Easy Homemade Flour Tortillas

Ingredients:

3 c. flour
1 teaspoon salt
1/3 c. vegetable oil
1 c. warm water

Instructions:

Combine all the flour, salt, vegetable oil, and water until it forms a dough.

Roll the dough into a big ball and take about 1 to 2 inch pieces off.
Pat the dough flat with your hands or  rolling pin and roll into circles.

Put the dough on a flat pan (or cast iron skillet) on the stove and let the sides cook until there are little brown specks on both sides like you would see on other tortillas.

* This is such an easy recipe for the beginner.

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Onion Soup Mix Bread Recipe

Ingredients:

1/2 c. warm water
1/4 c. milk
2 teaspoons vegetable oil
1-1/2 teaspoons sugar
1/2 packet onion soup mix, approx. 1/2 oz.
2 teaspoons active dry yeast
1-1/2 c. bread flour

Preparation:

1. In medium bowl, mix together water, milk, oil, sugar, soup mix and yeast

2. mix in flour, a half cup at a time.

3. Turn dough out onto floured board and knead for about 5 minutes. If the dough is too sticky, add more flour a tablespoon at a time.

4. Grease medium bowl. Put dough in bowl and turn so that the dough is greased on top. Cover and let rise in warm place for about 45 minutes or until double in size.

5. Punch down dough. Turn out onto floured board and knead for about 3 minutes. shape dough into loaf.

6. Grease small loaf pan or baking sheet. Put loaf in pan or sheet, cover with clean cloth and allow to rise for about 30 minutes or until double in size.

7. Bake at 350 degrees for 35 minutes or until golden brown.

8. Remove loaf from pan and let cool on rack or clean cloth.

*This recipe also freezes very well. Just wrap in plastic wrap and then foil and store in a sealed gallon-sized freezer bag.

Easy Homemade French Bread

Ingredients:

1-1/4 c. warm water
2 teaspoons sugar
1 teaspoon sea salt
3 to 3-1/2 cups flour (I use Unbleached Bread flour)
1-1/2 teaspoons active dry yeast

Instructions:

1. Place yeast and sugar in large bowl
2. Stir in warm water until everything dissolves
3. Add salt, and stir in as much flour as you can to create a soft, pliable dough that isn’t too sticky
4. Knead on a lightly floured surface 6-8 minutes, until dough is smooth and elastic
5. Return dough to bowl and cover with kitchen towel
6. Allow to rise 30 minutes or until doubled in size
7. Plop risen dough back on counter top and divide in half
8. Roll each half into a rectangular shape of about 10″ by 8″
9. Roll up starting with the long side
10. Pinch ends to seal and shape into a “log”
11. If seam doesn’t stick, use wet fingers to moisten dough until adheres
12. Grease pizza stone or stoneware baking sheet and place loaves on it to rise another 30 minutes (I use a regular baking sheet)
13. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
14. Optional: brush tops with egg wash by beating one egg with one tablespoon water
15. Right before you pop loaves in oven, make 4 diagonal slashes across top using a sharp, serrated knife
16. Bake 20-25 minute, until golden brown
17. Allow to cool on wire racks before serving
18. Serve warm with lots of butter

*This recipe also freezes very well to use at another time. Wrap bread in plastic wrap and then foil and store in a gallon-sized freezer bag in your freezer.

Super Easy Bread for Beginners

Ingredients:

3/4 c. warm water
1 packet active dry yeast
1 tsp salt
1-1/2 tablespoon sugar
1 tablespoon vegetable shortening
1/2 c. milk
3 c. all-purpose flour, approx.

Preparations:

1. In a large bowl, add the warm water. Slowly stir in dry yeast. Continue to stir until dissolved.

2. Add salt, sugar, shortening, and milk to bowl. Stir.

3. Mix in the first 2 cups of flour.

4. If needed, begin adding more flour, one tablespoon at a time, until the dough chases the spoon around the bowl.

5. You do not need to use up all the flour called for in this recipe, or you may need more flour than called for. The amounts vary depending on many factors, including weather, which is why most bread recipes only give an approximate amount of flour needed.

6. Turn dough out on floured board and knead, adding small spoonfuls of flour as needed, until the dough is soft and smooth, not sticky to the touch.

7. Put dough in buttered bowl, turn dough over so that the top of dough is greased. Cover and let rise in warm spot for 1 hour.

8. Punch down dough. Turn out on floured board and knead.

9. Preheat oven at 375 degrees F.

10. Form dough into loaf and set in buttered bread pan. Cover and let rise for about 30 min.

11. Score dough by cutting three slashes across the top with a sharp knife. Put in oven and bake for about 45 minutes or until golden brown.

12. Turn out bread and let cool on a rack or clean  dish towel.