Alright ya’ll, we’re supposed to get 8-14 inches of snow today and tomorrow.
While Cody is feeding up the cows and tucking them in behind the tree breaks, I’m more concerned about whipping up some homemade bread and comfort food.
This is my tried and true recipe, you can whip it up in five minutes and let it rise while you get morning chores done, it isn’t going to take up your whole morning. With only five ingredients, this has become a family favorite for the taste and a personal favorite for the ease!
Here’s what you’ll need.
- 3 cups all purpose flour
- 1 package instant yeast (or 2 1/4 teaspoons if you buy it in bulk like we do)
- 1 cup butter
- 2 tablespoons sugar
- 1 teaspoon salt
I know some of you are probably looking at that CUP of butter with wide eyes, this isn’t a health food recipe by any means. It will give you a good reason to whip up some butter with all the extra milk you’ll be getting off your freshly calved milk cows, though!
Mix together the flour, melted butter, sugar, and salt in a large mixing bowl. Dissolve the yeast in about a half cup lukewarm water and add to the dough mixture. If the dough isn’t sticky enough, add more water by the tablespoon until you reach the desired dough-y feel.
At this point you’ll have a nice soft ball of dough, and you’re free to leave it alone for a few hours. Just cover it with a towel and come back whenever you have time. This recipe doesn’t have a specific time it needs to rise, but an hour and a half is the minimum I’ve done with success.
When you come back, pre-heat your oven to 350 degrees.
Knead your dough for 2-3 minutes, and place it in a greased 8×11 loaf pan. Let the dough rise again as you let the oven pre-heat, it’s normal for the dough to deflate a bit after the kneading.
Once your oven is ready to go, just pop your pan and dough in and set your timer. Around 40 minutes has been my favorite length to bake this recipe, but if you want a doughier bread feel free to cook for 35 minutes and if you want a crustier bread bump it up to 45 or 50.
My favorite part of this recipe is how adaptable it is. If you want a cheesy bread, mix in a cup of cheddar cheese to the dough. If you want garlic bread, mix in chopped up garlic to the dough. Anything you want to try will almost always turn out tastier than expected.
The best way to turn a house into a home is the smell of freshly baked bread. Do any of you have a tried and true recipe?