GOLDEN VALLEY, Minn. - Holiday spirits are rising and Paula Gray of King Arthur Flour served up some tasty twists for your holiday baking on KARE 11 News @4.

Paula will be doing a Life Skills Bread Baking Program for the students of Moreland Elementary in West St. Paul and another school in Minneapolis on December 2.

King Arthur Flour will also be doing holiday bread and cake and cookie decorating demonstrations at the Mall of America for a Savor the Season event on December 4.

Gray also showed some fun techniques that will make you look like a pro.

The Life Skills Basic Bread Recipe

Makes two loaves (takes about 3½ hours to make)

2 cups warm water
¼ cup sugar
1 packet Red Star Active Dry Yeast
2 cups King Arthur Organic White Whole Wheat Flour
1 tablespoon salt
¼ cup vegetable oil
4 cups King Arthur Unbleached All-Purpose Flour

In a large bowl, combine warm water, sugar, yeast, and 2 cups King Arthur 100% White Whole Wheat Flour. Cover mixture with a clean towel and let stand 10 minutes until bubbly.
Stir in salt and vegetable oil.
Stir in King Arthur All-Purpose Flour, 1 cup at a time. When the dough holds together and most of the flour is mixed in, plop dough out onto a clean, floured surface.
Knead the dough. Sprinkle your hands or the work surface with just enough flour to prevent sticking. Use your dough scraper, too. After 5 minutes, take a break and let the dough rest.
Scrape out the mixing bowl, and smear a little oil all around the inside.
Knead the dough for a few more minutes. (When you lightly press the dough with your fingertips, it should bounce right back.) Put the dough into the oiled bowl, flip the dough once, and cover with plastic wrap and a clean towel. Put the dough in a warm place to rise until double in size, about 1 1/2 hours.
Gently deflate the dough and turn it out onto a floured surface. Divide the dough in half and form into desired shapes.
Grease a baking sheet; put your loaves on it. Cover the dough with plastic wrap and a clean towel and let the dough rise again for 30 minutes. Preheat oven to 375°F.
Carefully remove plastic wrap and slash the tops of the loaves or baguettes with a sharp knife. Bake the loaves for about 30 minutes until the crust is golden brown and the loaf sounds hollow when tapped on the bottom.
Cool the bread on a rack.

You can find a wealth of baking information and tools online atKing Arthur Flour's website and if you get stuck in the kitchen you can call the Baking Hotline any time of year at 802.649.3717.


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