Thursday, July 3, 2008

Homemade Bread

Adrienne posted that she just got her first KitchenAid mixer and wanted to try her hand at making bread. I have been making all of our bread for over a year now and have a recipe to share that has never failed me. It is so easy I think I could make it in my sleep and you can vary it to make wheat or cinnamon raisin bread or ??? Here it is...enjoy!

Mary’s White Bread

2 cups warm water (110 degrees Farenheit/45 degrees Celsius)
2/3 cup white sugar
1½ Tablespoons active dry yeast
1 1/2 Teaspoon salt
¼ Cup vegetable oil
6 cups bread flour

In large mixing bowl combine warm water, sugar and yeast. Allow to proof for approximately 10 minutes until mixture is foamy. Add the rest of the ingredients and mix with dough hook until it makes a nice dough that feels tacky but does not stick to your hands. I like to knead it by hand at this point for a bit (to add a little home made love, however this probably is not necessary). Place the dough in a greased bowl (I just grease the bowl I mixed it in) and cover with plastic wrap. Allow the dough to rise until double in size (about 1 1/2 to 2 hours). Punch down and shape into 2 equal loaves. (I flatten them to a rectangle shape and roll, tucking the ends as I go)
Place in greased loaf pans, covered loosely with plastic wrap and raise until doubled in size. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes. Cool for 10 minutes in pan and then remove from pan. Finish cooling process on rack.
Makes 2 loaves.

Wheat bread variation

Substitute wheat flour for up to half of the bread flour. I also add a tablespoon of ground flax seeds (heart healthy-to decrease cholesterol)
Allow to rise and bake for 30 minutes at 350 degrees.

Cinnamon Raisin bread variation

Add ½ cup raisins to basic white bread recipe. After first rise, sprinkle cinnamon and a touch of nutmeg on the divided pieces while forming the loaves (I flatten them to a rectangle shape and roll, tucking the ends as I go)
Allow to rise and bake for 30 minutes at 350 degrees.


Kat said...

I make homemade bread all the time too :) ! My Zo bread machine leaped to it's death last year (after 7 years) because of a jammed spindle. So I started using my KA mixer for bread dough and actually like it better than the bread machine because I can make two loaves at once instead of one. I've decided I don't need another bread machine now.

Thanks so much for posting on my blog about your top. I've been going back and forth about sleeves or no sleeves. One daughter says yes, the other daughter says no, but now I'll go with the sleeves.

Adrienne said...

Oh I'm SO going to try this!!!