Thursday, October 20, 2011

Simple Bread

I love breads, especially fresh out of the oven. Frankly, I should stay away from carbs, but breads go great with everything. I needed bread one late night for dinner and my husband took the car so I had to make it from scratch. It's not hard to make it from scratch, but it's a longer process to make. Advice: make it ahead of time before dinner. Waiting for the dough to rise and all took forever...atleast it felt that way. It was worth the wait...definitely. Nice, warm, soft, buttery dinner rolls for dinner...that's pretty much all I ate. Of course, everyone has their own simple bread recipe, it's not hard to make. This one happens to be mines, the perfect recipe for me. 

Fresh dinner rolls out of the over, brushed with melted butter
1/2 cup milk
3 Tbsp sugar
2 tsp salt
3 Tbsp butter
2 pkg active dry yeast
1 1/2 cups warm water
5-6 cups AP Flour

In a small pot, heat up milk, sugar, salt, and butter until butter melts and sugar is dissolved. Set aside and let cool slightly.

In a bowl, dissolve yeast in warm water. Add the warm milk mixture and about 4 1/2 cups of flour. Knead with hands until all ingredients are mixed. Add 1/2 cup of flour at a time while still kneading until dough comes cleanly off the sides of the bowl. You may not use all the flour, which is okay. Continue kneading dough on a flour surface until dough is smooth and elastic. Then place dough into a greased bowl and cover for about 1 hour. Punch dough down and divide evenly in half. Shape to desired sizes. Cover again and let rise for another hour. Bake at 400 for about 30 minutes or until goldne brown. Cool immediately on wire racks. **May brush tops with melted butter for extra flavor**

2nd Batch: no butter brushed on top...same delicious results


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