Here’s the recipe for the homemade bread that Facebook made me make. Because I made homemade bread, I had to get out the butter and slather it on a slice. Because I had a slice of bread with butter on it, I had to have some hot chocolate to drink and dip it in . . . that’s right. You read correctly. I dip my bread and butter in my hot chocolate. It’s a cultural thing I’ll explain later.
I was first introduced to this recipe at a church function by Sister Donette Tew. We womenfolk were learning to be self-reliant by making our own bread. Did you know that it only costs 61 cents to make a loaf of bread? When I heard that, I vowed right then there that I would be making homemade bread from now on and save my family thousands of dollars. When my family of 7 ate three loaves of bread in one afternoon, I decided we’ll just use coupons to buy our bread.
With that said, I do make this bread once in while.
Let’s start with the basics. Warm water, sugar and yeast. Mix them all together and let it proof for about 10 minutes.
Once you have your proofed yeast mixture, we’re going to add some salt and only 3 cups of flour at this time. Don’t worry, there will be more to come.
Get a big spoon, or fork, or whatever is handy and stir it up until you have a good dough-y mixture.
So this is what your mixture will look like.
Next stage, we throw in one egg, oil, and three more cups of flour. Mix these all together and pretty soon it will start to take the shape of a doughy blob. Use your hands to knead just a little. You don’t want to man-handle it too much and make the dough tough. Your going to have to play this part by ear. Not with your ear, but by your ear. If your dough is too sticky, don’t be afraid to add a little more flour.
Let your dough sit in nice warm place, free from any crazy breezes, and let it rise. It will take about 30 to 45 minutes to double in size.
Once they’ve risen, cut your dough into even thirds. Take each portion and shape it into an oblong shape, you know to fit in your bread pan.
Before you place your dough in the bread pan, just make sure you’ve sprayed each pan with pam. Or you could grease it the old fashioned way. Place your dough in each bread pan and let it sit and rise so more. Go fold laundry or catch up with the latest episode of Vampire Diaries or whatever TV show you’re into.
When the dough is done rising, they will look just like they do in the photo above. Be careful not to let it over-rise. I’ve done that a few times. The dough just gets out of control and then just looks like a blob of bread, instead of something you find at Grandma’s house.
Put your dough in the oven and let it cook between 25 and 30 minutes at 350 degrees.
Voila! Home made bread. Your house will smell so good! You’re kids, as well as yourself will be cutting a slice before the bread even has a chance to cool. This bread may only cost 61 cents to make, but with the amount of bodies I am legally responsible to feed, the number of breads I’d have to make would probably equal to the amount I already buy at the store.
That’s ok. At least when I do make it, it’s considered a treat and is very appreciated.
Difficulty: somewhat easy Prep Time: 1 hour 45 minutes Cook Time: 25-30 minutes Servings: 3 loaves of bread
2 cups warm water 2 Tbsp yeast
1/2 cup sugar 2 1/2 tsp salt
6 cups white flour 1 egg
1/4 cup oil
Mix together the warm water, yeast and sugar in a bowl. Once they’re combined, let the mixture sit and proof for 10 minutes. Once that is done, add your salt and only 3 cups of flour at this point and mix well. The dough will be sticky. Add in your egg, oil and the rest of your flour. Stir it together. When it’s mixed, use your hands to continue mixing until it begins to take on dough form. Place it in a bowl and let it rest for 30 to 45 minutes. Once it’s risen, cut the dough into thirds, shaping them into oblong shapes. Place each dough into a greased bread pan and let it rise for another 30 to 45 minutes. Once your dough has doubled in size, pop them in the oven at 350 degrees for 25 to 30 minutes. Your house will smell yummy and your bread will start to look a nice golden brown.
When it’s done, have your butter and hot chocolate on standby. It’s a Tongan thing.