How to Make Two Big Beautiful Loafs of Bread

by Jeff Early

I got tired of paying $4 for a loaf of bread in the store so I worked on this recipe. This is a great recipe for a tasty home made loaf of bread. Substitute half whole wheat flour to make wheat bread.

Supplies

  • 400 Milliliters Milk
  • 200 Milliliters Water
  • 50 Grams Fat, butter or shortening
  • 800 Grams Unbleached AP flour
  • 8 Grams Instant yeast
  • 30 Grams Wheat Gluten
  • 15 Grams Salt
  • Instructions

    Step 1

    Gather all your ingredients.

    Step 2

    I use a mixer and hook but you can do it by hand. When baking bread it is good to always scale your ingredients.

    Step 3

    Combine the water,milk and fat in a large vessel and warm in the microwave.

    Step 4

    Careful not to go above 115 degrees F or you will kill the yeast.

    Step 5

    Pour liquid into your mixing bowl and add yeast then...

    Step 6

    Add in 325 grams flour let rest for...

    Step 7

    About 20 minutes.

    Step 8

    To blend and set aside to autolyse or rest for 20 minutes. It lets the moisture be absorbed into the flour.

    Step 9

    After 20 minutes you can see the bubbles meaning the yeast is working.

    Step 10

    Make a "proof box" by heating about a cup of water in your microwave. Keep the door shut.

    Step 11

    Next add another 325 grams of flour to the mixing bowl.

    Step 12

    Mix in two stages.

    Step 13

    Add the remaining 150 grams of flour and mix slowly until the dough is...

    Step 14

    Very smooth and elastic.

    Step 15

    Lightly spray a bowl with pan spray or you could lightly oil the bowl.

    Step 16

    Place the dough into the bowl and cover with plastic wrap

    Step 17

    Set the hot water off to the side and add the dough to the "proof box" keep the door closed.

    Step 18

    Proof for 1 hour or until doubled. I check at the half hour mark to see how much longer it will need.

    Step 19

    Punch down, turn over and put back into the proof box for another hour.

    Step 20

    Lightly flour the dough and counter and knead it a couple of times.

    Step 21

    Prepare your loaf pans with a light spray.

    Step 22

    A nicely rounded ball. I use a bench knife but a chef's knife would work.

    Step 23

    Cut the dough in half.

    Step 24

    Fold over 1/3 of the dough and press.

    Step 25

    Fold the other third over and press. Turn 90 degrees and do one more set of turns.

    Step 26

    Place seam side down in your loaf pans and...

    Step 27

    Back to the "proof box" for half an hour

    Step 28

    Pre heat the oven to 425 degrees F while the loaves are in the final proof stage.

    Step 29

    Load them on the center rack and bake 30 minutes.

    Step 30

    Brush the tops with butter and store in a "green bag" the ones used to keep produce fresh does a good job with bread.