Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Awesome and Easy Bread Recipe

With our lives being a bit crazy the last couple of months, I have been very lazy about making bread instead of buying it. I have an awesome recipe that takes about an hour from start to finish. Sooo, now that things have calmed down, I am buckling down and starting to make bread. Yeah for saving money! Anyway, I know that many people have been asking for this recipe so I will post it here and hope you all enjoy!
Just a few notes on the recipe:
I got this recipe from my friend Heather who got it from a lady in the area that teaches bread making classes. Just thought I should make it clear that this is not an original recipe of my own.
You can use wheat or white flour.
I generally use the 2 loaf recipe so my notes pertain to those measurements.

I don’t use a full 1/4 cup of sugar. I like a more savory bread so I just don’t fill up the measuring cup all the way and then I heap one of the tsps of salt. It worked for me, but you can experiment if you like. ;)
I haven’t ever used another kind of yeast, but if you can’t find the SAF brand, definitely try another instant yeast in its place.
I use my stand mixer to get things incorporated at first, but I always end up kneading it by hand at the end so I can feel the consistency. It should be still very pliable when you finish kneading it. I don’t usually knead it the full 6 minutes. Just depends on the altitude etc. Using the Pam Cooking Spray is a genius idea because that way you aren’t adding any extra flour which can make the bread dry or tough. If the dough starts to stick, I just spray a little more on the dough and my hands and it works beautifully. Don’t forget to spray your pans. I use glass usually, but I’m sure metal will work fine.
Cut the dough into the different pieces, don’t tare it or pinch. Don’t ask me why it works better but it does.

Cover your bread with plastic wrap and then a towel and place in a warmer area to rise. I usually let it rise a full 30 mins, but you can just watch it and let it get big. It should be ballooning out over the pan. It only needs to rise once as long as the water was hot enough and it is covered with the plastic wrap.
I know this sounds complicated, but once you get the hang of it, it is super easy and way fast. It probably takes me about 10 mins to mix and knead it and then the 1/2 hour to let it rise and then 20 -25 mins to bake. GOOD STUFF!

Anyway, I think that’s it. I learned the recipe off of a DVD so I had step by step instructions so if you have any questions, feel free to contact me. Here is the link for the download: One Hour White Bread

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