One of my goals in the New Year is to SIMPLIFY (always!) … and the more and more I continue on my mission to simplify things, the more I am finding that schedules really do work. So… I am in the process of outlining my weekly activities so that I can fit everything in. We love home baked bread, but sometimes I get too scattered to bake it and we find ourselves making a quick run to the store for bread. This is something that I want to change in 2011. I have officially declared Tuesdays as BREAD BAKING DAY…so I thought that I would share with you one of our favorite recipes, which also happens to be the easiest. In fact…we call it: Easy Bread. (and let me tell you … Easy Bread makes one mean grilled cheese sandwich!)
Here is what you will need to make Easy Bread:
3 Cups Warm Water (almost hot)
1 package Yeast (or 2 1/2 tsps)
1/2 tsp salt
1/3 cup sugar
5-6 cups flour (I have used many kinds of flour with this bread, so experiment and see what you like best)
First of all, combine your water, yeast, sugar and salt and let them sit for 5 minutes. Slowly start adding in your flour, and by the 4th or 5th cup of flour, I am usually using my hands. Add in flour as you need it (I usually use the full 6 cups) Continue kneading with your hands until dough is in a ball and is somewhat elastic. Spray a bowl with cooking spray and leave the dough ball in there for rise (covered) for about an hour. Now separate the dough into two parts (with floured hands) and knead each ball a little and then shape into a loaf and set each into a sprayed bread loaf pan. I then cover them with sprayed plastic wrap (to prevent sticking) and then cover that with a towel and put them up again for another hour to rise. Now you are ready to bake them for 20-25 minutes in a 350 oven.
This recipe really is SO easy… and while the total time is over 2 hours (almost 3), it only takes a quick minute to do each step, which is why I can fit this into my day so easily.
Two best ways (in my opinion) to eat this bread? Butter and honey (to die for) … or slice and add cheddar cheese and microwave until cheese melts – so good!!
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