Friday, September 28, 2012

Homemade Sandwich Bread

As promised, here is my new favorite bread recipe.  I call this sandwich bread because it slices nice and doesn't cover my counter in crumbs. 

Homemade Sandwich Bread

1 (1/4 ounce) package active dry yeast
1/2 cup plus 2 cups warm water or milk
1 tablespoon lard or oil
2 tablespoons sugar
1 tablespoon salt
7 to 8 cups flour
~  Dissolve yeast in the 1/2 cup warm water. 
~  In a large mixing bowl, combine lard (or oil), sugar, salt, and remaining 2 cups of water.
~  Add yeast to mixing bowl.
~  Slowly add flour to make a soft, elastic dough that doesn't stick to the sides of the bowl.
~  Cover dough with a towel and let rise till doubled in size.
~  Punch dough down and divide into 2 balls.
~  Form 2 loaves with your hands and put the loaves in greased loaf pans.
~  Cover with a damp cloth and let rise again until double.
~  Bake at 325 degrees for about 45 minutes.  The bread will sound hollow when it's done.
When I made this recipe I used water instead of milk, and oil instead of lard.  To check to make sure  your yeast  is still good, you may want to proof it.

Happy Baking!

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