Hi everyone! I'm back after a break. Fall is always really busy for us. What did you guys think of the bread? My husband and I loved it, but my picky son didn't like it. On the plus side, he did give it a fair try AND he's getting more polite about expressing his feelings. Instead of "YUCK!" I heard, "I don't care for this bread, Mommy." That's a win in my book.
I made the full recipe. I did leave out the caraway seeds (we're caraway-haters at my house) and I used apple butter instead of prune lekvar. I don't think my bread tasted "apple-y". I started the bread in my mixer, but it kept crawling up the dough hook. I had to finish kneading it by hand.
The dough was easy to handle, probably because there was butter and shortening in it. Thanks to 5.5 teaspoons of yeast, it was a fast riser. I didn't bother with the sling. It looked like an interesting way to proof the dough, but I had visions of the towels giving way and dumping my half-risen loaves on the floor!