Wednesday, 15 August 2012
The first time I tried beer was when I was maybe 8 years old. It was during my I Love Coca Cola phase. It was a Christmas party. All my parents' friends were invited, and my friends. Me and my dad were getting the drinks. He pulls me aside and says "I poured you your Coca Cola, here. It tastes really good today, try it."
Of course being 8 and in love with sugar, I took the glass and gave it a long chug. I almost coughed my lungs out. When I was expecting a sugar party in my mouth, I tasted the most bitter thing I could have imagined. I look up at him with wide eyes, and say "this Coca Cola tastes like bread batter"
Of course my dad got a talking to by my mother about never giving beer to unexpected minors, but to this day, I can't stand the taste of beer. But I have tried bread batter, and even though I can't stand that taste either, it does not in fact taste like beer.
I love this bread. I don't know why I have never made bread more often, homemade bread is just fantastic. Now I can make my boring sandwiches taste like the greatest creation of the day. And what could be better than that?
Adapted from AllRecipes
What you'll need:
-2 cups warm water
-1/4 cup white sugar
-1 1/2 tablespoons active dry yeast
-1 1/2 teaspoons salt
-1/4 cup vegetable oil
-5 cups bread flour
1. In a large bowl, dissolve the sugar in the warm water and stir in yeast. Let stand until the yeast resembles a creamy foam
2. Mix in the salt and vegetable oil. Slowly add the flour one cup at a time, and knead the dough until smooth and elastic, around 6-8 minutes.
3. Place the dough in a well oiled bowl, and turn to coat. Cover with a damp cloth and allow to rise until doubled, around 1 hour.
4. Punch the dough down. Knead for a few minutes and divide into half. Place into two loaf pans and allow to rise for 30 minutes.
5. Bake at 350˚F for around 30 minutes.
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