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While the shelves are bare and you’ve got the time — bake bread!

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Making bread is easy. It just takes time and motivation, which we now have, thanks to the coronavirus pandemic. Photo by Carrie Wheeler.

For as long I’ve been making food for myself, I’ve seen recipes for bread and thought about how nice a freshly-baked loaf might be. And that’s all I did. Wonder. Because why make a loaf of bread when you can pick up a two-loaf pack at Costco for not much money and even less time?

But after scouring several stores for sandwich bread this week and finding nada (thanks to the coronavirus pandemic) I took to the internet, found a simple recipe and got to kneading.

It only takes seven ingredients — yeast, water, milk, salt, flour, butter and sugar — and time. Lots of time. But we’ve got the time. We’re not going anywhere. So we activated the yeast for five minutes. Kneaded. Let it rise for an hour. Kneaded some more, and let it rise for another hour. We cooked it for 30 minutes. Let it sit for awhile.

And now…we have bread.

Sandwich bread recipe

  • 1 cup warmed water
  • 1/4 cup warmed whole milk
  • 1 standard packet baking yeast
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter (room temperature)
  • 1 and 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour or bread flour

Source: sallysbakingaddiction.com/sandwich-bread

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