Now that my first bread came out awesome (The foccacia recipe), I decided to try something more traditional. Making a loaf of bread is awesome because it is completely versatile for cooking and eating with, and it tastes fresher. Though to caution you, perhaps fresh-baked bread would spoil faster, but this recipe tasted as good as the pictures looked. There will not be a problem because it will be probably be eaten while still hot (which was what happened in my case).
This recipe comes from http://www.thesimpledollar.com/2007/11/04/homemade-bread-cheap-delicious-healthy-and-easier-than-you-think/, with a few changes here and there. And even as I write this blog for you, I am eating this fantastic, addicting bread.
- 1/4 cup milk
- 5 teaspoons sugar
- 1 teaspoons salt
- 5 teaspoons butter
- 1 package active dry yeast
- 2 1/2 to 3 1/2 cups bread flour
- water (I used 2/3 cups)
Step 1: Add warm water (About 110 degrees) and yeast to a medium-sized bowl. Mix until it looks like muddy water. Wait 10 minutes.
Step 2: Stir in melted butter, milk, sugar, and salt.
Step 3: Add 2 cups of flour and stir with a spatula to start making your dough.
Step 4: Add a bit more flour in small incriminates. Mix into the dough and stop when it becomes non-sticky.
Step 5: Put flour on flat surface and on your hands. Knead flour for about 10 minutes. Here is a video link that will help you if you have never kneaded before: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dWj8oHMPFm0
Step 6: Roll into ball.
Step 7: Spray a bowl with nonstick spray.
Step 8: Put ball into bowl.
Step 9: Place a wet cloth over the bowl. Wait an hour for it to double in size.
Step 10: Punch it a few times to deflate it.
Step 11: Re-flour the surface and your rolling-pin. Roll the dough ball with a rolling-pin into a rough rectangle/oval shape (your choice).
Step 12: Roll rectangle into loaf (should be size of the pan you are using).
Step 13: Spray a loaf pan. I used my rectangle casserole dish. Put the rolled dough into baking dish. Cover for an additional hour. It should double in size again.
Step 14: Bake at 400 degrees for 30 minutes.