much love: baking bread

have you ever made bread from scratch? it’s incredibly satisfying.  kneading dough is like yoga, meditation through movement.   baking bread is a bit of a time commitment, but most of the time is passive, because you are just waiting on the various proofing stages.   baking your own bread is nearly the simplest pleasure in the world.  you don’t need to have massive baking prowess to get this done, i swear.  when your house is filled with the fresh-bread scent and you are enjoying a thick slice smeared with honey, you will be so grateful!

make your rifle burs

simple white bread

1/2 c warm water
2 tsp honey
1 tbsp yeast

dissolve yeast and honey in warm water and let stand 10 minutes.

3 1/2 c warm water
1/4 c honey
1/2 c vegetable oil
2 tbsp lemon juice*
4 tsp salt
9.5 – 10.5 c unbleached all purpose flour.

measure warm water into a large mixing bowl; add honey, oil, lemon juice and salt. add yeast mixture and stir.  add sufficient flour to make a soft, workable dough. turn dough out on lightly floured surface; knead 10-15 minutes until dough is smooth and elastic (you’ll feel it change under your hands and know when it’s done). form dough into a ball and place in greased bowl, turning once to grease the top. cover and let rise 50 minutes or until doubled. punch down and shape into 4 round balls. cover and let rest 20 minutes. form into loaves and place in greased loaf pans, or twist into long rolls, braided loaves, hearts, flowers, horses, etc and bake on a cookie sheet. brush tops with oil. cover and let rise 50-55 minutes. bake in 375 f  oven for 35-40 minutes, or until bread tests done. remove from pans and cool on wire rack.

varities:

you can sub equal portions of these flours
1-3 c whole wheat flour
1-2 c rye flour
1 c flaked cerals

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4 thoughts on “much love: baking bread

  1. Wow, thanks so much for this wonderful recipe. I’ve never made bread, here goes nothing [real soon]… just got a new quart of honey from the NC mountains that will go great with some fresh out of the oven bread, yum… thanks again!

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