Good Bread

Reader Contribution by Debbie Francis
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Down through the years I’ve learned how to make a pretty good tasting loaf of bread, with a lot of practice. I’ve even started making different types of bread using the same bread recipe. But I do use different recipes of bread. Just to see which one I like the best.

My sisters and I trade recipes back and forth all the time, they knew that I was searching for that one great tasting loaf that you could slice so easy and held up so nice that you could make a sandwich that didn’t fall apart .Well ,my sister In Oklahoma sent me one that she had gotten from a woman she trades with, and she called it Simple Bread.

Well, I decided to try it looked simple enough.

Simple Bread

4 cups warm water
Egg size chunk of lard
1 teaspoon salt
1 good tablespoon yeast
8 1/2 cups flour, divided

In large bowl, stir together warm water, lard, salt and yeast. Add 4 1/2 cups flour and work in

Slowly work in remaining flour, working in with each addition. Place in greased bowl and let rise, punch down, divide into 4 loafs, and let rise.

Preheat oven to 350 F. Once second rising is complete, place dough into four loaf pans. Back for 20 minutes, or until golden brown.

Now let me tell you, I made this bread, and oh is it good. And it makes a great sandwich bread. Now I still make different bread, I just use the same bread recipe, add whatever you want to this you can’t screw it up.

I think that down through the years the art of being a friendly neighbor or even being friends, has diminished a lot. Our busy lives see to that. Times have definitely changed, it’s hard to find someone to barter with these days, and most people want cash. But with the GRIT Family, the art of being friendly is always available. Don’t just read it, live it, LOVE IT!

Debbie Francis
Double Ds Farm

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