Last week I checked out a book from the library called Baking, by James Peterson. I really checked it out because it looked like it had some really good cake recipes in it and you know how out of control I am lately with my sweets. Anyway, I noticed he had a large, very detailed section on breads. It has step by step pictures and he goes into not only how to do steps but why. I am a visual learner so pictures are always good. First thing I noticed is in the past I probably used too much flour and did not knead long enough. I have a short attention span. He showed exactly how to make it in my mixer so that's how I did it. So here it goes........................
Put 4 cups flour, 1 1/2 cup warm water and 1 1/2 teas. yeast in mixer.
wait 10 minutes. Mix then add one teaspoon salt. Mix for 2 minutes. Cover with damp towel and wait 20 minutes. Mix on medium with hook (kneading) for 7 minutes.
Put dough in a oiled bowl and cover
Let dough rise until it doubles. around 2 hours.
While it was rising, I took the time to make my juices for the next few days. I juiced 2 lbs of carrots which made a little over a pint of juice and a little over 3 lbs of apples which made almost a quart of juice.
Back to the bread.
After it rose, I punched it down, followed the instructions on how best to form the loaf, then put it in the oiled pan.
covered and I let it rise again for about an hour.
Preheated the oven at 425 degrees with a sheet pan in the bottom rack. when heated I poured about 4 cups water in pan. put bread on rack above it, sprayed the oven walls with water, waited 30 seconds and repeated 2 times. I baked it for about 50 minutes.
I might take it out a little earlier next time but this is the best loaf of bread I have ever baked.