Wednesday, February 18, 2009


This is my all time FAVORITE bread recipe!  Compliments of my mother-in-law, it's a very versitile recipe.  I've used it as rolls, in loaf pans, and originally intended, french bread loaves.  It's got a very smooth texture and sweet taste.  Plus, it's a quick and easy recipe!  It only takes 2 hours and you've got hot bread!


2 packages quick rise yeast (4 1/2 tsp.)
1 tbsp sugar
1/2 cup warm water
2 cups warm water
3 tbsp. white sugar
1/2 tbsp. salt
5 tbsp. cooking oil
6 cups flour

In small bowl, dissolve yeast and 1 tbsp. sugar in 1/2 cup warm water; set aside.  (I run my water until it's hot and use it at that temperature).

In large bowl, mix 2 cups water, sugar, salt, oil and 3 cups flour.  Mix well.

Beat in yeast mixture and mix well-until smooth.

Add remaining flour.  Shape in ball and knead on floured surfae until a little sticky.  (I usually knead for about 10 minutes and add a lot of flour).

Let rise about 30 minutes.  Punch down and divide into 2 loaves (or 2 loaf pans, or rolls...get creative).  Pinch in both ends and make 3 shallow slices on top - if you're making the french loaves.  Place on greased baking sheet and let rise another 20-30 minutes.  Bake @ 375° for about 20-30 minutes.  Glaze top with butter for the last 10 minutes.

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