I’ll pass along my mother’s bread recipe. My mother taught me this probably 35 years ago, and it is so simple to remember that you don’t even have to write it down.
It basically uses ‘1’ of everything, and with a little common sense, it’s easy enough to remember 1 of what.
You Will Need:
For each normal loaf of bread, or pan of rolls, use the following:
- 1 Cup Water
- 1 Pkg Yeast (or teaspoon, if you use something other than the packets)
- 1 Tablespoon Honey (or sugar, if you prefer)
- 1 Tablespoon Butter (shortening, whatever you prefer to use)
- 1 Teaspoon Salt
- 1 Egg
- However much flour it takes
Mix the water, honey and yeast and let it sit for a bit in a warm place before adding the egg, salt and butter and starting to mix in the flour. We always mix it, knead it until it feels right, let it rise in the mixing bowl, punch it down and knead a bit just to get the air out of it, form it into loaves or rolls, let it rise again and bake it.
For anyone with any bread baking experience at all, this is probably the simplest recipe you’ll ever find and it works perfectly every time.
(submitted by Randy Bock)
Very similar to my “basic” bread except I don’t use butter or egg…so I’ll give it a try adding those two extra’s. I baked a lovely loaf of artisan bread last night when we got home from our “day trip” and that’s another simple one (along with Bannock) that I use alot. Just mix up my 3 cups of flour, my 1/8 tsp. yeast, add water enough to make it “gooey”, mix it with the handle of my wooden spoon, dump it into a WELL oiled boil, cover it with cling wrap, set it in my convection oven…and forget about it for 7 or 8 hours. When it’s risen, pour it onto a well floured surface, GENTLY roll it around into itself (do not knead it! and dump it into a WELL oiled cast iron skillet (I use my 7″) and bake at 350 for about 30 minutes. I like easy breads! LOL Older generations put this together at night before bedtime and then prepared it for baking that morning. Again, I like easy breads! Thanks for the recipe Randy, got any more up your sleeve?
My grandmother was remarried at an old age and she had baked bread the old fashion way in a bread pan. Her new husband liked it the way you speak of. We called this bread “Ollie bread” after his name. We all began to love it.
@ John R
He wasn’t by chance from MinnesOta?
We have a lot of Ollie (Ole) and Lena jokes up here.
No, no. He was a good ‘ole’ boy from W Va. For you oldsters, he drove a 55 chevy with a 327 with a blower. He had a switch on the gear shift to turn the blower on. If you were in the car with him, and he punches it and hits that switch, you had better hold on. If he is drinking, don’t get in the car with him.