Wednesday, January 21, 2009

My Home Made Bread

Last night I didn't get to make my Chicken Parmasean, again! My friends invited me to $.35 wing night at a local restaurant. I didn't get wings, I got a chicken salad, but had a very nice time!

So, I will share my bread recipe today with you instead of the chicken parm.

Milk & Honey Bread

Makes 2 loaves
Ingredients
1 1/2 T active dry yeast
2 1/2 c warm milk
1/3 c honey
1/4 c melted butter
2 t salt
3 c wheat flour
3 c bread flour
2 c white flour
Directions
  1. Dissolve yeast in warm milk
  2. Add honey, butter, salt and mix
  3. Let proof (stand) for 5-10 minutes
  4. Add 3 c wheat and 3 c bread flour, mix until smooth
  5. Add enough remaining flour to form a soft dough
  6. Turn dough onto floured board and knead for about 10 minutes or until dough becomes elastic (Dough hook on mixer can be used as well)
  7. Place in greased bowl, turning to coat the top
  8. Cover with a damp towel and let rise in a warm place until dough is doubled, about 1 hour.
  9. Punch dough down and shape into two loaves (a little extra flour can be added if necessary, but not too much or the dough can become crumbly)
  10. Place in greased (and floured if you'd like) 9x5x3 loaf pans. I like to slip the tops a few times, which will prevent the dough from cracking, which can occasionally occur.)
  11. Cover and let rise until doubled, about 30 minutes
  12. Bake at 375F for 30-35 minutes, or until golden brown
  13. Coat tops with a little melted butter and turn pans on their side to allow bread to cool and prevent bottoms from becoming soggy
  14. When cool, slice and serve! This bread is great for sandwiches when sliced thinly, but is hearty enough to use as a "plate cleaner" with yummy stews and gravy dishes.
Bread baking is something I really love to do. It's more economical and much healthier, plus I love it! I've had success with this dough using evaporated or even prepared dry milk as well, even more ways to keep costs down.



As this recipe makes two loaves and there are only two of us, I usually stick one in the freezer. (The loaf in the picture came out of the freezer the day before this picture was taken). I've had great luck with just putting it in a paper lunch bag and then in a gallon-size freezer bag. I don't keep it there for more than a week at the most, and I've never had it turn out badly. I've also used the gallon bag to keep the bread on the counter. Though I don't use any preservatives in this recipe, I've never had a loaf go bad before a week, and the loaf usually doesn't last much longer than that anyway, so I can't be sure how long it could stay good.

8 comments:

  1. As if you don't know this, but Sam's Club carries honey in GIANT containers for a good $. Just FYI. And I'm buying bread flour at the market next week. Doug & I were just talking about your mom & her bread & was looking for a good recipe. :D Thankies!

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  2. I need to know how many slices you get out of that sucker, too. :) I'm annoying, no?

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  3. Thank you for this recipe. I am working my way up into making my own bread! Haven't tried it yet though.

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  4. My honey come from Sams in the winter, I'm all over that one :) Though there is a honey guy that lives in Swanton and I get his from the farm stand when it's there too. I have the recipe my mom used too, the one with baked potato in it, but it takes a few more hours to make.

    I forgot to mention that you can easily let the bread rise in the refrigerator overnight for either of the risings, just as long as you let it come to room temp before kneading or baking. It's very, very easy!

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  5. I followed you over here from SGF co-op. I love bread too and am always looking for easy to make recipes. I'm going to try to make this one today. Thanks for sharing!

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  6. Thanks for stopping by! I love this bread recipe for it's simplicity and great taste. My husband thinks anything wheat is "poison", but will eat this right up! I hope yours turns out well.

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  7. Thanks for the recipe. I've been trying different ones for the last 3 or so months and I think I got one that our family will like to stick with, but I'm looking for something that is more sandwich friendly. I came over from Sara @ Hostage Negotiation...

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  8. Thanks for visiting Shanna! This bread is really great for sandwiches most of the time. It is a little sweet, so for some it may not work as well. I've also started using a no-knead white bread recipe for my Hubby's sandwiches and that works great (he thinks wheat is poison). Let me know if you're interested in hearing about it!

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