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Well bread was a staple in the Taylor home from Aunt Bee making Opie and Andy's lunches toast in the mornings for breakfast along with bread at dinner. Here are some tasty bread recipes.

Banana Nut Bread

2/3 cup butter/margarine
2-1/2 cups flour
1-2/3 cups sugar
1-1/4 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
2/3 cup milk
2 eggs
1-1/4 cups banana (3 mashed)
2/3 cup chopped walnuts

Grease and flour pans (4 small loaf pans, 2 big loaf pans)
Cream sugar and margarine, add eggs. Sift flour and dry ingredients, add milk, and add banana and nuts. Fill pans 3/4 with batter to allow room for rising. Bake at 350-degrees for 40-55 minutes for loaf, 25-30 minutes for 9 x 13 cake

Bread (old fashion white)

2 tablespoons active dry yeast
1 tablespoon white sugar
2 cups water
1 cup milk
2 tablespoons margarine, softened
6 cups bread flour
1 tablespoon salt

In a small mixing bowl, dissolve yeast and sugar in the warm water. Let stand until creamy, about 10 minutes.
In a large mixing bowl, combine the yeast mixture with the milk, the butter or margarine, 4 cups of the flour and the salt; stir until well combined. Add the remaining flour, 1/2 cup at a time, stirring well after each addition. When the dough has pulled together, turn it out onto a lightly floured surface and knead until smooth and supple, about 8 minutes.
Lightly oil a large mixing bowl, place the dough in the bowl and turn to coat with oil.
Cover with a damp cloth and put in a warm place to rise until doubled in volume, about 1 hour.
Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C).
Deflate the dough and turn it out onto a lightly floured surface. Divide the dough into two equal pieces and form into loaves. Place the loaves into two lightly greased 9x5 inch loaf pans. Cover the loaves with a damp cloth and let rise until doubled in volume, about 40 minutes.
Mist loaves with water and bake at 400 degrees F (200 degrees C) oven for 20 to 30 minutes or until the loaves are golden brown and the bottom of a loaf sounds hollow when tapped.

Bread (Sweet Wheat)

1 1/2 cups warm water (110 degrees F/45 degrees C)
1 tablespoon brown sugar
2 (.25 ounce) envelopes active dry yeast
2 cups all-purpose flour
4 cups whole wheat flour
1/3 cup packed brown sugar
2 teaspoons salt
1/3 cup vegetable oil
1/2 cup milk, room temperature
Measure the water into a large bowl, or the bowl of a stand mixer and stir in 1 tablespoon of brown sugar. Sprinkle the yeast over the top and set aside until foamy, about 10 minutes.
Add 1 cup of the all-purpose flour and 3 cups of whole wheat flour to the bowl along with the brown sugar, salt, vegetable oil and milk. Mix on low speed to blend ingredients. Continue to mix on medium speed, adding the rest of the flour 1/2 cup at a time, until the dough clings to the hook and cleans the sides of the bowl.
You may not need to add all of the flour. Mix on medium speed for about 5 minutes. Oil the bowl and turn the dough to coat.
Cover loosely and set aside to rise until doubled, about 1 hour. Punch down the dough and place on a floured surface. Divide into two equal portions and use a rolling pin to roll each one into a rectangle that is about 16x8 inches. Be sure to press out all of the air bubbles. Roll the rectangles into loaves and pinch the seam together.
Place loaves
seam side down into greased 9x5 inch loaf pans. Cut a few slits across the top of each loaf using a sharp serrated knife. Set aside to rise until your finger leaves a dimple when you press into a loaf, 30 to 45 minutes. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C).
Bake the loaves for 15 minutes in the preheated oven, then reduce the temperature to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Bake for an additional 30 minutes, or until loaves are deep brown. Remove from pans to cool on a wire rack.

Bread Sticks

2 (.25 ounce) packages active dry yeast
1/2 cup sugar, divided
2 cups warm water (110 degrees to 115 degrees), divided
3 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 egg
1 teaspoon salt
4 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup butter, softened
2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder

In a large mixing bowl, dissolve yeast and 1 tablespoon sugar in 1 cup warm water. Add the oil, egg, salt, 2 cups flour, and remaining sugar and water. Beat until smooth.
Stir in enough remaining flour to form a soft dough. Turn onto a floured surface; knead until smooth and elastic, about 6-8 minutes. Place in a greased bowl, turning once to grease top. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 40 minutes.
Punch the dough down. Turn onto a floured surface; divide into 36 pieces. Shape each piece into a 6-in. rope. Place 2 in. apart on greased baking sheets. Cover and let rise until doubled, about 25 minutes.
Bake at 400 degrees F for 10-12 minutes or until golden brown. Meanwhile, in a small mixing bowl, cream the butter, Parmesan cheese and garlic powder. Serve with breadsticks.

Dinner Rolls

2 (.25 ounce) packages active dry yeast
1 cup warm water (110 degrees to 115 degrees)
1/2 cup sugar
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup milk
1/2 cup shortening
3 eggs, beaten
6 cups unbleached flour
Soften yeast in warm water. Place sugar and salt in large mixing bowl. Set aside. Heat and stir milk and shortening until shortening melts (120 degrees F-130 degrees F).
Add to mixing bowl along with eggs and yeast mixture. Stir in 1 cup of flour at a time to form a soft dough that can be kneaded. Knead on a lightly floured surface until smooth and elastic. Place in a large greased bowl. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 1 hour. Punch dough down. Turn out onto a lightly floured surface. Shape into desired rolls or loaves. Place on greased baking sheets or in bread pans. Cover and let rise until nearly doubled, about 30 minutes. Bake rolls at 375 degrees F for 15-18 minutes or until golden. Bake loaves at 375 degrees F for about 30 minutes or until bread tests done. Remove from pans and cool on wire racks.

Mini Italian Loafs

2 cups bread flour
4 1/2 teaspoons sugar
1 (.25 ounce) package quick-rise yeast
1 teaspoon garlic salt
1/2 teaspoon Italian seasoning
1/2 teaspoon dried parsley flakes
1/2 cup milk
1/4 cup water
2 tablespoons butter or margarine, divided
1 egg
6 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese, divided

In a mixing bowl, combine 3/4 cup flour, sugar, yeast, garlic salt, Italian seasoning and parsley. In a saucepan, heat milk, water and 1 tablespoon butter to 120 degrees F-130 degrees F.
Add to dry ingredients; beat just until moistened. Add egg, 4 tablespoons Parmesan cheese and enough remaining flour to form a soft dough; beat until smooth. Turn onto a floured surface; knead until smooth and elastic, about 5 minutes. Place in a greased bowl, turning once to grease top. Cover and let rise in a warm place for 15 minutes.
Punch dough down. Turn onto a lightly floured surface. Divide into thirds; shape into loaves. Place in three greased 5-3/4-in. x 3-in. x 2-in. loaf pans. Cover and let rise until doubled, about 25 minutes. Melt remaining butter; brush over dough. Sprinkle with remaining Parmesan cheese. Bake at 350 degrees F for 20-25 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from pans to wire racks


Monkey Bread (Garlic and Parmesan)

3 tablespoons finely chopped green onions
3 tablespoons parsley
1 1/2 teaspoons garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
5 tablespoons butter, melted
2 eggs
2 (1 pound) loaves frozen bread dough, thawed
1/2 cup Parmesan cheese

Grease a 10 inch Bundt pan or tube pan.
In a medium bowl, mix together the green onion, parsley, garlic powder, salt, butter and eggs until well blended.
 Break the bread dough off in walnut-sized pieces, and dip each piece into the egg mixture.
Place coated dough balls into the prepared pan. Once there is a layer of balls covering the bottom of the pan, sprinkle with Parmesan cheese. Repeat, sprinkling each layer with cheese until everything is in the pan. Cover loosely, and let rise until doubled in size, about 45 minutes. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
Bake for 30 minutes in the preheated oven, or until golden brown

Pumpkin Bread

2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 can (15 ounces) LIBBY'S® 100% Pure Pumpkin
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup NESTLÉ® CARNATION® Evaporated Fat Free Milk
1 large egg
1 large egg white
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1/4 cup chopped nuts
Directions:
PREHEAT oven to 350° F. Grease 9 x 5-inch loaf pan.
 COMBINE flour, pumpkin pie spice, baking powder, salt and baking soda in medium bowl. Blend pumpkin, granulated sugar, brown sugar, evaporated milk, egg, egg white and oil in large mixer bowl. Add flour mixture; mix just until moistened. Pour into prepared loaf pan; sprinkle with nuts.
BAKE for 60 to 65 minutes or until wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pan on wire rack for 10 minutes; remove to wire rack to cool completely.
serves 12

Pizza Crust

1 (.25 ounce) package active dry yeast
1 cup warm water (110 degrees F/45 degrees C)
2 cups bread flour
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons white sugar

In a small bowl, dissolve yeast in warm water. Let stand until creamy, about 10 minutes.
In a large bowl, combine 2 cups bread flour, olive oil, salt, white sugar and the yeast mixture; stir well to combine. Beat well until a stiff dough has formed. Cover and rise until doubled in volume, about 30 minutes. Meanwhile, preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
Turn dough out onto a well floured surface. Form dough into a round and roll out into a pizza crust shape. Cover with your favorite sauce and toppings and bake in preheated oven until golden brown, about 20 minutes.



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