|Today I baked long Pullman loaves and melted butter on the tops as they came from the hot oven.|
Ingredients for Master Bread Dough:
6 - 6 1/4 C. bread flour (I use King Arthur Organic Bread Flour.) or good all purpose flour
3 T. sugar
2 scant T. rapid rise instant yeast ( or 2 pkg. instant yeast)
2 t. salt
1 1/2 C. water 120 degrees F
1/2 C. milk 120 degrees F.
2 T. room temperature butter
Combine in a mixer bowl 2 1/2 C. flour, sugar, yeast, and salt and whisk to combine. Heat the water, milk, and butter to 120 degrees F. Gradually add the warm liquid to the dry ingredients and beat 2 minutes at medium high speed. Scrape the bowl. Add 1/2 C. flour and beat another 2 minutes. Change to the dough hook and add enough of the remaining flour to make a soft dough that does not stick to the sides and bottom of the bowl. Knead for 5-6 minutes using the hook.
Loaves: (1 1/2 pound) Roll 1/2 of the dough to 12" x 7" rectangle. If using 8 1/2" x 4 1/2" pans begin at the short end and roll up as a jelly roll and pinch the ends to seal. Since I made Pullman loaves I rolled the long ends. Either way place the loaves seam side down and Pinch the ends under to seal them. Cover and let rise until doubled. 25-30 minutes. Bake at 400 for about 30 minutes.
Hearth Braid: Divide 1/2 of the the dough into 3 equal pieces about 8 ounces each. Roll into 16" rope. Braid on a buttered baking sheet. Cover and let rise until double, about 30 minutes. Beat 1 egg and 1 T. water and brush over the braid. Sprinkle with sesame or poppy seeds and bake at 400 degrees for 25-30 minutes. Remove to a rack and cool.
Pizza: Grease a 14" or 2-12" round pizza pans. Roll out 1/2 of the dough to fit the prepared pans. Top as desired. Bake at 400 degrees for 20-30 minutes until done.
Rolls: Using 1/2 of the dough shape into 10-12 equal portions and place in a 12" buttered pan. Cover and let rise until doubled. For dinner rolls, top with egg and water mixture as above. Sprinkle with seeds. For onion rolls top with egg mixture and sprinkle with 2 T. instant minced onion. For either variety bake in a preheated 375 degree oven for 20-25 minutes, until done. Cover with foil the last 5 minutes to prevent over browning if necessary.