February 2, 2012
If you've never made bread, it's fairly easy to do. You just some time. It doesn't take long to mix up the dough, but you do need to let it rise. Twice. Like 2 hours. That's where the time comes in.
Here's what we do:
In a small pot, melt 3 tbsp butter with 1/2 cup of milk, 2 tsp salt and 3 tbsp sugar. Once the butter is melted and the sugar disolved, remove from the heat and let it cool until it's warm.
While that is going on, warm the mixer bowl with hot tap water. Dump out the water. Add 1 1/2 cups of hot tap water (105 - 115 F) and 2 packages of active dry yeast. Let it sit for a couple of minutes until the yeast begins to disolve.
Add the butter mixture.
Add 2 1/2 cups whole wheat flour. Mix witht he dough hook for about 1 minute on speed 2.
Slowly add 4 cups of all-purpose flour a bit at a time.
Mix until the dough clings to the hook and cleans the sides of the bowl. Mix for 2 more minutes.
Place the dough in a greased bowl. Cover with a tea towel and leave it in a warm place to rise.
An hour later, punch dough down. Divide in half. I make one half into a loaf - roll dough into a loaf shape and place in a greased loaf pan.
With the other half, roll dough into bread sticks. Place on cookie sheet. Brush with olive oil and minced garlic.
Bake at 400F for about 30 minutes.