Tuesday, August 26, 2008
Baking Bread: The Short Version
This recipe is seriously fast and easy. I started it at 5:30pm and pulled it out of the oven at 6:45pm. I got this recipe from my sister-in-law when they were visiting in July. It makes a great basic dough that can be used in many ways. I made a loaf, burger buns, and Violet shaped a bunch of rolls.
Here is the recipe as I got it from my sister-in-law.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees
5 1/4 c flour
1/2 c sugar
1 & 1/2 rounded T of instant yeast
1/2 t salt
Give the dry ingredients a mix
1 & 1/2 T liquid lecithin (found in the health department or at baking stores)
2 c hot water
Mix for 1 minute and check consistency, dough should be sticky. Add flour or water. Knead for 4 minutes. Spray pans, counter and your hands with cooking spray. Cut dough in half and shape into loaves. Cover and let rise for 25 minutes. Cook for 25 minutes, or until bottom is lightly brown.
*For whole wheat flour, knead for 10 minutes instead of 4 and use apple sauce for half of your water.
OK, here's what I did. I tried the recipe the way it was written, using the lecithin, apple sauce and white whole wheat flour. It was very tasty, but a bit sweet. I wanted to try it without the lecithin and apple sauce to see how it came out. Mostly to make it less sweet and also to cut down on the ingredients list. I also switched the sugar to honey. It worked great!
5 1/4 c white whole wheat flour
1 & 1/2 rounded T instant yeast
1 t sea salt
Mix dry together
1/2 c honey
2 c hot water
Mix together for 1 minute and test constancy, needs to be sticky or else your bread will turn out dry. Knead for 10 minutes making sure dough remains sticky, adding more hot water if necessary. Spray pans, counter and hands with cooking spray, shape and let rise 25 minutes, or until doubled. Bake for 25-35 minutes.