Happy Friday!!! We recently celebrated my husband’s birthday, and I decided to make homemade bread to go along with his birthday meal of shrimp and grits, arugula salad, and red velvet cake. I didn’t really want to use my bread machine since I had some time to make bread the old fashioned way. I dug into the recipe file I started as a newlywed and rediscovered a bread recipe that I got from one of my friends at my first teaching job.
– 5 cups flour
– 1 1/2 cups hot water (about 120 degrees)
– 1 package yeast (2 teaspoons)
– 1/4 cup sugar
– 1 1/2 tablespoons salt
Place flour in a large bowl and make a well in the middle. Combine the other ingredients until all are dissolved and then pour them into the well. Mix all together until they are completely combined. Then knead for about 10 minutes. Place in a greased bowl, cover, and let rise till doubled in size. Punch down and form into two loaves. Put into two greased pans and let rise till double again.
Bake in a 350 degree oven for 25 – 30 minutes. Rub the tops with butter when done. Remove from pans and cool on a wire rack.
It works well for sandwiches and French toast, too.