I’m a carb whore… there I admitted it. Phew I feel so much better. I love bread, its sometimes my favorite part of dinner :). I decided that it was time to try to make my own bread at home. We always buy loafs and a lot of the time they get wasted because we don’t eat them fast enough. I found a recipe a while ago and gave it a go.
Preheat your oven to 375ºF
- 1 1/4 cups buttermilk
- 2 tablespoons softened unsalted butter **** I didn’t have unsalted so I used salted and it still came out great!
- 3 1/4 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
- 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- 2 1/4 teaspoons (a 1/4-ounce packet) instant yeast
- 1 large egg
- 2 teaspoons melted butter coating the top
Take your 9x5x3 loaf pan and butter it generously. Set aside
In a saucepan, heat your buttermilk and butter over medium heat until it registers about 130ºF on an instant-read thermometer. If you don’t have one don’t panic, it takes around 3-4 minutes to reach the desired temp. Remove it from the heat and place aside
In my kitchen-aid with a flat beater, I mixed together 1 1/2 cups of the flour, sugar, salt and yeast on low speed until everything is combined together.
Add the warm buttermilk mixture and mix until all the ingredients are smooth and combined. Add the egg and continue to beat for 1 minute. Then add the remaining 1 3/4 flour and continue to mix for about 5 minutes. Part way through scrape your bowl down so all flour gets mixed in properly.
Take your sticky dough and put it into your prepared pan. Brush your butter completely over the top of your loaf
Cover your bread pan with waxed paper and let your dough rise for about 25 minutes. Mine didn’t seem to rise a whole lot but it came out beautifully so leave it for an extra 10 if you want it to rise a bit more
Bake your bread until it is lightly browned, about 40 minutes. Let if cool for 10 minutes before removing from the pan. Then make sure it is cool enough to slice or else it will fall apart and ENJOY!
After I made a plain white slice I added cheddar and basil to my second loaf. It was amazing, I can’t wait to experiment with more flavor profiles