Baked Love

Welcome to my new blog! I’ve decided to leave the old one behind (theneuroticyogini.wordpress.com) and start something fresh. Something more ME. 🙂 While I am neurotic and I do love yoga, I feel like when I started that blog I was trying to prove something to the blogworld or be someone that I am not. Here are a few things I am: creative, innovative, analytical, high-strung (working on that!), and a lover of all creatures (homo sapiens being my least favorite). I want this blog to showcase my various talents and passion for creating things of all kinds. Vegetarian favorites, do-it-yourself projects, and political/economical debates are just the beginning. Time to get baked!

For my first recipe, I’d like to share with you my very favorite bread recipe. I found this on a blog called Farmgirl Fare and it is the BEST bread recipe for a white loaf I’ve come across, bar none! Here goes:

Best Ever Bread Recipe

(makes 3 large loaves)

4 cups All Purpose (AP) Flour

1 1/2 tbsp Yeast

2 tbsp Sugar

2 tbsp Oil (I use grapeseed, not to be confused with rapeseed aka canola oil. Yuck.)

4 cups Warm Milk or Filtered H2O (I use 2 cups coconut milk/2 cups H2O)

1 1/2 tbsp Salt

6 cups Bread Flour (this # is approximate, mine is usually between 4 1/2 and 5 1/2 cups)

Directions: Mix yeast, AP flour, oil, and milk/H2O. Rest about 20 min. Add salt and bread flour until the consistency is right. Knead and allow to rise until doubled (about 1 hour) in a warm area. Shape the dough (I usually flatten the dough and then roll it up like a burrito almost, pinching the ends in and the bottom until there is no seam.) Place in bread pan ‘seam’ down and allow to rise again for another hour hour so. (The dusting of flour on top is optional, I just like the way it looks.) Bake @ 375 degrees F for around 35 minutes until tops are nice and brown.  🙂

Since I only own two bread pans currently and this recipe makes three, I will do one of two things: Put the leftover dough in a large tupperware (must be very large as dough will continue to rise) in the fridge and use throughout the week for fresh bread anytime! (Makes a great French loaf or dinner rolls.) Or I will just make a free form loaf and bake that! They turn out just as wonderful as the sandwich style loaves, plus I like the way they look. I’m currently getting into the habit of making these loaves once a week so we do not have to purchase bread from the grocery store. We’ve been doing well cutting out processed foods, and bread is just another one of those things I’d very much prefer to know what exactly goes into the process. Besides, I believe that the main ingredient in all my meals makes the most difference – LOVE!!! <–Okay, okay cheesy I confess.. but you know what that means.. 🙂

That’s it for today! Until next time, stay baked my friends. ^.^