Recipe: Homemade Bread

IMG_3225There’s not a whole lot more delicious than a warm slice of homemade bread with melted butter. Here is the recipe that my family uses for homemade bread.

Homemade Bread

Ingredients:

  • 2 tablespoons oil
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 cup hot milk
  • 1 cup hot water
  • 1 package dry yeast
  • 1/4 cup warm water
  • 6 cups white flour, approximately (you can use part whole wheat flour if you like)

Mix the oil, salt, and sugar in a large bowl. Add the hot milk and hot water and let cool until lukewarm. In a small bowl or cup mix the yeast with the warm water and let stand for 5 minutes to dissolve. Add the dissolved yeast and 3 cups of the flour to the first mixture and beat until well blended. Add 2 more cups flour, mix, and turn out onto a lightly floured board or counter. Knead for a minute or two, then let rest for 10 minutes. Adding just enough of the remaining flour so that the dough is not sticky, resume kneading until the dough is smooth and elastic. Put the dough in a large, greased bowl, cover, and let rise in a warm spot until double in bulk. Punch down and shape into two loaves. Place in greased loaf pans, cover, and let double in bulk again. Preheat oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit. Bake bread for 15 minutes, reduce heat to 375 degrees Fahrenheit, and bake for 30 minutes more. Remove from pans and cool on racks. *recipe makes 2 loaves.

You might be able to tell from the picture that my bread didn’t turn out very well. Normally the bread is light and fluffy, but mine didn’t rise at all (I somehow killed the yeast). Hopefully if you make this it will turn out better!

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