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Sunday, May 20, 2012

Home made White Bread



Ingredients:
3 cups Bread flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoon sugar
1 1/2 teaspoon rapid rise yeast
3 tablespoon of melted butter
1 1/4 cups of milk at room temperature can substitute with water

Preparation:  In a bowl with 3 cups of bread flour add salt and mix.


Separately to the milk add sugar and yeast mix and set it aside until it has started to ferment.  Takes about 15 to 20 minutes.  


Make a well in center of the flour add the fermented yeast and start forming a dough.  Once the dough is formed knead it for at least 10 to 15 minutes.  Pull the sides together and with the seams down place it in a loaf pan.  Press the dough in the pan till it fills it up.

Cover it and let it rise in a warm place or in the oven with the light on but power off until it has doubled.  It takes about an hour or so.  Give it enough time to rise.  To make a good bread the yeast needs time to do its work.

   
Pre-heat the oven to 375 degrees.  Place the bread in the middle rack and bake for 30 to 35 minutes or until it is done. Remove and let it cool before removing it from the pan and slicing.  

You can make hot home made bread at home faster than you ever thought.  The texture is just superb.  The aroma is out of this world.  Anyone can make it.


Bread should double during the first rising, if it does not then it may be due to temperature, humidity or barometric pressure.  Keep the dough covered during rising.  Keep it in a warm place where there is no draft.  Kneading is important to form gluten.



Note:  Baking is tricky.  Use this recipe as a reference only and adjust it to the area you are living.  The ingredients will be different in your area.


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