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Thursday, March 29, 2012

Sweet Hawaiian Bread

My company has left and it is cold, windy, rainy, and the house is so quiet.  It is peaceful.  What to do today?  How about a big pot of chicken soup with some homemade bread?   This is a recipe I adapted from the Heirloom Cookbook.  It tastes like those wonderful loaves of Hawaiian bread you buy in the store--only better because of course it is homemade.

1/2 c. water
 1 c. milk
2 pkgs. yeast
1 c. sugar
6 c. flour
1/2 c. butter
1 t. salt
3 eggs
1 t. lemon or pineapple juice

Heat milk in microwave for one minute.  Mix yeast with warm water.  Add in milk and whisk well.  Let sit.  Meanwhile mix butter, sugar and eggs in a mixer bowl and combine.  Add in eggs, salt, and juice.
Mix in yeast mixture.  Slowly begin adding in about 5 1/2 c. flour.  Add enough additional flour until the dough is no longer sticky.  Place on floured board and knead for 5 minutes.  Butter a large bowl.
Form the dough into a large ball and place in the bowl.  Allow to rise in a warm spot for  1 to 1 1/2 hours, or until doubled.  Punch down dough.  Form into two balls.  Grease two 9" round cake pans and place one ball of dough in each pan.  Allow to rise in a warm spot for 1/2 hour.  Preheat oven to 350.
Bake bread dough for 40 minutes.  While hot, brush with butter.  Slice and enjoy:)

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