I have wanted a bread maker for so long, and have put it on my Christmas list for the last 4 years. This year, not under the tree. Sad face, as my older daughter would say.
My husband has this idea in his head that if I want to make bread, I should make it the real way like his grandma used to do because there’s nothing like smelling that fresh bread baking in the oven.
Okay, I get it! So I tried making my first loaf of bread and he wasn’t kidding. The yeast smell of the bread wafting in the air is a really good smell. It just made everyone wander into the kitchen and the girls asking “Mom…what are you making because it smells awesome!”
I love it when I hear mom and awesome in the same sentence.
Anyway, I would like to share with you a really simple recipe for white bread. Enjoy!
1 C. Warm Water, (Not hot! You don’t want to kill the yeast)
1 T. Active Dry Yeast
2 T. Honey (Divided)
2 ⅔ Cups All Purpose Flour
1 tsp. Salt
1 T. Olive Oil
In a large mixing bowl, mix together the warm water, yeast, and 1 T. of honey. Leave this mixture sit for about 7 minutes.
Take this time to grease your 9×5 inch loaf pan.
After the yeast has sat, add salt, the other 1 T. of honey, and olive oil to this mixture and whisk it until blended.
Mix in the flour, about a 1/4 of it at a time, into the yeast mixture. Mix this until all combined and forms a nice ball of dough.
Cover the bowl with cling wrap for 10 minutes.
Once 10 minutes has past, on a well floured surface, knead the dough. Shape it to fit your loaf pan. Place it into your loaf pan. Allow the dough to rise about 1-2 inches over the pan. Depending on how warm the area is this can take 20-60 minutes.
Place the dough into a 350 degrees pre-heated oven. Bake for 20-25 minutes, allowing the top to be golden brown.
Cool completely, before serving.
It does take some time for the dough to rise, but when you pop that dough into the oven everyone will be wandering around the kitchen wondering when it will be done.
When our bread was out of the oven and cooled, my youngest didn’t even add butter or anything. She just took a bite out of her slice and smiled.