About this Recipe
There are few recipes that remind me of my Grandmother more than homemade white bread. When we would arrive to her rancher house in the valley for our annual summer visit, or maybe just a weekend getaway (it was only a 4 hour drive), there would ALWAYS be the smell of white bread baking in the oven. It may be one of the most delicious smells that I can think of. She would cut us off a slice of warm bread, add a little butter and we would devour the soft spongy treat and ask for more, this time with honey please. This easy bread recipe is the perfect start if you want to learn how to make bread. Of all the simple bread recipes, this oven baked bread will fast become a favorite by anyone lucky enough to share in a slice.
1. Be sure that your Quick-Rise Instant yeast is fresh and that it is at room temperature when you add it.
2. We boiled the water first, then put into a measuring cup and brought it down to the correct temperature. We used Fleischmann's Quick Rise Instant yeast and followed the instructions on their label which says the water temperature should be 120-130 degrees F.
3. Be sure to read the directions on the brand of yeast you are using and follow.
4. The container we chose was an 8 cup measuring cup with a lid that ended up popping off and it was an 8cup measuring cup. We suggest a larger container than that.
When your bread is a few days old, you might start to notice some fuzzy green and white mold growing on it. This mold forms when the mold spores attach themselves on the surface of the bread. Mold eats organic matter in bread and other food that is beginning the rotting or decaying process. Even though you’re not going to get a serious illness from eating mold, moldy foods also have bacteria growing as well as the mold. There are dangers of mold which include molds that contain mycotoxins. So even though you cut the mold off of food, it’s roots could also be growing quite deep into the food. That’s why it’s usually recommended to throw away foods that have mold on them right away since the spores and fungi can cause allergic reactions or respiratory issues with some people, especially those who already have allergies or respiratory problems.
Makes 3 regular size loaves (or as you will see in the images below, you can also make 1 loaf bread, 12 cinnamon rolls, and a pizza crust with this recipe below)
3 cups warm water
1 Tablespoon granulated sugar
1 1/2 Tablespoons Quick-Rise Instant yeast
6 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1 1/2 Tablespoons salt
1. You will need a container that has a lid that seals tight.
2. Add the sugar, quick-rise yeast to the 3 cups of water. The water must be between 120 - 130 degrees, as per directions on the yeast packaging.
3. Set the timer for 5 minutes. The yeast will activate.
4. Stir the salt into the flour and add the flour a little at a time to the water mixture, stirring to combine.
5. Be sure to use a big enough bowl and stir the flour in with a wooden spoon.
6. When it is mostly incorporated, use your hands to gently work the dough together into a ball.
7. Transfer the dough to a bowl that has a lid and just cover lightly but do not seal the lid.
8. Let the dough sit one to two hours at room temperature until the dough has doubled.
9. Once the dough has doubled, punch it down with your hands.
10. Place the lid tightly on the container.
11. Refrigerate for 6 hours or overnight. The dough will keep in the sealed container for 2 weeks which allows you the flexibility to use some or all of the dough. If you plan to not use right away, date the container so you will not forget when you made the bread dough.
12. When ready to bake the bread, preheat the oven to 425 degrees F.
13. Grease the bread pan.
14. Pull a chunk of dough from the container. If you are making one loaf use about 1/3rd of the dough in the container.
15. Form the loaf and place into the bread pan.
16. Bake for 30-35 minutes until you have a golden brown crust.
If you are not using all the dough, put the cover back onto the container and put back into the refrigerator until ready to use.
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This bread recipe is truly magnificent, and once you get in the groove of bread making is much easier than you think. In fact, we love to make it a Sunday ritual, taking the time while it rises to have a cup of tea or make a pot of one of Grandmother's Soup and Stew Recipes for the week. It is also a great time to prep fruits and veggies so they are easy snacks and simply enjoy some relaxation time at home.
Just look at all the wonderful things you can make with this Easiest Bread Recipe Ever! Loaf bread, pizza crust, cinnamon buns, and french toast are a few things we made but you can use this for pretty much anything you want. We split the dough 3 ways, making one loaf of bread, 12 cinnamon buns and one pizza crust from this one recipe.
Homemade bread is a science, an art and a passion. Julia Child said: "The art of bread making can become a consuming hobby, and no matter how often and how many kinds of bread one has made, there always seems to be something new to learn." Jack Kornfield (Mindfulness Meditation Guide) said: "Sense the blessings of the earth in the perfect arc of a ripe tangerine, the taste of warm, fresh bread, the circling flight of birds, the lavender color of the sky shining in a late afternoon rain puddle, the million times we pass other beings in our cars and shops and out among the trees without crashing, conflict, or harm."
The expression of 'breaking bread' with someone is such a cliche, but for such good reason. What it means in our family kitchen is really the coming together of family and loved ones, the sharing of nourishment, time and space. It is slowing down enough to enjoy a meal together and appreciating the love and effort it took for the host to prepare a loving meal. In Grandmother's Kitchen, all our meals are served with love, care and the desire to spend time with the people we are sharing with. Cell phones are left off the table, televisions are off, and there is a simple ease in the ritual of meal time.
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Using vinegar and other natural kitchen cleaners will help you keep your kitchen nice and clean without having to introduce any harmful chemicals into your home, especially where you make and eat food. Use vinegar as well as lemon juice, baking soda or essential oils when cleaning your kitchen and you will always have a safe and healthy environment to make healthy and delicious food.