This week’s guest for the Real Life, Real Passion podcast is one of our fabulous contributors, Miss Jennifer Wise. We talked about her passion for memory keeping how it can help tell stories and make connections throughout the generations.
A few years ago, Jennifer’s family had moved to Upstate New York, and a family from their church invited them over to dinner one night. Jennifer has a family of five and she is not a last minute kind of a person, so she was completely surprised to see homemade bread served on the table. The bread was delicious and she asked for the recipe. Jennifer has used it ever since.
If you are a beginner bread maker, this is a great recipe because it’s pretty straightforward and the results are fantastic. Another reason this recipe is great because it is ready in just an hour and half. Many recipes take at least twice that time and sometimes even longer.
- 1 3/4 cups warm water
- 5 tsp active dry yeast
- 2 Tbsp sugar
- 2 tsp salt
- 2 Tbsp butter softened
- 5-6 cups flour
- 2 Tbsp butter melted
Using an electric mixer with a dough hook, mix the warm water, yeast, sugar, salt, 2 Tbsp softened butter, and 1 cup of the flour. Mix well.
Add an additional 4-5 cups of flour (one cup at a time) until the dough is kneadable.
Knead the dough in the mixer or by had until soft. Cover with a kitchen towel for 20 minutes to rise.
Divide the dough in half and roll out one portion with a rolling pin until it is an 8"x12" rectangle. Roll the dough up tightly starting on the wide end (so that you have a loaf of bread 12" long. Pinch the seams together and tuck the ends under.
Place the dough on a jelly roll pan covered with foil and sprayed with cooking spray. Repeat with the other half of the dough.
Cover and let rise for 20-30 minutes while pre-heating the oven to 425 F.
Bake at 425 F for 13 minutes. Brush the top with melted butter and bake another 2-3 minutes until golden brown.
There is nothing quite like the smell of freshly baking bread in your home and there’s nothing quite like eating bread right out of the oven.
If you are looking for a surefire way to bring smiles to your family, give this recipe a try. I’m sure it will become a new favorite in your home too.