This is the bread that we serve at every meal. It has become a daily favorite! It satiates the appetite, warms the home, and purely & simply fills the belly with shear goodness. It’s one of the simplest ways to make bread. Simple ingredients, easy directions.. make for good bread. From there, get creative, add spices, add textures, add anything you want to make this bread your own.
P.S. – Skip the bread machine…It’s all about kneading in the love by hand!
4 cups flour
2 cups luke warm water
2 tsp yeast
2 1/2 tsp salt
1/4 cup vegetable oil.
First, dry mix the flour, salt, and yeast. There is no need to activate the yeast with water and sugar unless you want to. If you do, add less water in the next step.
Knead flour, water, yeast, & salt. As the bread merges into a nice doughy consistency, not too wet and not too dry, something like Bubble Gum or Pizza Dough.
Add the vegetable oil. Knead the vegetable oil loosely into the dough, leaving the oil to cover the dough. I don’t spend all day kneading. I simply get my ingredients combined, knead for a nice doughy consistency and let the dough rise. It is best to knead more than less, to ensure a good activation of the yeast.
Let the dough sit for 4 hours or until the dough has doubled. You can make the dough before you go to work and arrive home to bake the bread, or before you go to bed. The dough will be a bit more sour, but still mmm..mmm… good.
After the dough has risen, shape the dough into two loaves. I keep it simple. I grease my pan. Pull off half a hunk of dough, pull it out to the shape of a long loaf and set on a greased cookie pan.
Let Rise for 20-30 more minutes. Pre-heat the oven to 400 degrees.
Bake the loaves for 20 minutes or until hollow sounding when tapped on the bottom
YUMMY. Enjoy fresh warm bread!
You can also use this dough for a pizza base and cinnamon roll base.