Thursday, May 15, 2008

Mouth watering bread and "Better Butter"

Nothing is quite as comforting as a piece of fresh out of the oven bread with REAL butter on top!!! "Better Butter" is a frugal way to enjoy a butter that SPREADS straight from the fridge! (see recipe below) Baking bread isn't as hard as most people think... myself included before I learned how. I had always used my bread machine, but when it died after 9 years of hard work we still wanted home made bread! I have a kitchen aid and a friend kept telling me that it isn't really hard to make.... hmmmm, really?? Could I do it?? Isn't it complicated?? After a try I was hooked! (I will work on putting together a "HOW TO" post on making bread.) For now here is one of our favorite recipes... you can use it in your bread machine or with a mixer (or by hand if you have stronger muscles than me :)

Honey Wheat Bread
(This dough can be shaped anyway you want... from rolls to traditional to French bread. Last night I doubled the recipe and made two bread braids.)

Whisk together and allow to sit for 15 minutes for yeast to proof. (it will foam up)
1 cup warm water
1/4 cup honey
1 pkt of instant yeast or 1 TBL yeast ( buy yeast in bulk..will save you a TON)

2 TBL oil (I use canola)
1/4 cup dry milk powder
1 tsp salt
1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
1 1/2 cups white flour
(more flour as needed)

Put it all in your bread machine and push start.... or.....
Mix with mixer (dough hooks) till well blended. Then I just set my timer for 2 minutes and let my kitchen aid kneed away.....
Place in a greased bowl, turning dough once to coat. Cover and let rise for 1 hour. Punch down, shape into whatever you want. Allow to rise 30 additional minutes. Bake at 375 for 20 minutes or until top is golden and it sounds hollow when thumped. ENJOY!!!

"Better Butter".... nothing is quite as good on bread as REAL butter!!! However, it is a little pricey and it doesn't spread easily unless it is at room temperature. The solution: "Better Butter"! My mom made this a lot when I was growing up!

Better Butter

Equal parts real butter and oil (I use canola)

Allow butter to come to room temp. Place the butter and oil in a blender and blend away till smooth and creamy. Pour into containers and keep in fridge. This will be easy to spread straight from the fridge and it tastes GREAT!

**Variation... I make Honey Butter by adding honey to this mixture. My friend makes cinnamon butter by adding brown sugar and cinnamon. options are endless!***

Have a Blessed day... Be a BLESSING!
I am off to my son's end of the year pre-school picnic. The sun is shining! Yeah... the forcast hadn't been so good.


I love to cook! Supper can be simple:


Amy said...

Oh, I am so going to try these recipes. Thank you!

Unknown said...

I love flavored butters, especially strawberry, yum!!☺

Tara said...

Oh I love the butter Ideas.. Yummy. I do the same thing with my bread in the kitchen aid. I detest kneeding (spelling lol) by hand.. and the Kitchen Aid does all the hard work. Or I revert back to my bread machine lol I am going to try the honey butter..Thanks for the tips!!!

Michele @ Frugal Granola said...

Flax Oil works well in the butter too. The honey butter sounds delicious! I make garlic butter often to take along with some bread when visiting friends for dinner.
Michele :)

story girl said...

Yummmmm. We tend to whip up our butter in the stand mixer with the whisk attachment. The whipped butter had more air, so you use less (and it's less fatty!), plus it has a nice texture and consistency to spread.

Farmhouse Blessings said...

I truly enjoy making my own bread. I don't have the equipment so I must knead mine by hand but I do enjoy it.

And thank you a bunch for the butter recipe. We have used real butter for several years now and I always must remember to remove it from the refrigerator at least 30 minutes before serving our bread. Sometimes I forget and it is so dissappointing!

I'm going to whip up some of your butter on Monday morning. Thank you so much, Heather, for sharing!


Linda ★ Parker's General said...

Hi, Heather,
First time visitor. I saw your site mentioned over at my friend Paula's- the Farm Chick.
I enjoy the recipes. We keep our real butter on the counter in an old glass refridgerator container. I never thought to mix it up with oil; think I would use EVOO. We often mix butter with garlic or cinnamon & sugar. My honey doesn't care for honey. What's up with that?
I'll be back to visit. I have added you to my favorites.