Sorry for the blogging break friends!
If you follow on Instagram you know that last week my lens was destroyed! I was shooting a recipe which I never do while the boys are awake, but I wanted to get it done! Anyways, I put my camera on the counter and one of the boys decided that he would throw it down and body slam it. A few tears (from all of us) and a new lens later we are back in business! I learned my lesson…If I’m shooting while the boys are up I need to place the camera waaaaaaaaaay out of their reach.
What better way to come back than with a yummy loaf of bread!
If you are someone who is scared of bread making, this recipe right here is the perfect way to start out! It’s very easy and comes together quickly (not including the time it takes to rise! 🙂 )
The smell of freshly baked bread in your house is EVERYTHING.
This recipe makes two loaves and trust me you will want two! I like to keep one out and freeze one for later!
Here’s a not so funny story. I made these loaves and we ate half of one and I froze the other. I was planning on making some bomb grilled cheese sandwiches for dinner so I left the half eaten loaf out on the cutting board covered with a towel. We went outside to play and came back in and the loaf was gone. Last time I checked bread can’t grow legs and walk away so I figured one of the boys had gotten it off the counter and hid it in their kitchen, nope. Thrown it away? nope. And then I look over at something staring at me. The damn dog. She had gotten up on the counter and eaten the whole thing. ARGH! She better have really enjoyed it because I was so mad at her. The counter lesson from above, was definitely not grasped by me obviously. I couldn’t resist buttering a piece up. I told myself I was going to only have one bite, ok two bites, well I might as well eat the whole piece, right? That piece ended up being two pieces, and then another half. It’s that good.
This recipe is based off of one from Julia Child. Thanks so much for following along and be sure to check out Instagram for more yummy pictures!
2.5 cup warm water
1 tbsp active dry yeast
1 tbsp sugar
7 c all-purpose flour, I like King Arthur the best
2 tsp salt
1/4 cup unsalted butter, softened
Pour 1/2 cup of the water into a bowl (of a stand mixer if using) and mix with yeast and sugar til foamy. Let sit for 5 minutes.
Add the rest of the water and 3 1/2 cups of the flour into the mixer with the dough hook. Mix slowly until blended then add the rest of the flour.
Increase speed and scrape down the sides til the dough comes together.
(If the dough seems too wet add a tbsp of flour at a time.) Add salt and mix at medium speed for 7 minutes until dough is smooth and elastic.
Add butter 1 tbsp at a time and continue mixing.Turn dough out on lightly floured surface and shape it into a ball then place it back into the bowl.
Cover with a dish towel and let it sit in a warm place for 1 hour.
Butter 2 loaf pans.Punch down the dough, cut in half and turn out onto a lightly floured surface.
Roll out into a 9 x 12-inch rectangle. Take the short end and fold the dough into thirds like a sheet of paper.Pinch the seam closed, and pinch the ends enough so it will fit in the loaf pan.
Put doug in the loaf pan seam side down, and repeat.
Cover the loaves with dish towel and allow to rise again in a warm place for 1 more hour or, until they double in size.
Preheat the oven to 375°F and put the rack in the center of the oven. Bake for 30 minutes until they are a nice light golden brown. Take the loaves out of the pans and place on a wire rack to cool.
Cut and serve once bread is completely cooled.