Over a Cup: ‘America’s Best Bread’ a warm treat

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Diane Prather

‘America’s Best Bread’

To make “America’s Best Bread,” you’ll need:

• 1 tablespoon salt

• ½ cup brown sugar

• ½ cup vegetable oil

• ½ cup molasses

• 4 ½ cups warm water

• 2 cups white flour

• 3 tablespoons yeast

• 2 cups whole wheat flour

Mix the first 5 ingredients together in a large bowl. Add flours and yeast. Beat a couple of minutes until smooth. Gradually add 10 more cups of white flour. Knead for about 5 minutes. Pat dough in a large greased bowl. Cover and set aside. Let rise until double in size. Punch down. Shape into loaves and place in greased loaf pans. Prick with fork to avoid air bubbles. Let rise until desired size. Bake at 325 degrees for 35 minutes. Remove from pans immediately when it comes out of the oven.

— Recipe provided by Meriam Zimmerman

As I wrote in my last column, I got a wonderful surprise about two weeks ago when my neighbor, Meriam Zimmerman, came to the house with a loaf of warm bread and the recipe for making it.

It was perfect timing because I had just gotten home from work and was trying to get the chores done.

I was cold, and tired and hungry, too, and I really enjoyed the bread when I finally got inside.

The bread is absolutely delicious, and I plan to try the recipe soon.

Thanks, Meriam.

To make “America’s Best Bread,” you will need: 1 tablespoon salt, 1/2 cup brown sugar, 1/2 cup vegetable oil, 1/2 cup molasses, 4 1/2 cups warm water, 2 cups white flour (note the direction below about flour), 3 tablespoons yeast and 2 cups whole wheat flour.

Mix the first five ingredients together in a large bowl. Add flours and yeast.

Beat a couple of minutes until smooth. Gradually add 10 more cups of white flour. Knead for about 5 minutes. Pat dough in a large greased bowl. Cover and set aside. Let rise till double in size.

Punch down. Shape into loaves and place into greased loaf pans. Prick with fork to avoid air bubbles.

Let rise until desired size. Bake at 325 degrees for 35 minutes. Remove from pans immediately when taken out of the oven.

Meriam said she may have added a little more whole wheat flour, but she added that she likes her bread to be light.

I thought it was perfect.

Last week, I received a recipe for “Gluten Free Brownies” from Kelly Meyers, of Gilman, Iowa. (I hope I got the state right, Kelly. I couldn’t tell from the abbreviation. Let me know if I got it wrong.)

This recipe is the only gluten free one that I have received so far, and it’s here just in time for Valentine’s Day.

To make “Gluten Free Brownies,” you will need: 2/3 cup gluten-free baking mix , 1/2 cup cornstarch, 1 cup white sugar, 1 cup packed brown sugar, 3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder, 1 teaspoon baking soda, 2 eggs (beaten) and 3/4 cup margarine (melted).

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F or 175 degrees C, and grease an 8-by-8-inch baking dish.

Sift together the gluten-free baking mix, cornstarch, white sugar, brown sugar, cocoa powder and baking soda in a bowl, sifting with a fork to remove the lumps.

Pour in the eggs and melted margarine, and mix with a large spoon or electric mixer on low until the mixture forms a smooth batter, 3 to 5 minutes. Scrape the batter into the prepared baking dish.

Place a sheet of aluminum foil on the oven rack to prevent spills as the brownies rise, then fall during the baking. Bake until a toothpick inserted in the center of the brownies comes out clean, 40 to 45 minutes.

Thanks so much, Kelly.

If you have recipes that you’d like to share, send them to me at P.O. Box 415, Craig, CO 81626, or call me at 824-8809.

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Comments

taxslave 3 years, 2 months ago

Am I reading this correctly? You add 10 (ten) more cups of flour?

I hope you answer because I enjoy your recipes. Actually, this column is the only intelligent life left in moffat count.

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mballeck 3 years, 2 months ago

Thanks for your question. I checked in Diane Prather and confirmed that yes, you mix 2 cups of white flour and 2 cups of whole wheat flour in with the other ingredients then gradually add 10 more cups of white flour. So there are 14 cups of flour total. Thanks for reading! — Michelle Balleck, online content producer for the Craig Daily Press

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taxslave 3 years, 2 months ago

Thanks so much Michelle. I will bake some this week.

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