Even if you choose not to make your own bread, it is important to know how, just in case you ever need to in an emergency. Personally I like this recipe the best.
About a year ago, I decided to test out our food storage abilities, and withheld going to the store for quiet a while. I had tried a few bread recipes before, but wasn't extremely satisfied. However, I decided I better find a good recipe if we wanted to ever have any bread.
I attended a class held by the Relief Society on bread making, taught by Pantry Secrets.
I have never gone back to store bought bread since.
There are several reasons why I chose to stick with this particular recipe:
- The entire process of making it takes about 1 hour - and only requires your attention for about 10 minutes
- It only requires 6 ingredients; which are very easy to come by
- Ingredients are inexpensive; one loaf of bread costs about .25 cents to make
- The ingredients used have at least a one year shelf life, making it perfect for long term storage
- The same recipe can be used to make other things; bread sticks, rolls, pizza dough, etc.
- It is by far the easiest bread I've ever made
- It is delicious! Everyone loves it!
I have recommended this recipe to several people, but a lot are scared away by the different ingredients.
So I decided to do a Product Review and How-To post to answer questions.
Lets start with the Recipe:
For White Bread:
Makes 4 loaves of bread (I always half this):
10 1/2 c. Lehi Roller Mills Turkey Brand Flour
1/2 c. sugar
1 Tbsp. salt
3 rounded Tbsp. Saf-Instant Yeast
3 Tbsp./quarter size drops of Liquid lecithin
4 c. HOT tap water
Mix dry ingredients.
Add lecithin and water.
Mix for a total of 6 minutes.
Dough should be slightly sticky.
Do not add water or flour to the dough after it has finished mixing.
Spray counter and pans with Pam.
Shape loaves, place in pans, and cover with a dish towel.
Let raise 25 minutes.
Bake at 350 for 25 minutes (for rolls, bake at 350 for 15 mintues).
For Whole Wheat Bread: (when making 4 loaves):
Replace 1 c. of the water with applesauce. Add an additional Tbsp/quarter of lecithin.
Mix for 8-10 minutes instead of 6.
This recipe has different ingredients and a different style of making it - which usually turns people away - so lets cover the basics:
The 3 ingredients not commonly used by other recipes are
1) Lehi Roller Mills Turkey Brand Flour
2) Saf-Instant Yeast
3) Liquid Lecithin
Lehi Roller Mills Turkey Brand Flour
First of all,this flour has nothing to do with turkeys. It is simply the name brand (it has a turkey on the package):
Why use it?
- This flour has a high gluten content, which means that it has the ability to make delicious bread without being an actual "bread" flour.
- This also means that you do not need to use 'vital wheat gluten' (which is an ingredient used if baking bread with regular all-purpose flour).
- This flour isn't a bread flour, so it can be used in all of your other recipes as well... no need to buy more than one kind. This is the only flour I have at my house.
- It is inexpensive. Costco sells it for $7-8 dollars a bag (which I believe is cheaper than what Lehi Roller Mills sells it for).
- From my personal research, this flour has a shelf life of over a year, being stored in normal conditions (poly bucket in the basement), and still maintains its good quality.
**As a side note, it really is THAT different from regular all-purpose flour. I have made the bread without it and it doesn't turn out the same.
Saf-Instant is simply the brand name - the creator of this recipe found it to be the best, but I personally haven't tried it with another instant yeast.
This is what it looks like:
Sorry for the horrible picture, I downloaded it from the internet.
Why use it?
- Instant Yeast allows you to mix the bread dough, shape it immediately, and then let it rise.
- With regular yeast, you mix the dough, let it rise, punch it down, shape it, and then let it rise again.
- Using instant yeast cuts your bread making time in HALF.
- This yeast can handle extreme heat without causing damage (since you use HOT tap water, this comes in handy).
- Saf-Instant yeast can be purchased at Alison's Pantry and at Macey's for about $2.50 (on sale) and probably $3.50 regularly.
- This yeast has an extremely long shelf life - at LEAST a year if left at room temperature - almost INDEFINATELY if kept in the freezer.
Probably the most unusual ingredient for most people. Liquid lecithin has the same texture, consistency, and color as honey - but it is extremely sticky.
Why use it?
- Liquid Lecithin is used as the oil replacement in this recipe
- It has a shelf life of about 10 years, whereas oil can go rancid very quickly - making it the perfect candidate for long term storage
- It is much better for you than oil
- 32 oz. bottles can be purchased for $10-15 at the Bosch store, or you can purchase some from the Pantry Secrets website.
Now lets make some bread,
and hopefully answer any other questions you may have:
First, assemble dry ingredients and mix together.
** Lecithin is measured in Tbsp/'quarters' because it is extremely sticky and difficult to remove. It is recommended that you don't use an acutal Tbsp. to measure, since it will stick to it (even after the dishwasher).
1 Tbsp. should equal the size of a 'quarter' when poured into the flour mixture.
It has a tendency to run, which is why this picture didn't turn out, but you get the idea (this picture shows enough lecithin for 2 loaves of bread - about 1 1/2 Tbsp/quarters worth)
I have mine in this cheapo ketchup container with a hole in the top so I can just squeeze the desired amount out. I know a lot of people who just pour it straight from the bottle. If you purchase lecithin from pantry secrets it will come in a squeeze bottle like this one, only it has a removable cap over the top.
Now add the HOT tap water, and start mixing.
After a minute or so of mixing, check to see if you need to add more flour or more water.