I found this recipe in our local paper the Providence Journal.
I have to admit, the only time I read the paper is on Wednesdays, because Wednesday's edition has the food section. Terrible huh?
So my Mom will usually leave the food section at my house each Wednesday and I check it out and once in a blue moon I'll find a recipe in it that I want to try.
Last week was a blue moon week. I saw this recipe for Hot Bread made by Carla Kimmons.
Simple, easy and quick hot bread. Maybe that's where she got the name?
Kimmons, who grew up in West Virginia, learned to make bread by watching her grandmother and neighbor.
"Making homemade bread is more about experience than technique", Kimmons said.
“The people who taught me how to bake bread didn’t check the temperature of the water with a thermometer,” she said. If the water is warm on the wrist, it’s the right temperature for proofing the yeast, and that’s something you don’t learn from a book.
“They just knew what bread felt like,” Kimmons said.
“I just love to bake bread. It relaxes me. It reminds me of growing up, and the smell of hot bread smells like home, a cozy home,” she said.
Kimmons’ recipe is simply called “hot bread” and it has only six ingredients and a few lines of instructions.
Recipe from the Providence Journal – Carla Kimmons.
2 ¼ cups all-purpose flour (plus extra for kneading)
1 cup warm water
1 package dry yeast
2 tablespoons sugar
2 tablespoons melted margarine
1 teaspoon salt
Oven to 375. Grease a loaf pan. I always put a piece of parchment in mine too, but that is optional.
Combine all the ingredients in a large bowl and mix well.
Turn the mixture out onto a floured surface. It will be sticky. Knead extra flour into the dough until it is no longer sticky. Form into a ball and let rest 10 minutes. Place the dough in the pan. Let sit in a warm place for 1 hour, or until it rises to the top of the pan. Bake for 20 minutes, or until the top is nicely browned.
This is a terrific bread to go with soup, or a hearty stew. It's not a sandwich bread. I double the recipe cause hot bread is gobbled up here like....well....hot bread, lol. It was good.