For the bread you will need
- One packet of yeast
- 2 and 1/4 cups water
- 3 tablespoons of sugar
- 1 tablespoon salt
- 2 tablespoons canola oil (I only had olive oil, but I am sure it will turn out just fine)
- 6 cups flour for dough and some flour to spread on a table for kneading
- Wine or your favorite drink… for dinking
In large bowl, I used a stand mixer. Mix water and yeast. I always put the sugar in first to feed the yeast. Now it has a nice warm home and some food to eat. Then add salt and oil and 3 cups flour. Mix till smooth. Then slowly add the other 3 cups of flour, a half cup at a time till blended.
Then put the dough on a floured surface and knead for about 9 mins. Till smooth and when you pull on the dough it springs back easily.
Now place the dough in a lightly oiled bowl, flip the dough so it is covered in the oil. And let it sit covered for 1-1/2 hours. While the dough sits. Lets make some butter!
To make butter you will need
- 8 oz Heavy whipping cream
- A containers that will not pop open when you shake it. My mom always used a mason jar, but I did not have one, so I used a plastic storage dish.
- Wine or favorite drink… for drinking
Making butter is so easy. Pour the heavy cream into your air tight container and shake it for about 30+ mins.
Now shake, shake, shake!
take a little break….
Shake, shake, shake some more…
Oh Hi Dog!
The different stages of the cream…
When the liquid inside becomes so think that it is not moving you are almost there. Don’t give up! Then like magic it will become a solid and a light milky liquid. Pour the liquid out and shake a little more to get as much liquid out as you can.
at this stage, when your butter looks smooth, you can add a little salt. Or some times I add Honey to make sweet butter. Add a little at a time till it tastes good to you. I always tell myself “you can add more, but you can not add less”.
Does this butter kind of look like a dog or it is just the wine talking?
Remember our bread we have left sitting for an hour and a half? Now it is time for the next step.
Pre heat the oven to 375 F.
Uncover the dough and punch it down. Then cut the dough in half to make two loafs. Put the loafs into 9X5 bread pans…(I did not have one so I improvised and cooked each loaf separately in a ceramic dish. It worked just fine!)
Now cover your “bread pan” and let the dough sit for another 30 mins! More wine anyone?
After waiting it is time to cook your bread.
Cook in the oven for 30 mins. You will know your bread is ready by tapping on the top. If it sounds hollow. It is ready to come out.
Let cool on a rack.
Now lets enjoy our hard work!!