Ingredients (makes two loaves):
3 Tb butter
1/2 cup milk
2 tsp salt
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 packet or 2 1/4 teaspoons yeast
about 6 cups bread flour
a little oil
Step 1: Put 3 tablespoons of butter, 1/2 cup milk, 2 teaspoons salt, and 3 tablespoons sugar into a small saucepan. Heat milk until it begins to bubble and set aside to cool. After it has cooled, add a teaspoon of vanilla extract.
Mixture is moved to another burner to cool before adding the vanilla.
Step 2: Pour either 1 packet or 2 1/4 teaspoons of yeast into a bowl. Add two cups of hotter-than-lukewarm-but-cool-enough-to-touch water and stir.
Step 3: After heated mixture has cooled, add to yeast mixture. Then add a few cups of flour and mix.
Keep stirring and adding flour until the dough looks like this:
Then, sprinkle some flour on your (clean!) work space and knead, adding more flour until it reaches the correct consistency. It should feel rubbery, but not sticky.
|Here's what the finished dough should look like.|
Step 5: After the dough has risen, punch it down and let rest for another 15 minutes. This removes any air pockets and will prevent your bread from getting "holes".
Step 6: Take out the dough and divide it into two even lumps.
|First, roll one lump into a rectangular shape|
|Fold over the top half slightly more than halfway|
|Then, pull over the sides.|
|Lastly, pull up the bottom.|
Step 7: Grease the bread pans and put the dough in them seam side down. Repeat with the other ball of dough.
|Don't forget to spray the pans!|
Step 8: Gently rub some oil on the top of the loaves to keep them from drying out. Cover and let rise for another hour.
Step 9: Spread a little more oil onto the top of the loaves and bake them at 350 degrees for 40 minutes.
|Zip them in freezer bags while still warm, and the bread will stay moist.|