August 19, 2015

Homemade Bread - Straight from a Farm Wife

I've had this recipe in my files for years.  Ever since the woman who made this bread passed away years and years ago.  She was a life long housewife, a farmers wife and mother of many - mostly boys.  This was a staple in their household and made almost daily to feed her growing family.  Fresh from the oven, hot with a smear of butter... can't be beat. 

I dug it out of my recipe file to post because even though we intend on getting back into the healthy 'no flour, no sugar' way of eating again, this bread deserves to be made one more time or two before we nix bread for a bit.  This is in part due to honor our friend who passed away recently from cancer, leaving behind a wife and 3 children.  This bread is his mothers recipe and when I make it I think of him. 

Farm Wife Bread

¼ cup butter or margarine
1 cup scalded milk
¼ cup sugar
½ teaspoon salt
1 package yeast (dissolve in ½ cup lukewarm water)
1 egg (optional, for lighter bread)
3½ to 4 cups flour

Put margarine, salt and sugar in bowl; add scalded milk. Stir to melt margarine and dissolve sugar. When cool, beat egg and add to mixture. Add yeast mixture. Mix and add flour. Knead.  Cover and let rise until double, punch down and let rise again. Shape into balls for buns or loaves for bread. Let rise until double. Bake at 350 degrees for 15 minutes.

Amazon offers many different styles and brands of bread pans if you need any;
Farberware Nonstick Bakeware 9-by-5-Inch Loaf Pan
Wilton Recipe Right Medium Loaf Pan
Lodge L4LP3 Loaf Pan

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