Good morning, all! I hope you had a fun kick off to your weekend, boy have I got something to share with you. Maybe you're laying in bed after a Friday night bender and are thinking about the perfect recovery meal. Or maybe you're up bright eyed and bushy tailed looking for a project to do while your S/O is sleeping in (ahem...I know this blogger is.)
Regardless of your situation, if you find yourself with a couple free hours this weekend and want to challenge yourself with a new endeavor, this is it. Actually, even if you don't have a couple hours to spare, I bet you'll find a way to free some up after you check out this recipe below.
1. Start by combining your flours in a medium bowl. (Note: when filling your measuring cups, spoon the flour into them, then level them off. This will keep them from being packed too dense.)
2. Next, in a small bowl, prep your milk, oil, honey, brown sugar and salt. I like to give them a stir with a fork to help them combine.
3. After that - and THIS IS IMPORTANT: In a large bowl, pour in your warm water (if you have a food thermometer, use it to check the temperature. 110-115F is Perfect.) THEN, pour in your small bowl of liquids/sugar. Give it a good stir so the sugars dissolve.
4. Once you have done that, sprinkle your yeast over the warm beige liquid, give it a little stir, and begin slowly adding your flours.
5. While you're adding your flours, keep stirring (again, I like to use a fork here) until it starts to come together, and a dough begins to form.
6. Once it starts to pull away from the sides of the bowl, its time to get your hands dirty and KNEAD. Spend a solid 10 minutes just folding and pressing the dough on a floured surface, or until you are able to form it into a smooth ball.
7. Place the ball of dough in a bowl sprayed with nonstick spray, and put it somewhere warm to rise for an hour (I like to put it in my oven with the door closed - heat off.)
8. After its about doubled in size, punch the dough down, and really show it who's boss. (I always thought kneading it so much would make it tough and chewy, but its actually the opposite. Who knew?)
9. When you have flattened it down to where it looks like pizza dough, gently roll it into a loaf shape, tucking the ends under. Place the loaf in a sprayed nonstick 9 x 5 pan. Allow it to rise one more time (This time should be shorter - maybe 45 minutes or so.) Now's a good time to preheat your oven to 350.
10. Once its done rising a second time, coat the top of the loaf with a bit of olive oil, using a pastry brush and place it in the oven to bake for 30 - 35 minutes. The loaf will be done when it sounds hollow to tap on the bottom of the pan.
Let it cool about 5 minutes in its pan, then turn the loaf out onto a wire rack to cool the rest of the way. After that - Slice and enjoy THE MOST DELICIOUS BREAD YOU'LL EVER EAT.