Yes, this bread is pretty ordinary. But, it is bread and homemade, which means it is delicious. There is one downfall. It takes a lot of time. That said, the time it takes is mostly just waiting. The actual time creating it is actually very short. So while it takes most of the afternoon, it will not take up all of your afternoon. Plus, the end result is a house that smells like homemade bread. Yes, please! Since the bread it so ordinary, it is easy to add different flavors to it. I’m getting into the fall mood with my cooking, so I tried to add sage to it. I didn’t add enough for the extra spice to make a huge difference. It’ll need a little experimenting. There is always next week!
- 1 cup of warm water
- 1 package active dry yeast
- 2 tbsp sugar
- 2 tbsp vegetable oil
- 2 tsp salt
- 2 1/2 cup flour
- Combine yeast and warm water in a large bowl. Let the yeast sit for about 10 minutes. The combination will begin to look creamy.
- Add to the yeast mixture sugar, salt, oil, and 1 cup of the flour. Mix thoroughly. Slowly add in the remaining flour.
- On an open counter, add a thin layer of flour. Create a ball with the dough you just created and knead it on the floured counter for approximately 10 minutes until it is smooth.
- Place in a large bowl that has been coated with a thin layer of oil. Cover with a damp cloth and allow it to sit for 1 hour.
- After the hour, divide the dough into your desired number of sections. I created three loaves that I knew we would be able to eat before it went bad. One for that night, and two to freeze.
- When divided, place on a greased baking sheet and cover again with a damp cloth for 40 minutes.
- Preheat oven to 325 degrees and bake for approximately 30 minutes (depending on the size you divided the loaves into).
Try it with Black Bean Salsa Soup!