I am a huge fan of baking my own bread, for the lack of filler, the lower coast, and the joy of producing something delicious. We recently purchased a Hamilton Beach 63325 6-Speed Stand Mixer, which makes kneading dough SO much easier (and saves my poor hands!) so I have been playing around with recipes.
I actually messed up this recipe and it came out kind of amazing, so I wanted to share it with y'all.
- 2 cups water
- 2 Tblsp molasses
- 2 tsp salt
- 4 1/4 cup white flour (I always use unbleached)
- 2 tsp active dry yeast
- Mix all ingredients together until sticky dough forms.
- Cover bowl with damp rag and let stand for 2 hours or until it doubles in size.
- Knead/mix the dough again for about 5 minutes.
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Grease bread pan and pour dough into it.
- Again cover with damp rag and let stand 1 hour or until risen nearly to the top of the pan.
- Remove rag and bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes, then without opening the oven turn the heat up to 425 and bake for another 20-25 minutes.
- Let cool 15 minutes in the pan, before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely before cutting.
The result is a spongey, moist, crumpet-esque bread that works very well toasted, or with sandwiches. It's a little bit sweet, and nicely chewy, and soaks up butter and jam well.
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