I promised I would share my mom’s bread recipe from my Fall Tablescape post, and I have it for you today! My mom has made this recipe since I was a little girl and now I make it with my girl. It is so simple and delicious. We use the dough for more things than just bread, too. My mom makes the best cinnamon rolls in the world with it.
I made a loaf for each place setting so everyone would have their own little bread to enjoy with the peasant soup I made (recipe coming soon). Note- I used the small disposable aluminum pans (3-pack from Walmart) and one batch was enough to make 6 loaves with a little extra dough that I threw away. I added them to the cute corrugated cardboard pans for the table.
Mom’s White Bread Recipe
5 cups warm water
1 Tbs. Orange Juice Concentrate (or sugar if you don’t have OJ on hand)
2 Tbs. yeast
1/4 cup oil
1/4 cup sugar
1 Tbs. Salt
10 cups flour
Preheat oven to lowest setting (190°). In a mixer (I use a bosch), mix together warm water, OJ concentrate, yeast and oil. Add sugar and salt and mix until combined. Add flour a cup or two at a time until dough is combined. Let mixer knead dough for 4-5 minutes. Separate into greased pans (4 large, or 6 small). Place in warm oven for 30 minutes or until bread rises. Bump up the temperature on the oven to 350° and let cook for an additional 30 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from oven and use the end of a stick of butter to lightly rub and coat the tops of your bread. This makes it look and taste extra golden and delicious.
This bread is good with everything, but my favorite is butter and honey or homemade jam.
Is there anything better than the smell of fresh homemade bread cooking in the oven?