Friday, January 27, 2012

White Bread, my Daily Bread


I've had loads and loads of people ask about the white bread loaf I make.  I've passed the recipe along but here is the pictures, the play by play.

In the bowl of your kitchenaid 
1 cup of warm milk, 1 T sugar, 2 T melted butter, 2 T vegetable oil, 2 1/4 tsp yeast.  Mix and leave it there to come to life!


ADD 1 egg, 1 1/2 tsp salt, 3 cups flour.
MIX slowly with dough hook to combine


This looks a little sticky so I shake in 1/4 cup of flour

There, that looks better

CRANK up to high and let it go for 5 minutes

After 5 minutes, it's soft and has cleared the bottom of the bowl!

Put on lightly floured surface and flatten it, knead it a couple of times and turn it into a ball

I put a dollop of room temperature butter on the top of the ball, smear it around with my hands then gently roll and and pull the dough ball under itself which distributes the butter all the way around. Roll it around in your hand creating a smooth surface and it'll feel lovely and happy.
(*I will do a video because I've been asked)

I put it in a plastic container to rise, these don't need to be greased at all, pop a lid on and I put in the oven with the light on for 60 minutes.

After 1 hour, look how HAPPY it is!!  It's easily tripled.   THANK you, bread dough, you DO love me!

On a lightly floured board, dump it out (the corners make me giggle).  Flatten it with your hands, fingertips actually then fold it into 3rds

Fold the top third down and the bottom third up.  Then turn it 90 degrees.

Flatten it a bit then roll from the bottom, tightly, (keep the edges even!) and seal the edge over.  Pinch it hard!

I roll it lightly in flour and put it, seam side down, in a greased loaf tin.  Sorry mine is really grotty but I love the bread this makes and the shape is right.

In the oven with the light on with a dry towel, for 45 minutes, then peek.

OH HAPPY risen bread!!

Pop it into a preheated 375 oven for 25 minutes. If your oven isn't completely even, spin it at 20 minutes.

Remove from oven.  *LOOK HOW BEAUTIFUL THIS IS!* and remove from pan immediately and leave to cool.

THAT is how I make my daily bread, every 3rd day or so.  I hope you make it, I hope you love it, I hope you show me how yours comes out!

(You CAN substitute 1/2 cup of whole wheat flour for a/p if you feel but do not substitute a higher percentage!!)


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