Submitted by NSobotka on December 13, 2011 at 9:28 pm
I found this wonderful bread on a website posted by Rosetta from Prescott AZ, here's her description. "During the depression, it was difficult raising a family much less 19 children. My grandmother was a wonder woman and fed 19 children during the depression. My mother tells me they only had a meat dish on Sunday and that was usually chicken. Having beef was unheard of and this bread recipe kept the family from starving through some very hard times. My mother shares the memories of smelling this bread baking every Wednesday as she walked home from school.
When I grew up, we were a family of 6 and my parents struggled to feed us as well. The depression was over, but my mom and dad were struggling to keep the family farm going and take care of 4 kids and my grand parents. Depression bread was a staple around our house and my mom figured out ways to make other tasty treats that we couldn't afford to buy with the dough."
This bread is sooooo moist and flavorful...you have to make it!
- 2 loaves
Rosetta from Prescott AZ
- File under
- yeast bread
3 cups water
3 tablespoons melted salted butter (I use Cabot of course)
1/2 cup-1 cup sugar (I reduce amount use honey/maple sugar)
2 tablespoons active dry yeast
1 teaspoon Salt
6-8 cups white flour (I use combo bread & whole wheat flours)
1/4 cup vegetable oil (I use olive oil instead)
1-2 cups Sugar, depending on how sweet you want the dough (again I reduce the amount using honey or maple syrup/sugar instead)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. (This is what the original writer of the recipe states, does it need to be on for so long? I don't know...I do know my dough rises like crazy doing so) Start with 1/2 cup of tepid water with one teaspoon sugar (on in my case honey/maple product)stirred in and dissolved. Add yeast and let stand while preparing dough base.
In a large bowl (I have a huge enamel bowl from my grandmother that I use and because the dough rises so high I'm glad I have it) add water, butter, oil, sugar and mix until dissolved. Add enough flour to make a sticky dough base stirring (the writer uses a wooden spoon because it reminds her of her mother/grand mother)at this point add your yeast mixture and stir into the dough base and mix thoroughly.
From here add flour one cup at a time and knead. Turn the dough out on a wooden cutting board that is floured for easier kneading (I have a dough board). This step is the most time consuming but the most important. Add the flour a little at a time until the dough is elastic and no longer sticky.
Oil the bowl you mixed the dough in and replace the dough ball and cover with wax paper and a towel large enough to cover the top of the bowl completely and let rise until twice it's size. This usually takes an hour or two depending on the warmth of your kitchen. I set the bowl on top of my stove in the center where the warmth of my oven helps with the rising process.
Punch dough down and let rise again.
After second rising, punch dough down, separate into loaves or 2 inch balls and place in loaf pans or baking pans that have been coated with softened butter or oil. I use oil. At this point you can decide what you want to do with the dough. I've made: 1 small loaf, 1dz breakfast rolls and 1dz sandwich rolls. There's enough dough to make as much as you want, at least I can.
Place the pans on the stove top, covered and let rise again. This doesn't take as long, usually 20 minutes or so.
Once the dough has risen to 1/2 it's size, place in oven and bake @ 350 degrees for 30-45 minutes or until they are golden brown and sound hollow when the top is tapped.
Remove from oven and while the rolls or bread is hot, take a quarter of butter and gently move it around on the tops of the loaves and rolls and let the butter melt over the tops. This keeps the crust of the bread soft and adds such a good flavor to the bread. Split the rolls and place a tsp of butter inside and you have the best hot roll in the world to compliment any meal. Enjoy. You will be hooked. Cover any leftovers and refrigerate. There are no preservatives in this bread so it will not last without molding as long as store bought bread. They freeze well too.
NOTE: ***The following steps I have not done and are the original writings of Rosetta.
* For cinnamon rolls: Roll out dough to 1/4 inch thickness and spread with softened challenge butter and a mixture of 1 cup brown sugar, 2 tsp. cinnamon, and chopped walnuts or pecans. Roll dough and cut into 1/2 inch rolls and bake until golden brown. Top with your favorite glaze or icing. Serve hot as a breakfast treat.
* For doughnuts: Roll out dough to 1/2 inch thickness. Cut with a doughnut cutter and place on an floured surface to let rise.( My grand mother used a pint mason jar and the lid from her vanilla bottle to cut the doughnut shape). Once risen drop in hot oil and cook until golden brown on both sides. Remove from oil and drain on paper towel. Dip into powered sugar glaze or cinnamon and sugar mixture and place on a plate and watch them disappear before your very eyes.