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Fresh Bread…MMMM!

Posted on: September 5, 2010

I love homemade bread.  I had a breadmaker for a while, but I didn’t really like using it apart from the dough function because the paddles baked into the bread and it was really difficult to remove from the pan.  I loved the dough function…it took care of the kneading and rising without an ounce of work from me.  Then one of the paddles broke and it didn’t knead the dough enough to make it rise properly.

So, no more fresh bread for us.  Until I discovered the dough hook on my KitchenAid mixer and found an easy way to make bread rise in the oven.  I love the dough hook…add ingredients, turn on mixer, walk away from 8-10 minutes (this automatically buys me 10 minutes of kitchen cleaning time too…two birds, one stone!).  To make the bread rise, I boil water in the kettle and pour it into a baking pan on the bottom rack of the oven, put the bread over it and once again, walk away!

Here is my go-to recipe for fresh homemade bread (from the Taste of Home Cookbook):  (I make one loaf at a time because I only have one pan so this is the original recipe halved).

1-1/8 tsp active dry yeast
1-1/8 cup warm water (110-115 degrees)
1-1/2 tbsp sugar
1/2 tbsp salt
1 tbsp vegetable oil
3 cups all-purpose flour

In a large mixing bowl, dissolve yeast in water.  Add sugar, salt, oil and half the flour, stir until smooth.  Stir in remaining flour.

Turn onto floured surface, knead until smooth, 8-10 minutes (or use the dough hook on your mixer at setting 2 for the same amount of time!).  Place in a greased bowl, turning once to grease the top.  Cover (I use a clean dish towel) and let rise in a warm place until doubled (1.5hours).

Punch dough down, turn onto a floured surface.  Shape into a loaf (roll out with rolling pin and roll up into a log).  Place in greased 9x5x3 pan.

Cover and let rise until doubled (30-45 minutes).  Bake at 375 for 30-35 minutes (or until golden brown and sounds hollow when tapped).  Remove to wire racks to cool.

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2 Responses to "Fresh Bread…MMMM!"

this is all assuming, of course, that eventually i will have something that will knead the bread for me. because we all know i’m far too lazy to do it by hand, haha. though it would be nice to not have to be all…oh darn, we’re out of bread again and have to run to the store. because i hate that. then again, i don’t eat very much bread and would find it a pain to have to make bread for someone else to eat. such a conundrum.

haha, indeed…i hate that conundrum too…i also hate the ‘we don’t have bread, so what am i going to take for lunch because i can’t bring sandwiches’ dilemma.

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