Uncle John’s Bread

When the entire extended family travels to the beach together every year, Uncle John makes this bread for all of our sandwiches. This past year I thought, “This doesn’t just have to be a beach thing for me….I’m going to make it!” And the rest is history…. we make this bread once every other week and it saves us tons of money in the bread isle at the store…not to mention it’s good…addictively so.

Ingredients:

1 package of dry yeast                                                                                $0.33

5 1/3 cups bread flour (sold next to the all-purpose flour)        $1.50

1 Tablespoon sugar (or more if you’re feeling saucy)                    Free-ish

2 1/4 cup warm water                                                                                 FREE

1 Tablespoon salt                                                                                           Free-ish                     

                           Total price for two loaves of deliciousness =         $1.88

In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a dough hook, gently stir together the yeast, 1/3 cup bread flour, 1 Tablespoon sugar, and 1/2 cup warm water.  (You want to use the hottest water that comes out of your tap). Let this sit for about 5-15 minutes, or until the mixture begins to bubble and smell delicious. 

Then add, with the mixer on low, 1 Tablespoon salt, 1 3/4 cups warm/hot water, and 5 cups bread flour. Mix until the dough forms a big ball. If you do not have a mixer, mix these ingredients together in a big bowl, stir together, dump out onto a floured surface, and knead 200 times by hand. (or go to Bed, Bath, and Beyond, buy a mixer, and save yourself the headache…if you do this however, the price of bread just got a LOT more expensive).

Transfer the dough into a greased (with butter) bowl, cover with a clean kitchen towel, and let rise in a warm spot for 1 hour. It should double in size. Punch it down, and let it rise for another hour. 

Break the dough in half. Shape each half into a small loaf and put into greased loaf pans. (or place on a greased cookie sheet in a loaf shape). Let the dough rise another hour – it will double in size, again. 

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Bake loaves for 20 minutes, or until they are golden on the outside and sound hollow when tapped. Let loaves cool before cutting…unless you can’t stand it… 

ENJOY! 

The beginning….the yeast mixture is quite bubbly.

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The dough hook has done all of the kneading work for me….

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The dough in a greased bowl, before rising…

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Woah! At this point, you punch it down, and put it into loaf pans.

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It rose again in the loaf pans before baking, but here is the final, beautiful product: 

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