|There is so much stuff on every surface these days that I had to use the office desk to photograph the bread, but you don't need to see all the cables and pens and that kind of thing.|
"Dad, you got to make a loaf!"
Can there be any better feeling to know that your helping a kid nag his parent into doing something for them?
I decided to do something a little different for my own sandwich loaf that afternoon.
The original recipe over at Allrecipes makes two smaller loaves (8x4" pans), but I decided that one larger loaf met our bread eating needs better, and WOW! it came out large! As usual, I used butter and honey instead of shortening and sugar, and stuck it in my really really big baking pan.
The hint of ginger is a delicious aftertaste! You can add more ginger if you want a bolder taste, or even I would think freshly grated ginger. Make it your own!
Ginger White Bread
makes 2 smallish loaves
2 1/4 tsp active dry yeast
2 1/2 cups warm water (110 degrees to 115 degrees)
1 cup instant nonfat dry milk powder
3 tbs butter
2 tbs honey
2 teaspoons salt
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger (original recipe calls for 1/4, but I like a lot of ginger)
6 cups all-purpose flour (I used 5 1/2 cups)*
In a mixing bowl, dissolve yeast in warm water.
Add the milk powder, butter, honey, salt, ginger and 3 1/2 cups flour. Beat until smooth.
Stir in enough remaining flour to form a soft dough.
Turn onto a floured surface; knead until smooth and elastic, about 6-8 minutes.
Place in a greased bowl, turning once to grease top. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 1 hour.
Punch dough down. Turn onto a lightly floured surface; shape into a loaf.
Cover and let rise until doubled, about 45 minutes. Bake at 350 degrees F for 60 minutes or until golden brown.
Remove from pan to wire racks to cool.
* you can substitute 1/2 the total flour with whole wheat flour for a different taste. I think it would be a lovely combination of the nutty whole wheat and the slight ginger tang.
And yet another submission to yeastspotting. I know it's nothing fancy, but there MUST be other people out there who don't bake fancy bread.. Right? Is it just me?