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Breaking (and Baking) Bread

Allergies and colds all around here in the household. Luckily, we’re getting it all out of the way before we fly up to NY next week for my brother’s wedding. I can’t wait for a break from this oppressive Houston heat! Now I know for some people baking in the heat is silly. But for me, as long as I’m in air conditioning, I love baking when it’s too hot to be outside. This week I’ve experimented with bread and raspberry pie.

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The bread came out AMAZING. So amazing, in fact, that I made two more loafs today so we have enough through the week. I’m never, ever, ever buying store bought bread again. This homemade white bread is ridiculous. Next week I think I’m going to experiment with wheat bread.

RECIPE

1 1/2 Tablespoons of active dry yeast
2 Cups of warm water
1 1/2 Teaspoons of salt
2/3 cup of sugar
1/4 cup oil
6 cups of flour (added slowly)

Add yeast and water together. Let dissolve. Add oil, salt and sugar. Mix together. Slowly add the flour one cup at a time. Knead for approximately 6-10 minutes on lightly floured surface. Grease a bowl and place the dough in the bowl, covering all sides of the dough with some of the grease from the bowl. Cover. Let rise for 60-90 minutes or until doubled in size. Once risen, punch dough down, knead again for a few minutes. Cut dough in half and “make” into loaf-like rolls, then place in two greased bread tins. Let rise for another 30-45 minutes (covered). Put in oven for 30 minutes, turning the loaves halfway through baking. For a soft top, brush melted butter on top both before baking and when baking is finished. Cover with tea towel until cooled. 

Good luck! I had so much fun making this bread and it was just delicious!

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And then my sweet tooth took over and guess what? We’re having raspberry pie for dessert!

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  1. I have the same view as you do – I love to bake all year long. Sadly my oven broke almost a month ago and a new oven is not in the budget until the end of this month and I can’t wait to get back to baking!! I’ve been having serious flour withdrawal!! 😀

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