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Year-Round Giving: Homemade Bread

September 30, 2014

Homemade Bread

Homemade Bread

There is no better bread than homemade bread. From start to finish it takes around 4 hours and it is so worth it. The majority of the time you are not doing anything. Just waiting for the dough to rise. And you can get a lot done between rising times.

First you are going to need a few kitchen supplies. I have them listed at the bottom of this post.
Notice that sugar is listed twice and the ingredients are grouped together in order they will go into your mixing bowl. Since evaporated milk comes in 12oz cans you will have left overs. Save it in a container in your fridge. This bread is so good you will be making it again soon.

One thing about making bread is that the dough is sticky. Sticky dough is not fun to clean up but I have the solution. Scroll down below the recipe to see the best way to clean your mixing bowl and cutting board.


Ingredients  makes 2 loaves
2 cups of water temped between 115 - 120F
1 packet of yeast
1 tsp of sugar

1/4 cup melted butter
1 Tbs salt
1/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup evaporated milk

6 cups of bread flour

Attach bread hook onto your stand mixer.

Pour temped water, yeast, and 1 tsp of sugar in your stand mixer's bowl and give it a quick mix. Wait 20 minutes for the yeast to bloom.

Add butter, salt, sugar, and evaporated milk and mix until well mixed.

Add flour one cup at a time with your mixer set on the first speed (low). You may need to scrape down the sides of your mixing bowl with a rubber spatula. The dough will form and will be sticky.

Grease a large mixing bowl with shortening. Plop dough into the large mixing bowl and then turn the dough over once. This will give the dough a coat of shortening.

Cover with a kitchen towel and let rise for an hour.

Punch down the dough. And place on a lightly floured surface.

Cover your rolling pin with shortening to prevent sticking and roll dough out into a rectangle. Leave dough about an inch thick.

With a sharp knife cut the rectangle in half.

Grease with shortening two bread pans.

Roll your dough up into logs and place in bread pans.

Let your dough rise for about 2 hours or until the dough rises above the top of the bread pan.

Bake for 350F for 30 minutes or until golden brown on top.

Clean up

best way to clean up all that leftover dough from making bread.

Your stand mixer bowl has sticky dough caked to its sides and so does your cutting board. It will become an even more stickier mess if you take these straight to the sink. You may even ruin a good kitchen sponge.
Instead use a kitchen scraper and scrape all the remaining dough into the trash. The little tiny bits of dough the scraper didn't get will wash off without a problem and won't ruin your kitchen sponge. See the "Get the Goods" section below to buy a set of these scrapers.

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