Okay..HERE IT IS..I have been into the bread making mode as of late..I stumbled across this recipe in one if my many cookbooks, ( had forgotten all about this book) the idea of it being sweetened with only maple syrup intrigued me..so I decided to give it a go..I don't really think that this is for the novice baker..as I had a little trouble with it ..( as I stated in the directions..) .. But it is a bread that is def. well worth the effort..as you can see it was half gone in the first half hr right out of the oven..awesome bread.. I toasted a slice this evening ..WASNT DISAPPOINTED..!!..
Okay.. I'm gonna write this out as is written..that said... Step1.Sprinkle yeast in the half cup of water, stir to dissolve and set aside.In a small saucepan scald the milk.Stir in the butter and let cool five (5) minutes.
Pour contents of pan into a large mixing bowl.Stir in the maple syrup and beaten eggs.When mixture has cooled to room temperature( my note: if your maple syrup is cold from the fridge you will find that it is already room temperature..), stir in the dissolved yeast.
Gradually stir in enough of the flour , (mixed with salt), to make a stiff dough.
MY NOTE: start with about 5 cups of flour, mixed with the salt..I had a little trouble with this..as I put in too much flour, so ended up adding a 1/2 cup more of the maple syrup..I honestly think you won't need much more then that..Also I used the dough hooks on my stand mixer( not a heavy duty mixer either.. It was a workout for my poor mixer..lol) to mix in the flour..
Next: place dough ball in a greased bowl, cover and set in a warm place to rise to double in bulk. Punch down and let rise again til double.Punch down, place on floured hard surface and knead 5-8 minutes.
Divide into 2loaves, place in greased 9x5 inch bread pans and bake in preheated 375°F. Oven 20 minutes..
MY NOTE: On AFTER I PLACED IN LOAF PANS, I let them rise again til about double..also I rolled the dough out into a rectangle, tolled dough up, pinched seem, and flattened ends and slightly tucked under..then placed into loaf pans..
Also it says 20 min.mine was done in 15 min. When they came out of the oven I brushed butter over 1 loaf..
ON ADDING THE FLOUR: start with about 5 cups and gradually add a little at a time to make sure you don't get too much flour..