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!

                                                          


Recipe:

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)

Directions:

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.

                                                       



                                                    Enjoy!
                                                     xoxo

33 comments:

  1. Looks yummy! Have you tried it with all purpose flour?

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    1. You need to use bread flour or whole wheat flour.

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    2. I use all purpose flour and it works well.

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  2. Yummy, I miss making homemade bread, have to make this soon!
    Thank you for sharing!

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  4. I have been making homemade bread for about 20 years. I have a few recipes but one I stick to that I got from a homesteader 15 years ago. The recipe I have is very forgiving but for french toast not so much. I am going to try this recipe after I buy a new grain mill my old one died. I have a hand mill but it does not get the flour fine it is too coarse. Do you grind your own wheat?

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  5. Is the temp right? To bake at 350? All my recipes are 400 just making sure. I'm making this recipe right now I'm in the sponge stage n just makin sure. It makes sense if it is 350 because at 400 I usually need to cover with foil so it don't get to dark n hard.Thanks Patara!!!

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    1. OK!!! My bread just got done and it is beautiful!!!! It worked well at 350. I couldn't find SAF yeast so I had to use Flieshmans bread machine/rapid rise. I also used King Arthur unbleached all purpose flour. I'm using this recipe always! Thank you so much for helping me in so many ways!!!

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  6. Can you put some of the dough in refrigerator to bake the next day?

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  7. How did you make the cinnamon one Ms.Patara? Did you add the cinnamon in layers? How much? Thank you ( & Ms.Misty Prepped 4 giving me your recipe link)
    God Bless you All!

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  8. How do I go about printing the recipe without all the added comments?

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  9. Am I reading the recipe correctly...only one rise time? If so that will certainly save time!

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  10. You got me to cann8 g now can't wait to try your bread and biscuits

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  11. You got me to cann8 g now can't wait to try your bread and biscuits

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  12. Do you add the additional flour after five minutes or you don't add the additional flour? I'm so totally confused

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    1. You add the additional flour, as you begin kneading, to get it to the right texture. That should happen within 5 minutes. Some days it will take the full amount of flour, other days, not all of it. Depends on humidity, etc.
      Then you need to spend another 5 minutes kneading the dough so it becomes "smooth as a baby's bottom".

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  13. Can't wait to try this one!
    Thank you :)

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  14. Can't wait to try! Thanks for sharing! Laura

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  15. I live at a mile high. What adjustments do you recommend?

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    1. I used to live in Eastern Colorado and baking was a challenge. What I wound up doing was decreasing my yeast by 25%. That seemed to do the trick. No more problems. I also did it with any baked goods. I just reduced the leavening agents by 25% and no more collapsed cakes and quick breads. Good luck!

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  16. I too can't wait to try this recipe but am a little confused as to when to add the last 2 cups of flour.

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  17. Patera, I just finished watching day 31 of your challenge. You are an inspiration. I used to make bread every day but my kids grew up and life just got in the way. Am back to baking bread again and wanted you to know that this is the easiest, best tasting bread I have ever made. Thank you for sharing
    your knowledge so generously.

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  18. Finally got my Lodge loaf pans. Can't wait to try this.

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  19. You know this is the first time I've actually looked at your recipe. Its very very similar to mine! I need to try this one out.

    Kimberly

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  20. Hey Ms Patara!
    Thank you for this awesome recipe! I actually subbed 1/2 c sourdough starter (left out the yeast) and let it rise for a day or so. Still worked perfectly! You know a recipe is good when you can tweak one part and it still comes out amazing. ��

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  21. I'm a bit of a newbie what does saf yeast mean is that the dried yeast you buy at the store

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    1. https://www.amazon.com/Saf-Instant-Yeast-Pound-Pouch/dp/B0001CXUHW

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  22. Please add the information on kneading times and when you add the flour to the recipe. As a beginner I would not have known that...and not everyone reads all of the comments as I did. Thanks so much !!! I just watched your chile video and your potatoe soup video on you tube. !!!

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