Oh my what a whirl wind couple weeks! New job (more about that later...so excited!), new camera, new Iphone and new computer on it's way...I am in technical pergatory!
Thank heaven for bread...glorious bread with melted butter and jam. (sorry no pictures of that...it went too fast, my photo would have been a hand to mouth blur!)
With just a few ingredients, you can turn out some amazing bread with a texture similar to English muffins. It toasts up perfect for days and makes remarkable french toast.
NOTE: I use a Kitchen Aid mixer with dough hook for all my bread recipes...but you can easily convert this to a bread machine recipe or just go on in there with your hands and mix it up!
1 package active dry yeast (1/4 oz)
1 1/4 cups warm water (110 degrees or just dip your finger, if its warm, it will work)
2 teaspoons sugar
1 teaspoon salt
3 cups all purpose flour
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
3 tablespoons milk
Mix dry yeast, water and sugar in Kitchen Aid bowl. Let sit for about 5 minutes until it becomes frothy. Add remaining ingredients and knead in mixer for about 3-5 minutes until dough is smooth.
Add dough to oiled bowl, cover with plastic wrap and let rise until double in size, about an hour.
Preaheat oven to 350 degrees.
Spray a loaf pan with non stick spray.
Punch down dough and knead gently on a floured surface.
Place in loaf pan.
Bake for about 25 minutes or until golden brown.