yay for bread!

It was a snow day today and I couldn’t think of anything better to do than to make bread and cookies. I finally mastered the bread I think.. two of the loaves turned out and one I had done a braid ontop that kinda fell.. but other than that it worked really good.

Red River Bread
 1/2 cup Red River Cereal
1 1/2 cups water
1 3/4 cups lukewarm water
3 tbsp sugar
1/2 tbsp salt
1/4 cup canola oil
6 1/2 cups flour (approx.)
1 tbsp traditional yeast (equals one package)
1/4 cup lukewarm water
1 tsp sugar

Add yeast to 1/4 cup water and 1 tsp sugar.

Boil cereal in 1 1/2 cups water until cooked. Set aside and let cool. In a small mixing bowl, combine water, sugar, salt, oil and cooked cereal, add in yeast once proofed. In a large mixing bowl add 3 cups of flour and make a well in the middle. Add in the wet ingredients and slowly mix in the flour. Add the rest of the flour gradually until dough isn’t too sticky to handle. Turn out onto a floured surface, kneeding the rest of the flour in by hand. It may take a little more or less. Knead until the dough feels soft, but not sticky and bounces back when pressed, about 8 to 10 minutes. Shape dough into a ball, place in a well greased bowl, turning once to grease surface. Let rise 2 hours. Punch down dough and let rise for another hour. Divide into 3 equal portions and place in greased bread pans. Cover with cloth and let rise again until bread has risen 1 inch above the pans, about 4 hours.  Remove cloth and bake loaves at 350F for 30 to 40 mins until browned.

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