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By Popular Demand: Bread Recipe

February 18, 2011

So, call me Susie Earth Mother, but I’ve been making bread for my family. Every week. All of our bread. And at the moment, there are four adults and two toddlers in the house (including Luca, the carb troll).

I’m not making it because its cheaper (+1 frugality) or because its more wholesome (+5 health) but because its a really great outlet for my inner angst.

Kneading bread = very theraputic.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups warm water (110 degrees F/45 degrees C)
  • 3 tablespoons white sugar
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons active dry yeast
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 3 cups all purpose flour
  • 3 cups whole wheat flour

Directions

  1. In a large bowl, dissolve the sugar in warm water, and then stir in yeast. Allow to proof (it will look like there are mini fireworks going off in the bowl) until yeast resembles a creamy foam.
  2. Mix salt and oil into the yeast. Mix in flour one cup at a time. Knead dough on a lightly floured surface until smooth. Place in a well oiled bowl, and turn dough to coat. Cover with a damp cloth. Allow to rise until doubled in bulk, about 1 hour.
  3. Punch dough down. Knead for a few minutes, and divide in half. Shape into loaves, and place into two well oiled 9×5 inch loaf pans. Allow to rise for 30 minutes, or until dough has risen 1 inch above pans.
  4. Bake at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) for 30 minutes.
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