My sister came over a long time ago and introduced this recipe to me, she did the "I think you add this much", "Just a pinch of this". I Have been making it that way ever since.
This recipe is so wonderful, great for homemade bread loaves, raisin cinnamon bread to cinnamon rolls!
I posted several step by step photos for you.
I think that if I'm going to make a mess and go through the trouble why not make a lot! This recipe makes 7 loaves.
1In a medium sauce pan, heat up (not boil) 2 cups water, sugar, salt and your shortening.
Heat until the shortening starts to melt.
take of burner.
2pour the shortening water in a large mixing bowl and add 2 cups cold water. (doesn't have to be ice cold)
when it feels warm to the touch, not hot, put in your two packages of yeast.
3Let this rest for 3 to 5 minutes. Should look like this.
This will tell you that your yeast is active. ALWAYS check the date on your packages before using.
4Start adding your flour a little at a time. You can do this by hand or use your kitchen aide mixer attaching your dough hook.
5After combining 2/3's of your flour the dough should be sticky but able to pull away from your bowl.
6In another large bowl add a "little" vegetable oil and smear around the bottom and sides. Place in your dough and flip. You want to lightly coat the dough for easy raising.
7Cover bowl with plastic wrap and let raise.
8After raising is complete and dough has more then doubled in size, punch down dough.
Place on counter and start kneading dough on a well floured surface using some of your reserved flour. Do this at least 100 times, flipping and folding, pushing and smashing!
Tube your dough about 3 1/2 inches round. This will be long!
If making white bread, cut off the length of your baking pans. grease and flour before putting in your dough.
Let raise until doubled in size.
Bake at 350 degrees for 25 minutes.
Remove from pans right away and place on their sides. Turn over to the other side after about 10 minutes.
9For the cinnamon raisin bread:
(I cut off two loaves of white bread out and continued with the rest for cinnamon raisin)
The tube that you made, roll out to the size of 18 x 36 inches.
10Coat with one stick of softened unsalted butter.
11Sprinkle with your brown sugar, then with your cinnamon on top of that. (use all the cinnamon)
12On top of that sprinkle with white sugar.
Add your raisins and start to roll!
13Cut to the length of your pans.
Place in grease and floured pans and let raise until doubled.
14I was doing this while making my Thanksgiving dinner...missed a few photos. Will add them when making it again :)
15Bake at 350 degrees for 25 minutes.
I made 2 white breads and 5 cinnamon raisin.
Gave our dinner guests a loaf of cinnamon bread to take home.
We ate the white bread with dinner!
16OMG.... our neighbor that came over last night for dinner came back just now wanting more cinnamon bread!