Bread

I made homemade bread for the very first time EVER today!  I came across a recipe, and when I saw that the yeast I had bought a few months ago hadn’t expired yet I started right in.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups warm water (110 degrees F/45 degrees C)
  • 2/3 cup white sugar
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons active dry yeast
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 6 cups bread flour

Directions

  1. In a large bowl, dissolve the sugar in warm water, and then stir in yeast. Allow to proof until yeast resembles a creamy foam.
  2. Mix salt and oil into the yeast. Mix in flour one cup at a time. Knead dough on a lightly floured surface until smooth. Place in a well oiled bowl, and turn dough to coat. Cover with a damp cloth. Allow to rise until doubled in bulk, about 1 hour.
  3. Punch dough down. Knead for a few minutes, and divide in half. Shape into loaves, and place into two well oiled 9×5 inch loaf pans. Allow to rise for 30 minutes, or until dough has risen 1 inch above pans.
  4. Bake at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) for 30 minutes

It turned out pretty good for a first attempt, but it seemed a little crumbly to me and the crust came right off the top…(why would it do that?)  Joe was super excited because he loves fresh bread, and he liked it.  My dad said that it might have risen for too long and that’s why it had so many holes…and I did let it rise for quite a while longer than it said in the recipe.  I enjoyed making it, my house smelled yummy, and it gave me a sense of accomplishing something domestic, haha!  I’m going to try again one of these days!

I had a friend tell me to google a recipe for the Bosch soft and satiny bread recipe but I haven’t been able to find it.  Kelly, if you’re reading this can you send me the recipe and I’ll add it on here?

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