Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Easy White Bread

After enjoying a relatively snow free December it is a pleasure to look from my kitchen window and see the yard covered with snow! Almost every night this month we have enjoyed eating homemade soup and bread for dinner. There is something about the snowy, cozy evenings of January that seem just perfect for soup and bread. Generally I attempt to find recipes for wholesome bread made with whole wheat and/or oatmeal, but every now and again I like to bake some white bread. This particular recipe is very quick, easy and delicious! It is the perfect addition to a dinner of vegetable soup, and even better toasted with homemade jam.
Easy White Bread:
5 1/2 cups warm water
3 tbsp. yeast
4 tsp. salt
4 tbsp. butter
3/4 cup brown sugar
14 cups flour

Place in large bowl water, yeast, salt, butter and sugar. With a wire whisk, whip until smooth. Add flour. The dough should be very soft and sticky. This keeps your bread soft. Put a little vegetable oil on hands and work dough until it looks smooth. It does not need kneading. Let rise once, punch down and form into loaves. Makes 4 loaves. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes.
The recipe makes 4 loaves, but unless I intend to share I usually cut the recipe in half.
 Jemimah enjoys eating her bread toasted with the plum jam we made last summer. : ) Over the weekend we purchased a booster seat for her, and she loves being able to sit up at the table with us. We both enjoy watching the birds eat at the bird feeder outside the kitchen window. Every day one or two Red-bellied Woodpeckers will come to our feeder, and Jemimah seems especially captivated by them.

It is hard to believe January will soon be coming to an end. It has been a cozy month, and productive. I hope to share some of my recent projects with you soon.

Matthew 4:4 "Jesus answered 'It is written : Man does not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God. '"