What is more delicious than freshly baked bread? It fills the house with an aroma that gets everybody drooling and stomachs growling. I love to make homemade bread. I have said before how I love to make homemade bread because it surprisingly is easy and doesn’t take too much time. I love that you have to let bread rise multiple times because it gives me a chance to get other stuff done while the bread is rising which makes me feel as though I am being doubly productive which is a great feeling when you have days when it feels like you can’t even make a dent in your to-do list.
I made some fresh loaves of bread a couple weekends ago because my hubby wanted some bread to make sandwiches during the week for work, and I made some Italian Orzo Soup and nothing goes better with soup than homemade bread. This is the recipe I use whenever I want an easy white loaf, I have other recipes when I want a healthier option which you can see below.
- 2¼ tsp active dry yeast
- 2¼ cups warm water
- ¼ cup sugar
- 1 tbsp salt
- 2 tbsp oil
- 5½ - 6½ cups flour
- butter for topping (optional)
In a large bowl add the warm water and disolve the yeast in it along with a pinch of sugar. Allow to bloom. This should take about 10 minutes. Using the paddle attachment of your mixer add the sugar, salt, oil and 4 cups of flour. Once combined switch to the dough hook and add the remainder of flour 1/2 cup at a time until the dough pulls away from the sides and is slightly tacky but not too sticky. Knead for 5-7 minutes. Form a ball with the dough and place into a greased bowl and cover with a clean towel or plastic wrap. Allow to rise (double in size) which will take about 1 hour.
Once the dough has risen punch it down and split into two. Roll the dough into a rectangle 8 inches wide. Roll the dough up into a tight cylinder starting with the short edge, making a loaf. Place the loaves into greased loaf pans seam side down. Cover again and allow to rise again for another hour until the loaf has risen about an inch higher than the pan.
Preheat oven to 375 and bake the risen loaves for 30-35 minutes. The bread should be golden brown and sound hollow when tapped. Brush with melted butter and remove from tins to allow to cool on a rack.