This soft, yeasty orange juice bread recipe is a favorite of my family. Made completely from scratch, it does take a little extra work - kneading and rising. But sometimes the best things in life are worth an extra effort, and this is bread is one of those things.
The recipe comes from Paul's aunt, Tina. Does that make her my aunt-in-law? Anyhow, every recipe of hers that I've ever tried has been fantastic!
1 pkg. yeast (or 1 1/2 tsp.)
1/2 cup warm water
2 tbsp. oil
1/2 tsp. salt
1/3 cup orange juice
1/4 cup sugar
2 3/4 cup flour
2 tbsp. wheat germ (optional - I always add it)
Mix yeast and warm water and let set until yeast is bubbly, approximately 10 minutes. Add yeast to rest of the mixed bread ingredients. Knead until dough is smooth and elastic (about 10 minutes - okay to add a little flour if it is too sticky). Turn dough into greased bowl and let rise until double. Punch down and shape into loaf. Place dough loaf in a bread pan, and let rise again until double. Bake at 350* for 25 - 30 minutes.
A loaf of this bread lasts just minutes in my house. The boys will each eat three slices. They love it warm from the oven, slathered in butter.
Readers, do you make any recipes that take a little extra time, but are well worth the effort?