Country-Style, One-Hour Homemade Bread
Whether you live in the city, the suburbs, or a small cottage in the forest, there’s no denying that the heavenly scent of homemade bread filling up every corner of your home is certainly worth an hour of your time—and you don’t have to be a culinary genius to prepare and bake the delicious homemade bread recipe I’m about to share with you. In fact, I’ve been known to smoke out my family on numerous occasions whenever I bake or cook, but I’ve been using this recipe for several years now and it makes me look like Gordon Ramsay. However, the best part is that this recipe is so easy, even your kids can bake it (with your permission and supervision, of course) and have fun with it, too!
This recipe makes two loaves of bread
5 1/4 Cup White Bread Flour
2-4 Tbsp. Sugar
1 1/2 tsp. Salt
1 1/2 Tbsp. (rounded) Saf-Instant Yeast
1 1/2 Tbsp. Olive Oil
2 Cups Warm Water (between 100 and 115 degrees Fahrenheit)
4-8 Tbsp. Butter or Margarine
Here’s what to do:
1) Mix dry ingredients. Melt butter. Add oil, water, and half of the butter or margarine. Mix for 1 minute and then check the consistency of the dough; it should be sticky. However, if it is too dry, add more water.
2) Mix for 5 minutes, but do not add any more flour after the dough has finished mixing.
3) Spray your countertop with cooking spray and turn dough out onto the surface. Then, knead the dough, briefly, until it has a smooth, even, consistency (you should only need to flip it a couple of times).
4) Divide the dough into two even pieces and shape them to match the pans you’ll be baking them in. Then, place each of them on a separate, greased baking sheet and cover with a large dish towel. You should let them rise for about 25 minutes.
5) While you’re waiting, preheat your oven to 350˚F. You can also use this time to clean up your mess, or go watch television and leave it for your spouse. (Just kidding!)
6) When the loaves have finished and ready to go into the oven, use a sharp knife (which you can lightly spray with cooking spray to prevent dragging) and make several slashes, about 1/4 inch deep at a 30˚ angle, in the top of your loaves. Then, evenly spread the remaining butter over the top of the loaves.
7) Now it’s time to pop those puppies in the oven and let them bake for roughly 25 minutes, or until they are a rich, golden brown color.
There you have it, folks! Not only will your Country-Style, One-Hour Homemade Bread taste much better than store-bought loaves that are bleached and taste mediocre at best, but your family will praise you on how moist and delicious your culinary masterpiece turned out.