About the Bread
Making Bread (Sometimes) Requires A Recipe
My daughter wrote about making bread with her grandfather but forgot the most important part--the recipe they used! This recipe is one I received from my mother and passed onto Penny.
Very Rich European-Style Bread Recipe
Makes a medium loaf of very rich tasting European-style bread.
3 cups of bread flour (King Arthur is my favorite)
¼ cup sugar (decadent - I know)
1 ½ teaspoon of salt
1 teaspoon of yeast
4 tablespoons of butter
⅔ cup milk
Combine the milk, butter, and sugar in a microwave-safe measuring cup or bowl, or in a saucepan. Heat to lukewarm, stirring to soften/melt the butter. Pour the mixture into a mixing bowl, and let it cool until it's below 120°F, about 15 minutes.
In the meantime - mix your dry ingredients - yeast, salt and flour. Once the milk mixture has cooled, add the dry ingredients and then the eggs to the bowl. Mix and knead until everything forms a soft slightly sticky ball.
Transfer to a clean, lightly greased bowl, let rise until doubled about 45 - 60 minutes. I usually cover it with a clean kitchen towel.
After it has doubled, punch down and put into your baking pan or bread it or just let it rise freeform - after all it’s the taste that counts. Once it has risen about another 45 - 60 minutes. Bake at 350 for about 30 - 40 minutes. Really depends on your oven. If it starts to get too brown on top, cover with aluminum foil.