OK, this is not really a traditional French Canadian bread, which I always think of as round boules with a gorgeous crunchy top. A recipe for these can be found HERE.
But with all the blueberry jam I’ve been making, I wanted a soft, pillowey loaf to sink my teeth into – hence this super simple recipe.
Take about 31/2 hours from start to finish, and requires almost no work. It’s the perfect thing to make when you’re poking around the house on a lazy Saturday morning.
Recipe adapted form Taste of Home.
Easy Homemade Bread
- 1 package (1/4 ounce) active dry yeast
- 2-1/4 cups warm water (110° to 115°)
- 1/2 teaspoon sugar, plus 2 tablespoons
- 1 tablespoon salt
- 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
- 6-1/4 to 6-3/4 white flour (preferably unbleached)
- In a small bowl, dissolve the yeast and 1/2 teaspoon sugar in the warm water. Let stand until bubbles form on the surface, about 5 minutes.
- In a large bowl, whisk together remaining 2 tablespoons sugar, salt and flour.
- Stir oil into yeast mixture, then pour the liquid over the flour mixture and beat until a soft dough is formed.
- Turn the dough out onto a floured surface, then knead by hand until smooth and elastic, 8-10 minutes. If you’re using a counter top stand mixer, knead for 5 minutes on medium using the dough hook.
- Place dough in a greased bowl, turning once to grease the top. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 1-1/2 to 2 hours.
- Punch dough down. Turn onto a lightly floured surface; divide dough in half. Shape each into a loaf. Place in 2 greased bread tins. Cover and let rise until doubled, about 1 to 1-1/2 hours.
- Bake at 375° until golden brown and bread sounds hollow when tapped, about 30-35 minutes.
- Remove from pans to wire racks to cool.