Fresh Baked Bread

This was my second attempt. The first attempt was edible but very weird looking and a little off. On the first attempt I basically boiled the poor little yeast guys which meant the bread didn’t rise very much and was very dense.

I was more careful to read the thermometer on the F side rather than the C side the second time around. The yeast thanked me with yummy bread. I modified the recipe a little – I omitted the milk and didn’t keep it in the oven as long. I think next time I’ll lower the oven temperature and keep the longer time.

Fresh Baked Bread

  • 1 package active dry yeast
  • 2 1/4 cups warm water (110° to 115°)
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 tablespoon shortening
  • 2 teaspons salt
  • 5 3/4 to 6 1/4 cups all-purpose flour

I ran the kitchen faucet water until the hot water from it was between 110° and 115° then filled a large mesuring cup with the 2 1/4 cups water and dumped the yeast package into the water.

In a large metal mixing bowl I put 2 cups flour, sugar, shortening, and salt. I mixed it around with my hands to break the shortening up and mix it into the dry ingrediants.

Pour the yeast water into the flour mixture and stir with a wooden spoon till smooth. Stir in as much of the remaining flour as you can mix in with a spoon. On a floured surface, knead in the remainin flour to make a moderately stiff dough that is smooth and elastic. Knead for about 8 minutes.

Place in a lightly greased bowl; turn the dough once to grease surface. Cover and let rise in warm place till double (about 1 1/4 hours).

Divide dough in half. Shape into two loafs and place in lightly greased pans, cover and let rise in warm place till nearly double (45 to 60 minute).

Bake 375° for 45 minutes (30 for me) or until bread test done. Test by tapping the top with your finger. A hollow sound means the loaf is properly baked.

Remove from pans; cool on a wire rack. Makes two loafs of bread.

I could live on fresh baked bread and butter!

What prompted me to make home made bread? Well, I stumbled onto a delightful YouTube video of a 93 year old lady in NY that made a HUGE batch of bread and she made it look so easy I though “what is holding me back from making it?” – so I did. Here is the video that started it all – it is actually the part 2 of a two part video (in the first part she makes the peppers and eggs).

Thanks Clara! I love her story telling inbetween the cooking.

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