Saturday, August 31, 2013

Sammie's Baking Day

I have a budding baker in my house...  Samantha loves to bake bread.  For real, from scratch bread.  She has done this a few times in the past and has been bugging me since we moved to let her bake her bread again.  Today I let her. 

She uses a recipe from Paula Deen's My First Cookbook for honey butter and Homemade Bread.

Sammie's Bread

Ingredients

1 cup Milk
3 Tbsp sugar
1 Tbsp salt
2 Tbsp vegetable oil
1 cup warm water
2 packages dry yeast
5 cup all purpose flour (with a little extra for kneading)
Cooking Spray

Measure the milk in the liquid measuring cup. Put the cup in the microwave and nuke it for 40 seconds on high, until it's slightly warm.  Pour it into the large bowl.  Add the sugar, salt, and vegetable oil and stir them well.  Measure 1 cup warm water from the tap, put the yeast into the water and stir it about 5 times.  Let it sit on the counter for about 10 min.  It should bubble up pretty good (Sammie likes to watch it bubble).

Pour the yeast mixture ontop of the milk and stir it well.  Add the flour one cup at a time, mixing it well after each cup.  Use your wooden spoon.  By the end it's pretty thick, she tends to ask for help at this point or just do it with her bare hands. 

Put a clean towel over the top of the bowl and put it somewhere warm to rise.  (A good spot is next to the oven which you can preheat to 375 while it's rising).  Let it be for about an hour.

Stir it down, and  then turn it out onto a floured cutting board or counter top to knead.  Knead the dough for about 2 minutes.  Add a little flour if it's sticky.

Spray your loaf pans (you need two) with cooking spray.  Divide the dough in half, shape into a loaf and put it in the pan to rise.  Cover it with a clean towel.   Let it rise for about 15 more minutes.

Put it in the oven for 35-40 min until browned on top and hollow sounding.

Let cool for 15 min, then turn out onto a board to cut. 
Here's my Sam I am with her yummy homemade bread.... I need to remember to let her do this more often especially since she does it all on her own except for pulling it out of the oven and it's oh so good!

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