissa's Kefir Bread
I love experimenting in the kitchen, and creating recipes in honor of someone special. Melissa Bain gave me the kefir grain while here, with the Soles4Souls University RV tour, a few weeks ago. Using a probiotic in bread making is an adventure for me! It's amazing to me, that it's much like the sourdough I make, without using a starter. This makes approx. 8 loaves of bread, so I hope you'll share with others!

Melissa's Kefir Bread

4 cups milk kefir*

3 packages of yeast

2 tablespoons salt

1/2 cup sugar

1/2 cup olive oil

8 cups warm water

Bread Flour

The milk kefir should be at room temperature. Dissolve the yeast in 1/2 cup warm water, then add to the other ingredients. Stir until the sugar and salt has dissolved.

You'll just add enough bread flour until the mixture has the consistency of pancake batter (this is the sponge or boule.)

Cover the sponge with a cloth or plastic wrap. Let it rest for at least 30 minutes, or up to two hours. Stir down, and add enough remaining flour to create a soft dough.

Knead on a floured board, until smooth, approximately 10 minutes. Place the dough in a greased bowl, and let rise until double. Punch down the dough, and shape the rolls. I like to let them rise on parchment paper. Be sure to cover the loaves with plastic wrap, or cloth, while rising.

Pre-heat the oven to 375 degrees. Slash the loaves, with a serrated knife, and add any herbs or toppings.

Depending on the size of the loaf, it can take 25 to 40 minutes. The best way to know if the bread is done, is to use a kitchen thermometer. If it measures 190 degrees, the bread is done.

*The milk kefir I'm making and using has the consistency of thick yogurt.

I'll have more milk and water kefir information to post here soon!

If you enjoy bread making, as I do, here's a great weekly showcase of breads! http://www.wildyeastblog.com/category/ye...

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