Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Fresh Bread

**I got this recipe from Mary once upon a time. I like it because it is really simple and the bread turns out great.

2 T yeast in 1/2 cup warm water
5 cups hot water from tap
7 cups unsifted whole wheat flour (I just buy it from the store - no wheat grinder here)
2/3 cup honey
2/3 cup cooking oil
2 T salt (I don't put that much in...I do about 2 half tablespoons...I don't know why)
5-6 cups more whole wheat flour (I actually put in white flour here)

1. sprinkle yeast in 1/2 cup warm water
2. combine the 5 cups hot tap water and 7 cups of flour in your mixer (with the paddle) on low speed while you combine the oil, honey, and salt (in that order) in a separate bowl.
3. add the oil, honey, salt mixture into your mixer and continue to mix until everything is well blended.
4. by this time the yeast should have had plenty of time to brew. It should be bubbly and on the top of the water. Add it to the ingredients in your mixer and blend thoroughly.
5. this is where I swap to the bread kneader attachment. Add 5-6 cups of wheat (or white) flour. Let the dough knead on low speed for 10 minutes.
6. during this time, grease 4 bread pans and flour the counter top. Remove dough from the mixer and divide into 4 pieces. It will be kinda sticky, but will easily form into loaves with a little flour. Place dough in pans and let it rise for about 45 minutes. Don't let it rise to much.
7. Bake at 350 for about 40 minutes. (**I start the oven and put the bread in while the oven heats up, and let it bake for 45 minutes)

Like Nettie said, don't let anything stand in the way of eating it fresh from the oven.


jamie k said...

i want to make bread!

and this cracks me up ... why don't you just add one normal tablespoon instead of 2 halves?

Kelli said...

make this. it is so easy i swear. i don't know why, i just kind of fill a partial tbls then another. so it's like i'm kind of following the directioins.

jamie k said...

i made this recipe this weekend. easiest bread recipe i've tried so far, and it's super good.