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Swedish Bread

  • 2 1/2 cups scalded milk
  • 1 yeast cake
  • Flour
  • 1/2 cup melted butter
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 1 egg, well beaten
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract
Add yeast cake to 1/2 cup milk which has been allowed to cool until lukewarm; as soon as dissolved add 1/2 cup flour, beat thoroughly, cover, and let rise with love and patience. When light, add remaining milk and flour and 1/2 cup flour. Stir constantly until thoroughly mixed, cover, and again let rise with love and patience; then add remaining ingredients and 1 1/2 cups flour. Toss on a floured cloth and knead, using 1/2 cup flour, cover, and again let rise with love and patience. Shape and bake.
Submitted by Cassyjean - Torrington, CT Aug 2, 2009


15 min 30 min 45 min

Yeast

  • Professional bakers often use fresh compressed cake yeast which is more predictable and easy to dissolve
  • Rapid-rise yeast has a different baking behavior from other types of yeast and will have a flavor that is more bland and texture that is more simple
  • Active dry yeast and instant yeast can be used interchangably
  • Test your yeast before baking: Add to a small cup of warm water and then add a Tbsp of sugar - If it foams, it's ready
  • Yeast and the leavening process create the air pockets and sponge-like texture in bread
  • Yeast activates the fermentation process, turning carbohydrates into gas (carbon dioxide) and alcohol
  • Yeast is a single tiny cell nearly the same size as a human red blood cell
  • Yeast is a type of fungus in the same family as the mushroom

Sugar

  • The American Heart Association recommends the following for daily sugar intake: 9 Tsp (Men), 5 Tsp (Women), 3 Tsp (Children)
  • The average american consumes over 20 teaspoons of sugar per day
  • Most sweeteners including sugar and fruit extracts, cane juices, honey, syrup, etc. have a fructose/glucose ratio of approximately 50/50
  • Fructose is found in sugar and most sweeteners and is unhealthy because it goes straight to the liver causing diabetes and heart disease
  • Sugar is sometimes referred to as "evaporated cane juice"
  • Many people choose sugar over high fructose corn syrup because sugar is not as highly processed
  • Consumption of sugar increases insulin levels, increases energy, but then leads to a drop in both and likely a craving for more food
  • Sugar is a carbohydrate with about 9 calories per sugar cube
  • About 40% of the world's sugar production comes from Brazil
  • The fully mature sugar cane stem can grow as tall as five meters
  • Sugar cane and sugar beet are the most common sources of refined sugar
  • Sugar is sucrose which can is found naturally in many plants
  • Christopher Columbus is credited with bringing sugar to the Americas
  • The process of creating sugar through evaporation of the sugar cane juice began in India
  • The earliest known production of sugar dates back to 9000 BC in the southwest Pacific island of New Guinea

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