Ingredients for Easy and Delicious Classic Rich Bread:
5 1/2 C. bread flour
1 T. instant yeast
1/2 C. sugar
1 t. salt
1 C. whole milk
1/2 C. water
1/2 C. soft butter (1 stick)
2 lg. eggs
Heat the milk and water in the microwave to 120-125 degrees F. Place all but 1 cup of the bread flour and the rest of the ingredients into a large stand mixer bowl. Using the paddle attachment turn on low speed and slowly add the milk and water mixture. Let this mix for 2 minutes. Change to the dough hook. Add the remaining cup of flour and knead for 6-7 minutes. (If you are making this by hand knead for 8-9 minutes,) Cover the bowl and let rest in a warm place for 20-25 minutes.
Meanwhile generously butter and flour 2 loaf pans, 8 1/2" x 4 1/2 " and set aside.
Instructions for Quick Cherry Pie:
I am almost ashamed to tell you how effortless this was! I thawed a previously made disk of pie crust from the freezer and thawed it and rolled it. Next I dumped in a can of cherry pie filling. Lastly I rolled the scraps from the trimming of the pastry and cut out hearts. Place the hearts atop the cherries and sprinkle with cinnamon and sugar. Bake at 375 degrees F. for 40 minutes until brown and bubbling. Cool and slice into 6 servings.