Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Making Bread

And Jesus said unto them, I am the bread of life: he that cometh to me shall never hunger; and he that believeth on me shall never thirst. ~ John 6:35

I think bread is very important, especially if Jesus is compared to the Bread of life................something very important and needed in life.  As I have mentioned before I love baking bread.
In preparation for the blizzard that was to come I baked up our bread in case we were to lose power. As we have not lost power today I am making more and thought I would share this easy, very economical bread recipe.

It is from my 1971 Betty Crocker ( I know I've mentioned it before but I adore this cookbook).

This is called Crusty White Bread
(but I make it wheat)
Source: Betty Crocker 1971

2 Tablespoons active dry yeast
2 cups warm water
2 Tablespoons sugar
1 Tablespoon salt
1/4 cup oil
6 to 6-1/2 cups flour

Dissolve yeast in warm water. For those new to making bread I always make my water the temperature you would for a baby's bottle. Stir in sugar, salt, oil and 3 cups of flour. In this recipe I used 2 cups white flour and 3-4 cups of fresh ground wheat flour. Knead dough. I use a really big bowl to mix bread in, so I knead my dough in the bowl, I don't even bother putting it on the table. Cover, let rise until double about 45 minutes.

Punch down dough, divide in half. Shape into loaves. I like to make them into round loaves, it is so quick and easy and doesn't require a bread pan. Let your loaves rise for about an hour. Bake @ 350 for 25-35 minutes.


  1. I love making bread! Do you make your own bread every week? I am looking into doing this and was wondering if you found it challenging and/or cheaper?

  2. I love baking bread. Only one problem we love eating it which isn't so good as we're getting older and sitting around more especially during the winter months.

  3. @Marie, yes I make it every week, usually ever other day to keep up with my family, but I usually only make 2 loaves at a time. :)
    I really enjoy making bread, so I do not find it challenging, If I mix it up first thing in the morning, it can be rising while I do house work and school. Really the time spent working with the dough is minimal. Most of the time it is rising or baking. (also I know what is in my bread, and not so sure with what I'm buying at the store).
    @bspinner, I know what you mean! The kiddos eat it up so it is not too tempting for me. :)