Good Ole White Bread
I think that bread and Mother’s Day goes hand in hand. When I think of smell or eat fresh baked bread I think of mothers. My mother made a huge impact on my life with her bread making. Growing up until my parents divorced we always had fresh baked bread.
My mom made what I call “Good Ole White Bread”. It was amazing in every way. Light and perfect texture. She made it with flour, water, sugar, Crisco, salt, and yeast. Not the trendy quick yeasts, but the cake yeast that has to be prepared before adding to the dough. Her bread was amazing. From her bread she would make cinnamon rolls, and scones, and fried bread dough. We loved all three equally., and devoured each in turn. The fried bread was amazing, dripping with butter-sorry margarine-and home made jams or jelly. What amazing comfort foods came from her bread dough.
I still make her recipe, but I don’t use Crisco anymore. I use naturally refined coconut oil, the Better Body Brand that you can find in Winco. It doesn’t have the coconut flavor, but has the benefits of a good oil. My children love this bread, and while my mother made it by hand I don’t. I use my WonderMix and the bread is perfect. My mother didn’t have the luxury of a mixer and her bread making took up most of the day.
Funny story I tried to get her a mixer. She refused and instead bought a Kitchen Aide. She made her bread like I always do in my WonderMix and totally fried the Kitchen Aide. I commented that I could still get her a mixer, but she replied that her and her husband really don’t eat much bread anyway and she traded her machine in for another one and she never made bread again.
Just the smell of bread is a remarkable thing. It smells like love. That is the best way to describe it. I have pondered that and have come to the conclusion for me that my mother showed her love to her family by making bread, a project that took a lot of her time. I am so grateful for my mother and her bread making.
Mothers in the middle of doing what they do to feed and raise a family never really know the impact of the seemingly unimportant tasks they do daily that bless the lives of their families forever. I am certain that my mother never once as she was making bread thought “my son Brad will one day teach thousands how to make bread”. How often do we go through the motions or don’t even try and think of the big picture. That’s is what I love about mothers. They labor and labor and really never understand that it is the small and simple things they do day in and day out that have the most impact on the lives of their children.
So mothers keep it up! From baking bread to putting bandages on small wounds. I hope you can get a glimpse of how important the small and simple things you do bless the lives of those you serve.
And Mom thank you for placing in me the passion I have for baking “Good Ole White Bread” and all the other things I do.
Happy Mothers Day
- 6 cups hot water
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 cup coconut oil, refined
- 2 tablespoons salt
- 1/4 cup instant yeast, SAF
- About 18 cups clean white flour.
- In your Wondermix with the dough hook, add water, sugar, oil, and salt.
- Add 10 cups white flour and turn mixer on.
- Add yeast and continue adding flour until the dough pulls away from the sides of the bowl.
- Knead for 6 minutes and remove from bowl and form into loaves.
- Bake in a preheated 400 degree oven at 350 degrees. Meaning preheat to 400 degrees and once you place the bread in the oven lower the temperature to 350 degrees.
- Bake for 25 to 35 minutes or until the internal temperature is over 180 degrees.