Healthful Heather’s Amazing Bread

10 10 2010

I have been steadily working on perfecting my bread baking skills since acquiring my kitchenaid stand mixer.  The following recipe is so good that there wasn’t any bread left to take a picture of to post!

1/2 cup vanilla rice milk
3 tbsp. sugar
2 teaspoons kosher salt
3 tbsp. Earth Balance “butter”
2 packages of active dry yeast
1.5 c. warm water
5 cups of all-purpose unbleached flour

Warm the bowl of your mixer, add warm water and yeast.  Let the yeast dissolve.  Place milk, sugar, salt and butter in a small saucepan.  Heat over low heat until everything is melted and dissolved.  Let cool for 30 seconds.  Add milk mixture to yeast and add 4.5 c. of flour.  Attach dough hook to mixer and turn on to speed 2 and mix for about 2 minutes.  Slowly add 1 more cup of flour to the mixture and continue to mix for another 3 minutes or until the dough is smooth and coming off the sides of the bowl. If it looks too liquidy, add a little more flour but be careful not to overdo it.

Turn oven on to 400 for 30 seconds and then turn off to get oven slightly warm.  Place dough in a greased bowl, turning to grease the top.  Cover, and place in oven to let rise for 1 hour or until doubled in bulk.

Remove dough, punch down, and divide the dough in half.  Place each half into a greased loaf pan and cover and place back in oven to let rise again for another 60 minutes or until doubled in bulk.

Bake at 400 degrees for 30 minutes or until golden brown.  Remove from pans immediately and let cool on wire wracks.