Big Ole Bill's Buttermilk Bread
5 1/2 cflour (bread flour works best)
1/2 tspbaking soda
2 pkgactive style dry yeast
2 tspsea salt (any other will work if you dont have it)
1/2 csalted butter
1/2 cwarm water (110 degrees is best)
1 1/2 cbuttermilk
How to Make Big Ole Bill's Buttermilk Bread
- Mix yeast and warm water in a bowl. Let it set for around 10 minutes or until frothy.
- Heat buttermilk and butter in a sauce pan until it has melted. Set aside until cool.
- Place all dry ingredients except flour in a mixer's bowl. Add 3 cups of flour, one cup at a time while mixing with a dough hook. Add yeast and buttermilk mixture. Add the remaining flour and mix until dough is not sticky.
- Kneed dough on floured surface for a few minutes until the dough is soft and smooth.
- Place the dough in a bowl that was greased with cooking oil. Turn the dough in the bowl so the other side is also greased. Cover bowl with plastic wrap. Allow it to rise in a warm area until doubled in size. This should be around 2 hours give or take.
- Punch down the dough and knead a few times then divide it in half and knead a few more times. Shape into 2 separate loaves and place each in a greased bread pan.
- Cover pans with plastic wrap and let it rise until dough is about 1 inch above top of bread pans.
- Bake in 375 degree pre-heated oven for 20 to 30 minutes until lightly golden brown and the bread sounds hollow when tapped.
- When finished, removed from pan and place loaves on wire cooling rack. Cut a slice off and dump a boat load of butter on it. Enjoy!