Friday, April 19, 2013

My mother's bread recipe

After posting these yummy photos of my mom's bread on my facebook page, I had lots of requests to post the recipe.

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So here it is...

It is from the Grit newspaper cookbook you can find HERE. She uses it for everything from bread to hamburger buns. Here are her instructions for making the buns:

"This recipe makes 2 nice loaves. I used the same recipe and divided it in half as I normally would for the 2 loaves. Half was put in a loaf pan for bread. The other half, I then divided into 8 pieces and rolled them into a ball. Then: flatten these 8 pieces into 3 and 1/2 inch circles, (appriox) about 1/2 inch thick. Place on a greased cookie sheet leaving space between each for rising. Or: you may cover your cookie sheet with parchment paper, which does not need to be greased. Cover with a nice lint free cloth (no terry cloth as it will stick) I use old flour sacks. They are the greatest. Let double in size. They should look good and puffy after about an hour. Before baking, brush melted butter over each (gently, with a soft hand) and sprinkle with sesame seeds. Bake about 20 minutes at 350 degrees."

Now, I believe bread making is an art, and if I followed this recipe to the letter, I would not end up with something more the texture of a rock. I think it takes practice.

But, if you are going to eat bread, knowing that it is freshly made out of pretty simple ingredients with no preservatives makes it worth those extra carbs. Add a little homemade grape jam and real butter, and you have heaven on earth:-)


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  1. All children should experience a few times the great taste of homemade bread. And it makes the house smell wonderful! I printed out the recipe to try!

  2. there is nothing more fragrant and
    delicious as homemade bread.
    thank you for the recipe.

  3. There really is nothing better than a loaf of fresh, homemade bread. I make my own sourdough bread and to me, it's worth every step. The aroma of fresh bread baking is wonderful. Thank you so much for sharing your Mom's recipe. I can't wait to try it.

  4. Oh- That looks so good!!!! We had homemade bread all the time when I was growing up and I made it a lot when my kids were young. Your photos are amazing! xo Diana

  5. Thanks for the recipe-it looks so fantastic.
    Have a good weekend

  6. Anita, this looks delicious! I can almost smell it through my monitor! Lol! I love the smell of fresh baked bread!

  7. Beautiful!! I think a warm slice of homemade bread once in a while is wonderful. Gorgeous photos, Anita. xo

  8. I wish I had some ready to eat right now! Your pictures are exquisite too. Looks like it's right out of a food magazine or cookbook! Thanks for sharing the recipe. I'm sure it tastes much better than anything you can buy in a store.

  9. Totally agree with the art of bread making, I grew up on my mother's homemade bread, now she makes it for others in SC. Thanks for sharing this recipe, will copy it for future. Beautiful photos of your gardens and bread.

  10. Beautiful picture. Makes me want a piece of your mom's bread. Spring setting is delightful. What a pretty Mothers Day card!

  11. My Mom made bread and taught me how at a young age. Its an art lost to young people today. It makes your home very welcoming and truly adds to the love you bring to the table. Thank you for sharing this lovely recipe. I will use it for years to come,