English Muffin Bread

 

Setting to rise on top of our wood stove worked perfectly.

This is one of our most favorite one rise breads. It is great for toast, French toast and croutons.

Ingredients:

 

  • 2 cups of milk
  • 1/2 cups of water
  • 6 cups of flour
  • 2 packages of yeast (5 1/2 teaspoons)
  • 1 TBLS sugar (honey will work work as a substitute)
  • 2 tsps salt
  • 1/4 tsps baking soda

Directions:

  1. Warm milk and water, hot to touch but not scalding.
  2. Grease 2 8×4 loaf pans
  3. In  large bowl mix together 3 cups of flour, yeast, sugar, salt and baking soda.
  4. Stir milk into the mixture and mix well.
  5. Slowly add remaining flour, 1 cup at a time, mix until the batter is stiff and formed.
  6. Place in prepped pans, cover and let rise until double in size.
  7. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  8. Bake for 25 minutes.
A couple of notes:
  • If a recipe calls for milk you can substitute water.
  • The photos above used a 1:1 mix of all purpose and whole wheat flour.
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Homemade Sub Rolls

Great for making Philly Cheese Steak Subs.
Ingredients
  • 5 teaspoons dry active yeast (2 pkgs)
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 2 cups water , luke warm
  • 3 tablespoons melted butter
  • 2 tablespoons salt
  • 6 -7 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 egg white
 
Directions:
  1. Dissolve sugar in water and add yeast to proof.
  2. Melt butter and, along with the salt, stir into yeast mixture.
  3. Mix in flour, 1 cup at a time until desired consistency is reached, it not be sticky but have plenty of elasticity in it.
  4. Knead well, your dough is finished when you can tear a small piece off, roll into a ball and stretch to form a nearly transparent “window” between your fingers without it tearing.
  5. Cover with plastic wrap and let stand until doubled in size (approx 40 minutes).
  6. Roll your dough into long, thin “logs” and place about 3″ apart on the pans. Slice each loaf every inch and a half and brush with egg white.
  7. Set up for second rise. Allow to rise until double in size about 35 minutes.
  8. Bake in a 400°F oven until golden brown.

Oatmeal Sandwich Bread

We love freshly made bread but have been spoiled over the years by store bought. Most fresh baked breads do not have the density to make good sandwiches. So after years of searching I found a recipe and gave it a try and a little tweaking.

Ingredients:

  • 3/4 cup warm water
  • 1 1/2 cups boiling water
  • 2/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp cream of tartar
  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup quick oats or 1 cup of oats ground
  • 1 TBS salt
  • 6 cups of flour
  • 1 TBS melted butter
  • 4 1/2 tsp yeast

Directions:

 

  1. Dissolve yeast in warm water and allow it to proof.

 

2. Stir boiling water and shortening together until shortening is melted.
3. Add brown sugar and cream of tartar to shortening mix and allow to cool.

 

4. Add eggs, oats salt and shortening mixture to yeast mixture.

 

5. Add 3 cups of flour to form a soft dough.
6. Turn the dough out on to a floured surface.
7. Knead dough until smooth and elastic, 6-8 minutes.
8. Place in greased bowl, turning once to grease the top. (use melted butter, oil, olive oil, etc)

 

9. Cover and put in a warm place to rise until doubled in sized.

 

10. Punch down and turn on to flour surface.
11. Divide into two portions and shape into loaves. Poke the top with a fork and spread melted butter.

 

12. Cover and allow to rise again.    
13. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
14.  Bake for 35-40 minutes.

 

A quick tip when baking yeast breads. They need warmth and humidity. What I do especially in cooler weather is set my oven to 150 degrees and place a baking with water in it. Just before I put the bread in to rise I turn the oven off. This creates the perfect setting for bread to rise.