Basic White Bread: Makes 1 loaf.
Many people resist making their own bread because they believe it’s too time-consuming. We can make this recipe in about 15 minutes, and since it’s so simple and we make it almost every week, we have the ingredients memorized.
1 cup warm water
1 package (2 1/4 tsp) active dry yeast
1 Tbsp honey
1 Tbsp grape seed or olive oil
1 tsp salt
3 1/2 cups flour (you can substitute 1 cup of this with
buckwheat or whole wheat for added nutrients.)
Rinse your mixing bowl in hot water to warm it up. Pour the 1 cup of very warm water into it and add the honey. Stir the honey to dissolve it, sprinkle yeast on top and let proof for about a minute.
In a mixer with a dough hook or a bread machine (or do it the old-fashioned way in a bowl and kneed it later)mix in the egg, salt and oil until mixed well. Gradually add the flour in 1 cup amounts at a time mixing well in between each addition. Mix thoroughly.
Turn dough out on a floured surface and kneed untilwell mixed. Most dough machines do not mix the dough well enough to avoid having to kneed it by hand altogether. Formthe dough into a loaf and place it in a lightly greased bread pan, cover with a light cloth and let rise in a warm place (atleast 70º) for an hour.
After an hour when the bread has risen, bake at 350º for 20-25 minutes until lightly brown on top. Remove to a wire rack and leave the bread in the pan for about 15 minutes before you try to remove it from the pan or it will stick.
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