Just Bread


"This is a very simple bread that will save you a heck of a lot of money. It can be formed into any shape and is perfect as a sandwich bread or toaster bread... or anything else for that matter. I love it with apple butter. After you use your starter, add 1 cup of flour and 1 cup of water to replenish what you took. This whole process sounds time consuming, but it really isn't when you get the hang of it. I promise."
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  1. Starter
  2. Mix all ingredients together
  3. Let sit, loosely covered, overnight
  4. Bread
  5. In a large bowl combine starter, salt and fat with a spoon. Don't worry about lumps.
  6. Add flour, half a cup at a time until a soft dough is formed.
  7. Turn out onto a well floured surface.
  8. Knead and continue adding flour as necessary until you have a dough that is soft and barely sticks to your fingers.
  9. Form the dough into a ball and place into a lightly oiled bowl.
  10. Cover loosely with plastic wrap and allow to rise for 2 hours.
  11. Punch down and form into loaves or rolls.
  12. Preheat oven to 475 degrees.
  13. Allow to rise for 45 minutes on a lightly floured baking sheet (no teflon) covered with a tea towel.
  14. Slit the tops of the loaves with a knife.
  15. Bake for 30 minutes for two, 1 pound loaves or until golden brown. It should sound like knocking on a wood door when you tap it.
  16. Allow to cool for one hour before cutting... or don't!


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