GET HOOKED ON BREAD MAKING
DEAR MELBA: I recently found a box of recipes, and this bread recipe was right on top. I had forgotten how many times I had baked different breads, rolls, etc., using it and how wonderful they all were, not to mention how easy and quick each was.
Thirty-Minute Yeast Bread
31/2 cups warm (110-degrees) water
1 cup cooking oil
3/4 cup sugar
6 packages dry yeast, or 4 tablespoons plus 1 teaspoon jar yeast
1 tablespoon salt
3 eggs, beaten
101/2-to-13 cups flour
• In large bowl, combine water, oil, sugar and yeast. Mix well and let rest 15 minutes.
• Add salt and beaten eggs. Stir in flour — all-purpose, bread flour or part whole wheat and part all-purpose. If you have a dough hook, mix until not sticky, adding flour gradually. It may not take all the flour.
• If you do not have a dough hook, knead dough on lightly floured surface until smooth. Shape into six loaves and place in lightly greased 8-by-4-inch loaf pans. You'll only need four if using 9-by-5-inch pans. Let rise 20 to 30 minutes.
• To bake, preheat oven to 325 degrees and bake 25 minutes or until lightly browned. Loaf will sound hollow when tapped.
• Using half the dough recipe, you can make 48 (1-ounce) cinnamon rolls, kolaches, hot rolls, or one 18-by-26-inch pizza crust.
1/2 bread dough recipe
1/3 cup granulated sugar
1/3 cup brown sugar
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1/2 cup raisins or chopped nuts, if desired.
• Roll dough into a rectangle, approximately 21-by-14-inches and brush with melted butter.