Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Trying my hand a making homemade bread

This is not something totally new for me but something that I don't do often. If I did I'd be HUGE because there is nothing better than warm homemade bread with real butter. I have tried a few recipes lately but thought they tasted more like a sweet bread so I thought I'd try something on my own. I made one batch that I used half wheat flour and half white flour and it went to the garbage can. It wouldn't even mix up. I figure it needed more oil or liquid but at that point I was done with it.
As my attempts went on I finally came up with this and so far like it the best.

Homemade Bread

1/4 cup sugar
1 cup warm water
1 tbsp. dry yeast
2 tbsp. olive oil
1/2 cup whole wheat flour
2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
3/4 tsp. salt

In mixing bowl, let sugar dissolve in warm water.
Add yeast, give it a gentle stir and let sit 5 minutes.
Add oil, flours, and salt.
Mix all together.
I use my Kitchen-Aid mixer with the dough hook attachment and just let it do the work of kneading for about 5 minutes on low speed.
Place in a greased loaf pan.
Cover with a tea towel or light-weight towel and let the dough rise.
The time will depend on the warmth of your house.
I place mine on top of the fridge and let it rise for about 2 hours.
Uncover and bake at 350 degrees for 25-30 minutes.
This makes one loaf.
I always try to have a fast & simple dinner on Friday nights so I used this bread this past Friday to make turkey melts and boy were they good.
I just sliced & buttered one side of the bread. Placed butter side down on griddle and then topped with mesquite turkey breast and a slice of cheese. Put other slice of buttered bread on top and cook till both sides are toasted. (I have been using my bacon press when making sandwiches this way. It makes them flat and reminds me of a panini.)
Anyways, when both sides were toasted I removed them. Opened them up and added shredded lettuce, tomato slices and then drizzled a little coleslaw dressing over the top. YUM!


Carmen C. said...

YUMMY...homemade bread sounds so good!I usually just do mine in the bread machine, but homemade is so much better! You know my tomato seeds are the only ones that took off that fast,the others I started are just now starting to sprout! The others were flower seeds though, so maybe that has something to do with it? Have a great day and enjoy your bread!

Olde Dame Penniwig said...

Those turkey melts sound great. What a neat use for a bacon press! I'm going to try those but going to buy the bread, I'm hopeless at baking bread...

Stacey said...

Oh yum!!! I love bread, especially homemade with real butter. That is what I grew up on and love it, love it, love it. Ahhh ~ the smell, I'll bet your house smells wonderful. :) My days of baking have been halted a little until I can my skills get better at baking for a diabetic. I am still on that learning curve. Someday I hope to be able to get online and start a recipe book with some new things in it.

Well, enjoy that bread. Eat a piece for me. :)

Hugs and blessings,