Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Homemade Bread Loaves

    Does your family loves a good bread? Mine does. I don't always bake homemade bread , just once in a while and when I do , I ask myself why I don't always do this all the time? No doubt about it , the homemade bread taste is much better and economical too. You feel good knowing that there are " no hard to pronounce ingredients" , you know whats in your bread..you know what you are feeding your family.

    This is an easy recipe for a homemade bread . It involves minimal kneading , so if you don't have a stand mixer, mixing it by hand is just fine! It is a little crunchy on the outside ( If you prefer to bake it that way, we do) , soft and fluffy inside.




Ingredients:

2 packages of active dry yeast
2 1/2 cups warm water
1/2 cup low fat milk ( can use evaporated milk)
1/4 cup honey
1/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup butter
1 tbsp salt
6 cups of flour , I use all purpose. You can also use whole wheat or bread flour. You may need more if your dough is sticky.


Directions:

Pour 1/2 cup of warm water into a bowl , sprinkle yeast over it. Let it sit for about 5-10 minutes. Until they are bubbly.



Melt butter . Add in honey and sugar. Stir it and let it cool slightly.


Combine the butter mixture , salt , 2 cups water and yeast in the bowl.


Add in the flour. Adding one cup at a time. You'll know your dough is ready when it is not sticky anymore. You may add 1/2 cup of flour at a time if you need some more flour. Place the dough in a floured surface and knead until all the flour is incorporated. ( If using a stand mixer , use your dough hook ,speed 2)


Place the dough back in the bowl ( or just leave the dough in your mixer's bowl) , Cover it with a clean kitchen towel . Let it sit for 1 hour until it doubles in size.


After an hour , Punch down the dough and let it rise again for 45 minutes.


Separate the dough into 2 equal balls. With floured hands , Shape or press the dough ball into rectangle , tuck the ends under. Place the loaves on greased loaf or bread pans.

Cover and let it rise for 30 minutes, until the dough is on top of the bread pan.

Still with me? I promise you , it is worth it :)


Bake at 350 deg for 25 minutes. or until the breads are golden brown.

Let it cool before slicing. Serve with warm soup or just with butter.


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2 comments:

  1. Thanks for sharing this recipe, Khit.
    Blessings :-)

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    1. Thank you Kath and have a wonderful weekend!

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