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Nov 30, 2012

Homemade Bread

This is such a yummy bread. I have not experimented yet on adding different things. I want to make wheat and maybe some cinnamon rolls with this. If you don't like your bread sweet, you can cut down on the sugar; but don't eliminate it completely, it feeds the yeast. This is yummo! I have made 4 loaves already this week for Thanksgiving!

2 cups of warm water (very warm tap water)too hot will kill the yeast, trust me :)
2/3 cup white sugar 
2 small packages of active dry yeast 
1 1/2 tsp salt
1/4 cup veggie oil
6 cups bread flour

In a large bowl, dissolve sugar in warm water. Stir in yeast. I mix this together with a hand mixer. 
Allow to proof. (about 10 minutes, the top should be covered with a white foam)
Mix the oil in the yeast
Mix in flour 1 cup at a time. I used the dough hooks on my mixer for this. Add the salt somewhere in between the flour. If you add it straight to the yeast, it may kill it.
Once all flour is mixed in (it should be doughy but still a little tacky) transfer to a lightly floured counter. 
Knead dough for about 10 minutes. Get that gluten working! :)
Place in a well oiled bowl and turn dough to coat with the oil.
Cover bowl with plastic wrap and a damp towel. Allow to rise for about 1 hour until doubled in size. 
Punch dough down to deflate. Knead a few minutes more. 
Divide in half and shape into 2 loaves. (you may freeze at this point)
place into two loaf pans.
Allow to rise for 30 minutes more
Bake on 350 degrees for 30 minutes

Last but not least, put a little flour on your nose! You put in some hard work!

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