For the past 6 months or so, I’ve been making my own bread. Why? Well for one thing, with the amount of people that are in this family, I am finding it more and more necessary and for the most part, in my opinion of course, most store bought bread blows… hard. Too big of a price, for too less of a product, and I’m sorry, too many chemicals and preservatives. I wish I could find the picture I took of a loaf of bread my husband took to feed the seagulls a couple of months ago… three weeks later it was still semi soft and mold free when I found it stashed in the back of his car. Yuck!
Anyways, I’ve played around a lot with my bread recipe. I started off with one from Allrecipes.com called Amish Bread. It was awesome, don’t get me wrong, but sooooo sweet! Even when I halved the amount of sugar. And then quartered it. Just not what I was looking for… I need something I can spread with vegemite and enjoy! Not something that is cake masquerading as bread. About two months ago I stumbled upon another recipe, which is to die for. It’s no sweet and so so easy! So, for today’s FFF, I am loading the different steps I took to making the bread that is already half scarfed on my kitchen counter!
First things first… 4 cups of bread flour goes into the mixer along with 3 cups on warm water, 1/2 cup of sugar, three tablespoons of yeast, 4 tablespoons on oil (I use olive oil) and 3 teaspoons on salt. Mix it all together!
It looks like an odd kind of slurry when you are done. Since it’s getting so cool now, I microwave a cup of water for a couple of minutes, and then stich the rising slurry into the now warm, moist microwave to let it rise for 3o minutes. When it’s doubled in size, it comes out and I slowly add in four more cups of bread flour… I eventually have to hold the entire mixer head up because my mixer is just a little too small for this recipe 😉
I let the mixer beat (knead) it around for a good 10 minutes, before hand kneading it for an additional 5 myself. Then I dump it into a well oiled bowl and it goes back into the warm, moist microwave for another 30 minutes (or there abouts) to double in size again.
Punch down the dough (very cathartic btw), form into three loaves and let them rise for a third time… 45 minutes later, put all three into a 350C oven for about 20 minutes… then this deliciousness! The smell of cooking bread is divine!!
Here is the the link to recipe I’ve been using: Grandma VanDoren’s White Bread
Happy eating everyone!! 🙂