I’ve settled on the main recipe I like for bread, now I’m usually just changing what I mix in with the dough, and sometimes making slight changes (more or less yeast, adding an egg or two, etc). Here are the three latest. All of them use the same recipe, so after I list the recipe again I’ll note the changes for all three.
The recipe makes two loaves.
1 cup warm water
1 1/2 cups water
2 t yeast
2 T sugar or 1 T honey
6-7 cups flour
1 t kosher salt
4 T softened butter
Combine the warm water with the yeast and sugar in a bowl and let it get foamy for 5 minutes or so. Add the remaining water.
Combine the dry ingredients in the mixer and let it mix for 30 seconds. Add in the softened butter and wet ingredients slowly and let it mix for about a minute. If it’s still sticking to the sides, add a little more flour. If it’s clumpy add a little more water.
Throw your dough ball in a bowl sprayed with Pam and let it rise for an hour. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap sprayed with Pam.
Roll it into a loaf shape and place it in the loaf pan loaf pan. Cover that with plastic wrap sprayed with Pam and let it rise another 45 minutes.
Preheat the oven to 375F. Brush the loaf with butter and topping before putting it in the oven.
Bake for 35 minutes at 375, using the same trick as yesterday with the steam. If you want soft crust brush the loaves with butter again when they come out of the oven.
For the citrus bread I added the rind of an orange and the rind of a lemon. while mixing in the liquids with the flour. Then I combined the juices from the orange and lemon with 1T butter and 1T brown sugar to brush on the top when there was ten minutes left on the baking time.
For the blueberry bread I added an egg with the liquids, and then added 1 cup of blueberry chips (I found these at Kitchen Kneads in Ogden along with the cinnamon chips in the cinnamon bread). Then I brushed the top with brown sugar and butter with ten minutes of baking time left.
For the cinnamon bread I added 1 cup of cinnamon chips in with the wet ingredients, then brushed the top with butter and a cinnamon/sugar mix as soon as I pulled it out of the oven.
Cinnamon Burst Bread