Being on a tight budget leads you to find alternative ways to get the things you need for less. And as much bread my kids and my husband eats, this is an easy recipe for me to do when there is no time for me to run to the store. I have never baked bread before and it came out great. So if you are adventurous and want try your hand at this, here is what you do:
Prep Time: 3 hours
Cook Time: 45 min
Total Time: 3:45
What you need:
- 3/4 cup warm water
- 1 package active dry yeast (sn: follow the directions carefully on how to activate yeast)
- 1 tsp salt
- 1-1/2 tbsp sugar
- 1 tbsp vegetable shortening (sn: or softened butter)
- 1/2 cup milk
- 3 cups all-purpose flour, approximately
- In large bowl, add the warm water. Slowly stir in dry yeast. Continue to stir until yeast is dissolved.
- Add salt, sugar, shortening, and milk to bowl. Stir.
- Mix in the first 2 cups of flour.
- If needed, begin adding more flour, one tablespoon at a time, until the dough chases the spoon around the bowl.
- You do not need to use up all the flour called for in this recipe, or you may need more flour than called for. The amounts vary depending on many factors, including weather, which is why most bread recipes only give an approximate amount of flour needed.
- Turn dough out onto floured board and knead, adding small spoonfuls of flour as needed, until the dough is soft and smooth, not sticky to the touch.
- Put dough in buttered bowl, turn dough over so that the top of dough is greased. Cover and let rise in warm spot for 1 hour.
- Punch down dough. Turn out onto floured board and knead.
- Preheat oven at 375 degrees F.
- Form dough into loaf and set in buttered bread pan. Cover and let rise for about 30 minutes.
- Score dough by cutting three slashes across the top with a sharp knife. Put in oven and bake for about 45 minutes or until golden brown.
- Turn out bread and let cool on a rack or clean dishtowel.
(sn: if you live in a cooler area or it is relatively cool in the kitchen. Turn the oven on to 375° and set the dough on the stove top. It will be warm enough to rise properly.)
Here is the website from About.com that has links to other tutorials on how to knead or make a loaf. Since I don’t have a bread pan, I used a pie pan and created a round loaf. This loaf of bread can be turned into a bread bowl or be sliced to make some awesome french toast. I made some yesterday for the kids and all I heard was silence. (You parents know what I mean! :P) It’s also great for heartier sandwiches or just topped with butter and honey.