Homemade Sweet Bread

When you think of natural beauty, the first thing that comes to mind are natural products for skin care and hair care.  But it is just as important to consider what you put into your body as what goes on it. So lets talk food.

My husband is a HUGE bread eater.  He thinks a meal is made up of bread and mayo.  Don’t ask why, he just does.  So I set out to find a bread recipe that he would love.  I know he likes his bread a little sweet so I searched sweet bread recipes.  I found three that I liked but not one stood out most.  So I combined the three recipes and came up with a hit.  He loves it and asks for it all of the time.  I will share the recipe in a minute.

First, you may be asking what does bread and natural have to do with each other.  Well, have you ever read the ingredients on a bread package.  Also, I am pretty sure bread should not last for three months.  I believe we all have had a loaf of bread still sitting in our pantry and wondering if it was safe to eat, I mean after all it does still look good.  So creating as many of your own meals from scratch as you can, helps you control what ingredients go into your body.

When we make a batch of fresh-baked anything, our home smells good and we feel good about the accomplishment.  For me, I feel good knowing exactly what I put into the recipe.

So that being said here is the recipe.  I hope you enjoy it as much as we do.

Dry Ingredients                                                                  Liquid Ingredients

5 cups flour                                                                           2 eggs

1 cup sugar                                                                            1 tsp vanilla extract

1 tsp salt                                                                                 1 cup milk

2 packs of instant dry yeast                                                 1 cup water

1/3 cup flour                                                                          1 stick butter

 1.    Pour your dry ingredients into a mixing bowl (5 cups flour, 1 cup sugar, 1 tsp salt, 2 packs dry yeast).
2.    Add 1 cup of water to a pot and 1/3 cup of flour to the water. Heat on low.
3.    Continuously stir with a whisk until the flour and water mixture turn into a white paste.
4.    Remove from heat and let cool for about 2 minutes.
5.    Add all of your liquid ingredients into the pot with the paste and whisk until smooth.
6.    Pour the liquid ingredients slowly into the dry ingredients and stir. Once all of the liquid ingredients are added, let it mix for 15 minutes with your mixer. I use my kitchen aid  countertop mixer for this.
7.    Add butter a little at a time during the mixing process. Once it has mixed well, you will have a nice soft dough.
8.    Flour your countertop and knead the dough until smooth in texture.
9.    Grease a bowl, add your dough and cover the bowl with a towel, let sit until it rises. Rise time depends on temperatures in your home.
10.    Once the dough has risen, flour your countertop and knead lightly, separate the dough at this point and shape into a bread loaf.
11.    Grease your bread pans and add the dough loaf to your bread pan. I can usually get 4 loaves from this recipe.
12.    Let the dough sit in the bread pans covered with a towel until they rise to about 1″below the top of the bread pan.
13.     Place in the oven for 25 minutes

You have fresh tasty sweet bread…ENJOY!!

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