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Saturday, April 25, 2009

Bread Dough Recipe

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I use this recipe for everything: bread (duh), dinner rolls, pizza dough, you name it. I like it because there are no eggs, no butter, and no sugar, and it still tastes fantastic. I have honed it over the years I have been making my own bread and this is what always works for me.

I love knowing what is in my kids' sandwich bread, and knowing there are no preservatives or fillers. I know bread flour and whole wheat flour (not self-ground) are not inherently nutritious, but it's still a good healthy recipe when compared to most store bought breads I think. I occasionally add some flaxseed meal or bran to the recipe, but have to be careful with little tummies not to overdo the fiber additives. I also add dried cranberries or blueberries for a fun breakfast bread.




Ingredients:

3 c. bread flour
1/2 c. whole wheat flour
1 1/4 c. warm water (borderline HOT water, not just room temp.--like 105 degrees-ish)
1/8 c. honey (I just make five big circles in the bread dough pan)
1 package active dry yeast (I use Fleischman's--sometimes rapid rise if that's all I have)
1/4 c. olive oil
2 t. salt





Put all this in the pan of your bread maker and start it.





For dinner rolls: Use dough cycle (on mine, this is about 2 hours and 30 minutes.) When the dough is finished, split it into balls and bake at 350 for about 20-25 minutes or until the balls are hard on the outside and lightly golden brown. Makes 18. (2 pts. each for Weight Watchers.)



For pizza dough: Use the same instructions as for dinner rolls, but instead of making balls, roll dough flat onto a pizza stone, cover with pizza sauce, cheese and toppings and bake at 375 until crust is hard to the touch and toppings are melted--usually about 30-45 minutes depending on how thick your crust is.



For bread: Bake on basic bread cycle, XL loaf. Mine takes 4 hours total. Voila! Yummy homemade bread, no work! :)





I just put in this recipe this evening and I can't wait to wake up to the smell of baking bread in the night. Yummers.



I would love to hear how this recipe works for you. Post your comment here if you use it.









4 comments:

Shannon said...

I have to share this... If you are making bread often you really should save money by buying your yeast in bulk. I buy mine at Sam's Wholesale now. Sooo cheap... like about the cost of the jar, but for TONS more. Even if you buy the jar it is a better savings than those little packets that have 2 1/4 teaspoons pre-measured. You are paying for the premeasuring and packaging. So, my tip is that you do not already buy it yeast in bulk, then start the next time you buy it.

Shannon said...

type-tied (blog for tongue-tied) ;0

Correction= So, my tip is that IF you do not already buy yeast in bulk, then start the next time you buy it.

HAPPYHANERHOME said...

Awesome advice Shannon! Thanks! I will definitely do that!

Adriana said...

OOOOOH!!! I'M GOING TO TRY THIS! THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR SHARING! I WAS INTO MAKING MY OWN BREAD FOR A LONG TIME AND JUST STOPPED FOR NO REASON AND WENT BACK TO BUYING BREAD AT THE STORE. NOW I WANT TO START UP AGAIN! SEE WHAT YOU'VE STARTED? :) LOVE YOUR BLOG BY THE WAY.