A New Bread Recipe
I have a ton of bread recipes. I have artisan bread that is chewy. I have Nana’s Parker House roll recipe. I can’t count the number of cornbread, hush puppy and biscuit recipes I have. But one thing I have never had (before now) is a recipe for bread that compares to the soft sandwich bread we buy in stores. Here is my “soft bread” experiment.
First, let me say that necessity really is the mother of invention. Jerry was making hamburgers. We had no buns. We have the babies and chewy bread wouldn’t do. Voila…the necessity of a soft bread recipe finally weighed heavily enough for me to do something about it.
I have a love/hate relationship with bread. As far as bread is concerned, I can take or leave it. But I love the challenge of actually baking it because it is so easy to screw it up. That presents another of my favorite challenges…finding a recipe that is fantastic and fool-proof.
This recipe is a winner and it made a ton of bread. From the one batch, I made six hamburger buns, two loaves, and two pans of rolls.
3 TBSP yeast
1 TBSP sugar
1 cup warm water
Mix the sugar and yeast into the warm water (think baby bath temp). I mixed this in a two cup glass measuring cup. When the yeast proofed to the 2 cup mark, it was ready. While the yeast proofed, I combined the following in a large mixing bowl:
9 cups flour
1/2 cup sugar
1. 5 TBSP salt
3 cups warm water
1/2 cup vegetable oil
(*hint: mix the dry ingredients together before adding the liquids).
Add the yeast mixture and mix together to form the dough.
Place the dough in a greased bowl and cover with a cup towel. Place in a warm place to rise for one hour. The dough should double in size. Punch down the dough and knead briefly. Form into whatever shapes you desire, but make sure that you grease the pans you are going to use. So, I greased two loaf pans for the bread loaves, one cookie sheet for the hamburger buns, and two small baking pans for the rolls.
Let the formed dough rise for another hour. Preheat oven to 375 degrees and bake for 20 to 30 minutes. When the bread begins to brown, brush with softened butter.
Y’all enjoy and take care of one another. This recipe makes enough to share. We sent a loaf home with John and Beth!