For me, the holiday season is all about the food. There is nothing I love more than a roast in the crock pot, and fresh baked bread….. and bread with turkey, and more BREAD.
This is the recipe I use for homemade bread, which can be adapted any which way you like. It always turns out!
Quick Basic Bread ** step by step pictures coming soon, my rolls are baking!**
First, Turn on your sink to as hot as it gets. While the sink water is warming up, get your kitchen nice and warm. I always close the window, and preheat the oven to 350 NOW, so the whole room gets warm. This is a good time to start the holiday music too!
Fill 1.5 cups of water from the sink. It should be bathtub warm. Not warm enough to scald you, but nice and warm. Then add 1 TBSP instant active yeast (or one pouch- which I think is 2 tsp…. that will work too- I just like a lot of yeast!) and add 3 HEAPING tablespoons of sugar (or honey if you prefer)
When you first mix the yeast/sugar/water…. and, a lovely shot of my 4 year old begging for candy SO slyly
Mix this up with a wooden spoon, and then walk away to make a cup of coffee…. Or hot cocoa…. Or to kiss your hubby under the mistletoe. Enjoy a 5 min break. When you come back, your yeast mixture should be bubbly and frothy. If it is NOT, give it 5 more minutes. If after 10 minutes it hasn’t done anything…. Dump it out. Make sure the water is warm and not scalding. If THAT isn’t the problem, make sure your kitchen is warm. And if that isn’t the problem, make sure the yeast you used isn’t from 2004. Once, I tried to make bread with old yeast. Yeah…. Those suckers die. Go buy new yeast and start over.
It should look something like this!
Now- you have a happy frothy bubbly bowl of yeast….. Add in a half stick of butter. (yes, I said a half stick. It’s good for you. Not really, but it tastes good)
Just dump it in there.
Add a half palmful of salt (for those who insist on measuring things… a teaspoon. Ish. I eyeball it. I promise, you can NOT mess up this recipe!)
See, this much.
Now, get your beater going, and slowly add flour. I prefer wheat bread, so I start with 1.5 cups wheat flour (it also , and then start adding white flour until it “looks right”. It takes 3-5 cups of flour to get this the right consistency. If you add too much flour, add more water, butter or honey to even it out.
Just right! It’s not sticky, and the butter is all mixed in.
Once you have a ball of non-sticky dough, flop that bad boy into a greased bowl, and cover it with a clean cloth (or saran wrap) and put it on top of the warm oven. Let it rise for 20-30 minutes, or until about double.
Then, split into rolls, and place on a greased cookie sheet, and let it rise again, for another 20-30 minutes.
Bake for 15-18 minutes at 350 degrees.
Eat right away with more butter.
(This recipe can be used for anything- sometimes I add garlic and herbs, sometimes I stuff them with cheese, and sometimes I add cinnamon and sugar- you really can’t go wrong!)