So yesterday was the beginning of Snowmageddon 2014. What do you do when you look outside and see nothing but snow?
Well the only logical thing to do is bake bread.
The BF’s mom got us this awesome new mixer for Christmas and I’ve been dying to take her on her maiden voyage. There was a recipe for basic white bread in the book that came with it, and by some miracle I had everything I needed. Hooray!
Basic white bread (from the KitchenAid stand mixer cookbook)
1/2 cup low-fat milk (I used 2%)
3 tablespoons sugar
2 teaspoons salt
3 tablespoons butter or margarine
2 packages active dry yeast
1 1/2 cups warm water
5-6 cups all-purpose flour
**You need a warm place to let your dough rise. I like to preheat my oven (400 degrees) before starting so my dough can rise on the stovetop.**
Combine milk, sugar, salt, and butter in a saucepan. Heat on low just until the salt and sugar dissolve and the butter melts. Remove from heat and allow to cool until lukewarm.
Attach the dough hook to your mixer and pour the warm water into the bowl. Check to make sure the temperature is between 105-115° F (I used my candy thermometer) and add both packages of yeast. Once it has dissolved, add the cooled milk mixture and 4 1/2 cups of flour.
1. Mix for about a minute on speed 2, then begin to add the rest of the flour 1/2 cup at a time, until the dough pulls away from the sides of the bowl. You may not need all of the flour… I only used 5 cups, total. Knead the dough on speed 2 for about another 2 minutes. The dough should be smooth and elastic, and a little sticky to the touch.
2. Place your ball o’ dough in a greased bowl. Make sure to flip it over a couple of times so the whole surface gets some grease. Cover the bowl with a clean towel and leave it to rise in a warm place for an hour.
3. When the hour is up, the dough should be twice the original size. Punch that sucker down and divide it in two. Shape your loaves however you like and put them into greased baking dishes. I used my brownie pan and a round baking dish, but you could be boring and use loaf pans. Cover both dishes and let rise again in a warm place for an hour.
4. When the timer goes off, uncover the dishes and stick ’em into your 400° oven for 30 minutes or until crusty and golden brown on top. Remove from baking dishes immediately and allow to cool on wire racks.
5 & 6. Congratulations, you have made bread!
Now try to keep everyone from eating it all. We are somehow down to one loaf already. Someone must have broken in and stolen the square loaf!
…Or maybe we’re just piggies.
Were you snowed in yesterday? How did you pass the time?