Today I tried a new bread recipe.
My usual recipe uses lots of butter, milk, and eggs. This is great in the summer when the hens are laying and I'm up to my ears in eggs. My recipe also makes three loaves of bread, although I usually make one batch of rolls and two loaves.
Suzanne, from Chickens in the Road, swears by the recipe she calls Grandmother Bread. It uses no milk, eggs, or butter. In fact, this recipe call for no added fats whatsoever. Also, it only makes two loaves.
I was sorely tempted to add a little butter. Maybe just a little olive oil? Oh come on! At least let me add a little shortening! But I was a good girl, and followed the recipe even though it pained me. Pained me bad, I tell ya!
I noticed her recipe also called for 7-8 cups of flour, same as my recipe. But only two loaves. Hmmmm. Same amount, one less loaf....
Nope! I'm following the recipe this time. I swear I am!
So, into two pans. Just like she says to do.
And then, this....
Big ol' monster grandmother bread!
After it cooled, I gave it a taste. I expected that the opposite of my "rich" dough would be bland bread.
Happily, I was wrong. It's light and delightful, and very good on it's own.
Of course, everything is better with butter, and hoo boy did I finally succumb to the urge to add butter to the recipe!
Cloudy the tabby approves!
Yummy, frugal, big. I like it.