Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Pantry Secrets: How to make Bread in less than an hour

This recipe makes 4 loafs. I cut it in half though because that much won't fit in my KitchenAid, and we wouldn't eat 4 loafs before they went stale. You can make pretty much anything with this one recipe. Tortillas, cinnamon rolls, calzones, hot dog and hamburger buns, dinner and desert braids, different kinds of rolls, focacia bread, pizza.... and a lot others. Somethings, like pizza, don't have to raise, so it takes way less than an hour to make. I've never really been into making bread or rolls, but I've been using this for more than a month and haven't bought a loaf of bread or frozen rolls for dinner in that time.

10 1/2 cups of white Bread Flour (don't use all purpose)
1/2 cup of Sugar
1 Tablespoon salt
3 Rounded Tablespoons Saf-instant yeast
3 Tablespoons of Liquid Lecithin (This is a natural soy/vegetable based product found at your local health food store. It's too sticky to measure, so you guestimate. A Tablespoon is a puddle about the size of a quarter.)
4 cups hot tap water.

Mix dry ingredients. Add lecithin and water. Mix for 1 minute and check consistency. If dough is too dry, dd more water. If dough is too moist, add more flour. Mix for 5 minutes. (Do not add water or flour to the dough after it has finished mixing.) Spray counter and pans with Pam. Shape loaves and cover with a dish towel. Let raise 25 minutes. Bake at 350 degrees for 25 minutes.

For whole wheat bread, use the same recipe but add one cup of applesauce as part of the hot tap water. Mix for 10 minutes.

Pantry Secrets Website They have a DVD you can buy to show you how to make all the different things, and it has recipes on it. I borrowed it from a friend, but I think it's worth the $20 so I may get my own copy.

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