Tuesday, September 1, 2015

How to make homemade bread

  The other day my mom brought over some fresh homemade bread right out of the oven, she made for us.  Seriously the smell itself made me gain 10 pounds!  We went on and on about how good it was, and so mom decided she would teach me how to make some.  I was very skeptical at first.... the whole yeast thing never works for me.  I've tried to make cinnamon rolls twice and they were both a bust!
I almost feel weird posting recipes on my blog because I am not a cook.  But my reason for doing it is to show that if someone as hopeless as I am in the cooking department can do it, ANYONE can!  And I'm really not joking!  I'm the type that can burn water!  I messed up making pancakes (from a box)  the other day!  That shows you how pathetic my cooking skills are!

Any how, I decided to try this whole bread making thing as long as my mom was there holding my hand.  So we made the first loaf and it was amazing.  The next day I decided to try it all by myself.... still a little skeptical but thought I should try with all the tips fresh on my mind.  And guess what??? It turned out great!  The loaf was almost perfect!  I say almost because one side was a little taller than the other, but it tasted awesome!  I've made it now a handful of times and can say that every loaf has actually turned out for me!  Woohoo!  

So here's my mom's recipe:

  • 4 cups flour
  • 1tsp salt
  • 3 Tbs sugar
  • 2 1/4 tsp yeast (bread machine rapid rise) *You can use active dry yeast as well, just make sure to follow the directions on dissolving it in water first!
      mix together

  • 1 cup water
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 3 Tbs butter
     heat last three ingredients to luke warm

Use Kitchen Aid with the dough attachment and mix/knead for about 5 minutes.  From here, I keep the dough in the mixing bowl, move to a warm place and put a damp towel to cover.  Allow it to raise to double.  It usually takes 30 min to an hour.
Knead down and shape into loaf.  Place in a bread pan and allow to raise about a half an hour.  Bake at 350 for 30 min. or until golden brown.

That's it!  Not as scary as you thought huh?  Give it a try and let me know how it turns out!


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