Easy Homemade Bread Recipe
When it comes to homemade, I must admit bread is my absolute favorite! Not much tops a slice of warm, soft bread straight from the oven. Topped with butter and maybe some strawberry jelly you can’t go wrong!
Years ago, the task of making my own bread seemed quite daunting. After a few attempts I realized with a little planning ahead for rise times, the process is not as complicated as you might think.
It’s been great to have fresh bread on hand to enjoy with dinner or to have for sandwiches. I usually try to make two loaves about once a week.
- 6 Cups Four
- 3 Tablespoons Sugar
- 1 Tablespoon Salt
- 2 Tablespoons Shortening
- 2 Packages Regular or Quick Active Yeast
- 2 1/4 Cups Very Warm Water (120-130°F)
- Butter, melted
- Mix 3 1/2 cups of flour, the sugar, salt, shortening and yeast in a large bowl. Add warm water. Mix on low-speed for 1 minute using electric mixer. (I use Kitchen aid). Stir in remaining flour 1 cup at a time, to make dough easy to handle.
- Knead dough on slightly floured surface for 10 minutes or until it is smooth and elastic. Or you can use the hook attachment with the stand mixer if not kneading by hand.
- Form dough into a ball. Place in greased bowl and turn greased side of dough up. Cover and let rise in a warm place 40 to 60 minutes or until dough has doubled in size. Dough is ready if indentation remains when touched.
- Grease bottoms and sides of (2) 9x5x3 loaf pans.
- Punch down dough and divide in half. Using a rolling pin flatten each half into 18 x 9 rectangle on a floured surface.
- Roll dough up tightly, beginning at 9 inch side, to form a loaf. Press with thumbs to seal after each turn. Pinch edge of dough into roll to seal. Press each side with hand to seal and fold ends under loaf.
- Place sealed side down in ban. Brush loaves lightly with butter. Cover and allow to rise in a warm place 35 to 50 minutes.
- Move oven rack to low position so the tops of the pans will be in the center of oven. Heat oven to 425°F Bake 25 to 30 minutes or until loaves are a deep golden brown and sound hollow when tapped.
- Remove from pans to a wire rack. Brush with butter and allow to cool.
What is your favorite thing to make from scratch?