Pinto Beans and Fresh Bread

I had a busy day today. We went and got a bunch of plants and seeds and planted them and then I made yummy pinto beans and bread. The bread turned out the be the best I’ve ever made and I’ll definitely make it again.

I got this recipe from but cut in in half because even though this bread is great it’s hard for 2 people to eat 2 loves before they go bad.

Easy Big Bread

2 packs of yeast
1/4 cup warm water
2 cups hot water
3 tablespoons turbinado (I used regular sugar)
1 tablespoon salt
3 cups flour
1/3 cup vegetable or corn oil
3 cups flour

This recipe works best if all ingredients are set out, ready to go, in advance. Also, make sure the turbinado, salt, flour, and oil are measured in the exact amounts called for. Pour warm water into a small ceramic bowl and add the yeast. Set aside. In a large mixing bowl, pour hot water over the turbinado and salt, then stir with a wooden spoon to completely dissolve. Combine 3 cups flour with the water mixture. Pour the oil on top of the dough mixture then add the yeast mixture on top of that, but DO NOT STIR. Top with the remaining 3 cups of flour and mix well. At this point, the dough should be pliant and moist, but not gooey. Cover the bowl with a damp towel and set aside to rise for at least 45 minutes.
On a lightly floured cutting board or countertop, divide the dough into half. (This is when I recruit someone to knead the dough, but the recipe actually calls for no kneading; I’ve done this recipe many times without kneading anything, and it always turns out really good.) Flatten each half into roughly an oval/rounded rectangular shape, about 1/2- to 3/4-inch thickness; then roll the dough lengthwise and place on an ungreased, but very BIG, cookie sheet.  Cover the dough with a moist towel and set aside to rise again for another 45 minutes (or longer).
After the dough has risen the second time, preheat the oven to 375 and bake for exactly 23 minutes. If you can keep everyone from digging in right away, allow to cool for about 15 minutes and then enjoy.

*Bake for 30-35 minutes if you use a loaf pan like I did.


2 responses to this post.

  1. that looks so fulfilling


  2. […] And last but not least, I made some bread to go with it. I was planning on making Irish Soda Bread, but once I started getting the ingredients together I realized I didn’t have baking powder! So I just made another loaf with the recipe I’ve posted here. […]


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