Homemade Bread (no eggs) *using Mixer with Dough Hook
turn oven on for one minute at 350 (then turn OFF)
Mix in a cup:
3/4 Cup Water
1/4 Cup Milk
2 Tbs Butter (*unsalted)
1 1/2 Tbs sugar
Microwave at 10 second intervals until the butter is melted and cup is warm to touch (I use a thermometer to make sure this mixture is at 110 before continuing or you will "cook" the yeast when added - you don't want that)
1 Tbs Yeast
3 Cups Flour
1 tsp salt (*reduce to 1/2 tsp if using salted butter in first step)
Place mixture from cup/microwave into mixing bowl, add one cup of the flour, whisk well. Add the yeast and salt, whisk again until evenly distributed. Place mixing bowl onto mixer, attach dough hook. Add in final 2 cups flour and place mixer on stir for 5 minutes,check dough - too dry? add a bit of water, a little at a time... too wet? add a bit of flour, a little at a time. Mix for a final 5 minutes.
Take dough ball out and form into mushroom cap/ball (spray your mixing bowl with cooking spray) place ball into bowl, spray top of dough with cooking spray and cover with damp tea towel (I use a new shower cap) and place in previously warmed oven for first rise (40 mins)
Take dough out - punch down, form for loaf pan shape...spray loaf pan with cooking spray...lay dough in pan, spray top of dough with cooking spray...cover with towel or cap again and place back in oven for 40 mins more for second rise. Take carefully out of oven and set on counter while oven heats..to 400 - Bake Loaf for 15 mins at 400 and lower to 350 and bake an additional 25 mins. remove from loaf pan and let cool on wire rack...
Photos by: Diane Baker for Canning and Cooking at Home