This is the recipe from the booklet that came with my Kitchen Aid stand mixer. I figured it was as good of a place as any to start with my first attempts at bread baking. While we’re on the subject of the Kitchen Aid stand mixer, I would like to point out that I am in love with mine. I’ve wanted one ever since I was a little girl and used my Great Aunt’s for making whipped cream for pies at the holidays. I often joked that registering for my Kitchen Aid mixer was one of the reasons for getting married. I am only kidding . . . half kidding. No, seriously, I’m kidding.
Moving on, this was a fairly easy recipe and was successful enough that I am looking forward to trying my hand at perfecting this, it was a little dense and over done, and trying other bread recipes. In the meantime, it makes a mean baked garlic bread the second day.
- 2 packages active dry yeast (4 ½ tsp)
- 2 1/2 cups water (110F to 120 F)
- 1 tablespoon salt
- 1 tablespoon melted butter
- 7 cups all-purpose flour (can substitute 1 cup powdered milk)
- 2 tablespoons cornmeal
- For the crust:
- 1 egg white
- 1 tablespoon cold water
- Dissolve yeast in warm water in warmed mixer bowl. Add salt, butter, and flour. Attach bowl & dough hook to mixer, turn to Speed 2 and mix about 1 minute or until well blended. Knead on Speed 2 about another 2 minutes longer. Dough will be sticky.
- Put dough in large greased bowl, turning to coat. Cover and let rise in warm place, free from draft, about 1 hour, or until doubled in bulk.
- Punch dough down and divide in half. Roll each half into 12″ x 15″ rectangle. Roll dough tightly, from longest side, tapering ends, if needed/wanted. Put loaves on greased baking sheets that have been dusted with cornmeal. Cover and let rise in warm place, free from draft, about 1 hour, or until doubled in bulk.
- With sharp knife, make 4 diagonal cuts on top of each loaf. Bake at 450F for 25 minutes, then remove from oven.
- Beat egg white and water together and brush each loaf with this mix. Return to the oven and bake 5 minutes longer.
- Immediately remove from baking sheets and cool on wire racks.