Sunday, April 16, 2017

Baking Bread: Basic Sandwich Bread

Baking Bread

Photo Credit: Lilluna

Basic Sandwich Bread

In the Walker Farmhouse, we (the farmer) can go through an entire loaf of bread in a single week! We go through so much bread. To me, all the bread we buy at the store tastes the same, even though he disagrees. Sometimes you just feel like you need a change up. So why not make your own bread? What? Make my own bread? Yeah! It's pretty easy, to be honest! Here's a recipe for a basic sandwich bread, enjoy! 

Ingredients:
  • 2¼ teaspoons (1 packet) active dry yeast
  • 2¼ cups warm water
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons oil
  • 5½ - 6½ cups flour
  • butter, for topping (optional)
Directions:
  1. In a large bowl, dissolve the yeast in the warm water with a pinch of sugar. When the yeast is bubbly/foamy, add the sugar, salt, oil, and 4 cups flour and mix until smooth.
  2. Add remaining flour 1/2 cup at a time to form a soft, smooth dough. The dough should stick just slightly to your finger when touched, but not be overly sticky. Knead 5-7 minutes, until smooth, then roll into a ball. 
  3. Place the dough in an oiled bowl, turn over once to coat the top with oil and cover with plastic wrap. Let rise one hour, or until doubled. 
  4. When the dough has risen, punch it down gently and divide in half. Roll each half of the dough into a long rectangle about 8 inches wide. Roll the dough up, starting at the short edge, to form a cylinder that is approximately 8 inches wide. Repeat with remaining dough. 
  5. Place the dough, seam-side down, into lightly greased bread pans, and cover with plastic wrap. Let rise one hour, or until the dough is ½ - 1 inch higher than the top of the pan. 
  6. Preheat the oven to 375. Bake 30-35 minutes or the loaves are golden brown and sound hollow when tapped. Brush with melted butter, if desired. Remove to a cooling rack and cool before slicing.



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