Friday, January 7, 2011

Recipe: Bread

Makes about 2 loaves

1 c milk
1 c water
2 tsp sugar
1 package, or equivalent, active dry yeast
5 c flour
Extra milk

- Warm milk and 1 c water for 2 minutes in a microwave.
-Pour milk into bowl. Add enough cold water to turn milk mixture tepid. Stir in sugar.
-Add yeast.
-Cover with a tea towel or flour sack cloth for at least 10 minutes. The key is to feed the yeast but not let it cool completely.
-Stir in flour. Adding gradually. Stop when a decent dough has formed.
-Cover bowl with tea towel and let dough rise until at least 2x it's original size.
-Grease 2 bread pans.
-Divide dough into two segments. Place in the loaf pans. Stretch the dough to fit the bottom of the pan if needed.
-Cover with tea towel and let rise until at least 150% original size.
-Bake for 15 minutes in an oven that has been preheated to 350 d F.
-Brush tops of loaves with milk.
-Bake for another 10-15 minutes or until the tops are lightly golden.
-Laet cool for 10 minutes before slicing.

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