Some Daily Bread
Ahhhh.....bread.....hard to live with it and really cannot live without it. Such is the conundrum for the waistline. I do love it, but I confess I am not much of a bread baker. It's always something. You know the deal....dough doesn't rise, bread turns out too tough, too soft, or just totally inedible.
So, I found this recipe that had the word, "easy", on it. My dream come true. So let's get busy, shall we?
Combine one cup of hot water, 1/4 cup + 2 tbs shortening, 1/4 cup sugar and 1 tsp salt. Stir until shortening melts. Cool mixture until lukewarm (105-115 degrees).
Dissolve one package of yeast in 2 tbs. warm water and add to shortening mixture. Stir well. Add one egg and 1 3/4 cups of all purpose flour. Beat vigorously with a wooden spoon for one minute. Stir in another 1 3/4 cups of all purpose flour.
Turn the dough out onto a floured work surface.
Roll out to approximately 1/4 inch thickness. Cut out using a 2 1/2 inch biscuit cutter.
Brush with melted butter and make a crease across each circle. Fold over at the crease. Place rolls on greased baking sheets and let rise in a warm place for about 1 hour. I ended up with about two dozen rolls.
During your wait you can clean up the mess you made in the kitchen.
Bake at 425 degrees for 12-15 minutes or until golden. Consume with real butter, honey, jam, and jelly.
"Everybody needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in and pray in, where nature may heal and give strength to body and soul."