Our recent discovery of Agave, courtesy of Giada Dilaurentis, has worked wonders for us. Who would have known there’s another natural sweetener alternative out there ! We sure didnt. Thank goodness for our recent discovery. Have you ever baked bread? People think it could be the most complicated thing on earth to bake, but it’s as easy as making brownies! All you need is a pair of strong arms and patience. Keep in mind alot of recipes call for a certain amount of flour, however, it varies from each person making it depending on the consistency of their flour. For example, a recipe will call for 3 TO 4 cups. The word to shows the ratio of how many cups are estimated to be used, no less than 3, no more than 4. Don’t worry, you’ll get the hang of it!
- 5-6 cups of bread or all-purpose flour
- 3 tablespoons sugar
- 2 teaspoons salt
- 1 package dry yeast
- 1/4 cup non fat dry milk
- 2 cups hot water (120-130 F)
- 3 tablespoons of butter (You can use shortening, however, I found that shortening doesn’t taste as good as butter)
- 1 tablespoon honey
- 1 tablespoon agave
1. Preheat oven to 400 F. In a mixing bowl, combine 2 cups of flour, sugar, yeast, and dry milk. If using a hand or stand mixer, beat to blend throughly
2.While continuing to beat, pour in hot water
3. After beating until the dough and water are fully incorporated add butter
4. Once the butter is fully incorporated, add flour 1/4 of a cup at a time until it looks shaggy.
5. Pull out the dough, the dough should be sticky. If it is not sticky add more water, if the dough is too dry it will not bake properly in the oven.
6. Knead for 10 minutes on a pre floured working surface. Don’t be afraid ! Your hands will get covered in dough. Use a push and fold method.
7. Pull and form it into a ball and place it in a warm place to rise. Place it in a lightly greased bowl and cover with plastic wrap. We like to have our dough rise in the oven with the light on. Let it rise for 1 hour
and let it rise for 45 minutes
11. Right before placing the bread in the oven, place a pan full of ice cubes for the steam to rise and help bake the bread. Bake bread at 400 F for 10 minutes then lower the temperature to 350 F and bake for 25- 30 minutes or until it is golden brown and hollow when thumped on the bottom crust. Don’t forget to turn the bread pans halfway through baking the bread
12. Place on a wire rack, slice and enjoy 🙂