The reason they invented the treadmill, elastic waist pants, and naps.
The reason my supper was served an hour late tonight, I forgot to start the bread until 4:00!(And bread is a necessary bribe to get my children to eat their lentils).
The reason ham, cheese, and mustard exist.
Ok. That may have gone a little far.
But, in all seriousness, what would a sandwich be without bread?
A mess, that's what.
Is there anyone out there who doesn't adore bread?
The homemade kind that's soft and still warm.
Maybe slathered with a little butter for good measure.
Now, I know that some of us may avoid eating too much of the white stuff for fear that those full panel maternity pants may become a permanent fixture in the wardrobe rotation.
And some have food sensitivities that prevent consuming all that gluten-y goodness.
But, at the end of the day when it's just you and a piece of homemade, white bread staring you in the face, things get real, fast.
One of my favorite bread recipes is a very close cousin to Julia Child's sandwich bread recipe.
And if Julia made it, you know it has to be good.
It's an easy, no-fail recipe.
I wish I could say it's quick, but it's not.
The good news is most of the time is not spent actively working on the bread, but rather inactive rise time.
Maybe a good time to hit the treadmill?
Or Netflix binge?
So many possibilities for your bread making down time.
Homemade White Bread
2 1/2 cups warm water
1 T. active dry yeast
1 T. sugar
6 cups all purpose flour
2 t. salt
1/4 cup vegetable or olive oil
- Pour 1/2 cup of the warm water into the bowl of a stand mixer. Add yeast and sugar, let stand for a few minutes until foamy.
- Add the rest of the water and half of the flour. Stir until blended.
- Add the salt, oil and the rest of the flour.
- Stir until well combined.
- Continue to let the dough hook knead the dough for 8-10 minutes.
- Put the dough back in the bowl, cover with a towel and let rise for an hour.
- Grease 2 loaf pans. Punch dough down and divide in half.
- Shape each half into a 9x12 rectangle.
- Start at the short end and fold the dough in thirds.
- Place seam side down in the loaf pans, cover with towel and let rise for another hour.
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
- Bake for 35 minutes, until browned and hollow sounding when tapped on.
- Immediately turn loaves out of pan to cool