My husband and I love to try and learn how to make just about everything. This weekend we made our very first loaves of white bread. It turned out so delicious that our first loaf is already gone (:
The recipe I used is from the 1975 version of The Joy of Cooking.
How to make your very own homemade bread:
1 cup milk
1 cup water
2 TB butter
2 TB sugar
1 TB salt
1 package active dry yeast
up to 6 cups of flour
1. Start activating your yeast according to the packaging.
2. Microwave milk for 2 minutes on high.
3. Add butter, sugar and salt to milk and stir until butter melts.
4. When the yeast is frothy, add the milk to the yeast and then add those to a mixer. (No big deal if you don’t have a mixer, you can do this all by hand).
5. Add 3 cups of flour to the mixer and stir on low until the dough starts to combine.
6. Place your dough on a floured surface and work in the other 3 cups of flour. (You may not need to add all of the flour. The dough is ready at the point it is no longer sticky).
7. Place your prepped dough in an oiled bowl. Cover and keep in a warm place until the dough doubles in size. (This will take about an hour.)
8. Punch the dough to get out any air. Take it out of the bowl and separate it into two loaf pans.
9. Cover the loaf pans and let the dough rise again to double the size. (about 30 minutes). If it is cold in your house, put the loaves in your oven while it is turned off.
10. Preheat oven to 450 degrees F. Place the loaf pans in the oven and cook for 10 minutes. Lower the temp. to 350 degrees F and cook another 30 minutes.
You will know the bread is done when it slides out of the pans easily.