Well folks, I finally did it. After 12 1/2 years of marriage, I finally managed to make decent homemade bread. I hadn’t tried in awhile because it seems like every time I do, it usually tastes ok, but ends up so dense and heavy that you could use it as a weapon. Then I get disgusted and don’t try again for a long time. However, a friend from my MOPS group gave me a recipe that she swears by. Yesterday I gave it a try and, lo and behold, it turned out wonderful. My family feasted on bread at dinner last night and gave it a thumbs-up all around. So, since I love to share what actually works for me, here’s the recipe I used. Just a little warning– if the amounts seem a bit high, it’s because this makes 6 loaves of bread!! I’m told that it freezes well, so you can always wrap up a bunch of them into the freezer for later use. Also, my electric knife cut these slices beautifully.
Fabulous Homemade Bread
- 1/2 C warm water
- 3 packages yeast
- 1/4 C bread flour
- 1 TB white sugar
- 2 C quick oats
- 2 C wheat flour
- 4 1/2 C warm water
- 1 1/2 TB salt
- 2/3 C brown sugar
- 2/3 C oil
- 10 C bread flour
Stir 1/2 C water, 1 TB sugar, 1/4 C flour, and yeast in a mixing bowl. Let sit for 5 minutes.
Place oats, 4 1/2 C water, wheat flour, salt, 2/3 C br. sugar, and 2/3 C oil into mixing bowl and mix well.
Add bread flour into bowl, mixing in 1 Cup at a time. You may need to use a very large mixing bowl at this point and use your hands to mix well.
Place dough in an oiled bowl. Cover and let rise for 1 hour.
Divide into 6 loaves–allow to rise 1 more hour.
Bake at 350 F for 35 minutes.
Recipe originally from allrecipes.com. Thanks Cari!