This is it! This is the only white bread recipe you’ll ever need. It’s that good. I can’t take the credit though, I got this recipe from a fellow member on a website named www.backyardchickens.com her name is Gumpsgirl and I say a thank you ever time I make this bread.
Here we go.
first put 2 cup almost hot water in a bowl, add 4 teaspoons yeast (I like rapid rise, I’m not patient)
next add 1 tablespoon of sugar. That yeast needs something to eat so it will have the energy to push the bread up.
give it a good stir. You will notice a smell kinda like gym socks and mushrooms. That’s good! IT’S ALIVE!!!! set it aside for at least 5 minutes.
Here’s where the fun begins. If you have a large mixer with a dough hook use it. If not your going to get a little upper body workout. Either way it all comes out the same. In your mixing bowl place 5 cups bread flour (I’ve made it with good old fashioned all purpose and I really can’t tell the difference, but since we’re making bread I felt obligated to say bread flour) and if your going to be a snob about it, which I sometimes am, you can use unbleached. It’ll give you such a feeling of superiority.
add your 1/4 cup oil (I use olive because it makes me feel all chefy) Yes, that is a word….I think….I’m not sure…..I don’t care, I’m using it anyway!
next sprinkle in the salt ( I like Kosher salt, and I’m not going to tell you why…….just kidding! I like it cause it tastes good)
turn on the mixer and stand back
let it mix on low until the dough comes away from the sides of the bowl and all ingredients are incorporated
I’m not patient and if given half the chance I will be lazy. I don’t like to do dishes, which makes my love of cooking sometimes inconvenient. I’ll reuse a bowl in a heart beat and that’s what I’m about to do… Dump the dough on the counter for a second, I know it looks all cold and alone just sitting there. I didn’t even take the time to put any flour down to keep it’s backside from sticking. Oh well…
next take that used bowl and spray it with Pam. I’m aware that all those sticky pieces of dough might bug some of you, and you’re welcome to stop and clean the bowl out before spraying, but I’m not going to do one more dish than I have to.
the dough goes back in the oiled bowl then cover it and let it rise for 25 minutes
well you know how I said let it rise for 25 minutes? My father came over for a visit and I forgot all about the bread. That yeast went into over drive and nearly sent the dough out of the mixing bowl
That’s one of the things I like about this bread, flexibility. It’s really hard to get it wrong, believe me I’ve tried.
One punch down and it’s back to manageable size
turn the dough onto a floured surface
work it with your hands until you feel it start to relax. If it hasn’t had time to relax you’ll roll it out to the perfect size, turn your head to answer the phone and it will be back in a ball. It will take about 5 minutes of a good massage to relax it into submission
this recipe is for 2 loaves so at this point cut it in half. You can make two loaves or I like to put half in the fridge and make pizza dough with it the next night. MMMM-Parmesan and goat cheese pizza with sauteed portobello mushrooms, caramelized onions and tomatoes……….sorry, that was a Homer Simpson moment
roll the remaining dough out into a rectangle-ish shape, you know if I’m not going to wash that mixing bowl out before putting the dough back in, I’m definitely not hung up on a perfect rectangle
then roll it like you would a jelly roll
once you have it on you pan cut some slices in the top and cover for another 20 minutes for a second rise (if you do use the other half of the dough for pizza there’s no need for a second rise….just pull it from the fridge kneed it a little and spread it on you pan)
it’s time for “Puff Daddy” to meet the heat…..350′ for 25 minutes then this, turns into
the sky’s the limit with this dough……..put it in a loaf pan for the most wonderful sandwich bread or you can form it into rolls for dinner! Why not whip up some of my homemade butter to go with your bread? You won’t believe just how good homemade butter tastes compared to store bought. It’s really quick to make and so worth the effort!
2 cups warm (hot-ish) water
4 tsp yeast
1 Tbs sugar
1/4 cup oil
5 cups flour
2 tsp salt
the wanna be country girl – Caroline
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