Thursday, May 1, 2008

Bread from Scratch

Eve and I made bread from scratch last week and it was very yummy! This was our first attempt to use yeast. It was my turn to do the story and craft for the kids and we were going to do the story of the widows oil. I wanted the kids to make bread as their craft so I looked up a recipe online for bread. The only yeast we had was three years past it's date, but we tried it anyway and it paid off. Here is the recipe, we hope you like it!

Yummy in Your Tummy Bread

5-6 cups flour
3 T sugar
2 t salt
2 pkg yeast
2 cups water
1/4 cups veggie oil

Combine 2 cups flour, sugar, salt, and yeast. Blend well. On stove heat water and oil until luke warm. Add warm water and oil to flour mixture. Blend till moist, then beat with electric mixer for 3 minutes. Stir in remaining flour until the dough pulls cleanly away from the sides of the bowl.
Knead the dough for 10 minutes adding a little flour when the dough feels sticky. Grease the lump of dough and put it in a bowl to rise covered with a cloth. (For me I had to put it in the warm oven at about 100 degrees for it to rise well; may have been the 3 year-old yeast.) Let the dough rise to double the size, punch the dough down and divide into 2 loaves and let rise again under the warm bowl. Reshape the dough and divide between 2 greased loaf pans. Place pans in a warm place to rise until the dough is 1 inch above the pan. Bake 30 minutes. Brush with butter (optional).
Remove the bread immediately and cool on a wire rack. Serve when it's cool enough to eat. Enjoy!

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