My Grandmother’s Bread


Have you ever had one of those days – of course you have – when absolutely everything goes topsy-turvy?

I had one of those days yesterday, notably when I put my daughter’s iPhone in the washing machine.

That’s when you need a bit of comfort food, and the absolute best comfort food is warm, homemade bread with butter.

This recipe is from my grandmother, Virginia Lee, who was a wonderful cook (she made the best fried okra) and a wise and gentle person. I’ve written the recipe here exactly as she gave it to me.

2-1/2 cups warm water (100-degrees)
2 Tbsp. dry yeast
2 cups flour
¼ cup sugar
¼ cup dry, non-fat milk
¼ cup oil
2 tsp. salt
4 to 4-1/2 cups additional flour

Mix yeast, flour, sugar, milk and salt. Add to warm water. Add 2 more cups flour then add oil, then add remaining flour.
Knead for about 10 minutes on floured board.
Put in greased bowl and let rise until double in size. (Grease on all sides.)
Punch down and divide into two loaves or buns or whatever.
For onion buns add about ¾ cups dry onions that have been moistened.
Bake loaves about 45 minutes at 350-degrees.
Bake rolls about 20 minutes at 350-degrees.


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