I was never so keen about making bread at home before. I used to buy it from the store all the time and very happy with what I got. I had few favorite brands like everyone else until I noticed that some of my favorite brands have high fructose corn syrup! At that moment, I thought maybe I can try to make it at home. Of course, this is not feasible for all of us, a month ago when I was a full time employee, my only reaction to the idea of making bread at home would have been a sarcastic laugh! Since, I have more time now, I decided to try to make my own bread. It is not that hard but I had to study some of the basics of baking to make sure I do not mess things up too much since baking is basically science. I started with the basic white bread recipe but I added honey instead of adding a lot of sugar and that made a huge difference in taste. Enjoy!
2 cups of warm water
1 1/2 tablespoon dry yeast
1 tablespoon sugar
7 tablespoons white honey
6 cups of sifted bread flour to make 2 loaves
1/4 cup softened unsalted butter (I have not tried yet to substitute with oil, it will be in another recipe if succeeds)
1 teaspoon salt
In a large bowl, add 1 cup of warm water.
Dissolve the sugar in the water.
Sprinkle the active dry yeast on the top of the water. Set it aside until the bubbles appear, it takes at least 5 minutes.
In a large bowl, sift the flour.
Mix the salt with the flour.
In the kitchen machine, mix honey, butter, water and yeast mix. Add 1 cup of flour at a time.
Keep mixing for at least 10 minutes until dough forms. If you do not have have the kitchen machine, flour the surface and knead while adding the flour one cup at a time.
On a floured surface, form the dough into a ball.
In a well oiled bowl, place the dough and cover with plastic wrap. The dough should be really soft and elastic.
Let it rest for about an hour until the dough rises.
After an hour, deflate the dough! I never knew what deflate the dough means until recently, it is basically punching the dough down.
On a floured surface, knead the dough a few times more.
Shape into 2 loaves, and place into two well oiled 9×5 inch loaf pans.
Allow to rise for 30 minutes to 1 hour.
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
Bake for about 35 to 40 minutes until the top is brown like the pic below.
Let it cool down on the rack before you make any sandwiches like the one below 🙂