Easy Bread Recipe (esp for beginners)

This is a recipe that I started using when I first started making bread almost 2 years ago. We have a large family and I liked that it made 3 loaves of bread at a time. Although I use a lot of different recipes now, I would definitely say this is a good one to use if you are just starting out  making bread. This recipe does say hand knead, but if you have a kitchen aid or another “kitchen helper” that will need it for you, go for it. I have done both to see if there is a difference in the bread (there isn’t!).

What you’ll need

You will need:

  • Yeast – 2 Tbsp
  • Hot-ish* water – 2 cups
  • Bread flour – 5 cups total, 2 for the sponge and 3 for later. (NOT regular flour)
  • Sugar – 2 Tbsp.
  • Salt – 2 tsp.
  • Oil – 2 Tbsp.
  • 3 loaf pans
  • Quick-read thermometer
  • Oven pre-heated to 375

*Hot-ish means between 95 and 115 degrees F.

Make the sponge

 The sponge will activate the yeast and get things started; getting the yeast warm and ready to go.Start by mixing the hot water and the flour. Then, add 2 Tbsp. sugar, 2 Tbsp. oil, 2 Tbsp. yeast, and 2 tsp. salt.Let this sit for about 8 or 10 minutes. Assuming your water was hot enough, it should be nice and bubbly.

Add some flour and knead it

Now you need to add about 3 more cups of flour. It really depends on the humidity and how exact your measurements were in the sponge step.Once it gets too tough to stir, flip it onto a clean floured surface. Now, knead away, adding flour as you do so.
Knead the dough for 8 or 9 minutes. It should be the texture of your earlobe when it’s done kneading.

Let it rise…

let the dough rise in a warm place for about 45 minutes to an hour. the dough should be about doubled in size by the time it’s finished.

When you finish this part put it back in the bowl and cover it with a slightly damp towel.

Into the pans

Punch the dough down then divide it into 3 parts. Spray the pans and put the dough in. Let it rise again in the pans (covered) for another 30-45 minutes.

Into the oven

Preheat your oven to 375 F and put the loaves in.
Bake them for about 25 minutes. Your quick read thermometer should read between 180 and 190 degrees. Pull the loaves out and place them on their sides on a rack, after a few seconds slide them out of the pans and onto the rack. Let them cool.

Eat!

You can do a lot with this recipe…You can add garlic or your favorite spices, cheese, meat chunks, or whatever you want. Be creative! Experiment! Have fun! Hope this helps some people that have been afraid to make bread or get into the kitchen. Making bread is a LOT of fun and there are limitless possibilities!rising-bread425391531900_155b62237f

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2 responses to “Easy Bread Recipe (esp for beginners)

  1. Oh yeah, I need to show you my “No-kneed” bread recipe. Makes great european style bread with half the work and ingrediants. Bread only requires four things, flour, yeast, salt and water, and doesn’t require kneeding.

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