February 27, 2007
Homemade Loaf Bread
I've been making a lot of bread lately and it's true...Once you start making your own, the stuff you buy at the store just doesn't seem that appealing! This is an old recipe that I've had for years. I remember making it when I lived in Knoxville and I left there in 1997, so it's been a while. I believe I copied the recipe from my Mom's recipe box, but I can't remember for sure and of course being me I've adapted it over the years. Regardless it's extremely good! Try it...You'll like it! There's just nothing like freshly made bread right out of the oven!
What You'll Need:
4 teaspoons of yeast
1 1/4 cup of warm water
2 tablespoons of melted butter
2 teaspoons of sea salt
2 tablespoons of honey
3 cups of unbleached all purpose flour
Mix yeast, water, butter, salt and honey and stir to mix. Add flour and stir until a sticky dough forms. Turn out onto a floured surface and knead for 1-2 minutes until elastic. Place in an oiled bowl in a warm spot and cover. Let sit for 45 minutes to 1 hour and let double in size.
Punch dough down and shape into a loaf. Place in a bread pan that has been sprayed with non-stick spray, cover and let rise again for 45 minutes to 1 hour and let the dough rise and fill the pan. (I have a larger bread pan and when I first put the dough in it doesn't "fit" the pan, but after it rises for a while it fills in nicely!)
Preheat oven to 375 F and bake for 30 minutes.
More bread to come. I'm trying to find one that Jamison adores, and anyone that knows him knows how picky he is! This one wasn't quite what he was looking for, though I liked it a lot! My goal is to not have to buy the nasty stuff at the store anymore! ;o)
Posted by Dianne at February 27, 2007 8:45 AM
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Don't you just love the way a house smells when yeast breads are baking?
Posted by: Dar at February 27, 2007 10:51 AM
I do love that smell!
I baked a different type today for Jamison to try. It just makes everything smell so homey! :o)
Posted by: Dianne at February 27, 2007 2:17 PM
I would love to bake bread, six loaves at a time, but I do not have a Bosch mixer (or any other type).
Could your recipe work for mixing and kneeding by hand six loaves of wheat flour for wheat loaves.
Yes, I have heard that kneeding wheat loaves are more difficult. But, due the benefits of whole wheat, I wanted to only make wheat loaves.
Also, what would the kneeding differences be for wheat flour?
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Posted by: cyndy at June 27, 2007 10:08 AM
I've never tried it with whole wheat flour, but I would assume it would work. I knead most of my breads by hand and have made wheat bread in the past. I'm not a bread expert though. You might want to check http://breadnet.net/ and see what they have to say. They have a ton of recipes and tips! :o)
Posted by: Dianne at June 27, 2007 10:44 AM