If you make your bread at home, you know how important it is to have a simple recipe on hand. A recipe that doesn’t take a whole lot of time to make, a recipe with simple ingredients that you probably already have in your house, and of course, that tastes great. This simple white bread recipe answers all those requirements.
This bread reminds Italian bread very much. It’s got only six ingredients in it, and it is great with both sweet or savory toppings.
To a large mixing bowl, add seven cups of bread flour (all-purpose flour will work too, just make sure to sift it). I knead my dough by hand, but if you use a mixer, you’ll add the ingredients to the mixer’s bowl.
Fill a measuring cup with 3 cups of lukewarm water and start adding to the bowl a little bit at a time. You will probably only need 2.5 cups of water. Add some water, mix, add some more water, mix until the dough pulls together.
Most recipes will tell you to let the dough double its size at this point, but my aunt, which is a baker, taught me that this is not necessary. It only needs to rest for 30 minutes or so.
And shape the two halves into loaves. You can place them in two bread pans, but I just like baking them on a baking sheet.
If you want the crust of your bread harder, spray the loaves with water two or three times while they are in the oven. All you do is fill a spray bottle with water, open the oven and spray the loaves a few times. Repeat this every 20 minutes or so (2-3 times).
Let the loaves cool for a few minutes on a rack before slicing.
There is nothing like the smell of bread baking in the oven! After you get used to eating your homemade bread, there is no way back. The store-bought stuff tastes like cardboard and doesn’t fill you up.
Do you make bread at home? Is there one recipe you regularly use? I will be happy if you leave a link to it in the comments.
- 7 cups bread flour
- 1 tablespoon sugar
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 tablespoon dry yeast
- 1/2 a cup olive oil
- 2.5 cups water
- In to a large bowl, sift 7 cups of flour.
- Add one tablespoon of sugar…
- Add one teaspoon of salt…
- Add one tablespoon of dry yeast…
- And one half cup of olive oil.
- Gradually add about 2.5 cups of water until the dough forms and is not too sticky.
- Knead for 7-10 minutes.
- Oil a large bowl with a little bit of olive oil, place the ball of dough in the bowl and cover with a kitchen towel. Place in a warm place to rise for about 30 minutes or so.
- Place the dough on a working surface and shape it into one large loaf. Then divide it into two and shape each part into a loaf.
- Place the loaves on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper, cover with a kitchen towel, and let rise for another hour.
- Bake in a preheated 350 F oven for 55 minutes. If you want your bread crusty, spray it with water 2 or 3 times while it is baking.
- When the bread is done baking, take it out of the oven, let it rest for a moment and then place it of a drying rack to cool.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 24 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 188Total Fat: 5gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 90mgCarbohydrates: 30gFiber: 1gSugar: 1gProtein: 5g
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