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Homemade bread to shortening or not to shortening

All I know is he put a small handfull of Butter Flavor Shortening in his dough, and I would say it is more sandwhich style bread, then the pan-less italian

Aug 30, 2011
acpowell in Home Cooking

Homemade bread to shortening or not to shortening

I mainly brush the top for color and because grandpa did. The sliton the top is like for Split top bread. They are just normal alluminum bread pans, usually 350 degrees. I could try boiling water in the oven but it is hard as my oven isn't the greatest thing in the world, or any 3rd world for that matter.

I will play arround with adding less flour to the mix and see what that does. I do remember grandpa's dough being more tacky than mine.

I will let you all know how it goes. Oh and it is just normal Italian bread I would guess. We use it for our every day bread.

Aug 30, 2011
acpowell in Home Cooking

Homemade bread to shortening or not to shortening

This is my first post of this kind so sorry for the rambling that is to follow.

I made homemade bread about every other week. I use a "recipe" my grandfather gave me that he came up with on his own. I would ask him these questions but he is no longer arround. I use quotes on the word recipe because there really is no measuring. He just used his hands and his best judgment. I use one of two methods depending on how much bread i plan to make. The only time I really measure is when I make a large batch I usually use roughly 15 cups of flour. It is very hard to knead and achieve a "bakers window" so I just do it until I can't any more. I use bread flour, salt, yeast, water, and shortening. I do not know what the point of the shortening is, or how much to add. My bread is usually on the dryer side, which I don't like, and although I do butter the top when it comes out of the over, it is not always quite as crusty as I would like.

Also, for split top bread should I split it right before putting it in the oven, or just as I put it in pans for a second rise?

Aug 30, 2011
acpowell in Home Cooking