This was my first time baking bread-- I guess you could call me the bread baking virgin... but I am pretty darn proud of my creation. I even doubled the recipe and it turned out fantastic!
Airy, light, no preservatives, wholesome organic ingredients, easy to make, inexpensive, it's even fun to do with the chitlens!
Here is the recipe-- as I gain some confidence and add or take away ingredients, I will let you all know!
5 teaspoons sugar
1 teaspoon salt
5 teaspoons butter
1 package of active dry yeast (I bought a jar of the yeast which is 2 and 1/4 teaspoons)
2 and 1/2 to 3 and 1/2 cups of unbleached flour
nonstick cooking spray or butter to grease the loaf pans
*makes one nice sized loaf-- double the recipe to make two nice sized loaves*
Warm up a large bowl with hot water (or if you are using a stand mixer, warm up that bowl). The purpose is to warm the bowl, not use the water. Place your yeast in the dried bowl, then add a cup of warm water at 110 degrees F. Stir until the yeast is completley dissolved.
Melt the butter in the microwave, then add it to the yeast and water. Add in the milk, sugar, and salt too. Stir gently. Then add in two cups of the flour. If you are using a stand mixer like I did, turn on the mixer to low. Don't forget to use the bread kneading attachment!
Slowly add in the rest of the flour 1/4 cup at a time, until the dough is just coming away from the bowl and not sticking to your hands. Transfer to a floured surface and knead to your hearts desire-- for a good ten minutes. If you are using the stand mixer, let it go on low to level 2/3 for about ten minutes.
Make a ball with your dough, then place it in a greased bowl. Cover it with a dish towel and leave in a nice warm place for one hour. It should double in size.
Once one hour has passed, punch down the dough a couple times. Bring the dough to a floured surface and press out to the size of a rectangle. The width up and down should be the length of your loaf pan. Roll it up in a nice long bun. Sorta like a cinnamon roll. Place in loaf pan.
Take your loaf and cover with the dish towel for one more hour. Doubling should occur.
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F and cook for 30 minutes. *enjoy* ~~ More bread recipes to come!