Saturday, April 14, 2012

Bread So Good It'll make You Wanna Slap Somebody!!!

Lately, I have discovered that one of the things that I like best about being a house husband is baking bread.  Pizzly and I are constantly tweaking and trying new recipes, and every once in a while we strike gold, usually after I've screwed up a hundred times like on this recipe, but it's worth it in the end when the product is something your proud of.

And, I am proud of this, and I finally think I may have stumbled on a winner here!

This is an adaption of my usual quick and easy bread recipe since it just wasn't cutting it anymore.  It was a little too bland and crumbly for our needs, so I we experimented with a couple of dozen different variants to try and come up with something delicious and sandwich worthy. 

This is what we finally ended up with. 


Bread So Good it'll Make You Wanna Slap Somebody!

You'll Need:
1 med mixing bowl
3/4 cups plus 2 tbsp of water
1 med-large egg
2.5 tbsp of melted margarine/butter
2 tbsp of sugar
1 tsp of salt
3 cups of bread flour (or all purpose)
2 tsp of active dry yeast.

(also will want a sharp knife, cooling rack, basting brush, bread pan wet towel and a preheated 350 degree oven oh and some more melted butter to brush on the loaf after it is baked)

Step one:

In the mixing bowl add in this order 1) water 2) margarine/butter 3) egg 4) sugar 5) salt 6) flour 7) yeast

Now, mix and knead all the ingredients until you get a nice smooth evenly moistened ball of dough.  It takes me around 10 minutes

Step 2:  First rising

Put dough ball back into the mixing bowl and cover with  moistened towel and let the dough rise until it is at least twice it's original size  (In my house it usually take 90 minutes)

Step 3:  Second rising

Remove dough ball from bowl and knead it again until the ball is uniform in moistness then roll it out to the length of the bread pan and place it in the greased bread pan.  Once the dough is in the pan use the sharp knife to cut slits through the top of the dough being careful to not cut too deep only need a quarter inch or so depth wise. 

Cover with moist towel and let rise once again until  twice it's original size.  For me that is 45 minutes maybe longer or shorter for you (While rising start oven preheating to 350 degrees)

Step Four:  Baking

After dough has risen to twice the size remove moist towel and place it in the preheated 350 degree oven for around 25 minutes.  Since your oven may vary from mine a good way to tell if it is done is if it sounds hollow when you tap on the top.

Once the bread is done remove it from oven and tip it from the bread pan onto a cooling rack.  What I like to do now is brush melted butter/margarine onto the outer surface of the bread while it is still hot.  This softens the crust and adds a little pizzazz to the taste of the bread.

This bread will keep for 3-4 days without growing too stale if you keep it in a plastic bag, but only put it in the plastic bag once it is thoroughly cooled. Otherwise, it will get soggy and gross.

There you go.  That's my bread that's so good it'll make you want to slap someone.

I hope you enjoy it.

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