Well not a first timer if you count the times I made those inedible bricks, or those leathery sticks and buns that resembled charcoal
But I am one of those pig headed people who never gives up.
So off I went to the kitchen two days before Christmas vowing to no one in particular that Today Is the Day!!Kids were packed off to school, hubby was at Office and was safely out of the way! Essentially, I had no one to witness the debacle!
This is the easiest one-loaf yeast bread you will ever bake. I researched at least 15 websites before I found this and was sooooo excited that I failed to remember the url.
This Super Easy Bread for Beginners recipe produces a soft crust and a moist center using the most basic ingredients that can be found in most kitchens.
Prep Time: 3 hours
Cooking Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 4-5 hours
• 3/4 cup warm water(Warm but not hot…we dont want to kill the poor yeast!)
• 1 package active dry yeast/2tsps
• 1 tsp salt
• 1-1/2 tbsp sugar
• 1 tbsp vegetable shortening/I used Olive Oil
• 1/2 cup milk(I used Whole Milk and it gave me amazing softness)
• 3 cups all-purpose flour, approximately
1.In large bowl, add the warm water. Slowly stir in dry yeast. Put this aside for 10 minutes for the yeast to bloom.
2.Add salt, sugar, shortening, and milk to bowl. Stir.
3.Mix in the first 2 cups of flour, gradually, half a cup at a time, stirring with the other end of a wooden ladle .
4.If needed, begin adding more flour, one tablespoon at a time, until the dough chases the spoon around the bowl.
5.You do not need to use up all the flour called for in this recipe, or you may need more flour than called for. The amounts vary depending on many factors, including weather, which is why most bread recipes only give an approximate amount of flour needed.
6.Turn dough out onto floured board and knead, adding small spoonfuls of flour as needed, until the dough is soft and smooth, not sticky to the touch at all. Keading is the most important step so spend a good 15 minutes kneading the dough with your hands. Tear and stretch, then add a sprinkle of flout to the wet and sticky parts and mend the flour up again till the whole mass is not sticky and it easily forms a ball.
7.Put dough in buttered/oiled bowl, turn dough over so that the top of dough is greased. Cover with a kitchen towel and let rise in warm spot for 1 hour. I allowed this to rise for 2 hours.
8.Punch down dough. Imagine that you are getting to punch a villain or someone you intensely dislike.Turn out onto floured board and knead just for a couple of minutes.
9.Form dough into loaf and set in buttered bread pan or baking sheet. Cover and let rise for about one hour or till double in size.
10.Preheat oven at 375 degrees F.
11.Score dough by cutting three slashes across the top with a sharp knife. Put in oven and bake for about 45 minutes or until golden brown.
12.Turn out bread and let cool on a rack or clean dishtowel. The crust becomes soft if you brush the bread at this stage with melted butter.
Look at these twin beauties! I wanted a bit of the garlic bread feel so I sprinkled some store bought roasted garlic on the dough just before baking.
I will return to this recipe at least once in a fortnight and will make some more variations!
Baking bread is really so very therapeutic! I am hooked for a life time!
I Served the garlic bread with a pot full of Piping hot Vegetable Broth! You can have yours with Pasta or just like that:-)