I LOVE cooking. It's just FUN!! Kind of like science meets art, dontcha think???
Anyway, of all the time I spend in the kitchen, making bread is by far my favorite thing to do. Oh yes, I ADORE desserts, but there is something so satisfying about homemade bread. Maybe it's the flour that covers my apron when I'm finished, or the time I can spend thinking about anything and everything (or nothing at all) in the world while kneading the dough. It's relaxing and homey and just plain old FUN for me!!!
This is currently (notice, I said "currently") our favorite bread. However, I have been making this for about 6 years now. It's delicious right out of the oven slathered with butter (we are SO into Kerrygold right now! DELIICIOUS!!!), perfect sliced for sandwiches, GREAT as buttered toast, and, oh yes, most excellent as French toast.
Where did I get this bread recipe? Allrecipes!!!! It's my favorite recipe source online. For this one, I actually stick by the recipe!! SHOCKER!! I do use extra light olive oil in the bread, however, instead of just vegetable oil. No big differences, though.
Amish White Bread
2 cups warm water
2/3 cup white sugar
1 1/2 tablespoons active dry yeast
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1/4 cup extra light olive oil
6 cups bread flour
In a large bowl, dissolve the sugar in warm water, and then stir in yeast. Allow to proof (also called blooming) until yeast resembles a creamy foam (about 5 minutes)
Mix salt and oil into the yeast. Mix in flour one cup at a time. Knead dough on a lightly floured surface until smooth. Place in a well-oiled bowl, and turn dough to coat. Cover with a damp cloth. Allow to rise until doubled in bulk, about 1 hour.
Punch dough down. Knead for a few minutes, and divide in half. Shape into loaves, and place into two well oiled 9x5 inch loaf pans. Allow to rise for 30 minutes, or until dough has risen 1 inch above pans.
Bake at 350 degrees F for 30 minutes.
Y'all please let me know if you make it. And PLEASE share YOUR favorite bread recipes!!!!!