***I finally tried making this recipe using healthier ingredients and I wanted to report that it worked beautifully. I used honey in-place of the sugar and coconut oil instead of Crisco.***
My sweet friend Jill gave me permission to share this yummy recipe with you. I hope you enjoy it as much as we do.
Step 1} Mix 1/2 cup warm water, 4 1/2 tsp. yeast, 1 T honey or sugar. Mix and let stand for 5 - 10 min.
Step 2} Mix 1/4 cup honey or sugar, 2 tsp. salt, 2 T. coconut oil or another hard oil like crisco, 1 cup of boiling water. Stir until everything is dissolved. Then add 1 cup of cold water.
Step 3} Combine step 1 and step 2. Mix well and add 3 1/4 cup of all-purpose flour. Mix well and add 3 1/4 cups more of all-purpose flour. You should use a total of 6 1/2 cups of flour. SIDE NOTE: I have used half all-purpose and half whole wheat before. If tastes fine but doesn't rise as well.
Step 4} Once everything is mixed well, cover with a tea towel and let rise for an hour, punching down every 10 minutes if needed.
Step 5} Shape into three long loaves and place on lightly greased sheets. Take a butter knife and slash diagonal slits in the top of the loaves. Cover with a tea towel once more and set in a warm place to rise for 20 - 30 min.
Step 6} Bake in oven at 350 for 20 - 30 minutes. Brush with melted butter when you bring them out.
Step 7} Enjoy!!!
Step 8} We only use one loaf at a time, unless we have guest. Once the other loaves have cooled, I place them in old bread bags and put them in the freezer. Another way to use this bread is by making it into garlic bread.
To make garlic bread: cut a loaf in half length-wise. Spread with melted butter. Sprinkle with garlic salt and Parmesan cheese. Place on cookie and bake in oven 350 for 10-15 min. or until it reaches desired crispness. We tend to like ours a little soft.
And when you think this bread couldn't taste any better, you spread it with some local honey. Yum!!! Thank you Bayer's.
No-Knead French Bread
Step 1 :
1/2 c. warm water
4 1/2 t. yeast
1 T. honey or sugar
Mix and let stand while you work on step 2
1/4 c. honey or sugar
2 t. salt
2 T. coconut oil or another hard oil like Crisco - not oil
1 c. boiling water
Once everything has dissolved, add 1 c. of cold water to step 2. In a large mixing bowl, mix together step 1 and 2. Then add 3 1/4 c. of flour. Once that has mixed well, add 3 1/4 c. more of flour. Mix with a hook if you have one. Place a tea towel over top and set in a warm place. Let rise for 1 hour punching down every 10 min. as needed. Take the dough and separate into 3 - 4 equal parts. Take each part and shape into long narrow loaves and place them on a lightly greased cookie sheet. Then take a table knife and make slashes in the tops of the loaves. Cover loaves with towel and place in a warm area to rise for 20-30 min. Bake in oven at 350 for 20-30 min. Brush with melted butter when you bring them out. Enjoy!
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