My friend Kelly told me about The All New Purity Cook Book which is a Canadian classic and apparently it has been re-printed and I got it for Christmas from my sister Jamie and my Dad, LOL. Nice choice! I totally love it, especially since they use all their old photographs to demonstrate how to make their recipes, that is right up my alley. I started with recipe #1: White Bread. Now I did not want to make four loaves so I cut the recipe in half and on a good day that would be no big deal but, well, I kind of screwed up. I am getting ahead of myself though!
In a small cup dissolve 1 tsp of sugar in 1/2 cup of lukewarm water, which means it is just a little warmer than body temperature. Then add 1 package of yeast which is about 2 tsp. Let stand for 10 minutes.
You want your yeast to be bubbly and frothy after it sits. If it is not like that, then do the yeast procedure all over again! If you do not you are going to waste lots of time and ingredients for nothing. The yeast must be active at this point. Stir it in to the other wet ingredients.
This is where I was supposed to add 2 1/2 cups of flour and stir it into the wet ingredients. Then add 2 1/2 more cups of flour.
Ummm…yeah, this is where I screwed up. I misread the directions and dumped in the entire five cups at once instead of adding the rest of the flour gradually! OK, I thought it was over at this point but I did not give up. I managed to stir and bring the dough together, albeit a rough, dry and tough.
I decided to take a nap. I was exhausted and hurting. Next thing I knew it was close to dinner time and my hands were throbbing! I got back in the kitchen, cut the dough in half and let it rise for 15 minutes. No problem. Then I saw that you were supposed to put the dough in greased pans, grease the tops and let rise for 1 1/4 hours! OK, I think to myself. I can not do that and have time to bake these to go with dinner. Instead I followed a suggestion my dear online friend Tori recommended to me: nuke the dough for six seconds to cut the rising time in half. It seemed to help because they did rise a little after I nuked the dough and put it in bread tins and left them alone for half an hour:
OK, not super risen, I realized at this point, but better than before. Time was running out, it was getting late and we were starving. I put them in the preheated 425F oven and baked for 30 minutes: