Lesson #10 - Basic Bread Loaf
We have completed the big move to Oregon from Pennsylvania. Most of our stuff is moved in, so we thought it was time to do a cooking lesson. Today was Sawyer's First Oregon Cooking Lesson!
Prep Time: 10 mins
Total Time: 80 mins
1 1/2 cups butter
1 cup granulated sugar
2 Tablespoons Milk
1 Teaspoon vanilla
1/2 Teaspoon Almond Extract
3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
First step is proofing the yeast. Add the yeast and sugar to warm water and whisk until dissolved. Let it sit for approximately 5 minutes, or until tiny bubbles appear on the surface.
Whisk in the salt, and then add the flour, 1 cup at a time. Make sure to mix each time you add a cup.
Start mixing the dough with your hands. Dive in and get sticky! You should be able to make a sticky ball.
Sprinkle the counter with flour and place down the dough. Knead it until it is smooth and elastic. This can take a couple of minutes.
Grease down a bowl with olive oil and place your dough ball, turning to coat in oil. Let the dough rise to room temperature for about 1 to 2 hours.
Take the dough ball out of the bowl and cut in half.
Flatten each half into a rectangle. We used a rolling pin to make it easier to flat. The older children should be able to complete with just their hands.
Once the dough is flattened into a rectangle fold it into thirds. This concept is hard for the younger children to get so help them with the thirds.
Once it is folded turn the ends under and place the dough (seem side down) in a greased loaf pan.
Cover with plastic wrap and let it rise for approximately 45 minutes or until doubled in size.
Bake in the oven for 30 minutes or until golden brown. Cool the loaf on a cooling rack prior to eating. The loaf of bread is amazing for sandwiches, French toast and so much more!