I've had a great opportunity come my way. One of my "internet friends" is trying to finish writing a baking cookbook on a very short time frame. Well, he is running out of time and running out of waistband :) trying to get all the recipes tested. So he offered those of us who bake to test out some recipes and take pictures. He's even going to mention us in the book. It's so amazing, I've never had a chance to do anything like this before. I got to try a new raisin bread recipe as well as peach upside-down cake and lemon squares. They all turned out delicious. I can't wait for the book to be ready.
I can't share any of those recipes, but I thought I'd share my everyday white bread one. I use my bread machine to make the dough. It saves time and wear on my wrist. I also don't like the hole that is left in the loaf from the paddles if you bake it in the machine. So, I form the bread into 3 loaves and bake in the oven. Colin says some days he can smell the bread baking across the yard to the barn. A great welcome home.
Put in bread machine in the following order:
2 1/2 c warm water
3 Tbsp brown sugar
3 Tbsp oil
1 Tbsp salt
3/4 cup instant potato flakes
6 cup flour, can use up to half whole wheat if wanted
1 Tbsp instant yeast
Set your machine to dough cycle. If your machine has a warning beep for adding extra ingredients, that is a good time to check the dough and see if you need to add water or flour. You want a fairly soft dough, but not too sticky. I usually take the dough out 30 min before the end of the cycle or it could grow out the top of my machine :)
When dough is fully raised, cut into 3 pieces and form into loaves. Put into greased loaf pans and let rise in a warm place for 1 hour. I usually warm my oven (then shut it off!) and put them in there.
When loaves are ready to bake, just turn the oven onto 300F and bake for 45 minutes, no need to preheat. Bread is done when it sounds hollow when tapped on the bottom. If not, put bake into oven for few more minutes. Remove from pan right after taking from oven.
This recipe works when made the conventional way too.