Thursday, March 11, 2010

Pantry Dinner

This is one of those time that I am really grateful that I have a "usable" pantry.
So it is basically Minestrone Soup...hamburger, beans, tomatoes, onions, celery,noodles and little veggie broth to help with moisture. I let it simmer for about 3 hours before adding the noodles in the last 12 mins. Kirk loves home made bread... with this recipe it is pretty easy to keep it in the house.
I found this recipe in the book Recipes from the Heart by the Paul Congregational Church in Paul, Idaho. I would have to admit that my favorite recipe books are church recipes books that are gathered from the members. Paul Congregational has a high German membership and is very obvious when looking at the recipes.
BUT... this white bread...I will admit I like even better than Betty's.

Perfect White Bread
submitted by Peggy Moore
1 pkg. active dry yeast 2 tsp. salt
1/4 cup warm water 1 T. shortening
2 cups milk scalded 5-3/4 to 6 1/4 all purpose flour
2 T sugar
Soften active dry yeast in warm water. Combine hot milk, sugar, salt and shortening. Cool to luke warm. Stir in 2 cups of flour beat well. Add the softened yeast; mix. Add enough of the remaining flour to make a moderately stiff dough. Turn our on lightly floured surface; kneed until smooth and satiny (8-10 mins) Shape in a ball; place in a lightly greased bowl, turning once to grease the surface. Cover; let rise in a warm place and it about doubles (1 1/2 hours). Punch down. Cut dough in 2 portions. Shape in loaves place in greased 9X5X3 pans. Cover and let raise (45 - 60 mins) Bake in hot oven 35 mins or until done. Makes 2 large loaves.
I use my kitchen aid....after adding all the ingredients I use the bread paddle and let it "kneed" for about 8 to 10 mins, cover with a towel
When it has doubled in size I take 1/2 of the portion and shape into a loaf and place in bread pan to raise and then bake....
Pretty good white bread....if I do say so myself.


Lourie said...

Oooh! Yum bread! I love bread. And soup looks delicious.

Silly Steeneck's said...

I want to try this recipe! It looks really yummy!

Lene said...


I should add you to Pinch of Chaos so you can add your recipes there also. What do you think?

Queenie Jeannie said...

I really stink at homemade bread - always have!! Thank God for bread machines, lol!!

Your soup looks divine!

SAYDA said...

That looks so good. Thanks for sharing the bread recipe. My white bread never comes out good.