Monday, August 15, 2011

White Bread

This weekend I had this urge to bake bread.  Not just any bread, but wheat bread.  I found myself texting my mom late Friday night.  My mom has everything. Me:  Do u have a wheat grinder and wheat? Her:  yes Me:  Electric or hand? Her:  Electric Woohoo!  So I swung by on Saturday to pick it up.  This is what I found.
And here's another view.
ummmmmm.  I think it's older than me.  And I'm not young, friends.  Hitting 38 soon here.  At least it matches my Bosch, also older than me.
I happily switched my plans to white bread, as I wasn't too sure of what critters were living in that grinder.  I guess all those spider webs that were covering it could be healthy, but we were having people over for dinner.  Why risk it.
I wanted to share my never fail white bread recipe with you.  A few of you have told me you don't think you can make bread.  It's so easy!  No kneading or anything that takes too much time or energy.    That being said, you do need to make sure you are home to punch it down every so often.  And it's definitely worth the effort as it tastes 1000 times better than store bought.
White Bread
yeild:  2 loaves
1 Tablespoon yeast
1/4 cup warm water
2 cups warm milk
1/4 cup oil
2 Tablespoons sugar
1/2 Tablespoon salt
5 - 6 cups white flour 
In your kitchenaid or Bosch or whatever you have (A big bowl?), put in yeast and warm water.  The water should just be luke-warm.  NOT hot.  While that sits softening up, warm up the milk in the microwave just until luke-warm.  Now add everything except the flour.  
Ready for the flour?  Add it one cup at a time.  After 4 cups start to watch the thickness of the dough.  Keep adding flour just until it comes away from the side of the bowl.  It will be a little sticky.  I added 5 1/4 cups to mine. That is my usual amount in Arizona, but I guess if you have more humidity, yours could need a little more.  When you have enough flour added, keep it mixing until all the flour is incorporated.
Spray a bowl with Pam and transfer dough to bowl.  Flip it over so both sides are covered in spray.  Let it rise about an hour.  Punch it.  Let it rise again another hour .  Split it into two loaves, and place them in 2 bread pans sprayed with Pam.  Let rise once again about 30 minutes.  Bake at 350 for 35 minutes.

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