Monday, November 21, 2011

Grandmother Bread~ Deliciously Easy!

This bread recipe came from Suzanne McMinn, and I first read it on her blog 'Chickens In The Road'. Since I discovered this recipe I have successfully made Grandmother Bread more than a hundred times. There are many variations of this basic recipe too. The bread dough makes the best pizza dough ! As there is no dairy in this recipe we use it frequently so everyone in the family can enjoy a thick slice of deliciousness , hot, soft, yummy - right out of the oven. Here is one of our granddaughters, learning to make this bread we will be using for communion in our home church gathering. Granddaughter is excited to begin !
Here is our granddaughter kneading the bread dough.To make this bread you will need :
  • 3 cups warm water
  • 1 tablespoon yeast ( 1 packet )
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 7 cups all purpose flour
"In a large bowl combine the water, yeast, sugar & salt. Let sit 5 minutes.Then stir in three cups of the flour. I use a whisk to do this. When the mixture is too thick for the whisk I use a strong wood spoon. Keep adding flour and stirring until the mixture becomes too thick, then you'll need to use your hands.Now is a good time to put the dough on a floured surface to begin kneading .When the dough is smooth and elastic roll it into a ball and place in a big greased bowl, cover with greased plastic wrap, and place in a warm place.In about an hour the dough will be doubled in size. This is when we punch the dough down, divide in half,knead and roll the halves into 2 balls. You may prefer to shape the bread into loaves, and this works well too.
The sun room is very warm this day so I placed the 2 round loaves our granddaughter punched, kneaded, and shaped into 2 pie pans and set them in the sun room to rise again.After rising double in size, bake at 350 degrees for 25 minutes.
Isn't this a happy face? Her first home made bread is a success!

I had such a good time baking with this precious granddaughter and I hope she is always reminded of good times with her Grandma & Grandpa when she smells home-made bread baking. And by the way, this bread was delicious, and she did almost all the making & baking by herself! ~"The best things in life are nearest : breath in your nostrils, light in your eyes, flowers at your feet, duties at your hand, the path of right just before you. Then do not grasp at the stars, but do life's plain common work as it comes, certain that daily duties and daily bread are the sweetest things in life." Robert Louis Stevenson

1 comment:

  1. What a sweet post! The photos say it all. LOVE!

    Love between grandmother and granddaughter and the love of baking bread and sharing. Congrats to her with her first loaf of bread.

    You are both blessed.

    Have a lovely weekend ~ FlowerLady