It hasn’t even warmed up to 60 degrees. I doubt it will today. So…
It’s time to start thinking about baking bread, if for no other reason than to warm up the house! (But there are many reasons to bake bread.)
From Mr. Big Food’s Big Food Manual and Survivalist Flourishing Guide, “Big A’s Homemade Bread.” I made this not long ago, but didn’t take a photograph. Sorry. It was good!
From Mrs. Arthur Causey (Glenda), Cleveland, Mississippi
BIG A’S HOMEMADE BREAD
Makes 2 loaves
2 C milk, scalded, still hot
3 Tbsp sugar
6 Tbsp butter, plus more melted for brushing tops of baked loaves
1 tsp salt
2 packages yeast
¼ C warm water
2 eggs, beaten well
7 C flour, plus more for kneading
Place sugar, salt, and butter in a large bowl, and pour scalded milk over mixture to melt butter. Cool. In a small bowl, add yeast to warm water and stir until dissolved. Add eggs to cooled sugar-milk mixture (taking care not to curdle eggs), then add yeast mixture. Add 4 C sifted flour, and mix for about 2 minutes “or until lumps are gone.” Add 3 C sifted flour and mix again. Sprinkle a board with additional flour, put dough on flour, cover with a dish towel, and let rest for 10 minutes. While dough is resting, grease a large bowl with butter all the way up all sides. After dough has rested, knead dough until elastic and put in prepared bowl. Cover bowl with a towel and let dough rise in a warm place for 1 ½ hours. After dough has risen, butter hands and roll out dough “in one long hot dog shape.” Divide long roll into 3 sections. Divide each section into 2 sections. Take 3 sections, roll out into long rolls, and braid. Make a second braid out of remaining 3 sections. Place braided loaves on lightly greased baking sheets, cover braids, and let rise 45 minutes. Preheat oven to 375o. Bake brains 15 to 20 minutes, or until barely brown. Glaze tops with additional melted butter.