Baking bread is a creative outlet for me and satisfies that “need to bake”. I started searching for the perfect white bread recipe last November. I’ve been baking two loaves a week since then. The first recipe I tried made a loaf that we thought was a bit dry. I’ve been using this recipe since early December. I like it and we always get a nice tender, light loaf. It just takes me a short time to mix up the dough. Proofing (or letting the bread rise) takes a couple of hours and baking takes about 35 minutes.
I usually use my bread machine to make the dough for rolls and then take the dough out of the bread machine pan and shape and bake it. I like to use my mixer to knead the bread. Using the mixer for a specific time, 8 minutes for this recipe, ensures a similar result every time.
Of course, not every bread recipe requires kneading. King Arthur Flour had this recipe as their recipe of the year last year. My son made some when we were visiting last week and we enjoyed the nick crusty, rustic loaf. If you want to try something super easy with guaranteed great results, give this recipe a try. This recipe would not be appropriate for a 4-H member to take to the fair if they allow it to raise for more than one day in the refrigerator. Call AnswerLine if you have any questions about using this recipe.
I love to get some bread started early on a Saturday morning and let it proof while I’m doing laundry and other chores around the house. This way we have some nice fresh bread to start the week, and a great treat of warm from the oven bread before lunch. Try some homemade bread this weekend. Or on a snow day.