Wednesday, July 16, 2008
This is the bread recipe we use. We also use this recipe for our pizza crust, dinner rolls, hamburger and hot dog buns and for Stromboli, also I divide in four portions and roll up jelly roll style and make French bread. We do use a Bosch mixer and others have told me that did not use a Bosch did not get the same results so I guess you might have to buy a Bosch:) I love ours, or Bethany does, she makes all the bread items around here. Also you will get different results if you do not add all the ingredients listed. We are able to grind our own flour, which we use hard white Montana Prairie Gold.You will get different results if you purchase wheat flour from the store, but if that is your only option I would still go ahead or you could get some at a health food store (1st choice) We use a large plastic cup to cut the hamburger buns out and the same cup to do the hot dog buns except squeezing it together to form an oblong shape (Bethany's great idea) I thought I would post this recipe as something I could do for you!!! If you do not have a Bosch you certainly can try some sort of heavy duty mixer/kneader with a dough hook. This recipe makes 3 10 inch loaves or 24 hamburger buns, you could make a few buns and divide up the rest for bread loaves too, if you do not need 24 buns like us!!!!!!! As far as freezing, I let the bread cool and pop it in bread bags and freeze, when ready to use, we thaw at room temp and then slice and enjoy!!!
4 Cups of warm water (we use tap water, not too cold to wrist and not too hot, that probably doesn't make sense:)
3 Tb. Olive Oil
3/4 Cup Honey
4 Cups of Flour
6 Tsp. active dry yeast ( i think the Sam's yeast is the best)
**** *Mix all the above ingredients together for 30 seconds on #1 speed, turn off and let set 10 minutes******
Next add: 4 1/2 Tsp. Salt
2 vitamin C tablets crushed (we crush these in a pill crusher)
3 Tbl. Lethicin granules (get this at a health food store)
Now here is the key, you have to add flour until you get a soft dough, but do it cup by cup, not at one time, the total amount will be around 4 cups, it could be 3 1/2, you want a soft dough but still needs to hold its shape, too much flour will give you a heavy loaf and too little will produce a flimsy piece of bread. It really takes a little bit of practice to see and know the feel of the texture you need, but you can do it!!!
Now after the flour has been added, knead on #1 for 10 minutes, someone told me if your using the Bosch to knead with the outer lid on only because the inner lid could break. After kneading 10 minutes, turn off and let set 10 minutes. Finally, after that for bread, you will either divide in 3 portions, making the loaf shape with your hands and place in three loaf pans or proceed to make the buns. For the buns we roll out about 1/2 inch thick. Place on sprayed cookie sheet and let rise about 20 minutes, cook in 350 degrees for about 20 minutes or until light brown. Allow buns to cool on wire rack and then slice open with electric knife, they look nice if your able to do this!
****For bread in the loaf pans, ( I love my loaf pans, 10 inch Norpro, I ordered them) let rise about 45 -60 minutes, bake 350 degrees for 35- 40 minutes, you'll just have to check on it, as ovens vary. Remove from pan on wire rack and cool. We always use an electric knife to slice, makes it more sandwich looking. Especially for sandwiches it will need to cool completely.
There you have it....I hope that you have success, we are able to make all our bread needs with this recipe and hope you can too!!!! Of course this bread is the only bread that Joel ever ate his "Peanut Jelly" on his whole life of 3 years ........you see there are memories everywhere and I can smile at those happy ones!!!!!
**** After we get our burgers cooked tonight I will add a photo of the finished hamburger bun all dressed up and ready to dive into!!!!!! Check back later for that if you like!!!