Prep 20 mins
Cook 25 mins
As some of my Zaar friends have probably noticed, I have been trying loads of different bread recipes and jotting down what I liked and disliked about them. I then researched what every item specifically does as an end result. This is what I have come up with. Just enough sugar to brown it properly, enough eggs to add richness to the bread and make the crust shinny and tender, just enough salt to help control yeast development, and prevent the bread from over rising and, of course my favorite ingredient, bacon drippings, instead of oil, for added flavor. I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as i do. I think it was worth the effort and research.
- 1 1⁄2 cups warm water
- 1⁄3 cup bacon drippings, melted and cooled to room temperature
- 2 eggs, room temperature
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1⁄3 cup sugar
- 5 1⁄2 cups flour
- 2 (8 g) packages instant yeast
- If mixing by hand:Pour all ingredients, in order listed in large bowl.
- Mix together with a wooden spoon.
- Knead on a floured surface until smooth and elastic adding flour if necessary, about 10 minutes.
- If using stand mixer:Pour all ingredients in stand mixer bowl, in order listed.
- Using dough hook, on setting number 2, let knead 10 minutes.
- Next steps are the same for both methods:.
- Place dough in a greased bowl and let rise in a warm draft free spot (I put mine inside my oven with light on) until doubled, about 1 ½ hours.
- Remove dough from bowl and punch out on a floured surface.
- If making loaves, cut dough in half and place in 2 greased bread pans.
- If making buns, cut into 16 equal portions and place on 2 greased cookie sheets. Make sure to leave enough room for rising.
- Let rise again until doubled, about 2 hour.
- If making loaves: Bake in a preheated 400 degrees Fahrenheit oven for 20 to 25 minutes, until golden brown.
- If making buns: Bake in a preheated 400 degrees Fahrenheit oven for 10 to 12 minutes, until golden brown.
I tried this recipe because of the bacon grease. I found the recipe odd because of that and having two eggs. I used my stand mixer it is a kitchen aid 600 and I thought it was going to burn up my mixer. I knead bread often with the KA and this dough was different. I sprinkled corn meal on the baking sheet before baking and added sesame seeds. My DH and I both liked this recipe a lot. I will be making it again and am surprised I am the first to review.
The recipe sounds good until I get to the yeast. One pound of yeast seems excessive. My mother only used 2 cakes or about 2 ounces. Please verify the ingredients for me.