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Home Baked Bread — How To

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Fresh homemade bread made by my mother

I am considered a tall woman. I am 5 feet almost 10 inches. My mom is average height 5 ft  6 inches, my “father” is way above 6 ft tall.

My paternal grandmother was a whopping 4 ft 11 inches tall!

I can recall I was petite until the age of 17 yrs. Before that age it was often foretold that I would be as petite as my grandmother.

During my ‘petite’ phase, we lived with my maternal grandmother and every Saturday she would bake breads and pastries.

The oven was one she crafted in the yard as all the other women of her day did.

Since Guyana is located below sea level, most homes are built on stilts, so the oven is situated under the house, usually towards the rear and ventilated on one side.

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A typical old-world style house in Guyana
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This Oven is made of mud infused with cow patties over a brick frame ( a relic that no longer exists)

Being my smaller self back then, us kids would sit comfortably on that oven, when it was not in use and talk.

That was not the primary purpose of that oven.

It required constant care as consistent use of heat often left it cracked as in the image above and needed to be daubed often.

So my grandma lovingly tended to her oven and she would put dough in there and magic emerged after a while.

Each Saturday afternoon we would eagerly wait eat the hot bread dripping with salted butter and/or cheese, deliciousness in a roll.

This was grandma’s recipe.

My mother is now the “grandma” and said as a little girl she would watch her mother intently then ask for a small amount of ingredients to practice. Now she is quite skilled.

With social distancing and everyone doing more in their kitchens, I thought a recipe or two would help.

This is the way the bread was made.

Bread Making

Ingredients:

  • 2 packs self-rising yeast (Rapid rise yeast)
  • 2 lbs all purpose flour
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 lb margarine
  • 1/2 lb shortening
  • 2 cups water

Directions

  1. Add 2 packs yeast to 1 cup tepid water along with 1 tbsp flour, stir well and allow time to develop.
  2. Add dry ingredients to clean dry bowl and mix together, using our hands (you can feel for any lumps) or a whisk.
  3. Add developed yeast and mix until all wet and dried ingredients are completely incorporated.
  4. Knead dough to smooth consistency and allow to rest and rise.
  5. Approx 1 hour later, dough has risen.
  6. Make small round shapes and cut a 1/3 inch cross at the top of each roll.
  7. Place on baking sheet and allow to rest a further 30 mins.
  8. Bake at 350° for approx 45 mins, until they are nice and brown.
  9. Allow to cool.

The pan on the right side are the formed rolls that were resting for approx 30 mins and has now risen and will be ready for baking.

Once they are brown, place on a cooling rack and you can base the tops with a light amount of butter to enhance their appearance and the eating experience.

The smell of freshly baked bread cannot be rivaled by much, you can decide how to eat and enjoy its yeasty goodness.

Bon appetit!

Be well, be safe, blessings!

37 thoughts on “Home Baked Bread — How To

  1. Thank you Pene! What a beautiful memory, and the bread looks delicious; I can almost smell it. Looks like you are making memories for your kiddos as well. Blessings of peace, provision, and health to you and your family. ♥

    1. Yes Ms Jacquie, they are enjoying the fresh home-made foods.
      Stay well.

  2. Thank you so much for sharing this recipe. It looks delicious! It’s been forever since I made bread 🍞 I’ll have to get yeast, but I’d like to make some. 😊🍞☺️

    1. My mother has been baking a lot recently. Thank you.

  3. I love that your grandmother was under 5 feet like me! Maybe my daughter will be taller lol. Thank you for the backstory and the recipe <3

    1. Thanks, lol, she was a petite woman but packed with energy.
      Being this tall is not all its cracked up to be, comes with big feet, and extra spending on “tall” clothes…blessings to you.

  4. they look perfect! I love the story you wrote about your family and the houses, I feel like your experiences would make a cool book!

    1. It might indeed, never thought of that. Nice idea. Stay safe.

  5. I wish I was a little bit taller, lol. I’m not a bread person like that but that looks delicious.

    1. Being tall is not all it’s cracked up to be… big feet, more money for taller clothes. Plus the ground sometimes seem like a long ways off when you are falling. Lol.

      1. Lol!!!!!

  6. Very interesting post. Breadmaking is popular in rural Newfoundland too.
    Thanks for sharing this.
    Comfort food helps always, especially during these times. 🤗

  7. Such a beautiful post!!! I am five feet eleven and a half inches tall. Neither of my grandmothers were tall…in fact, one was about five feet three inches tall. I got my height from my father…like you! I can almost smell that bread baking! 🙂

    1. Well hello, us tall women have to stick together, lol. My sister is 5 ft 11 inches.

  8. Love your post. Will try this recipe! Thanks.

    1. Good luck, let us know how it turns out.

  9. Looks yummy Ms. Pene I will give this recipe a try.

    1. I would give you one, but you on a diet…😂

  10. I miss bread. I found out I have Celiacs 3 years ago, so no more bread.

    1. I know, sorry about that. I am getting older and carbs are no longer my friend as well….

  11. For a bread lover like me, this is really exciting☺☺
    I’ll try out the recipe anytime soon

    1. Lol, ok let me know what you think. Thanks for reading.

  12. Due to quarantine, this recipe works wonders for making bread at home. With so many bakeries, you lose the habit, but since you can’t go out often, this gives a solution.
    Thanks for sharing.
    Manuel

    1. That’s what we have been doing. Plus the store breads do not taste half as good as home-made.
      Thanks for reading.

      1. You’re right. Nothing better than doing it at home

  13. I love homemade bread!! I love to eat it as soon as it comes out of the oven!

    1. Good morning, Yes the smell of fresh bread is the best thing ever. Stay well. Blessings.

  14. Smiles. I can almost feel the smell from here. I love bakes and I do try baking sometimes. I smiled reading how you multitasked your mum’s oven. 😂

    1. My 2 older ones devoured it, the little one likes noodles and the older 2 likes flour.

  15. I love making cupcakes but I love you so much

    1. Hello and good morning. Thank you for visiting.

  16. Familiar smells have a way of bringing back memories. Freshly baked bread is one of the best! 🙂

    1. Nothing beats that yeasty smell.

  17. What a lovely way to frame your memories — and cooking skills!

    1. Thank you for reading. The memories are mine. The bread-making skills are my mother’s… I keep telling myself I need to learn.
      Have a great day.

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