It is the New Year and my bucket list seems to be endlessly growing. For every adventure I check off, three more seem to be added. Instead of feeling overwhelmed, I have decided to take on a smaller task… Lets make some warm doughy delicious bread!
I am not going to pretend I created my own recipe because let’s be real, I have never made bread before! The recipe I used is for beginners and is from: http://www.breadworld.com/recipes/Beginners-White-Bread
- 5-1/2 to 6 cups all-purpose flour
- 3 tablespoons sugar
- 2 packets Fleischmann’s® RapidRise Yeast
- 2 teaspoons salt
- 1-1/2 cups water
- 1/2 cup milk
- 2 tablespoons butter OR margarine
Combine 2 cups flour, sugar, dry yeast and salt in a large mixer bowl and stir until blended. Combine water, milk and butter in a microwave-safe bowl. Microwave on HIGH in 15 second increments until very warm but not hot to the touch (120° to 130°F. Butter won’t melt completely). Add to flour mixture.
Beat 2 minutes at medium speed of electric mixer, scraping bowl occasionally. Add 1 cup flour; beat 2 minutes at high speed, scraping bowl occasionally. Stir in just enough remaining flour so that the dough will form into a ball.
Knead on lightly floured surface until smooth and elastic and springs back when lightly pressed with 2 fingers, about 6 to 8 minutes. Cover with a towel; let rest for 10 minutes.
Cut dough into 2 equal pieces. Roll each piece of dough into a 12 x 7-inch rectangle using a rolling pin. Beginning at short end of each rectangle, roll up tightly. Pinch seams and ends to seal. Place, seam sides down, in greased 8-1/2 x 4-1/2 inch loaf pans. Cover with towel; let rise in warm place until doubled in size, about 45 minutes.
Bake in preheated 400ºF oven for 25 to 30 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from pans by running a knife around the edges and invert onto wire rack.
*I followed the directions exactly, except at the end I spread some butter over top of the loaf and added Italian seasoning… YUM!
My husband greatly appreciated this experiment and I actually woke up the next morning to him making French Toast on the stove with the left over loaf! This is a great idea for Sunday brunch or a festive breakfast! Sometimes I feel more like a Lorelei Gilmore. The type of girl who just wants a Poptart for breakfast and a bowl of cereal for dinner! My patience is not always present in the kitchen, but making bread was pretty entertaining. Kneading the dough reminded me of being a little kid when teachers would spray shaving cream on desks to keep us rascals entertained. Knowing that I accomplished a new skill grants a little bit of happiness to my day and makes me realize there are more things to learn, whether small or large.
Give it a try (maybe involve a little one in your life), prepare for a mess, and add it to the bucket list for an upcoming future festivity… The warm delight of a fresh loaf is oh so scrumptious !
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