Bread making has been something that I have truly struggled with in my baking “career”. I have tried multiple bread recipes, all of which have been to make sandwich loaves. Spencer and I ran out of bread yesterday, and instead of running out to the store I decided to roll up my sleeves and try, yet again, to make some bread. So I hopped onto my Pinterest board for breads to see what recipe I hadn’t tried yet.
So I followed the recipe to a “T”… AND I FINALLY MADE A LOAF OF BREAD THAT WORKED! My loaf actually looked, and tasted great! I’m so excited to share this with you guys! If you have trouble making bread, please try this recipe! I definitely feel more confident in the whole baking bread category now. 🙂
What you need:
- 2 cups Warm Water
- 1 tablespoon Yeast (1 packet of yeast is slightly less than a Tablespoon)
- 2 teaspoons Salt
- 3 tablespoons Sugar
- 4 cups Flour (I used all purpose flour, but I will try whole wheat next time!)
- Cooking Spray/Olive Oil
Step 1: Dissolve the yeast, salt, and sugar in the warm water. Keeping mixing until you don’t hear the ‘scraping’ of the ingredients on the bottom of the bowl. The yeast won’t bubble because of how much water is being used.
Step 2: Stir in the flour until completely mixed. The dough is going to be very sticky. Which is totally okay because you don’t need to knead the dough! 🙂
Step 3: Let the dough sit (as is) until it has doubled in size. I waited about an hour because I was multitasking. The dough had more than doubled, so it’s safe to say it won’t take the full hour for this step.
Step 4: Spray your hands with non stick spray (or just rub some olive oil on them) and ‘cut’ the dough in half with your fingers. The dough is sticky, but it will separate and come off your hands easy enough.
Step 5: Oil your pan and sprinkle with some herbs of your choice (I used Oregano and Basil). Put your two blobs (it’s really what they look like) on the pan. Spray (or rub) the tops of the bread with some olive oil and then sprinkle the tops with those same herbs used on the bottom (Oregano and Basil). And let the dough sit for another 15- 20 minutes.
Step 6: While the dough is sitting, preheat your oven to 425 degrees F. Bake the bread for 10 minutes. Then reduce the temperature to 375 degrees F and bake for 15-20 minutes.
Step 7: When the bread is done cover the tops with a little more olive oil*, let cool on the pan for a bit and then move to a cooling rack to let cool completely.
*This step will keep the crust from getting hard. If you like the crunch of artisan bread then skip this step and just let cool.
Mom and dad and Ambo, if you are reading this, Spencer and I are bringing a loaf over tonight to share with you guys! Get excited 🙂