Making Bread With A Food Processor
Making bread using a food processor is easy and worth the effort. Learn how!
It's cleaning day. I wake up to a mess and end the day with a clean house and the wonderful treat of freshly baked bread. When it was first suggested to me that I bake my own bread, I thought that it was a silly idea. I could go to the store, buy a loaf of bread for less than $2 and be back home eating it before freshly baked bread would be completed. Now I know what I was missing.
I received my Kitchen Aid food-processor as a Christmas gift. I thought that it was nice, but did not really know what to do with it. My 3 year old son saw someone baking bread on a cooking show and asked me if we could try it. I accepted the challenge. Putting all of the ingredients together and in the correct order, was the first step. Then, the dough had to be mixed, kneaded, allowed to rise, and then punched down. At this point the process was repeated. By the time we completed this task and actually had a hot loaf of bread, it was four hours later. What was I thinking.
I sliced the bread and put some margarine and a little honey on one slice for myself and one for my son. It was quite good and I was glad that we had made the effort. He learned a lot about how food goes from raw material to finished product and we were enjoying a tasty and healthy snack together. What more could a mother ask for.
The next day, as the last of the bread was eaten, I began to wonder if I was up to going through the process again. My gaze landed on the rarely used food-processor. Hmmmm. I was sure that there was a recipe somewhere on the internet that would tell me how to use this contraption to make the baking of bread simpler. I spent hours online searching for such instructions. A couple of days later, after having no success in my search, I decided to attempt it on my own. I put in the flour, salt, sugar, and yeast (these ingredients seemed to be present in every recipe that I had come across) and mixed the items for a few seconds. I then added some margarine and while that was mixing, I added hot tap water until it was the consistency that made my Kitchenaid want to take flight.
After trying this four times, I found a combination that has worked wonderfully each time since. I have not purchased bread in months and this experience has prompted me to use my Kitchenaid in other fun and exciting ways.
3 Cups Bread Flour
2 Tablespoons Sugar
1/2 Tablespoon Salt
1 1/4 Tablespoons Yeast (or one packet)
3 Tablespoons Margarine
1 Cup Hot Tap Water
Pour the first four ingredients directly into the food-processor mixing bowl. Mix these dry ingredients for 5 seconds. Add margarine and mix. While mixing, add water a bit at a time until dough is the correct consistency. Mix for 15 to 20 seconds. Remove dough from mixing bowl and sit on lightly floured surface. Cover and allow to rest for 10 minutes.
Grease bread loaf pan and put formed loaf into pan, fold down. Put in oven, cover, and allow to rise for one hour (oven is off). Uncover dough and turn oven to 375 degrees. Bake for 45 minutes. Remove from loaf pan and allow to cool on baking rack. Slice and enjoy.