Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Part of something bigger and better

Light Rye Bread
Great Bread Machine Recipes Copyright 1992

For 1-pound loaf:
¾ teaspoon active dry yeast
2 tablespoons sugar
1 ½ teaspoons ground caraway or caraway seeds
1 tablespoon dry milk
5 tablespoons rye flour
1 ½ cups plus 2 tablespoons bread flour
1 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon butter
5 ½ ounces warm water

For 1 1/2 pound loaf:

1 teaspoon active dry yeast
3 tablespoons sugar
2 teaspoons ground caraway or caraway seeds
1 1/2 tablespoons dry milk
¼ cup rye flour
2 ½ cups bread flour
1 ½ teaspoons salt
1 1/2 tablespoons butter
9 ounces warm water

Add the ingredients per your bread machines instructions.

I know, this isn't exciting but this bread was part of the best grilled Reubens I've ever had. I know, I should have taken a picture of the Reuben but I didn't. I was too anxious to eat it.

I was going to buy rye bread but I had everything to make the bread so why not? This was definitely better than store-bought bread and I could slice it a big thicker which I like for hearty Reubens.

I built the Reubens perfectly - a slice of this bread, a slice of Swiss cheese, thinly sliced corned beef that I cooked myself, well-drained sauerkraut, some dressing (mayo, chili sauce and relish), another slice of Swiss cheese and another slice of bread. I lightly buttered the sandwiches. I grilled them slowly on the Griddler, with the griddle plates. I wanted them to heat through without getting too brown.

They were just the right size and composition to eat without making a mess. They weren't too greasy or too wet (a problem I've had when ordering them out sometimes). One of the best things I've eaten recently.

I'm starting to panic that my bread machine is dying. One side doesn't seem to be kneading as well (I have a dual machine). I know I could get another bread machine but I love mine. I don't think they make the dual machines anymore and I could never replace it with any machine for the great price my husband paid ($39.99 in Ollie's Bargain Outlet). I've been using my machine at least once a week for 3 years now. I think I got my money's worth.

Question of the Day: Did you indulge in any Irish food for St. Patrick's Day this year? I didn't eat anything Irish on St. Patrick's Day but I always pick up corned beef for later use when it's on sale for St. Patrick's Day .


Heather said...

Mmmm Reubens are the best sandwich ever as far as I'm concerned and the ones you made sound awesome! I made corned beef and cabbage in the crock pot (as if the kids ate the cabbage) with carrots and potatoes. I guess it's more Irish-American than true Irish but I'm neither so oh well... I usually buy corned beef post-holiday to freeze too but I didn't this year.

#1SAHM said...

I love rye bread! For St. Patty's I made corned beef and cabbage ( I believe is my blog address : )

Annie said...

That looks yummy. I haven't had rye in a while. And a Reuben sounds good right now.

Heather said...

I had shepherds pie and Irish soda bread...they were awesome!