Tuesday, November 8, 2011

My Favorite Home Made Bread

I just have to share my favorite bread recipe that I'm so excited to make tomorrow! This time of year I just love to bake, I don't know what it is but I love the smells and the warmth that it brings to my home. This recipe comes from the food nanny and is very easy when it comes to home made bread so if you have never tried to make your own before this is a great recipe to try first. (Makes 3 loaves)

4 cups warm water (105-115degrees)
2 tablespoons active dry yeast
1 tablespoon salt
1/3 cup canola oil
1/3 cup honey or 2/3 cup sugar
10-12 cups all-purpose or bread flour

1. Pour the water into a very large mixing bowl or the bowl of a heavy-duty mixer. Add the yeast, salt, oil, honey, and 5 cups of the flour, and mix to combine. Gradually mix in an additional 5 cups flour, 1 cup at a time, until the dough is smooth (Add still more flour, 1/4 cup at a time, if necessary.)

2. Knead by hand on a lightly floured surface, or with the dough hook on low for 12 minutes. Cover with a dish towel and let the dough rise until doubled in bulk 30 to 45 minutes. Generously grease three 9x5 inch loaf pans and set aside.

3. Punch down the dough, turn it out onto a lightly floured surface and knead it briefly to remove the air bubbles. Divide the dough in thirds, knead each section a few times and shape into a loaf. Place the dough into the prepared pans. Cover with a dish towel and let rise 30-45 minutes. The dough is ready to bake when you press down slightly with your finger and the indentation remains.

4. Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Bake the loaves for 30 minutes. Immediately remove from the pans and cool on a wire rack. To freeze loaves, place in resealable plastic freezer bags and store up to two months in the freezer.

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