Saturday, February 28, 2009

This is a recipe I got off someones blog... I tried it and it is very good! Also the notes are not mine, they are the lady's that I got the recipe from. Enjoy! -Emily
"The Easiest Homemade Bread I've Ever Heard Of." 
6 c. flour (I use unbleached white flour. You can add in some whole wheat or even a handful of oatmeal or bran, but my family prefers it with just white.)
2 tsp. salt
2 tsp. Active Dry yeast (or Rapid Rise or Instant)

Mix dry ingredients together.

Then add in:

4 T. honey (White sugar can be used, but honey keeps it moist. If you use sugar, add that in with the dry ingredients.) 
4 T. oil
2 1/2 c. HOT TAP water

Stir together, then dump on to floured counter and knead gently with hands until all mixed and fairly smooth. (This is what makes it so easy. Besides not having to soak the yeast separately, it requires very little kneading.) Put back in bowl and cover with towel for 20 minutes.

Punch down and knead a few times to get the air bubbles out. Divide into two loaves. Place into greased bread pans to rise.

Let rise until over top of pan (takes several hours). 
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Bake for 30 minutes.
(I often put into oven, then preheat and set timer for 35 minutes. That extra five minutes of heating up helps it to rise to it's full heighth.)

Rub top of loaf with butter. Remove from pans. Place on sides to cool on towel.

This makes two loaves. We make four loaves at a time, but we have a large family. We also use this same recipe to make rolls (all shapes and sizes), cinnamon rolls or bread (just roll up some cinnamon, sugar and butter), and pizza crust. 
 I also made this with the same bread recipe...
Caramel-Pecan Cinnamon Rolls

1 cup butter or margarine, cubed
2 cups packed brown sugar
1/4 cup corn syrup
1/2 to 3/4 cup chopped pecans
2 Tablespoons butter or margarine, melted
1/2 cup sugar
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
Make one batch of  bread dough, (above), cover and let rise until double in bulk. In the meantime, for sauce, melt butter in a large saucepan. Stir in the brown sugar and corn syrup. Bring to a boil over medium heat for 2 minutes, stirring constantly. Pour into a greased 9x13 dish. Sprinkle with pecans; set aside.
Punch the dough down. Turn onto a floured surface. Roll into a 17-in. x 15-in. rectangle. Spread butter to within 1/2 in. of edges. Combine sugar and cinnamon; sprinkle over dough. Roll up jelly-roll style, starting with a long side; pinch seams to seal.
Cut into 15 slices. Place cut side down over caramel sauce. Cover; let rise until doubled, about 30 minutes. Bake at 350 degrees for 30-35 minutes or until golden brown. Let stand 5 minutes; invert onto a serving platter.
*These are very delicious as well... My family really enjoyed them this morning. :) -Emily

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