I am baffled by people who use a food mixer to make dough. The pleasure of getting your hands dirty kneading, punching and shaping is so great as to rival the pleasure of fresh baked bread smell wafting through the house.
Two ideas converged in my head:
Bread dough as play dough.
My guess is that whomever invented play-dough did so to keep the fun of bread making all to himself while entertaining the kids outside the kitchen. To enhance the fun I decided to color the bread in red, green and black using beets spinach and black sesame. This is better than any childhood play session. A radical new dawn in the ancient life of bread making. It is giving me a million ideas. Bread dough as play-dough – what to create?
8 cups of flower
3 cups of water
4 table spoons yeast
1 cup of oil
4 teaspoons of sugar
2 small beets
1 bag of spinach
Black sesame seeds
Leftover meat balls chopped into quarters
Roasted the beets in the oven for an hour. Chopped and pureed in a food processor.
Cooked spinach in some oil and then pureed in a food processor.
Used a grinder to turn black sesame seed into a fine paste.
4 bowls. Green, red, black and white :: Spinach, beets, sesame seeds, nothing.
Into each one I added 3/4 cup of water, some oil, a teaspoon of sugar, some salt, table spoon of yeast, enough flour to turn it into dough. Kneed each for several minutes. Covered and let it rise for 1 hour. Punch the dough down and form into balls and other shapes. Stuffed it with fillings. Placed it whimsically on a baking tray. Let is rise again for 1 hour. Baked it on 400 until it started browning along the edges. Enjoy!