steven king's basic bread

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By Chrissy Hackley
from Vestal, NY

This recipe is Steven King's recipe with tweaks to time to rise, temperature, time to bake, and how many loaf pans. This was published in a cookbook in 1996 called Just Peachy:Cooking Up A Cure. Steven King wrote this: "Baking bread is one of the waya I relax. I like kneading it, and I love the smell of it, the way it fills the house and makes your mouth water."

serves 3 loaves
prep time 2 Hr 25 Min
cook time 30 Min
method Bake

Ingredients For steven king's basic bread

  • DISSOLVE YEAST
  • 1 Tbsp
    yeast
  • 3/4 c
    warm water
  • 2 Tbsp
    sugar
  • DOUGH
  • 2 c
    warm milk
  • 3 Tbsp
    sugar
  • 1 Tbsp
    salt
  • 2 Tbsp
    shortening
  • 8-9 c
    flour, all purpose or bread flour
  • FOR BRUSHING BEFORE BAKING
  • 1
    egg yolk
  • 1 Tbsp
    water
  • FOR BRUSHING AFTER BAKING
  • 4 Tbsp
    melted butter
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How To Make steven king's basic bread

  • 1
    In a large stand mixer, mix together the first three ingredients and let sit 5 minutes to dissolve the yeast.
  • 2
    Add to the bowl the milk, sugar, salt, shortening and 4 cups of the four. With a paddle attachment beat until well combined, scraping sides of bowl as needed.
  • 3
    Switch to dough hook attachment. Add 4 more cups of flour, turn on low and let mix. It should start pulling away from sides of bowl, if not add more flour 1/4 cup at a time. Once it is pulling away let it mix or "knead" the dough for 8 minutes.
  • 4
    Grease a large mixing bowl with shortening. When dough is done mixing, turn out and shape into a ball. Place in greased bowl, turn to coat dough completely. Cover with towel and let rise until doubled in size, about 30-60 minutes.
  • 5
    Grease 3 loaf pans with shortening.
  • 6
    Punch down dough. Turn out and divide into 3 pieces. Shape each piece into a loaf shape to fit your pans. Place dough in pans. Cover and let rise for 30-60 minutes or until about 1/2 an inch above the edge of loaf pan.
  • 7
    Preheat oven to 375°F. Mix together the egg yolk and water. Brush lightly over top.of loaves. Place.in hot oven and bake for 20-30 minutes depending on your oven.
  • 8
    When done should sound hollow when top is tapped. Remove from oven and lightly brush loaves with melted butter. Remove from pans and cool completely before cutting and storing.
  • 9
    I store this in Ziplock bags. These usually only last 3 days because we use it fast so I am unsure of how long it keeps after that.

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