Saturday, August 16, 2008

Bread Making Tips



My sister called the other day and said..."quick can you tell me how to make homemade bread?" Here you go sis! Have fun and let me know how your bread turns out.

Love, your older and wiser and younger looking sister. :)


I used to be so afraid of working with yeast. You know you hear all the stories about yeast being a finicky lady and how you have to baby her. Well, I have found there are just a few basics and you can have fun with the rest.


STEP #1
This really is important if you don't want to waste ingredients.
Before the baking season, put yeast spores back in your home…just put some yeast sarter out on the counter…warm water some yeast and a spoon full of sugar..I’ve heard it helps the medicine go down a little easier:)…after the yeast has done it’s thing a few days and you can’t stand the smell anymore get rid of it and start fresh

STEP #2

Start with a warm place in the kitchen to ferment the yeast. I use the top of the oven that has been pre-heated.

Put 1 cup very warm water in a large coffe mug or bowl and stir in a spoon full of honey, then add a tablespoon of yeast and stir gently and let rise.

STEP #3

Scald one cup of milk in pot on stove, turn off heat and

Add 2 tablespoons butter and let melt.

Add 2 beaten eggs

Add 2 Tablespoons Molasses

Step #4

In a large mixing bowl add four cups of flour.

I use two cups white and two of a mix of oats, whole grain flour, rye, cornmeal, and I even add a few tablespoons of protien powder to the four cups total.

I also add a mixture of seeds for flavor (about a 1/4 cup toal)…can be, sunflower seeds, poppy seeds, millet, flax seeds or such.

Mix

STEP #5

Add yeast mixture to milk mixture

Add liquids to flour mixture and stir.

Add up to a half cup more of flour if needed until mixture forms a ball.

Coat ball with oil and let rise in bowl in a warm place.

STEP #6

When the dough has about doubled in size, Heat oven to 400

Oil two bread pans and split dough into halfs and place in bread pans.

As soon as the oven is heated to 400 place the bread pans into the oven and TURN DOWN the temperature to 350.

Bake for 40-45 minutes depending on how you like your crust.

Let cool a few minutes and remove from pans.

Enjoy!

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