Photo by Amber Harris
Once upon a time, I went to a class on how to make good homemade bread. The bread was tastless and nasty. I took the recipe (needed the basics), and tweaked it to make my own. A recipe that tastes good, & is good for you. Great texture! Great as sandwiches, French Toast, Toast, Garlic Bread, Pizza, Cinnamon Rolls, etc. Enjoy!
1 ¼ Cups hot tap water
1/8 Cup applesauce
1/8 Cup honey
1 ½ Cups flour – wheat, unbleached white, or a combination of both -- sifted
½ Tablespoon potato powder – can substitute regular flour or oat flour
1 Tablespoon Applesauce Powder – can substitute regular white sugar, raw sugar, or brown sugar
1 ½ Tablespoons raw sugar – can substitute granulated sugar or brown sugar
¼ Cup dry powdered milk
½ Tablespoon powdered Egg mix – can leave this out if necessary
4 teaspoons vital wheat gluten
1 Rounded Tablespoon SAF instant yeast
1 ½ Cups flour – sifted –
Use dough hook—for Kitchen Aid when using dough hook use a 2, 3, or 4 on the speed.
Kitchen Aid does not tolerate this recipe doubled very well.
Put water, all sugars, honey, & yeast into bowl, set aside and let raise. Put applesauce, into bread mixer. Add 1 ½ cups flour, potato powder, dry milk, dry egg mix. Now put sugar and yeast mixture into mixer. Mix for a minute. Turn off and let SPONGE (covered) for 6 minutes. Start mixer again, NOW add the rest of the 1 ½ cups flour.
Let knead for 6 minutes if white bread or 9 minutes for 1/2 white, 1/2 wheat, or 12 minutes for whole wheat. Stop machine and let rise for 20 minutes (covered).
Remove dough from the bowl. For bread loaves to be nice and smooth looking—roll dough out flat on floured surface then roll up into a loaf and tuck in ends.
Form into loaves, rolls, breadsticks, cinnamon rolls, pizza crust, etc. Place in/on cooking sprayed dish, cookie sheet, or pizza pan cover and let raise 20 to 60 minutes, or longer. Pizza crust does not need final rising.
Turn oven on to 350 degrees F. Bake 20 to 30 minutes depending on what you are baking, and depending on how hot your oven cooks.
Pizza cook for 15 to 20 minutes on 450 degrees.
Makes 1 Large bread loaf = 1 ¼ loaves – you’ll need and x-tra large loaf pan for this recipe.
If you live in a dry climate, you may want to put a pot of water on the stove to boil while you make and raise the bread. This will help your bread to raise better.
CHEESE BREAD: I rolled it out, cut it in half, filled it with cheese, folded it over, cut the slits, put cheese on top, baked at 350 for about 25-30 minutes. I also added garlic and onion powder to the dough. It is so good! Put on parchment paper to cook and corn meal under the dough.