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Who doesn't love a slice of warm home-baked bread? It fills any house with a warm feeling! I found this recipe in All About Home Baking, which was p...
1.25 cups of warm (110-115 degrees) water 1 packet of yeast 2 tablespoons soft shortening+ 1 teaspoon salt 2 tablespoons sugar 3 cups sifted flour ++ ...
Pour your 1.25 cups of warm water into a bowl (Mixer bowl, if planning on using your stand mixer) and sprinkle yeast on top.
Stir the yeast until it is dissolved, water will look rather "dirty" when it is done. Mixing takes about 30 seconds.
To the yeast mixture add your 2 tablespoons of shortening, 2 tablespoons sugar, 1 teaspoon of salt, and 1.5 cups of the flour. Now mix: 300 stroke...
Stop your mixing and scrape down sides of bowl. Add remaining 1.5 cups of flour and mix (either by hand or with mixer set on lowest setting) until sm...
Once again, scrape down sides of bowl. Cover bowl with a clean, dry cloth and place in a warm area, away from drafts and allow it to rise undisturbed...
Grease a 9x5x3 inch loaf pan.
"Punch" down your dough, by scraping sides into the center of bowl for 25 strokes. Scrape your dough into the prepared loaf pan.
Return the dough (now in the loaf pan) to the nice warm place it sat when it rose the first time. Allow dough to rise to about 1/4 to 1/2 inch from t...
Once dough is about 1/4-1/2 inch from rim of pan, preheat your oven to 375 degrees.
Place your loaf into your preheated oven and bake at 375 for 35-40 minutes or until golden brown.
Run a knife around the edges of the loaf to loosen it, and allow to cool on a wire rack.
Because it is easier for me, I go ahead and slice the entire loaf and store it in a zip-loc bag. Remember, the only preservative in your home-made lo...
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Posted:Dec 11, 2009
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