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BackstoryThis is by far the easiest and most delicious bread recipe that I have ever made. Great for a chilly day when you want some great bread smells coming from your oven to go with some hearty soups.
My 13-year-old son made these recipes and WOW! The bread had a nice crispy crust and delightful interior. I do recommend brushing melted butter over your loaves and biscuits as soon as they come out of the oven. By the time they cool - you have a delicious side for any meal!!
- 1 pkg active dry yeast
- 1 3/4 cups warm (!) water
- 1 tablespoon sugar
- 4 1/2 to 5 cups of AP flour
- 2 teaspoons salt
- In a large bowl dissolve the yeast in the warm water. T
- hen, whisk in the sugar. Let bubble for just a minute or two.
- Add 2 cups of flour into the yeast mixture and whisk.
- Then, let sit for 10 to 15 minutes.
- Stir in the salt (to stop the yeast expansion), and add the remaining flour a little at a time. Here's where you need to judge your liquid vs. flour ratio based upon your climate and sea level location.
- Turn the dough onto a lightly floured surface and knead for 10 minutes.
- Place the kneaded dough ball into a bowl that has been very lightly rubbed with vegetable oil.
- Turn the ball to coat it with the oil.
- Cover with plastic wrap and let sit for 1 to 2 hours.
- It should double in size.
- Punch the dough back down and knead it again.
- This time, place your loaves onto a greased pan, cover with plastic wrap and let rise for 45 minutes.
- Or, create "biscuits", set them onto a greased cookie sheet, cover with plastic wrap and let rise for the same 45 minutes.
- Preheat your oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
- For plain white bread: Simply bake off your loaves and or biscuits in the preheated oven.
- 30 minutes for loaves and 15 minutes for biscuits. Keep an eye on them until they have a lovely brown top.
- Remove and let cool on wire rack for about 5 minutes before slicing or serving.
- For herbed bread: Knead in red pepper, de-hydrated onion flakes, rosemary or other favorite ingredient into the twice-risen bread dough.
- Be certain to knead herbs in evenly to distribute them throughout the biscuits or loaves.
- Don't OVER knead!
- Once the ingredients are incorporated, bake them off just as you would for plain white bread (above).