Love to make homemade bread. Filling the house with a wonderful aroma every time it is made. If only it would last longer than a day in our household. Maybe with making 2 loaves it will.
Don’t be hesitant to try making your own bread. It truly is easy and worth the wait.
- Make sure you have fresh yeast.
- Bubble up! Let the yeast bubble up as high as it can. Higher the better!
- Covering the dough with a warm towel will help with the dough to rise.
- Create a humid environment for the bread to rise.
- Do not touch the dough until it has doubled in size.
- When dough is ready to be formed in the pans punch it down and divide it into two loaves.
- Brush the top of the dough with a beaten egg will give the bread a nice golden crust.
- Slice the bread on its side will help it not become squished.
3 cups luke-warm water
1/4 cup sugar
1 1/2 Tbsp. yeast
1/3 cup oil
1 Tbsp. salt
7- 8 cups all-purpose flour
In a large mixing bowl, dissolve yeast in warm water and sugar. Let sit 10 minutes. Add the oil. Add the salt and flour (starting with 7 cups of flour). Mix all together in mixer with dough hook. Knead the dough thoroughly until all ingredients are incorporated, and dough is smooth, elastic, very slightly sticky, and pulls away from the bowl (6-10 minutes). As you knead the dough, you may add more flour as needed, and repeat the process until dough reaches the desired consistency.
Place dough in fix n mix bowl and cover. Let rise until doubled (an hour or more depending on how warm your kitchen is.)
Punch the dough down, divide and and form into 2 loaves. Place the dough in 2 greased bread pans. Cover and let rise till the top of the dough is an inch or two above the bread pans.
Bake at 375° for 25 minutes. Remove the baked loaves from their pans immediately, and place on a cooling rack.
Store in an air-tight container.