Bread Bread Bread……

So I don’t know what inspired me to begin my bread making again, but I’m guessing it was due to my grandfather passing away. 

I have to thank Devan as well because she took out the actual bread maker out of the cubord when she was cleaning it and we tried it that way but it wasn’t the right kind of loaf we wanted. We wanted “real” bread. The kids know that I’ve done this in the past and it’s really not that complicated. 

I remember calling up my grandpa for pointers and he got it to where I had a pretty dang decent loaf of bread coming out of the oven. 

After a few years hiatus, I have again begun the process of making bread. 

Here is the outcome:

We got our big bag of flour from Costco, along with a bag of yeast.
Mixed it all together and whola.
VERY simple recipe:
3 Cups of flour
2 TBS Yeast
1 TBS Sugar
2 tsp Salt
1/4 Cup Vegetable Oil
1 1/4 Cups Warm Water
I add the dry ingredients to the bowl and begin mixing along with the oil.  I slowly pour in the water until it all comes together.  You may not use the entire amount of water.  I just add until the sides of the bowl are clean.  
Continue to let it mix for 5 minutes on low.
Hand kneed the bread for a minute to turn it under so it’s smooth on top.
Add a small amount of oil to the bottom of the bowl and turn the dough over and over again so the smooth side is on top.  
Let rise until at least double in size.  I put a cup of water in the microwave for 2 minutes then let the bowl sit in the microwave with the heat/moisture for this process.
After rising, put it on mixer again and add a small amount of flour so that the dough is not to sticky.  I usually add about 1-2 TBS more and after it comes together, lay on cutting board and cut in half.  
Kneed each half  until smooth and roll into log and fit into bread pan and let rise again until it’s above the pan line. 
Preheat oven to 375
Bake for approximately 40 minutes until lightly golden brown.
Cool on baking rack after removing from pan.
It may seem like a lot of directions but really it’s not that complicated.
Oh, and BTW, these bread pans are the BEST!!! (TARGET) They are just like the ones my grandpa used to use that are pro-quality!
ENJOY!!!!  I’ll post pictures of the step by step and time myself and see how long it takes — minus the rising time of course!
Published on: March 4, 2009

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