Easy Bucket Bread
How to Make Easy Bucket Bread
- You will need to get a 6 quart plastic food storage container with lid. Drill or make a small hole in the lid. I bought 2 of them from Amazon.com for $12.34.
- Add 3 cups of 100 - 110 degree water to the bucket.
- Add the kosher salt, yeast, and powdered milk to the water and swish it around a bit.
- Add all 6 1/2 cups of the bread flour and either using your hands or a spoon mix until all the ingredients are combined but not over mixed.
- Put the lid on the bucket and place the bucket in a warm location. After approximately 2 hours the dough will have rose to within 2 to 3 inches of the top of the bucket.
- Remove the lid and lightly flour the top of the dough while still in the bucket. Lightly flour a kneading surface and dump the dough out of the bucket. Knead the dough using additional flour as needed to prevent sticking (dough is a wet dough).
- After kneading the dough for approximately 2 - 3 mins, divide the dough into 2 pieces. Form each piece into a loaf and place each one in its own well greased bread pan.
- Cover pans with a paper or cotton towel and place in a warm location ( I place mine in a lighted oven) and allow to raise until doubled in size. This may take anywhere from 1 1/2 to 2 hours.
- Once dough has rose approximately 1 1/2 to 2 inches above the bread pan. If using the oven, remove the pans and preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
- Bake until bread is golden brown and the inside temp is between 195 and 200 degrees.
Remove the bread from the oven and bread pans. Allow to cool on a wire rack for at least 30 minutes before eating.