Monday, November 26, 2012

Sweet Yogurt White Bread

I don't know about you, but this month has stretched a little longer than our money. I had to get creative when making my bread this week. I had some homemade yogurt and pumpkin puree that I was willing to use, but not a whole lot else.
So, I searched the internet and found a delightful recipe for a sweet yogurt and honey bread. It looked like it would be perfect and I had everything in my pantry and fridge with just a few minor substitutions.

I followed the recipe mostly, but made a few substitutions.

Sweet Yogurt White Bread
1 cup Greek-style yogurt (I used thick homemade yogurt)
1/4 brown sugar
2 1/4 cups bread flour (divided) (I used all purpose because it's what I had)
2 1/4 teaspoons yeast
1 teaspoon salt
 2 tablespoons butter at room temperature

Combine the brown sugar and yogurt. Microwave until room temperature. Make sure that the brown sugar dissolves in the yogurt.

Put half of the bread flour and all the yeast into a bowl. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and leave alone in a warm place for at least 20 minutes. (I put mine on the dryer while I had clothes going.)

Add the rest of the flour and knead with the dough hook. I used my kitchenaid with the dough hook attachment. Knead the dough until smooth - this took about 5 minutes for me.

Add the salt and butter to the dough. Continue kneading until the butter and salt are incorporated.

Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and set aside in a warm place until doubled in size - about 90 minutes.

Knead and shape into loaf. I learned that you're supposed to shape a loaf by pulling all the sides over to make the top smooth and baking seam side down. Interesting! I tried it this time for the first time...amazing since I've made hundreds of loaves of bread! Cover with plastic wrap and place in a warm spot until doubled in size - about 45 minutes.

Bake at 325 degrees until the loaf is golden brown on the outside and makes a hallow sound when you knock on it. When you remove the loaf from the oven, be sure to wrap it in a clean towel while it cools. This will keep it moist and delicious!

The brown sugar leaves a sweet taste, but not too sweet. The yogurt adds a slightly sour taste, but it's really delicious. This bread is moist on the inside and crusty on the outside - just like I like it! 
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