Welcome to Lulu's Sweet Secrets.

My name is Luciana, a Brazilian girl newlywed living in the US who enjoys painting, photography and cooking, but has too much to learn. Here you'll see a little bit of my gastronomic and artistic journey and discoveries. Why not saying that this will be also a good tool to practice my English? I’m very excited and I hope you enjoy it.

One of the things I love about newlywed life is the “première” of my wedding gifts, making delicious recipes.  One of the first gifts that I used was my KitchenAid Professional stand mixer. I was really nervous with the fear of messing with it. But in the end, I love it.

Well, I decided to start with a bread recipe from the booklet that came together. I chose a very simple basic white bread. With the success of my first bread I decided to make different bread each week.

After several frustrating and successful attempts I learned some tips: do not dissolve the yeast in hot water. The yeast will die and your bread will be a rock with unpleasantly flavor. Yes, I already kill the yeast and it was very sad. Give time for the dough rise. The yeast will push the dough up and will develop flavor and texture. This is really, really important.

This is the first bread I made:

This was one of the attempts that failed. It looks good, but I used whole wheat flour and unfortunately wasn’t too much tasty. So, this is my challenging now: do a very tasty and healthy bread.

Basic White Bread
(From KitchenAid booklet)

½  cup low-fat milk
3 tablespoons sugar
2 teaspoons salt
3 tablespoons butter or margarine
2 packages active dry yeast
1½ cups warm water (105° F to 115° F)
5-6 cups all purpose flour 

Place milk, sugar, salt, and butter in small saucepan. Heat over low heat until butter melts and sugar dissolves. Cool to lukewarm.

Dissolve yeast in warm water in warmed mixer bowl. Add lukewarm milk mixture and 4½ cups flour. Attach bowl and Spiral Dough Hook to mixer. Turn to speed 2 and mix about 1 minute.

Continuing on Speed 2, add remaining flour, ½ cup at a time, and mix about 1½ minutes, or until dough starts to clean sides of bowl. Knead on speed 2 about 2 minutes longer, or until dough is smooth and elastic. Dough will be slightly sticky to the touch.

Place dough in greased bowl, turning to grease top. Cover. Let rise in warm place, free from draft, until doubled in bulk.

Punch dough down and divide in half. On lightly floured surface, roll each half into a rectangle, approximately 9x14 inches. A rolling pin will smooth dough and remove gas bubbles.  Starting at a short end, roll dough tightly. Pinch dough to seal seam. Pinch ends and turn under. Place, seam side down, in greased 8½x4½x2½-inch baking pans. Cover. Let rise in warm place, free from draft, until double in bulk.
Bake at 400°F for 30 minutes, or until golden brown.  Remove from pans immediately and cool on wire racks.

Yield: 32 servings (16 slices per loaf)
Per serving: About 95 cal, 3 g pro, 18 g carb, 1 f fat, 0 mg chol, 148 mg sod.


  1. YUMMYYYY!!!! Vou tentar fazer esse pão! Eu fiz o outro que vem no livrinho hj... vi suas fotos e deu vontade de fazer pão!! Arrasa Lu!!! :D


  2. Awwww Lu, que orgulho amiga! Vc escreve muito bem, adorei ler a sua experiencia! E as fotos entao...belissimas! Muito sucesso para voce, amiga! Parabens!!! Beijinhosss

  3. Lu!! ficou mto legal, as fotos tao lindas

  4. Lu, esses pães estão profissionais, parabéns!!! Qualquer dia vou tentar fazer (embora eu não tenha uma super Kitchen Aid, fazer o que..hehe).
    Beijos querida, continue postando novas delícias!

  5. Muito obrigada pelos comentários meninas! Vcs são uns amores!

  6. Bem querida Lulu, eis-me no fim, ou melhor será dizer no princípio?, do teu blog maravilhoso, numa viagem relâmpago que eu pretendo que seja muito mais prazeirosa e prolongada consoante eu tiver mais tempo. agora sim, nalíngua que nos é comum, deixa-me mostrar o meu sincero apreço por um trabalho magnífico e único que muito me apraz conhecer. certamente que me irei inspirar por aqui, mas não copiar aquilo que por si só já é singular!

    votos de muitos sucessos desta nova amiga de Portugal que, desde já, também é tua fã! ;)





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