Apr 7, 2011

Homemade Bread

This is just about the yummiest homemade bread. It is a soft, chewy, light delightful chunk of homemade goodness. This bread is whiter than white and really is best that way. Hey come on, you can have white bread every once in awhile. I promise it is okay.

This recipe is FAST and super easy. You have four loves in about 2 hours. Once they are done, you may be down to 3 loaves in under 10 minutes....yes it is so good that one loaf very well might be inhaled in just 10 minutes.

This recipe is a little step weird to explain so I am actually including pictures with it. 

Let's make some bread!

Measure 5 cups of HOT water.

Add 2/3 cups sugar

add 2/3 cups oil

Add 2 tablespoons salt

Whisk the mixture for about 30 seconds...yes I actually count

Then add 1 1/2 cups bread flour

Whisk again, yup for another 30 seconds

Your mixture should look smooth like this-

Add 1 tablespoon of yeast

Mix for 10 seconds, say what? Only 10...yes because you will repeat these steps with two more tablespoons of yeast. Making 3 tablespoons totally and 30 seconds total.

Okay, rings off ladies. Now we need to add 10 more cups of bread flour.

Why rings off? Well 'cause of course it is better to mix with your hands.

Incorporate all of the flour. Lightly knead it in the bowl just to mix. It will be a lumpy soft, sticky dough. Your hands will be a hot mess.

Wash your hands. Cover the bowl with a hand towel and set your timer for 20 minutes.

After the 20 minutes, pour some oil on a large surface. Plop...yes I said plop...out your dough onto your surface.

Separate the dough into four equal pieces

For each piece you will, FIRST shape dough into this little rectangle type shape

Then you will roll it out following the length of the dough. You will want it close to uniform in width, but obviously as you can see in my picture is doesn't matter. You just want to make sure the dough is stretched out lengthwise.

Starting at one end, roll the dough up on itself to create a "loaf"

Put the "loaf" into a baking pan that you have sprayed with cooking spray.

REPEAT with the other 3 pieces of dough.

Put into your NON-PREHEATED oven.

Close the door and set it to 200 degrees. Let the dough rise in your oven for 20 minutes.

When the 20 minutes is up, WITHOUT opening the door, turn up the heat to 325 and cook for another 30-35 minutes. (In my oven it is 35 but that is because my oven runs cool).

Your bread is done with the top is golden delicious.

Leave in pans just for a few minutes then turn out onto a cooling rack.

By now your children and hubby will be swarming and begging you for a piece of warm, yummy bread. Don't fight it, just give in and let them have the joy of a warm piece of bread.

Slice it up...

Slap some butter on it...

and enjoy.

This bread is best for just slicing up, toast and french toast.
It will work for sandwiches, but is soft and may crumble easily.


Becca Jane said...

Hi! I'm just a lurker, but wow, I can't wait to make this! I've been making the same bread recipe for months, and it'll be fun to mix it up (haha, get it?). Question though...do you think I could knead it in my Bosch mixer instead of by hand?? Thanks for posting!

And I just posted a great stamped jewelry giveaway on my blog, if you're interested! :)


Rachel said...

yep, just figured out what to make for dinner tonight...
that and some chicken salad to go on top of it.

Holly Wilcox said...

I can testify that this is the absolute best homemade bread!

I failed at so many homemade bread recipes, until this one.

Don't forget to tell that you can add butter, cinn and brown sugar for cinnamon swirl bread. YUM

Katrina said...

this may just motivate me to make some!!!

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tara said...

grr...sorry, that was me. that darn husband of mine thinks he can just sign in willy-nilly...sheesh

Stockhoff Family said...

I have been seriously craving your bread lately. Missing you too if the truth be told. But the bread, I can smell it, taste it, YUM!

mk said...

i love making homemade bread!! i think you've inspired me to do some baking this week ... :)


Tori said...

Hi I just made this last night then posted about it on my blog.
Thanks so much!
XO Tori

Unknown said...

This is a great recipe! I cut it in half because I also wanted to try another recipe, but the other one has to sit for 5 hours I just your recipe in the oven and i think it will turn out great! I "plopped" the dough to the table and then started divide it, my hands were a mess again. Then i started to roll it, and it stuck to the rolling pin. Then i was trying to roll the dough up after I flattened it, but it stuck to the table. I decided I needed to use some flour. I floured my surface and re-did that loaf, and it worked much better. I recommend tht you flour your surface, lightly spray or flour your rolling pin, and flour your hands, makes for much easier rolling and working with the dough! Thanks so much for the great recipe!
Just to put in retrospect of how easy this is, I am thirteen and in 8th grade! I love to cook, but neither of my parents do so I don't know where I got it! I am happy to spend my Friday off cooking!

Unknown said...

Very easy great recipe! I am 13 and it was easy for me! I do recommend to flour your surface, hands, and rolling pin when you are rolling out the dough! Other than that it is easy!!

Larissa@Just Another Day in Paradise said...

Kylie! That is awesome that you are baking so young. I NEVER would have thought of it.

I normally oil the counter, which makes sure that it won't stick to the counter.

It is good to know that flour works too.

Mary Ann said...

I have to say I was sceptical of this recipe when I seen it but decided to give it a try. I use to make breade the old way my grandfather taught me. The way where you would let it rise twice and whould kneed and kneed and kneed it until your arms hurt. I have to say this bread was absolutly delicious when it came out! I let it cool just a little and added butter and ate it and it was awesome!!! Thanks for the recipe. This will be my new way of bread making from now on!

Larissa@Just Another Day in Paradise said...

Mary Ann,
I am so glad the recipe made a believer out of you! We LOVE this bread right out of the oven. YUM.
Thanks for reading!


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