Contrary to what the name suggests, this is not a recipe for bread made from Duggar family members. It is however, a recipe that I got from one of their books so I feel a bit like they are coming into my kitchen and helping me bake. Well, they’re sitting there telling me what to do and not actually doing any of the work. Lazy Duggars! It is from their book A Love That Multiplies (affiliate link) and it is a great read. In addition to learning lots about their family and parenting techniques, they also share many of their family’s favorite recipes.
My mother in law made this amazing and beautiful blackberry jam from blackberries picked right here in our yard. It is such a perfect pairing for this yummy bread, especially when it’s fresh out of the oven with a nice swipe of butter on it. Since I started making this bread, we haven’t bought any store bought bread. I love that I know exactly what’s in this. It makes me feel better about feeding something to my family when I can actually pronounce all of the ingredients!
- 3 cups hot water
- 6 tablespoons oil
- 2 tablespoons honey
- 1 packet active dry yeast
- 8 cups flour
- 2 1/4 teaspoons salt
- Combine water, oil, honey and yeast in a large bowl
- Let sit until foamy (10-15 mins)
- Slowly combine flour and salt into the liquid mixture while mixer is running using dough hook attachment. Once combined, increase to medium speed and mix for 7-8 minutes. If you don't have a stand mixer, mix in the bowl until combined, then kneed on a floured surface for 10-15 minutes.
- Place large ball in a bowl, cover, and let rest for 20 minutes.
- Divide into 4 balls and form into loaf shape. For smaller loaves, divide into 6.
- Place in greased pans, cover and let rise for at least 1.5-2 hours or until doubled in size.
- Bake at 350 degrees for 30-35 minutes.
- The original recipe calls for whole wheat flour. I usually use white flour which is perfect so you could use whatever flour that you prefer. Although I have heard that gluten free flour does not work well.
I bought bags at the Dollar Store that are open at the top and close with twist ties and they make the perfect bread bags. Each loaf lasts us about 2-3 days and I find myself having a slice toasted with butter and jam for a snack throughout the day. I freeze the other bags so that they stay fresh and just pull one out when we finish a loaf. My Dad suggested that I figure out exactly how much it costs me to make each loaf so I’ll do that soon as update this post once I do!
I worked out how much this bread would cost with average retail pricing of ingredients and each loaf works out to be about 25 cents. 25 cents!!
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