Basic Home-Style Bread
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A basic simple homemade bread, based on a James Beard recipe, adding some more wholesomeness with a bit of whole wheat flour, and lot of homemade love.
: Baking
Serves: 2 loaves
  • 1 package of active dry yeast
  • 2 cups of warm milk (100 to 115 degrees, approximately)
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • ¼ cup melted butter
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • ~ 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • *additional flour as needed when kneading
  1. *NOTE: The directions below are all done by hand. However, if you have a Kitchen Aid or other large mixer, as we do now, it is much faster to make this dough!
  2. Warm 2 cups of milk.
  3. Add the yeast to ½ cup of warm milk, along with 2 tablespoons of sugar, and stir well until the yeast is completely dissolved. Allow yeast to proof.
  4. Place the remaining milk, the melted butter, and the salt in a large bowl.
  5. Stir in the flour, *1 cup at a time, with a wooden spoon.
  6. *Start with first cup of whole wheat flour, and then for rest of recipe use all-purpose.
  7. After the third cup of flour, add the yeast mixture.
  8. Continue stirring in flour until the mixture is rather firm, which should take ~ 4 cups.
  9. Remove the dough to a floured board or smooth surface, and knead, adding more flour as necessary if it gets sticky, until it is satiny and no longer sticky.
  10. Butter a bowl and place the dough in it, turning and using your hands to coat all sides with the butter. Cover with a with a kitchen towel or other suitable covering.
  11. Options for Rising:
  12. Place covered dough bowl in a warm, draft-free spot until doubled in size (approx. 1.5 - hours)
  13. -OR-
  14. Heat oven to 170 degrees, and when it reaches temperature, turn the oven OFF, and place the covered dough bowl in the oven. ( ~ 1 hour)
  15. Once dough is doubled in size, punch it down firmly 2 or 3 times, and return to floured surface.
  16. Knead 4 or 5 minutes more.
  17. Divide dough into 2 equal parts, and shape into loaves.
  18. Place each in well-buttered 9 x 5 x 3-inch loaf pans.
  19. Cover and allow to rise again, in a warm, draft-free spot (or warmed/off oven again) until doubled in size.
  20. When loaves are risen, preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  21. Slash the loaves with a sharp knife.
  22. Bake in 400 degree oven for 40 - 45 minutes, or until bread sounds hollow when taped on with knuckles on the bottom.
  23. Optional: Remove from pans and put them in oven a few more minutes longer to become crisped.
  24. ENJOY!
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