Work, school, family, friends, and eventually, home. Sometimes the last thing any of us want to do when we finally do get home is cook. Especially when we can just go to the store and buy whatever it is we need, like bread .
Still, if you knew how easy (and affordable) it is to make your own homemade bread , you might reconsider. We offer an easy recipe that bakes up bread so delicious you’ll wonder why you ever bought it in the first place. Roll up your sleeves and get kneading – there’s a loaf of fresh warm bread with your name all over it!
- 2 packages active dry yeast
- 2 cups warm water
- 1 tablespoon sugar
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 6 1/2 cups flour
In a large bowl, mix yeast and warm water, stirring in sugar until it’s dissolved. Gradually add the salt and flour, pouring one cup at a time. For 5 to 10 minutes, knead bread until it’s smooth and elastic .
Grease a large bowl (vegetable or olive oil spray will work) and place your dough in it – be sure to turn it over so that the top is greased. Cover your dough with a damp cloth, foil, or greased plastic wrap and let it sit until it doubles in size, which is usually about an hour.
When it’s time, uncover your dough and punch it down again, as if you’re trying get the air out of it (it won’t actually do it, but you get the idea). Using a knife, divide it evenly for however many pans you’re going to use, or roll into balls if you’re looking to make rolls. Make sure whatever you use, the baking sheet or pan is greased. Cover again and let it rise for another half an hour.
Preheat your oven at 400 degrees and bake for 20 to 25 minutes, or until the top becomes golden brown. Homemade bread is a delicacy when fresh out of the oven, but be sure to store in an airtight bag or container once it’s cool. If you want to experience some of the magic again the next day, try giving slices a quick 10 second warm-up in the microwave (otherwise you can reinvent it as something new ).
Buying bread will never be the same
Going to the store and buying bread will never be the same once you’ve had fresh out-of-the-oven bread you made yourself. Be sure to use this recipe when planning the perfect Italian meal , holiday dinner or family get-together. Everyone will be impressed with the effort, and no one has to know how easy it is really is!