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.
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
- Add first 5 ingredients to a mixing bowl.
- Add the water gradually (you might need a little more or a little less than 2.5 cups) until the dough pulls together.
- Knead for 7-10 minutes until the dough is uniform and soft.
- Oil a large bowl with olive oil and transfer the dough to it.
- Coat the dough with a bit of olive oil, cover, and place in a warm place for 30 min.
- Uncover and transfer the dough to a floured surface.
- Shape it into one large loaf.
- Divide the loaf in two and shape each part into a loaf.
- Place the dough on a baking sheet or in two loaf pans.
- Cover and let rise for an hour.
- Bake bread in a 350F pre-heated oven for 55 min.
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