Thursday, January 14, 2010

basics...homemade bread

2 cups lukewarm water
1-2 Tbsp sugar
1 Tbsp yeast
5-6 cups flour
2 tsp salt
1-2 Tbsp softened butter

Pour warm water into the bowl of an electric mixer. Add sugar. Sprinkle in yeast. Do not stir. Let sit about 10 min until yeast is dissolved and bubbly. Add 5 cups of flour, salt and butter. Mix until combined. Knead, adding 1/2 -1 cup more flour if necessary. Shape dough into a ball, cover and let rise until double in size (1-3 hours depending on warmth of location). Punch dough down and divide into two equal pieces and place into greased loaf pans. Cover and let rise again until double. Bake at 350 degrees for 35-40 min. Remove from oven, let sit in pans for a few minutes. Take yummy warm bread out of pans and smother with butter and honey or jam or cinnamon sugar, etc.

Oh my, oh my. I have to say in the world of homemade bread it doesn't get much better than this. It is easy, relatively quick and so, so good. I got this delicious recipe from my friend, Christie. For a much better (and more entertaining) tutorial click here. Thanks really know how to speak my language.


Christie said...

I am so happy you liked it! We really should live closer to each other. Can you just imagine the baking that would happen? Oy.

Jessica said...

Hey. Can I be in your and Christie's baking club? I do don't things as pretty as the two of you, but my stuff might have more fat AND sugar!

Also, I need a good wheat bread recipe. I've built up my white yeast bread/rolls I need a good wheat one.

diane said...

Ok, now you are killing me. I really should bake... or you could come visit.

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