First of all, I’m not a bread maker, so I assumed .. I’ve tried and tried and finally resorted to a bread machine, when they were the fad. Then to just giving up, because a tiny little loaf that takes 3 hours in the machine, just doesn’t cut it for our size family. So if I can do this, So can you!!!
I have been just feeling more and more that I should take that leap and try it again, so I did!
I found this recipe and have been playing with it for a week now, trying to get it just the right flavor, consistency, what yeast,what type of flour, type of pan, temperature of water, and so on. (like I said I have only been at this faithfully ..a week )
So this is what I have done, you probably have a favorite or have never tried making homemade bread. There are no “real” rules to follow. There are thousands and thousands of bread recipes. So far I’m just trying to master this one.
The original recipe is different, I will make some side notes as to what I did to make this a little more healthy and what could or couldn’t work.
First I start by mixing in a bowl :
3 cups of warm water ( around 110 degrees)
2 (.25 ounces) packages active dry yeast ( rapid rise and bread machine yeast seem to work the best for me)
1/3 cup of a honey and black strap molasses mixture (you can use straight honey also)
5 cups of flour ( I use white wheat)
Side Note: I fill the honey almost to the top of my 1/3 cup and top it off with black strap molasses.. Why? The black strap is filled with so many good vitamins, nutrients and TONS of iron.. (just don’t lick your fingers LOL ) It’s just an added source and I use local honey from a farm, which makes it all that much better. Now the flour.. This is the tricky part.. You can use a straight bread or all-purpose flour and be safe, but I prefer something a little more healthy. I am using a white wheat flour (it is more heavy and will take longer to rise, and you will not need as much ) You can mix with a white and then knead in your wheat also which I tried and works great too. Of course if you had a grinder, you can grind whatever kind you prefer and it would be all that much healthier.
It will be a bit runny after mixing.. Set it to the side for about 30 minutes or until it rises and bubbles up a bit.. Like this!
Have your next ingredients ready as you are waiting .
Next you will need:
3 TBLS of melted butter
1/3 cup of the honey/ black strap molasses mixture.. (yes another)
1TBLS salt ( I use sea salt)
3-4cups of wheat flour or white wheat ( you could also sprinkle in some wheat germ, oats,or grains)
Tip: you can add “fruit fresh” to your bread for added Vitamin C ..
Mix this all together except the flour..
Pour out about 2 cups onto your surface and pour the batter onto the flour and easily mix it together until you can knead it.
It will take a good 5-10 minutes of kneading until you get it to form.
All the while sprinkling more flour over your dough and surface area to prevent it from sticking. You don’t want it too dry, just where it pulls away from the surface.
Eventually it should set up like this!
Next place your dough into a large greased bowl, then flip it over so the top has a light oil covering.
My next tip: warm your oven, NOT HOT !!! turn off .. have a tea kettle boiling and place it into the oven with your bowl. If that’s too much much, just place in a warm non drafty spot and cover with a tea towel until it rises.. about 45 min to an hour. I love this tip, it works great for me..
Next, Punch the bread down and divide into 3 greased 9×5 in. loaf pans or you can form into rolls ..
Let this rise until it tops the pan about 1 inch. (mine haven’t quite rose that hight yet.. either I’m in a hurry or it’s too heavy from the wheat)
Next Bake at 350 degrees about 25-35 minutes, do not over bake.
Brush the tops with melted butter to prevent the crust from getting too hard..
My kids Devour ours before it ever gets a chance to hit the cooling rack.. lol.., but it will squish the bread if you try to cut it before it has a chance to cool down.. Try it fresh, with jam and butter or my ultimate favorite.. Butter and Sorghum Molasses .. YUUMMMM !!!
Enjoy!! Matthew 6:11 Give us this Day Our Daily Bread …..