Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Home made Bread

Basic White Bread (see below for wheat version)

What you'll need (yields 2 loaves)
1/2 cup  low-fat milk
3 tablespoons sugar
2 teaspoons of salt
3 tablespoons of butter
2 packets of yeast
1 1/2 cup warm water (about 105-115 degrees)
5-6 cups of flour

heat water to 105-115 degrees. add yeast packets and sugar (to activate the yeast)... If it isn't foamy, try tapping a knife at the bottom to bring the foam to the surface. If it doesn't rise- you killed the yeast. It is extremely sensitive.

combine all ingredients together. mix until smooth.

Let your dough rise in a greased bowl for 1 hour or until doubled in size.


On a floured surface roll dough out to a rectangle shape

roll up (like a jelly roll) pinching in the edges.

Place in greased loaf pan...either my pan is small or I rolled mine out too far. hahah oh well.

Bake at 400 degrees for 30 minutes of until golden brown.  Once out of the oven, immediately turn bread onto wire rack and let cool.

Whole grain version

1 cup plus 1 tablespoon brown sugar, divided
2 cups warm water (105-115 degrees)
2 packets of dry yeast
5-6 cups whole wheat flour
2/4 cup powdered milk
2 teaspoons of salt
1/3 cup oil.

dissolve 1 tablespoon brown sugar in warm bowl, add yeast.
place 4 cups of flour, powdered milk, 1/3 cup of brown sugar, and salt in mixer. gradually add yeast and brown sugar mixture., add oil to flour mix and mix for about 1 1/2 minutes. add remaining flour 1/2 cup at a time. Knead flour the rest of the way if needed.

Place in greased bowl and let rise for an hour or until doubled in size.

punch dough down. roll out (as seen in pictures above) Bake at 400 degrees for 15 minutes of until golden brown.

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