Sunday, March 29, 2009

Home baked bread

It's a rainy Sunday in Northwest Pennsylvania. When the girls were home, I used to love to bake on snowy or rainy days; it just seemed to add to the coziness of being in the house. Because I don't do much work on Sundays, this no-knead bread recipe just fit the bill for something from the oven with little work. I wish I could remember where I got this recipe. I'm thinking it came from Better Homes & Gardens magazine in 1977 because that's the year we got married, and I was forever copying recipes at that time.

6 1/2 cups sifted flour
2 tablespoons softened butter
2 tablespoons sugar
2 cups very warm water
2 teaspoons salt
3 eggs
2 packages of yeast

Mix together 1 1/2 cups flour, sugar, salt, and yeast in large bowl. Add butter. Gradually add water to dry ingredients; beat two minutes at medium speed of electric mixer. Add eggs and 1/2 cup flour; beat two minutes at high speed. Stir in enough remaining flour to make a soft dough. Cover bowl and let dough rise until doubled - about 35 minutes. Stir down. Turn int two well-greased 1 1/2-quart casseroles. Cover and let rise until doubled - about 40 minutes. Bake in 375° oven for 35 minutes or until done.


Barb said...

There was a time :>) would be when my children were little, the snow/rain would be falling and the *homemade sticky buns* would happen! Thank you for the memory, I can smell your bread or maybe it is my sticky buns ;>)! Tonight will bring on the homemade ice cream for a church family night. We are having rain in Central PA too!

Jennifer said...

I used to love those days you would bake bread! It always tasted so good, and even now when it gets rainy out or snowy I always want to make bread.

Maybe sometime you could post your recipe for oatmeal bread? I'm in need of that one and know others would love it too.

Mandi @ Sweetly Home said...

I agree with Jenn...I loved when you made bread! I can still see it rising now on the radiator when we lived in the white house. I want to try this recipe!

I just love the photos you post on your blog. They are always so perfect.