If you are anything like me you may spend years trying to make the perfect bread, find a good recipe, and fail time and time again. After many attempts I came up with a great recipe, and found the tricks to getting bakery quality bread right in your home. Home baked bread is a great money saver (see my post on ways to make money from home here: http://wholesomeinspiration.com/how-to-make-money-from-home/) and you can sell it if you like. Who doesn’t love fresh homemade bread?
The trick to great bread (other than a good recipe) is the consistency of your dough. It can’t be too sticky or too dry. If you can put your thumb into the dough and leave an imprint that stays without the dough sticking to your finger, you have the right consistency. I also cannot stress enough the importance of kneading the dough thoroughly. This is where you break the flour down enough for the yeast to multiply effectively. A high wattage mixer with a dough hook works like magic for me, like this one: Bosch MUM4405 Compact Tilt-Head Stand Mixer with Pouring Shield, 400 watt, 4 Quart
Yield: 5 loaves/5 dozen buns
- 2 T dry yeast
- 1 cup warm water
- 1 T sugar
- 4 cups warm water
- ½ cup melted butter/oil
- 1 T sea salt
- 1 cup warm honey/sugar
- 1 cup flax seed
- 10-12 cups of all purpose flour
- Dissolve 2 T dry yeast in 1 cup warm water. Let sit until foamy.
2. Combine yeast mixture, water, butter, honey and salt into mixer with a dough hook.
3. Add flax and 4 cups of flour.
4. Mix on high until thoroughly combined, approximately 5 minutes.
5. Continue adding flour one cup at a time. Allow to knead until dough is stretchy, and no longer sticky.
6. Grease two bowls with oil and divide dough in half. Put into each bowl and roll in oil until covered.
7. Cover and let rise in warm area until doubled.
8. Punch down, cover and rise again until doubled.
9. Form into bread pans about halfway full, or roll into buns, slightly larger than golf balls.
10. Cover with plastic/towel and let rise until double again.
11. Bake at 350 for approximately 20 minutes or until light brown.
12. Once ready, cool slightly and remove from pan to prevent them from getting soggy.
Enjoy and share with friends and family. Feel free to ask any questions or comment, I’d be happy to answer them 🙂