I tried this recipe because my neighbor Jeannie has a stockpile of cookbooks that she hasn’t used. I guess she figured I would make a good critic because she left me with her brand new bread book. Since I love the smell of rising yeast and baking bread, I had to try out a recipe.
4 cups white flour, 1 tsp. salt, 1/4 c. sugar, scant 1/2 c. butter, 1/2 c. milk, 3/4 oz. fresh yeast, 3 eggs lightly beaten, 3 tbs butter melted
Ok, for starters, I have no idea what a scant 1/2 cup of butter means. I don’t allow scant things into my kitchen…NO…no scant butter, no scantily clad women, no scant cups.
Step 1: Grease a square pan. Sift flour and add sugar and salt. Mix. I took my flour right out of the bag and dumped it right into my bowl. I don’t scant and I don’t sift. I didn’t think anybody sifted anymore, but Jeannie tells me good baker’s sift. One day I may be a good baker and one day I may sift, but not today. Today I dumped.
Step2: Melt 1/4 cup butter in pan, remove from heat, stir in milk. Stir in yeast until it’s dissolved.
Step 3: Pour yeast mixture into center of the flour and stir in enough flour to form a thick batter. Sprinkle with a little flour, cover, and let sit for 30 minutes in a warm place. I pre-warm my oven, turn it off, and let my dough rise in the warm oven.
This is what your dough will look like after the first rise.
Step 4: Gradually beat in eggs and remaining flour till a smooth dough ball forms. Now if you have one of those lovely, absolutely fabulous Kitchen Aide mixers, use it. I don’t…poor me (tears are trickling down my cheeks). I started with a hand mixer and finished with my hands. Yes mom, I washed them first and I even used soap. This process takes about 10 minutes. Cover and let rise in a warm place for about 1 1/2 hours or until doubled.
Step 5: Punch down dough and turn onto flat space. Divide dough into 16 equal pieces and roll into rounds.
Don’t be like me; think before you cut. Notice there’s nothing equal about these pieces. Do as I say, not as do. Cut equal pieces! At least make them similar in size. Plop your dough balls in your buttered pan.
Melt the rest of the butter and paint it on top of your dough balls. Cover and let rise in a warm place for about an hour. FYI – my pan is not dirty. It’s stone and as it seasons, it turns darker. I tried saying that about my bathtub, but nobody was buying that story.
Now your dough is nice and plump and ready to be baked. Make sure your oven is pre-heated to 375 degrees. Add a little more melted butter…trust me.
Bake for 25 minutes or until golden brown. Enjoy!
All that’s left is to eat em up!
Those little buggers are so tasty…oh, no I didn’t mean that bugger. Sorry, I just can’t keep them away.
Oh, don’t be grossed out. This is just a little plastic bug. Isn’t it cute? No, I don’t think so either, but after passing it a hundred times and wanting to stomp it, I suddenly thought this bug could have a future in my blog. Meet FringeBug!