My first blog was the Cottage Homestead and while I really have enjoyed that blog I realized I very rarely posted on homesteading. Most of my posts are about the newest creation I’ve been baking or making.
Today while I was mixing up some basic Amish sugar cookies (which I will share soon) I realized that should be my new blog: the basic baker.
I’m going to gradually move my recipes over here from the Cottage Homestead. There are some very good ‘old faithful’ recipes on that blog that I feel really need to be on this one.
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2 cups warm water
2/3 cups white sugar
1 1/2 tablespoons active dry yeast
1 1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup vegetable oil
6 cups white flour (or 3 cups wheat, and 3 white)
1. In a large bowl, dissolve the sugar in the warm water, add yeast. Allow to proof until yeast resembles a creamy foam, about 10 minutes.
2. Mix salt and oil into the yeast. Work in 6 cups of flour. Knead dough on a lightly floured surface until smooth. Place in well oiled bowl, and turn once to coat the entire surface of the dough with oil. Cover with a clean damp cotton cloth. Allow dough to rise until double in size. (Mine took about an hour).
3. Punch dough down. Knead for a few minutes, and divide in half. Shape into loaves and place into well oiled 9×5 loaf pans. Allow to rise for 30 minutes.
4. Bake in a 350F oven for 30 minutes. When you thump the top of the bread it should sound hollow.For a buttery crust, brush hot loaves with butter. Cool on a rack and enjoy!