For those of you who were wondering what recipe I used in my breadmakers to make getting fresh bread on the table more feasible, I thought I’d jot it down for you really quickly.
It is also important to note that I have at least four different brands of breadmakers. None of them came with manuals when I bought them, I just made sure that all of the containers were good sized. They all get the job done within 5 minutes of each other.
This recipe also freezes well. Just let it cool, pop it in a bread bag, then toss it in the freezer. Once you need it, set it on the counter to thaw.
Simple Freezable Homestead Bread
6 ounces of warm milk (pasteurized or unpasteurized)
6 ounces of warm water
2 tablespoons of a fat (for home-rendered fats such as lard, bacon grease, or deer tallow, I lean more toward about 1.5 tbls. Also keep in mind that bacon grease will give you a more savory bread flavor. I wouldn’t use it if you intend to eat this bread with lots of jam.)
1.5 teaspoons salt (non-iodized is better, but regular iodized salt works fine)
4 cups of flour (preferably bread flour. If you want wheat bread, use 1.5 cups wheat flour and 2.5 cups bread flour)
4 tablespoons sugar (or 2 tablespoons honey and 2 tablespoons sugar)
1 teaspoon dry active yeast
- Begin by pouring your warm water and warm milk into the bread machine container. Be sure you have already inserted the paddle onto the turner in the bottom.
- Add your oil/fat as well as the salt.
- Slowly add the four. Try to cover all of the liquids, so that the entire top is covered in dry flour.
- Make a small well in the top of the flour, then add the sugar and yeast into the well.
- Snap or twist the container into the bread machine.
- Set the machine on the “dough” setting, and get it started.
- Roughly 1.5 hrs later, remove the container from the machine (when it has finished). Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured area.
- Set your oven for 400 degrees (higher if at altitude, see local recommendations)
- Knead the dough gently, then shape it and place into a greased loaf pan (grease of your choice, I use whatever is handy).
- Cover the bread and let it rise while the oven pre-heats (30-45 min for my stove)
- Uncover and place in oven to bake.
- Bake for 40-45 minutes (or until bread is a dark golden brown. If you take it out too soon, you will have donut bread, as the ooyee goooyee stuff in the middle will fall.)