Week 22 Menu and Bread Recipe

Here's my menu for this week:

Monday: Cafe Rio style pork tacos/salad

Tuesday: baked potato soup

Wednesday: tinfoil dinners

Thursday: chicken scallopini

Friday: taco soup

Saturday: pizza

Sunday: beef tips

What are you making this week?

Now for my bread recipe...Never mind the not-so-lovely picture of my loaf of bread, but I wanted to share my bread recipe. We only have one grocery store here and I haven't been able to find any bread that we really like that isn't really dry or really expensive. So, since we've been living here I've been making bread every week. I only bake one loaf and freeze the other loaves to bake later on in the week. My family only likes to eat it within a day or two of being baked.

Mom's White Bread
I got this recipe from my mom. We would make it every week growing up. The full recipe makes 5 loaves. I usually 1/3 the recipe to make 2 loaves, or 1/2 the recipe to make 3 loaves. Substitute as much wheat flour as you'd like instead of the white flour. I usually use 1 c. wheat (when I 1/3 the recipe) since that's how my family likes it.

Heat in microwave on high for 4 minutes:
3 c. milk
1/4 c. butter (or shortening)
Mix and add:
1/2 c . sugar
2 c. cold water
1 1/2 T. salt
Add:
5 c. flour
1 1/2 T. instant yeast
Add:
7 c. flour

Knead on high for 5 minutes. (I use my kitchenaid with dough hook. I've also used my bread machine to mix it.) Spray large bowl with non-stick cooking spray and set dough inside bowl.

Let raise 1 1/2 hours. Then punch down.

Let raise 40 more minutes. Punch down.

If you have time you can let it raise another 20 minutes. Punch down.

Form into 5 loaves and put in bread pans. Let rise until dough reaches top of pan. Bake at 350 for 30 minutes.

If you are going to freeze some loaves, then cover them with plastic wrap and freeze (don't let them rise in the pan). Sometimes I put the frozen dough in the fridge when I go to bed and when I wake up in the morning it is ready to bake. Or let raise on counter until dough reaches top of pan (6 hours or so).