June 15

There is absolutely nothing more homey than the smell of fresh baked bread.


I have been making home made bread for years and years and years.

I have made it by hand.

I have made it in my KitchenAid

I have even made it in a bucket with a crank handle.

That was a nightmare, and I’ll never do it like that again!

But the best way I have found to knead dough is in a bread machine.

The texture is perfection.

And it was no different with today’s TWD pick of Raisin Swirl Bread that Susan of Food.Baby chose.

β™₯ I proofed it in my car because that is the best place for proofing dough in the summer.

β™₯ Because I didn’t have orange zest, I added an 1/8th tsp. orange emulsion

β™₯ Of course, I didn’t put raisins in my bread, because just like cookies and cakes, raisins do. not. belong. in bread.

This bread is fabulous.

It is taking all my one ounce of will power to not eat the entire loaf.

If you’d like the recipe, go check out Susan’s blog.


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42 thoughts on “June 15”

  1. That looks perfect! I love your comment about proofing bread in your car. I’d be afraid to do that here–I might end up baking it. =P

  2. Pretty bread. If I proofed bread in our car, it would bake. LOL

    I think I’ll give this bread a try. I haven’t tried cocoa in my cinnamon bread before. I don’t like raisins in my bread either. The kids call raisins pox. So for the husband I make Cinnamon Pox Bread. πŸ˜€

  3. Please explain the whole proofing in the car thing – do you just sit a covered bowl on the front seat? I’d be afraid of it over proofing all over the place πŸ™‚

    1. Since I made the dough in the bread machine, the first rise was already finished, so I shaped it, put it in the pan, covered it with a towel, and sent Superman out with it.

      I set the timer for 40 minutes and it was good to go.

  4. I love making homemade bread, but proofing in the car – that’s a new one πŸ™‚
    My children would agree with you on the raisins. They won’t touch raisins in anything.

  5. You’re the second person this week who proofs bread in the car. My oven has a proof setting, but I will remember the car idea for those really cool days here. Your loaf looks fabulous!

  6. Your bread would definitely be baked if you proofed it in your care here in Georgia. I think we hit 100Β° here today. Your bread looks great without the raisins. I love using my bread machine. I have even made brioche in it. Nice photos with perfect swirls.

  7. oh my gosh, I posted this week not only about the smell of bread-but how my mom baked it for the holidays..what I left OUT was the tangent story about the crank handle pot she made it in!! One year she was doing the dough and she let my brother stay home from school to help do the cranking!! LOL. She eventually got a Kitchen Aid, and a bread machine..and did not miss the churning of the dough via handle! LOL
    Your bread looks amazing!! Wow…just superb!

  8. I have been making bread for nigh onto 38 years and never thought of the car idea. I must give it a try. Who says you can’t teach an old dog new tricks ?

  9. Proofing in the car…never once have I seen this as an option, but now that you mention it, it sounds like a perfectly good option to me! Your bread looks fabulous…well, as fabulous as it can look without its raisins. I think I might have added extra, yep, might have. Shhhh….

  10. Your bread in that last photo is absolutely gorgeous! I proofed mine in the garage as it’s nice and warm out there in the summer. Great job, even if you didn’t put in raisins. πŸ™‚

  11. We will have to agree to disagree about raisins. Your swirl bread looks wonderful! If I proofed dough in my car, I’d need to set a timer so that I didn’t forget about it…that could be messy.

  12. RAising dough in the car! Interesting. Mine is the laundry room. No AC there. When the arthritis acts up the bread dough cycle is the only answer.

    Bread is BEAUTIFUL!!

  13. Just LOOK at your bread! It is perfection!!!!

    I ran out of flour and didn’t make mine. But I will!

    Do you use a metal or glass pan????

  14. I’m with you on the bread machine. It’s the only way to go. It’s obvious you also know how roll up dough and put it in the pan for best results. Beautiful–just beautiful!

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