I baked bread! Well my dear friend and I did. I have been wanting to learn how to bake bread for a while now, and I still have a lot of learning to do. But I was pretty excited that my first attempt was a success and it was delicious. I read over dozens of recipes and finally decided on this one. Let’s just consider this round one in my quest to bake fresh bread, stay tuned for more to come.
1 cup milk
1 cup water
1/4 cup butter
4-5 cups all purpose flour
3 T sugar
1 tsp salt
2 pkgs. active dry yeast
Combine milk, water and butter in a small saucepan. Heat over low heat until liquids are very warm to the touch, about 120 degrees, butter does not need to melt completely. In mixer bowl, place 3 cups of the flour, along with the remaining dry ingredients. Mix on low speed until well blended. Gradually add the warm milk mixture. Mix until well blended.
Gradually begin adding the remaining 1 to 2 cups of flour, 1/2 cup at a time, until the dough is firm, clings to the hook, and cleans the sides of the bowl. Turn out onto counter top and knead a few times.
Place in a large greased bowl and allow to rise in a warm place for 20 minutes. Turn out, and divide into rolls or loaves, whichever you choose. Place bread in a warm place and allow to rise for another 20-30 minutes. Bake in a 425 degree oven for 10-12 minutes or until golden brown. *
*Also you can brush with butter while still warm to produce a nice soft crust.
Go give it a try, you just might enjoy getting your hands a little sticky.