It took me forever to get the courage to bake bread. It was a mythical beast that only the most accomplished bakers could tackle. Turns out it was easy as pie. Actually, it is way easier than pie.
This is the basic bread recipe I follow to get a perfect loaf every time but I can also jazz it up from time to time with seeds or some cinnamon. Or make buns instead of bread. It is intentionally vague to accommodate whatever I have on hand. As a sweetener I prefer honey but sometimes only have white sugar and on at least one occasion I only had brown sugar! I have used olive oil, coconut oil, vegetable oil….just anything I have on hand at the time. I have used up to half whole wheat flour, added flax meal, and topped off the flour with some coconut flour once.
Making food feels good. Eating homemade food is awesome. Eating food you made for SUPER CHEAP is the best.
Go, break bread but first you have to bake it.
2 ¼ tsp of active dry yeast
2 ½ cups of warm water (110° to 120°)
2-3 tablespoon sweetener
1 tablespoon salt
2 tablespoons oil
6-7 cups all-purpose flour
- Dissolve yeast in warm water and allow to sit for a few minutes until foamy.
- Add sugar, salt, oil, and half of the flour.
- Use the paddle attachment to beat until all incorporated.
- Switch to dough hook and add ½ cup of flour at a time until you have a soft (but not sticky) dough.
- Knead for 8 or 9 minutes.
- Grease a large bowl and flip dough around a few times. Cover with damp kitchen towel and set aside in a warm place until doubled – 1-2 hours depending on your climate and altitude.
- Punch dough down and turn out onto a floured surface.
- Either cut into 2 loaves or however many buns you would like. Shape gently and place into pans.
- Cover again and let rise for 30 minutes to an hour.
- Bake at 375° for 30-35 minutes. You will know it is done when it is lightly golden and sounds empty when knocked on.
- Cool and eat. Or just eat because waiting is hard.