Saturday, April 7, 2012

The Easiest Bread I've Ever Made

I found this recipe online to make bread in an hour:

**Note: if you are making this in a KitchenAid, halve the recipe and make 2 loaves of bread.**

10 1/2 c. white bread flour
1/2 c. sugar
1 T. salt
3 rounded tablespoons saf-instant yeast
3 T. liquid lecithin
4 c. hot tap water

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

Makes 4 loaves.

Since there's just the two of us, and I have a KitchenAid mixer, I cut the recipe in half and made two loaves.  I used 2 cups of King Arthur White Wheat flour and 2 1/4 cups of unbleached white bread flour.  Lecithin can be found at a health food store.  It's a really viscous liquid, much thicker than molasses.

You really can get bread made in an hour!  The loaves did a great rise in just 25 minutes and using a convection oven, they were beautifully browned in 20 minutes with just the right amount of oven spring to make a pretty top.

This is a recipe that will definitely go into my Cricut Cookbook with a nicely decorated page!

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