Up until about a year ago, I NEVER had made any homemade breads at all. The only reason? I was scared of the yeast! I never knew if I would kill it, mix the dough too much, how long does it have to rise? What happens if it doesn’t rise? I was full of doubt.
Until….one day, I made my first loaf. And you know what? It’s not hard at all and actually, besides the rising of the dough, not much work either!!
And, the beauty is: 3 ingredients.
This batch made 2 loaves of bread.
1 1/2 TB. yeast
1 1/2 TB. kosher salt
6 1/2 cups all purpose flour
3 cups of warm water.
In the mixing bowl, I put the 3 cups of warm water and added the yeast, and stirred it with a spoon. I let that rest for about 5 minutes. Then I added the salt and a little at a time I added the flour.
I have a dough hook on my mixer, so using that I mixed the bread for about 5 minutes. Take the dough hook off, and remove any dough from it and place a towel over the bowl for 2 hours.
Here’s what it looked like after mixing for 5 minutes:
After a few hours, it looked like this:
Look at how big it got! It almost came out of the bowl!!
I took half of the dough, and put it in a bread loaf pan coated with cooking spray, and let it rest for another 20 minutes.
This is what the loaf pan I used looked like:
Bake for about 30 minutes and its browned on top. Let cool and remove from pan.
And slice it and slather with butter!
For my next loaf, I made that one Asiago cheese flavored! I did the same thing with the other loaf, place it in the bread pan, add the shredded cheese on top, waited about 20 minutes and baked that one as well.
The lighting in my kitchen stinks at night, but this is what that loaf looked like:
The best part about making your own bread, is a). It’s cheap! b). It tastes so good! c). You are in charge of the ingredients, there is nothing artificial added d). Your family will ask you to make it again.
I’m planning on making an egg sammy for breakfast tomorrow. 2 thin slices, toasted, with a Pam fried egg, and a slice of ham! I can’t wait.
So, I am issuing you a challenge. If you’ve never made bread before, are you going to try it soon??