Thursday, April 2, 2015

Simple Bread !

I was tempted to "skip" leaving  a bread post today......after all, it's the Easter holiday and a lot is going on, right? The past three weeks of bread recipes have showcased rich, fanciful breads that are a joy to make, to view, to give and to eat. How do you top that?  However, in the spirit of the Easter season.....a season of simple and somber, yet joyful and jubilant, remembrance of the great gifts (and the Greatest Gift) we have been given, I wanted to send you a recipe that is satisfying and beautiful in its simplicity....This recipe comes with my sincere hope that your heart would be joyful and full as the world celebrates the risen Bread of Life! Happy Easter! 

Simple Bread

1/4 Cup warm water
1 Tbsp./Packet Red Star Platinum yeast
3/4 Cup milk, warmed
1 Tbsp. sugar or honey
1 Tbsp. butter, softened
1 1/2 Cup Whole Wheat flour
1 1/2 Cup Unbleached, all-purpose flour
3/4 tsp. salt 

Place warm water and yeast in EZ DOH bucket and stir to dissolve yeast. Let rest 1 minute. Add one cup of flour, then additional dough ingredients. EZ DOH-it for 2-3 minutes, or until dough is smooth and soft and all ingredients are incorporated. Remove dough from bucket, spray bucket with cooking spray, “smooth” dough and replace in bucket. Cover and let rise until doubled.

Divide the dough into two pieces and roll each piece out into an 8-10" strand. Join the two strands together at one end and then twist together. Pinch the ends together and  place the "twist" in a loaf pan and let rise until doubled. Bake at 375 for 25-35 minutes, or until the loaf is nicely browned and sounds hollow when tapped. Remove from the pan and cool on a wire rack. You may brush butter on the top for a softened crust. Enjoy!  


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