It seems fitting to start the re-design of the blog with a post about bread, a food that has been around for thousands of years. Something that one of my favorite singer-songwriters, Jimmy Buffett, talked about in his famous song “Cheeseburger in Paradise:”
“Warm beer and bread,” they said, “could raise the dead.”
As a fellow Pascagoulian, I hear you Jimmy. Ever since I learned how to make bread, one of my favorite pastimes is to make bread and drink beer, just not warm beer – but I will if I have to!
“So how do I make my own bread,” you may ask.
“Don’t I need a bread maker?”
All you need is the right ingredients, an oven, a KitchenAid mixer if you can get one (but a bowl will do just fine), and a baking pan.
1 and 1/2 tsp Active Dry Yeast
1 and 1/2 tsp salt
3 Tbs sugar
1 Cup warm water (100 to 110 degrees)
3 Tbs room temperature butter
3 and 3/4 Cups + Bread Flour (preferably King Arthur Flour)
1/3 Cup Milk (can be 1%)
Nonstick spray if necessary
- Put your yeast, salt and sugar into a bowl (the KitchenAid bowl if using) and then pour in the water to begin the fermentation process.
- Wait at least five minutes or until the yeast begins to foam.
- Combine the milk, butter and flour to the mixture.
- If using a Kitchenaid, put the bowl into the mixer with the bread hook attachment and mix into a ball for at least five minutes until smooth. Otherwise mix in a bowl until you get the same smooth consistency or mix on a lightly floured countertop. If dough is too moist add a little flour otherwise if it is too dry add water a tsp at a time.
- Dump dough ball into a lightly greased container to rise for at least an hour.
- After at least an hour, pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.
- Push dough into a bread pan (if not nonstick make sure to use a nonstick spray).
- Bake for 45 minutes until golden brown and allow to rest for at least 10 minutes before cutting into and enjoying with a touch of butter a cold beer.Cheers!