About a month ago I stopped buying bread and transitioned to home-made. The first time I made bread was because my grocer was doing renovations and didn’t have the in-store baked bread available; and all those breads that are shipped in have weird ingredients that I can’t pronounce. Now I make the time so that we are eating real ingredients. I’ve morphed 2 recipes: my friend’s Grandma’s & Betty Crocker’s Classic White Bread. There are only 2 of us so I only make 1 loaf and it lasts us about a week or so. I do own a bread maker – but I don’t like the bread that comes out of that, its so dense! I assumed that it would be complicated to make bread by hand. If my machine couldn’t get it right, how could I? But this bread is easy and amazing! If I can do it, you can too!
1 ¼ cup hot water
2 ¼ teaspoon bread yeast
1½ tablespoon sugar
1 ½ teaspoon salt
2 tbsp shortening
2 ½ to 3 cups flour approximately 50% white & 50% whole wheat
- Combine 1 cup flour, sugar, salt, oil and yeast – mix well. Add hot water beat with electric mixer 1ish minutes. Stir in enough remaining flour until dough is easy to handle (too much will make a dense loaf).
- Knead about 10 minutes until dough is smooth, light and springy. Add some additional flour if its too sticky.
- Grease sides of a bowl. Place the dough in the bowl, cover lightly with plastic wrap and let rise for 45- 60 minutes in a warm spot. I turn the light on on my stove and let it sit there.
- Punch the dough to deflate.
- Lightly roll out on a clean floured surface. Roll like a cinnamon bun. Place in a greased bread pan seam on the bottom.
- Let rise 30-45 minutes or until the size of a full loaf.
- Bake at 425. For 25 – 40 minutes or until very brown and sound hollow when tapped.