A lost art!
I realized just how disconnected our children are from our food when I took homemade bread, butter and jam to my 5th grade sons class ( when they were still in public school) for show and tell. In a class of 20+ kids, only 2 even knew you could make bread at home?!?!? My son and 1 other child were the only ones who had ever had homemade bread! It was a hit to say the least… when we run into theses children at the grocery store, church or the park they will mention that ” Do you remember that bread you brought to our class that time?”
100 years ago everyone made there own bread. In history there are no bread recipes written down… Why? Because everyone made bread… every single day. Why would you write down something so simple? A modern equation would be… How do you operate a light switch? Or how about you write down how to use your washing machine (unless it is one of those new ones that has more buttons than a keyboard!)
Favorite Farmhouse Bread recipe!
3/4 cup warm water
1 pack dry yeast
1½ tablespoons sugar
1 Teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon vegetable shorting
½ cup milk
3 cups flour
Dissolve yeast in warm water, allow to sit at least 10 minuets or until frothy. In LG bowl. Add salt sugar, shortening & milk to bowl. Stir.
Mix in 2 cups of flour. Slowly add additional flour until dough pulls away from side of the bowl. Turn dough onto a floured surface, knead well. Put a little oil (1-2 Tablespoons) into bowl. Cover dough ball in oil and allow to rise in a warm place for 1 hour, or double in size. Punch down and knead on floured surface, place in oiled loaf pan or divide into dough balls for rolls and allow to rise 30 minutes.
Preheat oven to 375. After 30 minutes make 3 diagonal cuts in top of dough (if making a loaf). Bake 45 minutes until golden brown.
I like Pictures so here they are!
I have a few bread recipes I use but this is my favorite!
I use it for everything… Pizza rolls, cinnamon rolls, french bread, loaf bread and dinner rolls.
Later we will talk about…
Enjoy! Tell me how you like the bread or if your kids, friends, spouse like it!