Was feeling ... umm, what's the right word ... LAZY, that's right ... for kneading the dough to bake bread and have been waiting to get a KitchenAid stand mixer for motivation, but the possibilities looked bleak.
So one day while flipping through the Cuisinart food processor booklet, when I saw this white bread recipe (using all-purpose flour) I gave it a shot. And oh my, this eggless homemade bread with the help of a food processor turned out a success!
|Eggless Classic White Bread|
Source: Cuisinart Food Processor recipe booklet
Yields: 2 loaves, 1 pound each, about 16 slices total
|cut butter into small pieces|
1 packet (2 ¼ tsp) active dry yeast
2 tsp sugar
1/3 cup warm water (105F-115F)
4 cups all-purpose flour
3 Tbsp unsalted butter or vegan butter, cut into 1-inch pieces
1 ½ tsp salt
1 cup cold water
all-purpose flour for kneading,oil or cooking spray for greasing
In a 2-cup bowl, dissolve yeast and sugar in warm water. Let stand about 5-10 minutes in a warm place until foamy.
|mix yeast, sugar, and warm water - let stand until foamy|
Insert dough blade into food processor. Process flour + butter + salt about 10-15 seconds until combined.
|mix flour, butter, and salt|
Then, with the machine running, add yeast mixture + cold water through the small feed tube as fast as flour absorbs it. Once dough cleans the sides of the work bowl and forms a ball, process for 45 seconds to knead the dough.
|add yeast mixture and cold water, form dough into a ball|
Place dough in a lightly floured plastic food storage bag and seal the top, OR, in a lightly greased bowl covered with a cloth. Allow to sit about 1-1.5 hours in a warm place until doubled in size.
Prepare two 8x4” loaf pans: spray the pans on the inside lightly with a cooking spray, or brush with oil. Keep aside.
After 1-1.5 hours (the FIRST RISE), place dough on a lightly floured surface and punch down. Divide the dough in half and roll each half into an 8x4” rectangle. Beginning with the short end, roll up the dough. Pinch the seam and ends tightly to seal.
Place in prepared loaf pans and cover with a plastic wrap coated with cooking spray. Let rise for about 45 mins to 1 hour, until dough expands again and is just above the tops of the loaf pans.
When you are ready to bake, preheat oven to 400F. Bake the bread loaves for about 30-35 mins until the tops are browned and loaf sounds hollow when tapped on the bottom. Remove bread loaves from the pans and cool on wire rack.
|classic white sandwich bread|
Your white sandwich bread loaves are ready to be sliced. Yes, you can easily halve this bread recipe to bake only one loaf. Or you can easily bake one part of the dough today and save second half of the dough in a cling wrap to bake the next morning for another fresh bread. Or you can easily make breadcrumbs at home using homemade bread like I did.
I realized, once you start making your own bread at home - there is no going back.
|fresh-baked homemade white bread|
+ 1: If you want to make a Classic Wheat Bread instead, replace 2 cups of the white all-purpose flour with 2 cups of wheat flour.
+ 1: If you have some rolled oats or flax seed meal on hand, you can add about ½ cup of those when you are bringing the dough to a ball.
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