Tuesday, April 19, 2016

recipe ... homemade bread

It is spring in Colorado, which means the weather is bipolar! Well, Saturday was cold, windy and
 rainy/snowy, so it was a perfect day to stay cozy inside. I watched an episode of The Pioneer Woman,
where Ree made homemade bread and I decided to try out the recipe, to go along with homemade
chicken noodle soup. So, even if the weather is not very spring-y, I can make the best of it with the
 yummiest comfort food! 

Making bread can be tiresome and time consuming but it is always worth the work! I just love the feel of kneading the smooth dough, seeing it rise, smelling it bake and the taste of it right out of the oven. 

Homemade Bread / Dinner Rolls 

(Personal Note: This original recipe is "White Sandwich Bread", however I made it into dinner rolls this time. It makes 2 loafs of bread or 24 dinner rolls.)

2 1/4 teaspoons active dry yeast
4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) butter, melted
1 tablespoon sugar
2 teaspoons kosher salt
5 1/4 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for flouring the board

Combine the yeast and 2 cups warm water in a mixing bowl and stir to dissolve. Add the butter, sugar and salt. Use a wooden spoon to stir in one-third of the flour until smooth. Add another third of the flour and stir, then turn it out onto a floured board to knead. Knead it over 15 minutes, adding the rest of the flour as you knead. Don't let it get dry too fast; it should stay sticky. Put the dough in a buttered bowl and cover with plastic wrap. Let it rise for 1 hour.

Knead the dough another 5 minutes, place it back in the bowl and let it rise another hour.

Butter 2 loaf pans. Shape the dough into 2 loaves and transfer them to the prepared pans. Cover and let rise for 45 minutes.

(Personal Note: I made "clover rolls" in muffin tins, by putting 3 small balls of dough into each muffin and allowing them to raise for another 30-45 minutes.)

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.

Bake the loaves until golden brown on top and cooked through, 30 to 35 minutes. 
(The dinner rolls took 25-30 minutes to bake.)

This is my kind of lunch!! So yummy! 

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