What? Why yes, that is homemade bread. And yes, it does taste as fabulous as it looks! Well... no, there aren't any leftovers today.
Believe it or not, the recipe made two of these giant loaves, so we spread the joy with our fine neighbors, who also happened to be dining on spaghetti last night. In the future I might cut the recipe in half, or go ahead and make the two loaves, with one intended for the freezer. All in all, I think my first attempt at bread making went rather well, if I do say so myself. Oh, and this would not have been at all possible if my sweet guy hadn't splurged for Christmas on the Kitchenaid Stand Mixer I've been coveting for the last three years. Spaghetti night lives on in the McCann household!
Italian Braided Bread
- 2 cups warm water
- 1/4 cup butter
- 1 Tbsp yeast
- 1/3 cup sugar
- 2/3 cup milk
- 1 tsp salt (mix these ingredients before adding flour)
- 6-8 cups all-purpose flour (add 6 cups, then add additional flour until it no longer sticks to the side of the bowl)
cheesy butter coating
- 1/2 cup butter
- 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese
- 1 tsp Basil
- 1 tsp Garlic salt
- Add dough ingredients into mixer
- Mix and add flour until flour no longer sticks to sides of bowl
- Let dough rise in mixer bowl for 1 hour (I covered the bowl)
- Divide risen dough into 6 "snakes"
- Dip "snakes" into cheesy butter coating
- Braid 3 "snakes" into a loaf and repeat with the remaining 3.
- Let braided loaf rise 1 more hour (I covered again)
- Bake @ 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes
Courtesy of my dear friend Diane - thanks for saving Spaghetti night! :)