Thursday, February 26, 2009

Fabulous Homemade Bread

This recipe for homemade bread is fabulous! It is very easy to make (considering it IS homemade bread), has good texture and flavor and wasn't too crumbly at all. It will leave your house smelling DIVINE! I wonder if anyone makes an air freshener that smells like homemade bread. Well...they do freshly baked cookies! Why not bread? :-) Anyway...

You need:
2 envelopes of dry yeast
2 cups warm water
1/4 c granulated sugar or honey
3 tbsp melted butter
1 tsp salt
9-10 cups of flour (I used half whole wheat and half all-purpose)
1 cup oats

Sprinkle the yeast over the warm water in a bowl. Add the honey, butter, and salt. Let stand until foamy, about 5 minutes. Add oats and then flour, 2 cups at a time, until the dough is only slightly sticky and you can easily work with it. Remove from bowl and knead on a lightly floured surface for about 5 minutes. You may need to keep adding a little flour at a time. Spray the original bowl with nonstick cooking spray and return the dough to the bowl. Allow to rise 45 minutes to an hour or until doubled. Spray two loaf pans with nonstick cooking spray. Punch dough down and knead until smooth. Divide dough in half and form two loaves, tucking seams underneath. Let dough rise until it reaches the tops of the pans. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Bake until golden brown and hollow sounding when you tap on the bottom, about 35-45 minutes. Cool and serve.

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