Easy Yeast Bread

Happy Friday everyone! I’m back today with another recipe!

A few months ago I decided I wanted to start baking bread (’cause why not!?!). I started simple by using recipes that didn’t require yeast (and therefore rising, kneading, rolling etc), but felt it was time to challenge myself with a yeast bread recipe. Since I was a beginner, I wanted something that was simple to make but still delicious to eat. After trolling the internet for awhile, I decided this recipe fit the bill. I made a few changes to the original recipe after reading reviewer comments, and I think it really helped with the end result. Enjoy!

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Easy Yeast Bread

Adapted from: About.com

Easy Yeast Bread

Ingredients:

3/4 cup warm water

1 package active dry yeast

1 tsp salt

1-1/2 tbsp sugar

1 tbsp olive oil

1/2 cup milk

3 cups all-purpose flour, approximately

Instructions:

In medium bowl, mix 2 cups of flour with the salt. Set aside.

In large bowl, add the warm water. Slowly stir in dry yeast. Continue to stir until yeast is dissolved. Add the sugar and stir.

Next, add olive oil and milk to bowl and mix well. Then, add in the flour/salt mixture and stir.

If needed, begin adding more flour, one tablespoon at a time, until the dough chases the spoon around the bowl. I added an extra 1/2 – 3/4 cup of flour, but this number will vary depending on factors such as the weather.

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.

Put the dough in buttered bowl, and turn dough over so that the top of dough is greased. Cover and let rise in warm spot for 1 hour.

After the dough has risen, punch down dough. Then, turn out onto floured board and knead. Meanwhile, preheat oven at 375 degrees F.

Form dough into loaf and set in buttered bread pan. Cover and let rise on top of the oven for about 30-60 minutes.

Score dough by cutting three slashes across the top with a sharp knife. Put in oven and bake for about 30-45 minutes, or until golden brown. Important note: my oven runs hot so I end up baking the bread for only about 25-30 minutes. Many other reviewers have also noted that 45 minutes was too long for them as well. Therefore, I recommend starting the baking time at 30 minutes and working your way up from there.

Turn out bread and let cool on a rack or clean dishtowel.

Notes:

If you’ve never kneaded dough before, this is a good tutorial video: How To Knead

If you’ve never “punched down the dough” before, here is a good tutorial video: Punching Down the Dough

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