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Thursday, February 28, 2008

Blessing Over the Bread

I finally broke down and bought a bread machine so I can make bread without the preservatives and sugar. It took a few times to get it right. Finally this morning it was perfect and my boys devoured it. They are so fussy and hardly like anything I make. This was truly a happy event for me.

Later on, they asked when I would make another loaf. Tomorrow wasn't soon enough! I made another loaf for dinner. Before I made the first cut. They said, "WAIT, we need to say the blessing over the bread."

This is another happy event for me. The only prayer I ever hear over food is, "Rub-a-dub, dub, thanks for the grub." I am happpy that they actually learned something in Hebrew School AND my BREAD was worthy of this ritual. Yeah.

Boruch atoh adonoy, (Hebrew)
elohaynu melech ho-olom,
hamotzi lechem min ho-oretz.
You are blessed, Lord our G-d, sovereign of the world, who brings forth bread from the earth.

This is the bread machine recipe I used.

1 1/8 cups water
2 1/2 cups White bread flour
1/2 cup wheat bread flour (I usually do 2 cups white and 1 cup wheat)
1 1/2 TBSP dry milk (I used soy milk instead and decreased the water to 1 cup)
1 1/2 TBSP Honey
1 1/2 tsp salt
2 TBSP butter
2 tsp fast rise yeast OR 3tsp active dry yeast

I glazed the whole surface in butter when removed from the bread pan.


Rixa said...

If you ever have the desire to make the occasional non-bread-machine-bread, I have come across this fantastic recipe. It makes the most delicious bread I have ever tasted, it requires NO kneading, and you can neglect it for hours on end and it still comes out beautifully. Oh, and no sugar at all!

Recipe is at the end of this blog post:

Permission to Mother said...

Thanks Rixa. I noticed this recipe on your blog a few days ago. I will try it and let you know how it turns out. I am excited that there is so many tasty ways to avoid ingesting sugar!


Natalie said...

Wow Denise...this makes me want to pull my bread machine out of the attic!

I have a book on celebrating Old Testament Biblical feasts with your family, and I want to celebrate a few this year. I will definitely add your boy's prayer to our celebration. Now if you could just tell me how to say it accurately!


Permission to Mother said...

The "ch" is the gutteral deep sound, not found in English. The rest of the English transliteration is phonetic and pronounced like sight words.

I, myself, am vocally challenged. But, effort counts from a spiritual perspective. The correlation my kids made with the blessing to real life (my baked bread!) goes along way. You do not need to pronounce perfectly. Have fun with the bread machine and learning the blessing.

I mixed my dough last night (per Rixa) after I got done with blogger. I came home at lunch to add the oats. When I come home later, I'll put it in the oven!

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