Monday, June 1, 2009

Making some dough

For me, being crafty is partially about making something new and different and mostly about making something basic for cheaper than I could ever possibly buy it in a store. Many of the things I'd like to learn how to make are wholesome, every day necessities that seem really simple, but were not covered in my upbringing.

One of those things was bread. I feel like everyone should know how to make basic white bread. Just in case we slip into a great depression or the apocalypse hits and I happen to survive, but the supermarkets do not.

Homemade Bread (recipe by Trent at The Simple Dollar)
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1 package active dry yeast
  • 2 1/2 cups unbleached flour
  • Corn starch or nonstick cooking spray

Warm up your bowl by filling it with hot water and pouring it out. Open your packet of yeast and pour it into your bowl. Mix yeast according to directions on the packet (mine said to mix it with 1/4 cup water and 1 teaspoon of sugar.) Stir till there are no lumps in the yeast. Your liquid should be tan and bubbly.

Combine melted butter, sugar, salt, and milk in bowl with your yeast. Slowly stir in flour, adding about 1/4 cup at a time until dough is formed. Dough should be coated in flour, slightly sticky, but actually shouldn't stick to your hand. Clean the sides of the bowl with a spatula, and mix well until dough forms a ball. Find a large clean surface and dust it with flour. Place dough on the surface and knead for 10 minutes.

Shape the dough into a ball and place it in a bowl. Cover the bowl with a dish towel and let it sit in a warm place for 1 hour. (Don't clean up your floured surface.)

After your hour is up, your dough should be about twice it's original size. Next, put the dough back on your floured surface and pound it flat into a rectangle the length of your loaf pan. Roll the dough to fit the size of your loaf pan and tuck the ends under. Spray your loaf pan with your cooking spray and then place your dough in the loaf pan.

Put the loaf pan back in your warm place and let it sit for 1 hour. When your second hour is up, preheat oven to 400 degrees. When the oven is preheated, bake for 30 minutes.

After 30 minutes, remove the bread from the oven and the loaf pan and let it stand on a cooling rack. Once cooled, slice and enjoy! I like mine with cinnamon sugar.

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