Tuesday, March 17, 2015

The Ultimate Bread Recipe


Are you looking for a wonderful all around bread recipe? Look no more. I have been on a quest to find simple and easy bread recipes and this one is fantastic! This bread recipe comes from one of my very sweet homesteading buddies and let me tell you, she can flat out bake bread! She is teaching my family some of her recipes and tricks and it is such a blessing! She has an endless supply of old recipes. 

I love this recipe because the dough makes such a versatile bread. Sliced dinner bread, yummy sandwich bread, garlic bread, French toast… I can go on and on, but I urge you to try this recipe and explore the endless possibilities!



1/3 cup Honey
1/4 cup Oil 
2 1/2 cups Warm Water
1 Tablespoon SAF Yeast
2 Teaspoon Salt
7+/- Cups Bread Flour (Whole Wheat or White)


Combine warm water, 2 cups of flour, and yeast in a large bowl. Allow to sponge for 15 minutes.

To above, add honey, salt, oil, and 4-5 cups of flour.

Knead for 10 minutes or until smooth and elastic.

Do not add additional flour after the first 5 minutes of kneading. If dough is still sticking to hands, clean them and put oil on them.

After kneading dough, allow dough to sit and rest for at least 10 minutes. Form into 2 loaves and place into well oiled bread pans. Allow bread to rise/double. This could take 10-45 minutes or more depending on how warm your kitchen is. Keep an eye on it. Then, bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes.

After baking, remove loaves from pans almost immediately onto cooling rack. After 10 minutes, brush with melted butter for extra richness.