Easy Homemade Bread

easy homemade bread

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)

 
How To: 

  • 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.

 

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