Saturday, August 2, 2008

how i make bread......for my mil

well my mil asked how i make my bread so here is what i do and one of the recipes i use.
White Bread
5 3/4 to 6 1/4 cups of flour
1 package dry active yeast ( i use 2 1/4 tsp of bread machine yeast)
2 1/4 cups milk
2 Tblsp sugar
1 Tblspn butter

first thing i do is get everything together. i measure everything out.

i get 2 cups of flour with the yeast in the bowl of my mixer, the remaining flour gets put in a separate bowl to mix in later. the milk, sugar, and butter go into a small pan on the stove. i heat them to 125 degrees.

once they get to temp, i pour them slowly into the flour and yeast mixture and use the bread hook to mix them together.
after they are mixed together i use a wooden spoon to mix in most of the bowl of flour (i leave some out to dust my hands and pastry cloth during kneading). i don't use the bread hook because it's bent and will not mix the dough completely.
once the the flour is mixed in and i have a ball of dough, i turn it out onto the pastry cloth.

i knead the dough for 4-5 minutes until i get a nice ball.

i butter up a bowl and put the bread in for the first rising. i put a towel over the bowl and place it in the microwave (don't turn it on) and let the bread rise for one hour.

after the first rising is over i punch down the dough and divide it into 2 loaves.

i let the loaves rest covered on the counter for 10 minutes. While waiting i butter up 2 loaf pans. when the 10 minutes are up i put the loaves in the pans.
i, again, cover these with a towel, place in the microwave and do a second rising of 30 minutes. in the mean time i preheat the oven to 375 degrees. when the second rising is done i bake the bread for about 30 minutes.

they come out a nice golden brown, hhhmmmm....homemade bread.

i do butter the tops when they come out of the oven. this helps stop the crust from getting to hard. when the pans are cool enough to handle i flip the bread out onto a rack and cool the rest of the way down. be careful i usually lose a loaf to the hungry bellies of my boys before it is completely cooled :)

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