So, I had posted awhile back, asking for easy bread recipes. I've been experimenting a bit and have found the BEST BREAD RECIPE EVER.
I present to you:
Fabulous Homemade Bread (adapted from Allrecipes.com)
* 1/3 cup warm water
* 2 (.25 ounce) packages active dry yeast
* 2 tablespoons and 2 teaspoons bread flour
* 2 teaspoons white sugar
* 1-1/3 cups quick cooking oats (I used old fashioned)
* 1-1/3 cups whole wheat flour (I used 2/3 wheat, 2/3 oat)
* 3 cups warm water
* 1 tablespoon salt
* 1/4 cup and 3 tablespoons brown sugar
* 1/4 cup and 3 tablespoons vegetable oil (I used olive oil)
* 6-2/3 cups bread flour
these are the directions on allrecipes.com I'll add mine in (parentheses)
1. In the mixing bowl of an electric mixer, stir together 1/2 cup warm water, 1 tablespoon sugar, 1/4 cup bread flour, and yeast. Let grow for about 5 minutes. It will bubble almost immediately.
(I don't have an electric mixer, I use a big bowl)
2. Measure oats, 4 1/2 cups warm water, whole wheat flour, salt, 2/3 cup sugar, and 2/3 cup oil into the mixing bowl. Mix on low speed with a dough hook for 1 to 2 minutes. Increase speed slightly, and begin adding bread flour 1/2 to 1 cup at a time until dough pulls away from sides of bowl. Humidity determines how much flour you need before the bread pulls away from the edge of the bowl. It is normal for the dough to be sticky.
(Here I add in the first ingredients, and start to add the bread flour in the bowl. When it starts to get to hard to stir, I put some flour in another bowl for ease, and start to knead it in. after about 5 mins of kneading when the dough is not very sticky, i let it rise ~an hour.
Next, i push the air out, and knead for another 10 mins, and let rise a second time - both in an oiled bowl with a damp cloth)
3. Place dough in an oiled bowl, and turn to coat the surface. Cover with a damp cloth. Let rise in a warm spot for 1 hour, or until doubled in size.
4. Divide dough into 6 pieces. Shape loaves, and place in greased 8 x 4 inch pans. Let rise until dough is 1 inch above rim of pans, usually 1 hour.
(this is also where I made rolls, this gave me 2 loaves and 4 very different sized rolls)
5. Bake at 350 degrees F ( 175 degrees C) for 35 minutes, or until tops are browned. Let cool in pans for 10 minutes, and then turn out onto wire racks to cool completely.
(I baked the rolls for about 20 mins)
I have 2 loaves are in the oven now, and my roommates and i gobbled the rolls up with jam and EB.
Sorry for the lack of pics, I need batteries in my camera