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My love for homemade bread began at a very young age, and there has always been only one recipe that rose high above all the others (pardon the pun) . . . my grandmother’s. Years ago, I tried to perfect the recipe, but failed miserably. Over the past few weeks, I gave MaMa’s recipes another try. Anyone who makes homemade bread from scratch knows that it’s all in the kneading.
So, I did what anyone trying to perfect an art would do; I watched YouTube videos. I’m happy to report that after two more attempts, I have finally perfected my grandmother’s bread. I can feel her smiling at me from heaven, and I know she’d be happy for me to share my findings.
Leta Mae’s Homemade Bread:
1/3 cup sugar 2 cups whole milk
1/3 cup Crisco ½ cup luke warm water
2 pkgs. dry yeast 5 or 6 cups flour
1 tsp. salt
Scald milk (yes, I watched a video on the best way to scald milk too), pour over Crisco and sugar. Let cool. Dissolve dry yeast in luke warm water and stir until dissolved. Mix salt with flour. Mix with Crisco, sugar, milk, and yeast. Mix all ingredients until it pulls away from the side of the bowl. Pour on a floured board. Knead, then put in bowl, and let rise until double in size. Knead again, put back in bowl, let it rise again, and take out. Knead one last time, then put in two greased pans. Let it rise a third time. Cook in preheated 375 oven for about 25 minutes or until brown. Take out and brush with melted butter or margarine.
First Kneading – 7 minutes, let rise for 1 hour
Second Kneading – 5 minutes, let rise for 45 minutes
Third Kneading – Knead for 2 minutes, let rise for 1 hour
Each oven will vary, but I baked the two loaves for 21 minutes
Kneading is key, so I watched chefs on YouTube kneading bread. And yes, there is a way to do it that produces these results. Good luck and enjoy!
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Beth Wiseman is the best-selling author of over 1.3 million books, and she was the recipient of the prestigious Carol Award in 2011 and 2013. She is also a three-time winner of the Inspirational Readers Choice Award, and in 2013 she took home the coveted Holt Medallion.
As a former newspaper reporter, Beth was honored by her peers with eleven journalism awards, including first place news writing for The Texas Press Association. She left her job as a journalist in 2008 to write novels full time.
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