Filling the house with smells of fresh homemade bread baking is a wonderful thing.Â Yeasty and warm, working with the dough brings a feeling of the past and blends it with the present.
These bread recipes come from my book, From My Family Recipe Box:
Dark Earthy Pumpernickel Bread
4 cups warm water
1 teaspoon salt
2 packets of yeast
1 Tablespoon Black strap molasses
1 Tablespoon cocoa powder
1 cup dark rye flour
5 â€“ 10 cups bread flour (start with 5 cups and add enough to make a smooth dough)
Using a dough hook attachment on your mixer, or by hand in a large mixing bowl, blend ingredients into a smooth dough.Â Let rise in an oiled bowl in warm area for 1 hour.Â Punch down. Let rise another hour.Â Shape dough into 4 loaves and place on sheet pans that have been lined with parchment paper and sprinkled with coarse corn meal.Â Let loaves rise 1 hour and bake in 400Â°F oven for 30 to 40 minutes or internal temperature at thickest part is 200Â°F.
Place loaves on racks to cool well before slicing.
Caitlinâ€™s Multi-Grain Bread
Created by Caitlin Hurt Â©2004
2 cups warm water
1 teaspoon salt
3 packets of yeast
1 cup *Multigrain â€“ processed fine in a spice grinder
1 cup whole wheat flour
3 â€“ 6 cups bread flour (start with 3 cups and add enough to make a smooth dough)
Blend into a smooth dough.Â Let rise in oiled bowl in warm area for 1 hour.Â Punch down. Let rise another hour and pre heat oven for 400Â°. Shape dough into 2 loaves and place in loaf pans.Â Let loaves rise 1 hour and place in hot oven 30 to 40 minutes or internal temperature at thickest part is 200Â°F.
*Nine to seven whole grain mixtures make tasty bread â€“ we like to mix our own.
Hints to have your bread come out the best:
– Make sure all your ingredients are room temperature.
– Your water should be warm, not hot â€“ too hot kills your yeast.
– Is your yeast expired? Old yeast loses it rising ability.
– Spray your loaf pans with nonstick spray for easy removal.
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