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Homemade Bread Like Grandma Used to Make

Loraine, wife, mother and grandmother shares favorite family recipes. Most are easy to make, 'cause she doesn't like to stay in the kitchen.

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My Grandmother's Recipe

Did your grandmother make the best homemade bread? Would you like to make some for your family today? Would you like to learn how to make homemade bread like Grandma used to make?

If you're wondering how to make homemade bread, read on: I'm going to share the recipe my mother and grandmother used. As a matter of fact, when I was a kid we didn't buy bread. My mother baked bread at least once a week. She used a recipe passed down by her mother.

For about the first 10 years of my marriage, I also baked bread. But when the kids discovered the soft, airy purchased bread, they wanted that kind. And since I was busy enough with all the other duties of a young mother, it wasn't hard to give up the bread making.

Today, homemade bread is a real treat. When I make a batch of bread today, I make one or two loaves and use the rest of the dough to make dinner rolls or cinnamon rolls. I want to help you experience the satisfaction of baking your own bread by sharing with you my family's recipe.

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Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup lukewarm water
  • 2 (1/4 oz.) packages dry yeast
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 4 cups lukewarm water
  • 4 Tablespoons sugar
  • 4 teaspoons salt
  • 4 Tablespoons lard or oil
  • 10 cups regular flour, plus more for kneading

Instructions

  1. Dissolve the yeast and the teaspoon of sugar in the 1/2 cup of lukewarm water. Let it rise. Make sure the water is lukewarm, if it is too hot it will kill the yeast.
  2. Place the 4 cups of water in a large bowl. Add the sugar, salt, and lard or oil and mix thoroughly.
  3. Stir in 4 cups of flour, 1 cup at a time.
  4. Add the yeast mixture and stir thoroughly.
  5. Add about 6 more cups of flour, stirring between each cup. The dough will be thick.
  6. Put the dough on a flour-covered countertop and knead more flour in until the dough is slightly sticky and elastic.
  7. Place in a large oiled or sprayed bowl and let it rise until it has doubled in size. The time it takes to rise depends on the temperature in the room.
  8. Punch down the dough and let it rise again.
  9. Divide the dough into 4 equal pieces (if making 4 loaves of bread) or divide as needed for rolls. After making the loaves or rolls, let them rise in the pan (until they have again about doubled in size) before baking.
  10. For bread loaves: bake bread for about 1 hour at 375 degrees or until golden brown. For rolls: Bake about 30 minutes at 375 degrees or until golden brown.

Notes for Cinnamon Rolls

  1. With a rolling pin and on the floured countertop, roll out the dough until it is about 1/4 inch thick.
  2. Spread softened butter all over the surface of the flattened dough.
  3. Mix 1 teaspoon of cinnamon in 1/2 cup sugar and sprinkle the mixture over the buttered dough.
  4. Melt 4 tablespoons of butter in a 9"x13" pan. Sprinkle brown sugar over the butter.

Knead the Dough

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Place in an Oiled Bowl

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Let Rise Until Doubled in Size

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Prepare Pan for Cinnamon Rolls

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Make Into Loaves

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Making Cinnamon Rolls

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Roll It Up

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Cut the Rolls

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Let Them Rise

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Caramel Cinnamon Rolls

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Frosted Cinnamon Rolls

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Loaf of Bread

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Raisin Bread Loaf

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Results From One Batch of Bread

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© 2011 Loraine Brummer

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