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Thrifty Bread Recipe

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Contributor:  
Contributor:  
Tonia Starkey (Nana)

Category:
Category:

Ingredients:  
Ingredients:  
1 c. hot water
2 Tbsp. sugar
2 3/4 tsp. yeast
3 c. all-purpose flour
1/4 c. vegetable oil
1 1/2 tsp. kosher salt

Directions:
Directions:
Mix the hot water (not scalding but hot from tap), sugar, and yeast in the mixing bowl of a mixer using the dough hook. Stir mix to cover yeast with water. Let sit 10-15 minutes until the yeast blooms and becomes fragrant. Add the vegetable oil, salt, and flour, one cup at a time. Continue mixing for a few minutes until the dough clings to the hook and pulls from the side of the bowl. Mix another 5 minutes after a non-sticky dough has formed. Don't be afraid to add flour 1 Tbsp. at a time if needed.

Pour a tab bit of oil into the bottom of a ceramic or glass bowl. Remove dough from hook and place in bol. Roll dough gently to cover with oil. Place a tea cloth or plastic wrap over the bowl and let the dough sit in a warm place to rise for about 1 1/2 hours or until it doubles in size.

Punch down dough, shape into an oval loaf-like shape, and turn seams under. Place in a greased loaf pan and cover again with a tea cloth or loose plastic wrap (spray plastic wrap with cooking oil if you are worried it will stick). Let dough rise a second time until almost doubled, about an hour.

Preheat oven to 350. Bake for about 25 minutes. The top will be a golden brown and will sound hollow when you thump on it. Let set in pan about 5 minutes before turning onto a cooling rack. DO NOT cut until the bread has cooled at least 15 minutes.

Number Of Servings:
Number Of Servings:
1 loaf
Preparation Time:
Preparation Time:
3 hrs
Personal Notes:
Personal Notes:
*I have tried to double this recipe and it does not work well. I have tried to split this recipe into 2 smaller loaf pans and it does not work well. I have tried adding other ingredients and it does not work well. I have tried using other types of oil and it does not work well. This is one of those few recipes that you can't double or tweak. It just has to be left as it is.

*The first time I made this bread was when my main oven had gone out and I only had a countertop toaster oven to work with. I have to say, the toaster oven actually baked the bread better than my regular oven. I may need to go back to baking bread in the toaster oven. LOL!

 

 

 

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