When I was married before I had a husband who made beautiful bread. When he was home he would crank out about 5 or 6 loaves a few times a week and it would all get eaten. He was really good at it and the kids practically inhaled it. He would make the kitchen table dance across the kitchen floor when he was kneading it. He also made a huge mess, which I got to clean up, but I wasn't complaining because his bread was excellent and it was worth the price of cleaning up!
I have never made good bread. I am not sure why. I gave up trying a long time ago, but lately I have been wanting to try again and have been searching for just the right recipe. I do have a bread maker, which I could use, but I have been wanting to bake a loaf from scratch with my own two hands. Just moi and nobody else.
(Looks promising doesn't it! I was so excited when I saw this!)
I found a recipe the other day on the Brown Eyed Baker Blog called My Favourite White Bread. It looked really good. She got the recipe from someone's Grandmother. She doesn't say who, but she did say that it was such a good recipe that she was baking it a couple of times a week.
She was tempting me with her prise for this recipe. I went back and looked at the recipe a few times over the past few weeks, and then finally today, I printed it out and decided I was going to have a go at it!
I confess I did not follow her instructions exactly. I did everything by hand. Totally by hand. I popped the LDS Music channel on and sat at the table and mixed and kneaded it all by hand. It was very cathartic.
I kneaded it and I thought . . . I thought and I kneaded . . . I listened to the dulcet tones of good music, and all the while I was channeling my mother earth insides . . .
I felt almost like Ma Ingalls . . . seriously. It rose like a dream with the first rising . . . and then it rose like a dream with its second rising. I didn't know whether I dared hope I would have some success or not . . . I did cut the recipe in half as there are only two of us and I don't have enough room in my freezer for a loaf of bread . . .
Colour me pleasantly surprised because I had tremendous success! The loaf turned out perfect. It is beautiful bread with a lovely taste and texture. I was so happy! I just might make it my goal to bake a loaf every week. Todd was quite enthusastic about the results and we are both looking forward to sitting down tonight to a slice of fresh white bread with butter and strawberry jam for our supper. Diabetes be damned!
*Favourite White Bread*
Makes 2 loaves
(can be halved)
Why is this my favourite? Because it is good and it actually works well for me. Bonus!
- 4 1/2 tsp instant yeast (bread machine yeast)
- 50g white sugar (1/4 cup)
- 1 TBS salt
- 3 TBS unsalted butter, room temperature, cut into bits
- 3 TBS melted butter, for brushing