How to Make Homemade Bread

 Kitchen Basics 101: How to Make Homemade Bread
 
 
Last week for Kitchen Basics 101 we discussed how to proof yeast.
You can read that post HERE.
 
This week Kitchen Basics 101 is all about making bread. I love everything about making homemade bread, the aroma of it throughout the house, the amazing taste of fresh, hot bread slathered with butter. Ooooh. I could go on and on. For better or for worse I am a huge bread girl. Are you with me on this?! 
 
This is a recipe that I have been using for years and it comes out great every time. 
Sometimes I use my Kitchen Aid mixer, but usually I make this by hand. I love getting my hands all gooey, and mixing everything together to create my “masterpiece.”  
 
Basic White Bread
 
Ingredients:
 
  • 1 package yeast
  • 1/2 cup warm water
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 cups warm water
  • 2 1/2 Tablespoons melted butter
  • 6 – 7 cups flour
Directions:  

Dissolve yeast in 1/2 cup warm water. Set aside and let the yeast proof.

In a large bowl combine the sugar, two cups warm water and melted butter. Add the yeast.

Gradually add the flour, one cup at a time, to form a soft dough, mix until the dough pulls away from the sides of the bowl.

Set a kitchen timer for eight minutes, and let the mixer knead the dough for you; or you can turn the dough out onto a floured surface and knead by hand.

Transfer the dough to a lightly greased bowl and cover with plastic wrap. Let the dough double in size; about 2 hours.

Punch the dough down and divide into two portions. Shape the dough into loaves and place in baking pans, cover with plastic wrap and set aside for another 2 hours or until doubled in size.

Before baking, brush the tops of the loaves with melted butter.Bake in a 425 degree oven for 20 minutes or until the crust is golden brown.

Allow to cool in pans for about 10 minutes and then turn the bread loaves out onto a cooling rack to finish cooling. 
 
 
Enjoy your homemade bread with butter and jam.  
 
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