Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Homemade Bread

Some of the earliest memories that I have are of going down our family friend, Mamie's house. Mamie and her husband Jim lived a simple life. She cooked everything fresh from scratch and he hunted. I remember going out back and looking at all of the hunting dogs who always seemed to be incessantly barking.

Mamie used to sit with me on her front porch and tell me stories and share some old wives tales as well.

One of the things that I really liked was going over her house and smelling fresh homemade bread being baked with the scent filling the whole house and even drifting outside. Even going inside and seeing bread pans covered with dish clothes was enough to make my mouth water.

Since then, I've been hooked on homemade bread. The recipe below is not Mamie's recipe, but is a basic one for homemade white bread.

  • ½ cup warm water
  • 1½ T yeast
  • 1 T sugar
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • ⅓ cup oil
  • ⅙ cup sugar
  • 2 t. salt
  • 1¼ cups cold water
  • 6½ cups flour



In a small bowl mix the ½ cup warm water, 1½ T yeast, and 1 T. sugar.

Let it sit for about 5 minutes or so.

Step 2

In a mixer or in another bowl mix the 1 cup of boiling water, ⅓ cup oil, ⅙ cup sugar, and 2 t salt.

Stir until it dissolves.

Step 3

Add in the cold water and mix and then add in the yeast mixture. (You want the mixture temp to be lukewarm before you add the yeast and thats why do you do this.)

Step 4

Add in 3 cups of flour and stir.
Let this mixture rise for 30 minutes.

Step 5

After 30 minutes, the mixture should have some bubbles from the yeast.

Add in 3 cups of flour. It should form a nice not sticky dough. Let this rest for about 30 minutes.

Step 6

Add in remaining 3 to 3½ cups of flour. It should form a nice not sticky dough.

Let this rest for about 30 minutes.

Step 7

Grease (with butter) and lightly flour the bread pans. This will help the bread to release from the pan and to come out easier.

Step 8

Separate dough into bread pans.

Cover with a dish towel and let these rise for about an hour (or until the dough has doubled in size) in a warm place.

Bake bread at 350°F for 35-40 minutes.

Step 9

Remove the loaves from the oven and brush the tops with butter.

Step 10

 Enjoy with butter or your favorite jam or jelly spread!

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