Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Easy Bread, A Recipe

Making your own bread is one of the easiest and tastiest things you can do help your family transition to real food.  It also has a great impact on your grocery budget, especially if your family eats a lot of bread.

I've struggled off and on with making bread from scratch...sometimes it works great and sometimes it struggles but Easy Bread is just that...easy!  No kneading, no wondering if the gluten is developed, no waiting for it to rise twice.

The texture of this bread is a bit denser than a wonderfully kneaded yeast bread but still great for sandwiches and toast...which is what we use bread for!

Easy Bread
Makes 1 loaf
Place in a bowl and mix well:
1 1/2 cups warm water
1 egg
2 Tbsp coconut oil
1 Tbsp sucanat (or brown sugar)
2 tsp yeast
1 tsp salt
Add: 3 1/2 c. flour (I use white whole wheat) 
Mix well.
Spoon/pour dough into a greased pan. It won't be anything like "traditional" bread dough.

Cover and let rise (it takes about 1 1/2 hours in our warm kitchen)

Place bread in a cold oven and set oven temp for 250 degrees.  Set the timer for 20 minutes.  Then turn the oven temp to 350 degrees and set the timer for 15 minutes.  (Our oven heats up quickly, so you might need to add a few minutes to the first time/temp if your bread is not getting quite done.)
Remove from the oven and let cool!
I usually double the recipe and make two loaves at once...just my favorite way to make cooking from scratch easier -- never make just one batch when you can double it and freeze some for later!

Do you make your own bread?  Is it easy/hard for you to get the "perfect" loaf?

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