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- Bread for Beginners
- 2 cups (475 ml) hot tap water
- 6 to 7 cups (1650 ml) unbleached white flour
- 1 egg
- 3 tbsp (45 ml) light oil
- 1 tbsp (15 ml) salt
- 1/4 cup (60 ml) honey or molasses
- 2 packages active dry yeast
- 1/2 cup (125 ml) warm water
- 1 tsp (5 ml) honey
- Measure the 2 cups (475 ml) hot water into a large mixing bowl and add enough flour to make a batter, about 3 cups (700 ml).
- Stir in the egg, oil, salt, and honey or molasses.
- Beat until smooth, cover and set aside.
- Combine the yeast and warm water in a bowl, stirring until dissolved.
- Add honey and 2 tbsp (30 ml) flour, beat well, and let stand until bubbly, about 10-15 minutes.
- Add to the batter and beat thoroughly.
- Gradually add sufficient flour to make a workable dough.
- Turn onto a floured surface and knead until smooth and elastic.
- Place in a warm bowl brushed with melted butter (or margarine), turning to coat the top.
- Cover loosely with plastic wrap and a towel and let rise 20 minutes.
- If there is time, punch down the dough, and let rise again 20 minutes to produce a smoother texture.
- Butter (or margarine) three 8 1/2 inch loaf pans.
- Divide the dough into thirds, form into loaves, and place in the pans.
- Place pans in a 100 degree (40 C.) oven to rise for 30 minutes.
- Raise temperature to 375 degrees (200 C.) and bake loaves 40-45 minutes.
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