Something that is always a winner in our house is freshly baked bread. It never gets old (literally because we eat it almost instantly). It is so moist and fluffy with such a nice flavor that each of us is ready to pounce on it the moment it comes out of the oven.
After a couple of requests for the recipe, I thought I’d share it with everyone.
I got the original recipe
here, but I have modified it slightly.
Mix the dry ingredients
Mix the wet ingredients and add to the dry.
*I warm the milk a bit so it doesn’t keep the yeast from activating. It should be around 100-110 degrees.
Knead the dough for about 10 minutes.
Put your dough in a buttered pan and cover
Let the dough rise until it has at least doubled in size.
Punch it down and knead again.
Repeat these steps a few times.
*I like to put my dough in the oven (not heated) to rise. It always rises nicely and I don’t need to cover it while it rises. Also, on many occasions, I allow the bread maker to do the initial mixing, kneading, and rising. I let it go in there until it is just about to bake. Then, I punch it down one last time, knead it, and place it in the buttered pan for a final rise. Just a side note. Carry on.
After two or three times kneading and rising,
it’s time to bake!
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
Can you tell this isn’t the same bread that I baked today? It didn’t rise as nicely as my bread today. I would’ve taken a new picture, but Chloe was asking for the bread when I turned on the oven. Then she asked me about it just about every minute until she was finished with her third slice. Seriously, it’s that good. So, I didn’t get a chance to take a picture today.
Still looks yummy, though! Would you believe that there isn’t even half of a loaf left after only a few hours? There is enough left for breakfast and that’s it.
And, if there happens to be a lot left over or if I make an extra loaf of bread, then it’s definitely time for homemade croutons!
If you get a chance to make this bread, let me know what you think.
Looking for a fun snack idea? Try homemade potato chips!