I decided to make some homemade bread. And I gotta say, it’s pretty good. This is a modified recipe that came from a Betty Crocker cookbook.
6 to 7 cups of flour
3 tablespoons of sugar
1 tablespoon of salt
2 table spoons of shortening
2 packages dry active yeast
2 1/4 cups milk (the recipe says to use water, but milk makes a much softer bread)
Mix 3 1/2 cups of the flour, sugar, salt, shortening, and dry yeast in a bowl large bowl.
Heat the milk in a sauce pan until it’s about 120 degrees. Don’t get the milk too hot; you’ll kill our yeast. Too cold, and it won’t activate. Slowly add the milk to the dry ingredients. Use an electric mixer to incorporate the ingredients well. Mixing a low speed and then increase to medium. Mix for about a one minute.
Now stir in the remaining flour one cup at a time until the mixture holds together. Pour onto a floured surface and knead for about 10 minutes or until you have a smooth elastic product. Place the dough in a clean–but greased–bowl with the kneaded side down. Cover and allow the dough to raise until it’s double in size. The dough is ready when can poke a hole in the middle and it remains. This takes about an hour or so.
Now punch down the raised dough and removed from bowl. Divide the mixture in half. Roll out the dough into about a 9 x 18 rectangle. Now roll it up into a loaf shape and place in a greased loaf pan. You should have two loaves.
Allow the dough to raise again, about doubling in size. Bake in a 425 degree oven for 15 to 30 minutes. I know that’s a pretty big widow of time, but you’ll need to check it often so it doesn’t burn. To recipe says 25 to 30 minutes, but mine only took 15 minutes.
Remove the bread form the oven and brush butter on the top of the loaf.
Now have a warm yummy slice of homemade bread. This really is an easy recipe. It just takes time.