Saturday, February 19, 2011
When forming loafs I make two long loafs which fit on a baking sheet side by side. For rolls I make them in whatever shape I care too. This time they turned out quite like hot dog buns. I don't take the time to really carefully make them all exactly the same size and shape as you can see but you certainly can do so. I also usually add an extra rise time. Make sure you let them cool before slicing or the inside sort of stays too moist. But it's hard to resist hot bread.
1/2 cup warm water
2 Tbl yeast
1 tsp sugar
Dissolve yeast and sugar in water in traditional method. **If using Instant yeast add water and sugar to next step and add yeast after the first mix
2 cups hot water
3 tsp salt
3 cups flour
3 Tbl sugar
5 Tbl shortening
Mix all above until well combined. **Add instant yeast now and mix in well.
Mix in another 3 cups flour.
Let rise 15 minutes, punch down. Repeat 3 times.
Divide dough in half for loaves and form as desired. Let rise until double. Bake 375deg. for 20-25 min. Remove from pan and cool.
(I usually spray pan with 'pam' and dust with cornmeal. )