Posted by: Jason Wood | August 21, 2009

Bread! Simple and yummy!

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Nothing beats the smell (or taste) of fresh bread right out of the oven, and it so easy to make. I don’t have a bread maker, but nothing beats the satisfaction of making bread by hand.

This is all that you need to make a great loaf (or two) of white, yummy bread.

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First thing is to get your pans ready. Grease them with butter evenly

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and then drop a handful of flour into the pan and shake it all over until all the butter is covered evenly. Set the pans aside.

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Next step is to get the yeast growing. Pour two cups of warm water into a large bowl and add two tablespoons of yeast. Stir it up and set it aside for five minutes.

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Then add the butter, milk, sugar and salt to a small pot and stir until the butter is melted. I always love to watch butter melt! Don’t let this boil, just get it warm enough to melt the butter thoroughly.

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meanwhile the yeast that you set aside should be growing like crazy

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Add the melted butter and milk mixture to the yeast and stir it. Start to add the flour, a little at a time. When it starts to pull away from the sides of the bowl you can stop using a spoon and start using your hand to knead it

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I hope you appreciate this next picture because it was a royal pain to take – trying to clean one hand enough to use my camera, while leaving the other hand covered in enough dough to get a shot of what is happening! The dough should have a warm and smooth feeling to it. Knead it for about ten minutes to bring out all the yummy gluten. Mmmm…. gluten!

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Slap a lid on top of the bowl and set it aside for about an hour

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All the yeast will go nuts and the dough should rise out of the bowl

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Pull the dough away from the sides of the bowl and dump it out onto a cutting board

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It will deflate a little but don’t worry about it, lots of time for it to come back up

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Cut the dough in half

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and place one half in each pan. Spread the dough out and press it down flat

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then cover it up and set it aside for an hour.

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After an hour the dough will be puffed up way over the rims of the pans. Put them in the oven on the lower rack for 20 – 30 minutes.

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Then you have a house that smells amazing and two loafs of warm fresh bread that you can make all sorts of yummy things with

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slice it up

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slap some butter on it and have it warm

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grilled cheese with home fries

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french toast with maple syrup

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toasted garlic cheese bread

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toast with peanut butter and M&M’s

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grilled toast, which you can use for…

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BLT with chicken and grilled onions

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Hungry yet? Whip up a batch and let me know what you do with it!

For two loaves of bread

1/2 cup milk

1/4 cup sugar

2 tsp salt

1/4 cup butter

2 tbsp yeast

2 cups warm water

5 – 7 cups all purpose flour

In a large bowl stir yeast into water and set aside. In a small saucepan melt butter, mix in sugar, salt and milk. Mix melted butter, milk, sugar and salt into bowl with yeast and water, then slowly stir in flour. Knead dough for 8 – 10 minutes, cover and set aside for 1 hour. Scoop out of bowl and divide in half. Place in greased and floured pans, cover and set aside for 1 hour. Preheat oven to 400 F, place pans on lower rack and bake for 20 – 30 minutes. Remove from pan immediately and cool on wire rack (or slice and eat warm with butter!)

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