Baking bread

As I was baking bread today, I decided that, since I love the recipe I use, I need to share it with everybody. So, here goes. I made a double batch, or 4 loaves.

Ingredients
1100 grams flour (white, whole wheat, bread flour. Whatever you prefer)
4 Tbsp buttermilk powder or dry milk
130 grams mashed potato flakes (optional)
4 tsp salt
1 Tbsp yeast
700 grams water (room temp or slightly warmer. It doesn’t need to be very warm)
2 Tbsp brown sugar
50 grams honey
3 Tbsp soft butter or oil  (I used oil)

In a large bowl, mix all the dry ingredients, then stir in the liquids and yeast. Knead well, about 10-12 minutes.
After the bread is kneaded, cover ( I use the bowl I mixed the dough in turned upside down) and let rise until about double, about 90 minutes. Deflate the dough and knead for 2 minutes, then cover and let rise another 90 minutes. Divide the dough into 2 equal pieces and shape into loaves. If you like, you could mix in garlic, cheese, herbs. Or, roll the dough into a rectangle and spread with butter, cinnamon and brown sugar to make a cinnamon bread. My son decided to braid 3 of the loaves. Normally, I just shape them into “normal” loaves. I made 3 regular and 1 garlic cheese.
Once the bread is shaped into loaves, put them in greased loaf pans and cover. Let rise for 60-90 minutes until well risen over the tops of the pans. Before baking, I added some cheese to the top of the garlic loaf.
Bake at 350 for about 50 minutes. If desired, halfway through the baking time, brush the tops of the loaves with melted butter.

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